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The National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults


The National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults is a key part of the national infrastructure to strengthen the literacy and numeracy skills of adult learners in New Zealand. The Centre, established in 2009 through a contract with the Tertiary Education Commission and hosted by the University of Waikato in the Faculty of Education, focuses on literacy and numeracy for adults as a large-scale issue of national strategic importance. We facilitate collaborations with key stakeholders nationally and internationally and work in partnership with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, bringing together specialist skills in Māori pedagogy with literacy and numeracy expertise. We have an enduring commitment to our vision of enhancing the lives of New Zealanders through improved literacy and numeracy outcomes for adults.

Our strategic goals are to provide and support:

  • High quality professional learning opportunities to develop the capacity of organisations, educators and managers
  • Internationally referenced and locally relevant qualifications
  • A relevant research programme
  • Policy advice to agencies nationally and internationally
  • High quality learning resources
  • Strong partnerships

We promote an embedded approach to literacy and numeracy which equips educators to identify literacy and numeracy needs and demands and support adult learning in a range of contexts. We provide professional learning opportunities in the form of workshops, modules, symposia and a tailored advisory service for organisations, educators and managers. We support existing and developing activity across New Zealand, especially with the Tertiary Education priority groups of Māori, Pasifika and youth.