Who We Are


Literacy Waikato formed in 1977 as part of the Waikato Adult Reading Scheme (WARS). In 1978 there were 29 student and tutor pairs.

Later we became part of Adult Reading and Learning Assistance Inc (Waikato ARLA). In 2000/2001 we joined Literacy Aotearoa and became Literacy Waikato.

For many years we were based at WINTEC, but our expanding programme demanded bigger space. In 2014 we moved off campus to premises at 1000 Victoria Street. 440 Learners were enrolled in 2014.


Helping people feel:

  • Welcomed
  • Respected
  • Accepted
  • Empowered
  • Enabled
  • Supported
  • Challenged

Community Investment

  • Advocating
  • Promoting tolerance
  • Affecting & enhancing generational change
  • Emancipation through educational development
  • Enabling choice through knowledge
  • Increasing self-esteem
  • Second chances


  • Qualified
  • Prepared
  • Transparent


  • Learner/Tutor
  • Literacy Waikato/Community Organisations
  • Collegiality

Mission statement: 

To provide a quality literacy and numeracy service to adults in the community.

About Us

Literacy Waikato is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1977.

We offer group courses in literacy, numeracy, basic computing and driver’s licencing, as well as workplace literacy and yearly tutor training courses, after which tutors are encouraged to volunteer to work one hour per week with a learner.

We also offer one-to-one tutoring for individuals specific to the needs of the learner.

We service a wide geographical area in the Waikato region, from Hamilton City to Raglan in the west, Matamata in the east and Cambridge to the southeast.