Taupo New Zealand
Central Plateau REAP is one of 13 in New Zealand and began operating in 1980. REAP is a not-for-profit lifelong learning NGO (Non-Government Organisation) that provides a variety of educational and family support programmes that redress the disadvantages experienced by rural dwellers in accessing the range and depth of activities and services enjoyed by their urban counterparts.
All REAPs deliver the core Early Childhood, School and Adult Community Education (ACE) programmes, which are run in a variety of formats and settings. Early Childhood and School programmes are delivered for the Ministry of Education and Adult Community Education programmes are delivered for the Tertiary Education Commission. Central Plateau REAP also runs Pūrerehua, a licenced EC Learning Centre in Turangi.
Central Plateau REAP delivers Family Start, the Taupo Violence Intervention Network and SKIP (Strategies with Kids Information for Parents) for Taupo/Turangi/Mangakino, PAFT (Parents As First Teachers) for Taupo, Otorohanga/Waitomo and Taumarunui, Strengthening Families for Taupo and Turangi and Te Punanga Haumaru in Turangi. All of these services are delivered for Family and Community Services, Ministry of Social Development. REAP also runs the Central Plateau Schools Attendance Service for MOE.