Literacy Aotearoa Wellington (LAW) is a specialist provider of Adult Literacy and Numeracy education. We have been working with adult Wellingtonians for over 30 years. Our programmes help people improve their literacy – including reading, writing, spelling, everyday numeracy and computer skills.

We are a not-for-profit organisation and provide tuition at no direct cost to the learner.

LAW offers a number of different programmes to suit each individual’s  learning needs. We have seen students gain increased confidence and a feeling of acceptance here, which allow them to make changes they haven’t always felt possible, in employment, education or new life pathways.

On completion of their course or programme with us, many students have become more involved in their communities, taken better care of their health and finances or become more engaged with their children’s education.

Literacy Aotearoa Wellington (LAW) is a multi-cultural organisation, that embraces the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

Under te Tiriti we have a responsibility to work with iwi, hapū,and whānau in the Wellington area, to ensure our programmes enhance and sustain positive literacy outcomes for Māori.  We want our systems to encourage Māori participation at all levels of the organisation, and embrace and reflect tikanga Māori values, concepts and practices. 

The organisation operates with two caucuses, Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti.  We value:

  • Rangatiratanga – being a leader in the literacy sector and empowering the learner to be the leader in their educational journey.
  • Manaakitanga – respecting, supporting and caring for each other and the learner on their educational journey.
  • Whanaungatanga – ensuring a nurturing organisational culture that includes developing and maintaining a strong relationship between the learner, their whānau and LAW along the learner’s educational journey.

This ensures we engage with students holistically and nurture a whanau or family environment at LAW

Literacy Aotearoa Wellington values the process of ako – “sometimes teacher, sometimes learner,” acknowledges the unique skills and talents of our learners and respects the many different backgrounds and cultures they bring to the organisation.



“Nā tāu rourou

Nā tāku rourou

Ka ora ai te iwi “


“With your food basket

And my food basket

The people will thrive”