Our History

Over the years, Adult Literacy Aotearoa (Kapiti) Inc. has grown from a one person home-based volunteer tutoring service to where we now provide learning for more than a hundred students per year and also train new literacy tutors on a yearly basis.

In the early days Kapiti received no government funding for Adult Literacy services.  The Adult Reading Learning Assistance Scheme (ARLA) was founded by a dedicated volunteer in 1985.  The first committee was formed in 1994 and Adult Literacy became an incorporated society later that year.  In 1998 the national body name changed to Literacy Aotearoa and we became Adult Literacy Aotearoa (Kapiti) Inc.

We moved into our first official office space in Coastlands Mall and officially opened on the 28th of July 2005.  In 2006 we offered our first Learner Licence Theory class and numbers for this course have grown steadily ever since, as has the need for general literacy and numeracy classes.  We also published our first book of student writing this year – “Our Stories 2007”.

In 2008 we moved to our current location in the NZ Post building.  The increase in student numbers has seen a need for more learning spaces to accommodate both individual and group lessons and we now have a number of rooms available for tutoring.  In 2008 we also began our first workplace literacy programme with a group of tutors travelling to Otaki on a weekly basis to deliver a range of courses for employees.

In 2012 we extended our services to the Otaki area.  We now have a room and a group of enthusiastic tutors providing one-to-one and small groups lessons in the Otaki community.

Today we are proud to offer to our community, the skills and experience of a large pool of literacy tutors as we all travel on our learning journey together.


Adult Literacy Aotearoa (Kapiti) Inc. gratefully acknowledges the assistance of funders and the leadership and guidance received from Literacy Aotearoa.  Special thanks also to our founder and past co-ordinators for their valuable input into our growing organisation.