Stories

20 11, 2018

My Literacy Story

By |2019-03-28T13:40:08+12:00November 20th, 2018|Stories|Comments Off on My Literacy Story

I came to Literacy Waitakare to improve my job options and confidence. When assessed by Literacy Waitakere, using the TEC standards, I was under par for a functioning adult in our complex society.  Every job I chose would be based on the belief I couldn’t do any better. When I was working in the cinema in [...]

20 11, 2018

My Learner Licence Success

By |2019-04-19T11:12:55+12:00November 20th, 2018|Stories|Comments Off on My Learner Licence Success

I was doing a computer course but my writing was not very good as I had problems with my spelling. I went to the Citizens Advice Bureau to look for an adult learning programme to improve my writing. They told me about Literacy Waitakere so I came in to check the place out. As soon as [...]

2 11, 2016

Alejandra’s Testimony

By |2018-08-13T01:44:25+12:00November 2nd, 2016|Stories|Comments Off on Alejandra’s Testimony

Almost six years ago I came to Auckland from Christchurch looking for work after I lost my job due to the Christchurch earthquake. The first place that I rang was the Crowne Plaza Hotel. I got an interview for a position as a room attendant. The day of the interview, while I was waiting for the [...]

21 11, 2013

Apprentice thriving with literacy support

By |2019-04-19T12:00:19+12:00November 21st, 2013|Stories|Comments Off on Apprentice thriving with literacy support

  Adrian is an adult apprentice electrician who admits he has struggled with his off-job course work. Now with one-to-one assistance from Literacy Waitakere there's nothing stopping him. Adrian's early primary school years were interrupted by extensive surgery to one of his legs, added to this was a dyslexia and ADHD diagnosis. "By the time I [...]

7 08, 2012

Dara Davenport, recipient of an award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching in 2012

By |2019-04-19T12:01:17+12:00August 7th, 2012|Stories|Comments Off on Dara Davenport, recipient of an award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching in 2012

Dara says: "I have come to learn that our 'kete' is full when you get to know the learner and consider their emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being. When you find out what they want to learn, use meaningful resources, acknowledge what the learner already knows and brings with them and when you use their current [...]

26 01, 2012

Jimmy shares his learning experience

By |2018-08-13T02:00:32+12:00January 26th, 2012|Stories|Comments Off on Jimmy shares his learning experience

Why did you start at Literacy Waitakere? I started because I wanted to better myself and improve choices with my children. I bluffed my way into work, I'd been able to keep my job for 8 years 'til I was made redundant. Going to the hospital, couldn't fill out the forms for my kids, it was [...]

26 01, 2012

Terrene gained self-esteem

By |2018-08-09T21:31:56+12:00January 26th, 2012|Stories|Comments Off on Terrene gained self-esteem

Please read this carefully - because you can. For many thousands of Aucklanders, born here or recent arrivals, it will be a struggle. Adults who have difficulties with reading, writing or 'rithmetic need help - and helping them would be a massive boost to our region and our economy. Rowena Orejana reports. Terrene Gibson has always [...]

26 01, 2012

Vai’s success story

By |2019-04-19T11:48:09+12:00January 26th, 2012|Stories|Comments Off on Vai’s success story

Vai first found out about adult literacy when his workplace, Ritchies Coachlines, offered drivers a literacy programme with Literacy North Shore. Vai could speak English quite well, but he could not always understand what passengers were saying. Other tasks, like filling out accident forms, insurance forms, were difficult because he could not understand what all the [...]