News Releases


The articles in this section feature local and regional Poupou (Member) news about adult literacy learners, tutors, managers, events and programmes. Occasionally articles from further afield are included. 

July - Aug 2014 2013 General News articles
2013 Adult Learners' Week
Jan - June 2014 2013 Travelling Books Archive 2009-2012



Hōngongoi (July) 2014
  It's never too late to learn
Franklin County News, 01/07/14
Adult Literacy Franklin has just finished its latest volunteer training...and Agnes Pomare has completed 'Papa Ako (Open Wananga) with support from tutors Parekawhia Albert and Rita Meares.

Kohi tātea - Pipiri (January - June) 2014
Whanganui Learning Centre gains National Award
River City Press, Whanganui, 19/06/14 (page 11)
The Whanganui Learning Centre received the National Award for Provider of the Year: Tangata Tiriti from ACE Aotearoa at an awards ceremony held at Te Papa, Wellington on Wednesday 18th Pipiri (June).  The award, an acknowledgement of WLCT’s commitment to transforming communities and whānau through Adult and Community Education was accepted by the Governance Board and Management of the Centre.
Determined to be a cop
By Ria Elkington, North Shore Times, 10/06/14
Weng Bo, a learner from Literacy North Shore knows what he wants to achieve and with the assistance of tutor Susanne Furst is improving his literacy skills...
'Wenbo Gong refuses to give up on his dream to become a cop.  He's found time - in just three months and despite working a 60-hour week as a builder - to improve his English skills to a level acceptable for possible entry to the police force.'
Michael, 61, reads first novel
By Michele Ong, Taranaki Daily News 23/05/14

Michael, a learner from Taranaki Adult Literacy Services featured in the Taranaki Daily News recently...
'Michael conquered the literacy mountain with tenacity and a can-do attitude.
The 61-year-old checked out his first library book and read the horror novel from front to back, without a hitch....'

Book sale aims to boost literacy funds – Making books available to all

By Sahiban Kanwal, Photo Raymond Bransgrove, The Timaru Herald 19/03/14
Featuring Literacy South Canterbury manager Richard Dugan promoting the upcoming booksale on 26 Paenga whāwhā (April) 2014.







Mahuru (September) 2013 

Free books are coming back – and there are no strings attached
NZ Post Group and Literacy Aotearoa Media Release 3/09/13


Dynamic team gets award
Waiheke Marketplace, 04/09/13

Waiheke Adult Learning is one of only two organisations nationwide named as winners of this year's Dynamic Community Learning Awards.
The article features tutors Cheryl Rahui, Wiremu Te Taniwha and manager Fiona Gregory.

Outdoor wordgame creates a buzz
By Sarah Dunn, The Nelson Mail, 06/09/13
An article featuring Adult Learning Support Manager Cameron Forbes talking about Adult Learners' Week activities  which included a game called 'Take Two' - a form of giant Scrabble played outdoors, and the release of Travelling Books.
It's never too late to learn to read
By Lucy Townsend, Palmerston North, 06/09/13 Photo Warwick Smith
An article featuring learner Tania Wildbore and tutor Lynette Hughes of Adult Literacy Palmerston North.
Late literacy is a life-changer
By Esther Ashby-Coventry, photo Mytchall Bransgrove, The Timaru Herald 07/09/13
Brenda Smith, a learner with Literacy South Canterbury shares her learning journey and is recognised as an Outstanding Adult Learner.
Students, teachers earn awards
By Esther Ashby-Coventry, photo Mytchall Bransgrove, The Timaru Herald 06/09/13
Adult learners in Timaru are recognised during Adult learners' Week, including learners and tutors from Literacy South Canterbury.

Haratua - Hongongoi (May - July) 2013
Group seeks solution
by Diana Worthy, Waiheke Marketplace, 31/07/2013
Funding cuts impact on the Te Pa Harakeke programme delivered by Waiheke Adult Learning.
'Funding cuts may threaten the long-term future of a group that helps young mums get ahead.  Te Pa Harakeke teaches literacy and numeracy alongside other practical skills during twice weekly meetings at Piritahi Marae in Blackpool.' (Waiheke Island)

Kohi tātea - Paenga whāwhā (January - April) 2013
Focus on Adult Literacy
by Lloyd Chapman, Otaki Mail, 24/04/13
A full page feature on adult literacy services provided by Adult Literacy Aotearoa Kapiti.
Ready for the workforce
by Zac Yates, Wanganui Chronicle  18/04/13
20 students from The Whanganui Learning Centre graduated recently from a Comtech course.
Tutor inspired the write stuff  Illiterate builder turns published author
Laura MacDonald, The Dominion Post, Photo: Chris Skelton/Fairfax NZ 14/03/13

This story of determination features Feterika Sao with tutor Carol Legge of Literacy Aotearoa Wellington, who inspired him into writing. Five years ago he could not read or write.  He is about to graduate with a Bachelor in Applied Arts from Whitireia.

Learning Opportunities
The Gisborne Herald, 21/02/13
Adult Literacy Turanga in Gisborne have just moved premises. They are now located in the middle of town and are offering a range of services to their community.
Growing service, new location... literally
By Alice Te Puni, The Gisborne Herald, 23/01/13

Adult Literacy Turanga Manager Rene Babbington and Tutor Rosina Kahuroa feature in an article about the services they offer, student success, and their relocation to larger premises.


Hakihea (December) 2012
Literacy Aotearoa: Take adult literacy more seriously - for the sake of the kids
Press Release: Literacy Aotearoa, 11/12/12 Scoop
"New research shows that addressing adult literacy needs has the potential to create a legacy of inter-generational achievement that will enrich New Zealand for decades to come, says Literacy Aotearoa..."
   Signs help learners drivers
The Bush Telegraph, 3 December 2012
The Tararua Learning Centre recently received a donation from Pub Charity which enabled the purchse of road cones, a set of some of the road signs used on our roadsand two hi-viz safety jackets...

Whiringa ā rangi (November) 2012
Click here for  Travelling Books Articles and interviews.  
Whiringa ā nuku (October) 2012

Tuning in to talk about radio station
Horowhenua Chronicle, 24 October 2012
Horowhenua Adult Literacy Services celebrated Adult Learners' Week with a vist to MoreFM radio studios to speak with Breakfast host Dave Key.


BP support for Adult Literacy travel delights volunteers
By Linda Fletcher, Horowhenua Chronicle, 12 October 2012
Horowhenua Adult Literacy Services benefited from the BP Vouchers for Volunteers scheme recently.


Mahuru (September) 2012
Adult education celebrated at uplifting graduation evening
By Nathan Crombie, The Wairarapa Times-Age, 24 September 2012
Learners in the Wairarapa were celebrated at a special awards and graduation evening with Masterton Mayor Garry Daniell and Carterton Mayor Ron Mark presenting the awards.  Polly Hagger of Literacy Wairarapa was one of the learners recognised at the event.

Knitting stitches skills together
By Jess Etheridge, North Shore Times, 21 September 2012
'Learning to count through knitting may sound bizarre but Glenfield's Elena Budnikova now has the confidence to successfully solve math equations thank to her two knitting needles...'
Literacy North Shore features in the local paper.


Reading makes a huge difference
Dargaville and District News, 12 September 2012
featuring Andrew Daily and Stephanie Spraggon of Te Roroa Learning Centre in Dargaville.  The article tells of Andrew's dedication to his literacy and numeracy learning and his experience of attending the Literacy Aotearoa Student Writing Event in Auckland.

The love of learning
Marlborough Midweek, 12 September 2012
Liz Collyns of Literacy Marlborough shares what it is she loves about being an adult literacy tutor.
Adult learners, tutors rewarded
Bush Telegraph, Paihiatua, 10 September 2012
"Paihiatua's inaugural awards evening paid tribute to local learners and their tutors today as par of this year's Adult Learners' Week He Tangata Matauranga."
Max Crapp, a tutor from Tararua Learning Centre, received an Exceptional Adult Educator award.

Timaru's Big Treasure Hunt!

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Literacy South Canterbury celebrated Adult Learners' Week with a free public treasure hunt to raise awareness and acknowledge the efforts of adult learners and their tutors.


Don’t take literacy for granted
By Craig Alexander, The Globe and Mail, Canada
Published Friday, Sep. 07 2012, 2:00 AM EDT

This Canadian article highlights the literacy needs of Canadians, not dissimilar to those of adults in New Zealand...
'Literacy, if we need to be reminded, is the great enabler that allows individuals to unlock their potential. It’s the basic skill set on which most other capabilities are built. As we celebrate International Literacy Day (proclaimed by UNESCO in 1965) this Saturday, we should also remember that literacy is a fundamental human right.'

The comments also make for interesting reading and comparison.

Gathering holiday reading together
Literacy Feilding, Feilding Herald, 6 September 2012
Literacy Feilding promote three short course challenges for adults: Te Reo Māori, New Zealand Sign Language and Fun with Numbers. Other ventures are also promoted in this article.
Big Demand for Financial Literacy in ACE Sector
Scoop Independent News, 6 September 2012,
Press Release: ACE Aotearoa
"ACE Aotearoa, the lead agency for adult and community education applauds the introduction of Money Week to highlight the need for better financial literacy and money management. The week coincides with Adult Learners’ Week/He Tangata Mātauranga..."

Māori solo mothers given skills opportunity
By Shayne Eldridge, Hamilton Press, 5 September 2012

"A new programme [Te Manu] aimed at providing young, single, Māori mothers with the skills needed to break the cycle of long-term benefit dependence is being offered by Literacy Waikato..." 

More about Literacy Waikato

Dara Davenport

A Celebration of Lifelong Learning

Western Leader, 4 September 2012

Featuring Dara Davenport of Waitakere Adult Literacy inc. during Adult Learners' Week - He Tangata Mātauranga 2012.

More about Waitakere Adult Literacy inc.




Here turi kōkā (August) 2012

Vital Donation

North Shore Times, 28 August 2012

Literacy North Shore manager Jane Rigby receives car keys from Albany Toyota managing director Andrew Mackenzie.

More about Literacy North Shore

New reader becomes writer
By Matt Lawrey, The Leader - Nelson Edition. 23 August 2012
This article features Takirau Rapata, a learner from Adult Learning Support Nelson. Takirau talks of his learning journey which brought him to the Literacy Aotearoa National Student Writing Event held in Auckland in August.
  Key to unlock treasure was reading
By Takirau Rapata , The Leader - Nelson Edition. 23 August 2012
Takirau Rapata, a learner from Adult Learning Support Nelson has his writing published in the Nelson Leader.

Books inspire young Maori
By Paul Brooks, Wanganui Midweek, 22 August 2012

This article features the launch of the second Maori role models book outside The Whanganui Learning Centre Trust with Julian Bailey and a new friend of the Learning Centre, Te Aorangi Harrington.

More about the Whanganui Learning Centre

Point your finger and three fingers point back at you
By William Bisset, The Timaru Herald, 09 August 2012
Chairperson of Literacy South Canterbury, William Bisset shares his experience of attending the Literacy Aotearoa Te Hui ā Tau (AGM) and National Planning Hui held in Auckland.

Hōngongoi (July) 2012
Dara Davenport A Champion of Adult Literacy - Dara Davenport
(of Waitakere Adult Literacy inc.) receives a  citation for Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards 2012 from Ako Aotearoa, National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence.
Active Day for Learners
'The Bush Telegraph' Paihiatua, 30 July 2012
Healthy Numbers is a 'literacy and numeracy in action' programme run by the Tararua Learning Centre, in Dannevirke.  Learners used the skills gained in the programme to plan and organise a hugely successful inaugural Sports Day.
Word Gets Round
By Sonita Chandar, Dannevirke News, 28 July 2012
Learners from Tararua Learning Centre in Dannevirke celebrated Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) and played scrabble on a giant scrabble board, using kupu Māori.
Learning under one roof
By Jo Belworthy, Dargaville and District News, 18 July 2012.
Te Roroa Learning Assistance held their official opening of their new premises recently.
Communications course changes lives
By Peter Franklin, Horowhenua Chronicle, 06 July 2012
Featuring learners enrolled at Horowhenua Adult Literacy Service in an Open Polytechnic course.

Pipiri (June) 2012

Writing on the wall for illiterate Kiwis
By Marika Hill, Sunday Star Times, 24 June 2012 

'The future workforce will need advanced qualifications and technical skills, yet one in five school-leavers doesn't make the grade.  Hopes of an economic boom driven by a highly-skilled Kiwi workforce could be dashed by the number of illiterate and innumerate adults.'
Featuring Michael Dally, Manager of Horowhenua Adult Literacy Services.

New scheme a big boost for youth
Horowhenua Chronicle, 15 June 2012
Featuring Otaki MP Nathan Guy, launching the Youth Skills programme at Horowhenua Adult Literacy Service.


Haratua (May) 2012


Helping Make Sense of Your Dollars

Manukau Courier, 15 May 2012

This article features Pushpa Wood, Director of the New Zealand Centre for Personal Financial Education and Chair of ALPA (Adult Literacy Practitioners' Association).

"Dr Wood says she considers financial literacy equal in importance to literacy and numeracy, and personal financial education needs to start at a young age, preferably at school."


Education Survives

East and Bays Courier, Auckland, 15 May 2012

This article speaks of the Selwyn Community Education  response to the 2010 community education funding cuts for Community Education and how they are embedding literacy into their courses.


Literacy Classes Open Door to Success
Northern News, 09 May 2012

This article features Neil Ferguson of Adult Literacy Tamaki Auckland and the literacy and numeracy programmes offered by Far North Literacy.



Kohi tātea (January) - Paenga whāwhā (April) 2012
Hard Road to Literacy
By Kelsey Fletcher, Auckland City Harbour News, 27 April 2012 (photo: Jason Oxenham)

This article features Neil Ferguson and Nicola Butler of Adult Literacy Tamaki Auckland. Neil tells of his journey to become a fully qualified welder and fabricator.
Hero set on helping others
Waiheke Marketplace, 21 March 2012.

This article features James O'Malley of Waiheke Adult Literacy who received a 'Local Hero' award as part of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2012.

Volunteer tutors thanked for 20 years' service to literacy

The Feilding Herald, 19 April 2012

This article features tutors Jill Taylor and Trevor Holtham who have been volunteering at  Literacy Feilding since 1992.


More needs to be done to tackle illiteracy - expert
Source: ONE News, 30 March 2012

This article follows an interview with Te Tumuaki Bronwyn Yates on TV ONE's 'Breakfast' in response to the World Literacy Foundation Report.


Illiteracy a yearly $3b cost – report
New Zealand Herald, 29 March 2012

"The key message of the report is the eradication of illiteracy should be considered an investment rather than a cost."

This article follows the release of a report by the World Literacy Foundation and features Te Tumuaki Bronwyn Yates responding to the findings.


New Course offers help with Dyslexia

By Matt Lawrey, The Leader, Nelson, 19 January 2012
This article features a new course on offer at Adult Learning Support Nelson.





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