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Taranaki Community Education

Taranaki Community Education is a not-for-profit charitable organisation that provides community education programmes in the Taranaki region and online. Providing tailored programmes that are relevant and enable participants to gain new knowledge and skills.

Cultural, Communication and Self-Sufficiency programmes are offered, which include some of our most popular courses; Conversational Te Reo Māori and NZ Sign Language.

Connect: Connect the community through learning.

Share: Share knowledge, resources and experience.

Advocate: Advocate for opportunities for all by providing affordable learning opportunities.

Mā te rongo, ka mōhio;

Mā te mōhio, ka mārama;

Mā te mārama, ka mātau;

Mā te mātau, ka ora.

From listening comes knowledge;

From knowledge comes understanding;

From understanding comes wisdom;

From wisdom comes well-being.

Our Vision

To be a learning community that enhances the social and cultural needs of the Taranaki region.

Our Mission

To connect with and inspire a confident community.


Reciprocity of learning, sharing of resources, experiences and knowledge.


All are welcome, an inclusive, supportive learning environment.


Relationships and networks are developed with stakeholders, organisations, volunteers and learners.

Ngākau whakaute

Respectful in all interactions with others and the environment, and appreciative of other perspectives. 


High quality courses provided by skilled and qualified professionals.

Ō mātou whakapapa

Our History

The organisation began as a reading assistance programme in 1976 and became a member of the ARLA (Adult Reading and Learning Assistance) Federation in 1982, when it was renamed Taranaki ARLA.

TALELTS (Taranaki Adult Literacy and English Language Tuition Service) was formed in 1996 incorporating Taranaki ARLA and ESOL Home Tutors. In 2004 with the assistance of Literacy Aoreatoa, Taranaki Adult Literacy Services (TALS) was formed and became an incorporated society in 2006. In 2008 TALS became a charitable entity and moved to the corner of Lemon and Liardet Streets in 2009.

In 2017 TALS branched into delivering community education courses and becoming the place to come to learn NZ’s official languages. In 2019 Taranaki Adult Literacy Services moved all their resources and assets to Literacy Aotearoa and kept the community education branch of the business, contracting tutors to deliver Te Reo Maori and sign language courses every term as Taranaki Community Education.


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