1A. Adult and Community Education (ACE)

1B. Te Ara Poutama / Intensive Literacy and Numeracy (ILN)


1A. ace


  • The purpose of Adult and Community Education (ACE) programmes is to provide community-based education, foundation skills, and pathways into other learning opportunities that meet community learning needs.

    The priorities of ACE are programmes that:

    • Improve employability
      • Courses focused on employability
      • Life skills such as financial literacy
      • Introductory ‘taster’ courses
    • Promote social and cultural inclusion and participation
      • Languages, including Te Reo Māori, New Zealand Sign Language (including ESOL), Pacific languages (especially Realm languages) and Asian languages
      • Courses supporting digital inclusion
    • Raise foundation skills
      • Courses in literacy, numeracy and/or digital literacy
    • Improve health and wellbeing
      • Courses such as parenting, mental health and resilience, or conflict resolution/anger management.

    Fees and Criteria may apply for some programmes.

Our upcoming ACE courses include:

Term 3

 For further information please email: or phone 07 378 8109

1b. iln

Through our Te Ara Poutama programme – Intensive Literacy and Numeracy (ILN) – we support the intensive provision of high quality, fees-free literacy and numeracy learning opportunities for learners with low-level literacy and numeracy skills.

We fund intensive literacy and numeracy provision to:

  • raise adults’ literacy and numeracy skills, and
  • increase opportunities for adults to engage in literacy and numeracy learning, particularly for those in low-skilled employment.

Our Te Ara Poutama / ILN tutor, Jude Sherning, works one-on-one and with small groups, using a combination of both hard copy and online resources suited to learner abilities, interests and needs.

Our learners often use Pathways Awarua, an online resource that enables the learner to choose an appropriate level and focus.

To be eligible for enrolment in this free programme, a learner must:

  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand
  • Have no formal qualifications (i.e No NCEA Level 1 or above)
  • Be 16 years old or over
  • Aim to complete approx. 80-300 hours

For more information please contact Jude Sherning by email:  or phone: 07 378 8109 or directly: 0274466150.


We can now offer NCEA Level 1 Credits!


Central Plateau REAP supports the 31 schools in the Central Plateau District by offering two opportunities a year for schools to apply for REAP assistance. This assistance can take the form of:

  •  supporting schools in the provision of high quality education programmes (for example, providing specialist tutors to upskill both students and teachers);
  • removing rural isolation as a barrier to student participation through programmes that enable students to attend activities outside their local environment;
  • supporting schools in providing programmes that enhance student wellbeing with a particular focus on anti-bullying;
  • addressing the needs of students at risk of underachievement – particularly those with specific learning disorders, those from low socio-economic backgrounds, and those with poor oral language or literacy and numeracy skills; and
  • providing high quality professional development for teachers.

Schools are able to apply in Term 3 for support in Terms 1 and 2 of the following year, and in Term 2 for Support in Terms 3 and 4. Application forms are sent to schools by the Schools’ Coordinator and allocations made by a REAP appointed committee representing schools and the wider community.

Examples of Programmes supported by REAP in 2021 include

  • 9 programmes of intensive literacy support
  • 6 programmes of Te Reo/Kapahaka/ Tikanga Māori
  • 3 programmes supporting development of music and the performing arts

REAP also provides professional development for schools,  specialist teachers and teacher aides with a particular emphasis on increasing knowledge and understanding of Specific Learning Disorders such as Dyslexia.

To enquire about the schools’ grant programme please contact the Schools’ Co-ordinator, Joce Moyle, email at or phone 07 378 8109.


3. learning assessments

A particular area of focus for the schools programme is support for students with specific learning disorders such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia.

Learning disorders such as Dyslexia can be a significant barrier to students meeting their academic potential at the school and later in the workplace. An assessment is required to diagnose dyslexia, offer recommendations for assistance in the classroom and provide data required by New Zealand Qualifications Authority for Special Assessment Conditions for Examinations (reader, writer/assistive technology, extra time). A lack of assistance can result in students failing to meet their academic potential, particularly in examinations at school and tertiary level.

REAP subsidises the cost of this assessment. Referrals are accepted from schools and parents/whānau.

To enquire about booking an assessment please contact the Schools’ Co-ordinator, Joce Moyle, at email or phone 07 378 8109.

Wairakei Trust In partnership with the Wairakei Trust, some grants are available for students who whakapapa to that trust. An application process is required to assess eligibility. Please contact our Schools’ Co-ordinator for further information:


4. early childhood education (ece)

The Early Childhood Coordinator promotes Early Childhood Education through programme delivery and community events and initiatives.

  • The needs of the sector are determined through networking with organisations and services that work within ECE. We stay connected with licenced centres, kindergartens, Kōhanga Reo, homebased services, playcentre, playgroups, community, whānau, parents and caregivers.

    We have four key learning outcomes:

    • Presence
    • Participation and Engagement
    • Wellbeing
    • Progress and Achievement

    Programmes supported and/or delivered by REAP to date include oral language and literacy, Te Reo, NZ Sign Language, health and wellbeing, nutrition, first aid, child safety, neuro-science, the first 1000 days, brain development and movement, interactive puppet shows and storytelling, transition to school, parenting, cultural activity programmes, music and drama and outside play.

    To enquire about our ECE programmes please contact the Early Childhood Education Co-ordinator, Kim Roots, at email or phone 07 378 8109.



Central Plateau REAP Playgroups

We offer a well-resourced nurturing and safe environment.

Our Kaupapa is Whakawhanaungatanga

Relationships are formed by having a framework which is inclusive for all who attend. Each person is respected and their voices are heard.

Participation, building connectivity and friendships with others, developing bonds that are important for socializing and navigating life’s challenges.

Engagement children/ tamariki develop in their own way and they need the joy of play and companionship to grow into competent, confident learners.

Community building manaakitanga through a child focused Lens. Playgroup provides a welcoming place within the Central Plateau rural communities.

See more information below: