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ACE Aotearoa Annual Awards 2018

Each year since 2013, the very best of the Adult and Community Education (ACE) sector are recognised for their contribution to their community. On 14 June eight ACE Aotearoa Annual awards were presented in the following categories:

  • Educator of the year Tangata Whenua - This award recognises Māori Educators for outstanding service in, and contribution to, the development and delivery of adult and community education (for Māori). It is intended to be a tribute for outstanding work in teaching, training, administration, or a combination of these.
  • Community Based Programme of the year Tangata Whenua - This award recognises an adult learning programme for Māori learners that has achieved outstanding learning outcomes through innovative programme development, creative implementation and sound evaluation.
  • Provider of the Year Tangata Whenua - This award recognises a community-based organisation for its outstanding achievement and contribution to Māori community development through adult learning.
  • ACE Aotearoa member of the year Tangata Whenua - This award recognises an ACE Aotearoa member for outstanding service in, and contribution to, the development of the ACE Sector.  It is intended to be a tribute for outstanding work in governance, policy development, training, administration, or a combination of these.
  • Educator of the year Tangata Tiriti - This award recognises an individual for outstanding service in, and contribution to, the development and delivery of adult and community education. It is intended to be a tribute for outstanding work in teaching, training, administration, or a combination of these.
  • Community Based Programme of the year Tangata Tiriti - This award recognises an adult learning programme that has achieved outstanding learning outcomes through innovative programme development, creative implementation and sound evaluation.
  • Provider of the year Tangata Tiriti - This award recognises a community-based organisation for its outstanding achievement and contribution as a provider of adult learning
  • ACE Aotearoa member of the year Tangata Tiriti - This award recognises an ACE Aotearoa member for outstanding service in, and contribution to, the development of the ACE Sector.  It is intended to be a tribute for outstanding work in governance, policy development, training, administration, or a combination of these.

We would like to congratulate the following individuals and organisations on their achievements. It is great to be able to acknowledege the excellent work that is completed on behalf of adult learners throughout New Zealand.

Educator of the year Tangata Whenua: Tama Ariki-Biddle
Tama has an in-depth knowledge of Te Ao Māori and uses his knowledge and great teaching technique to develop his community’s love and understanding of te reo and tikanga. Whether teaching waiata to professionals or high needs school students at a local rural school, Tama teaches in a way that is engaging and brings learning to life. His classes include IDEA Services Roopu Manaaki Kapa Haka group, waiata, beginners and Next Steps Te Reo Māori. Tama also works with local schools. The positive enduring relationships that Tama has developed with one of his community groups has helped them achieve success, at the recent IDEA Services Regional Kapa Haka festival in Rotorua: His group received a standing ovation, and performed three extra waiata. Read more...

Educator of the year Tangata Tiriti: Carol Glamuzina
For over 28 years Carol Glamuzina has been associated with Literacy Waitākere and Literacy Aotearoa. She has played a significant part in building the foundations for current adult literacy and numeracy provision in roles which include: adult literacy/numeracy tutor; tutor trainer; co-ordinator; board member; quality assurance manager; business development manager and supremo writer of funding applications. Her current role is that of Community Engagement Manager at Ranui Action Project, in West Auckland. As an adult literacy tutor Carol was one of the true pioneers of student-led kaupapa. Carol was a key player in developing the ACE literacy training as an accredited programme that could be evaluated for quality and she developed a ‘literacy audit’ which was offered to businesses as a fee-paying service. Read more...

Community Based Programme of the year Tangata Whenua: Te Whare Huka Huka’s Ka Eke Poutama
Ka Eke Poutama is a rangatahi leadership programme offered by Te Whare Huka Huka to help develop the governance skills of our next generation of leaders. The fifteen week programme teaches rangatahi the core skills of great governance and social enterprise - practical skills that they can apply once they get onto a board.. The first pilot programme in 2016, had 46 participants. Forty-five of them graduated and completed the course and between them they went on to hold 63 governance roles. Over the last two years three programmes have been run, with more than 100 young people graduating. These alumni are shaping the country’s future - from being part of delegations to international events, and running social initiatives in their community, to taking on senior management roles and setting up their own social enterprises. Read more...

Community Based Programme of the year Tangata Tiriti: ELP Living Well in Christchurch, NZ Sign Language Class
English Language Partners New Zealand works with refugees and migrants to provide English language for effective resettlement. Provision for refugees is a priority. With input from other community organisations and many volunteer hours, ELP Christchurch has developed a programme for former refugees who have little or no previous education, have no English, and are deaf. The teachers’ commitment to learning goes beyond just teaching in the classroom. They design materials and resources and have developed learning outcomes particular to the needs of learners. The programme encourages learners to participate in all aspects of Christchurch community life. Most of the learners are from Bhutan. They have spent many years living in refugee camps and experienced prolonged hardship and trauma. With ELP they get specialized help to settle well in New Zealand. Read more...

Provider of the Year Tangata Whenua: Raukawa Whānau Ora
Raukawa Whānau Ora is based in Levin and provides services throughout Horowhenua/ and Manawatu.The organisation provides an extensive Hau Ora Health service. Since 2015 they have increasingly been working in consultation with whānau. Education is at the centre of everything they do: everyone is encouraged to take the next step up the education ladder. Education programmes include: Whakapakari Whanau (Positive Parenting); Home Management - focusing on financial literacy, advocacy and support; Whanau Development; Rangatahi Programmes – which are school based helping young Māori onto their chosen pathway; and Tane/Wahine Atawhai Programmes – which are usually focused on family violence – but through empowerment. No whanau is left without the support they need to get onto a positive pathway. Read more...

Provider of the year Tangata Tiriti: Ashburton Learning Centre
The Ashburton Learning Centre has evolved from a small organisation established in 1979, which provided a literacy service to a few people in their own homes, to a very visible learning centre. It meets a wide range of individual and community learning needs. Their core programmes (at three levels) include: English for beginners; apprentice support; reading, writing and maths support; and computing classes, digital literacy and much more. Last year about 400 people used their services. The philosophy that drives the organisation is Everybody Matters. The centre provides a wrap-around service that actively supports each student through and often beyond their time at the centre, and a whole-community approach that embraces not only adults, but children too. This relatively small community organisation with dedicated and skilled staff is providing a solution to every learning problem in the community. Read more...

ACE Aotearoa member of the year Tangata Whenua: Ani Pahuru-Huriwai
Ani Pahuru-Huriwai is Executive Director of Tairawhiti REAP. She divides her time between the Gisborne office of Tairawhiti REAP and her home at Onepoto, Hicks Bay from where she has worked to reconnect whanau with whenua, whakapapa and whanaunga. She works to provide education, training and job opportunities for young people who would otherwise have to leave their communities. As an advocate for rural communities, Ani is a force to be reckoned with. She has fought a number of battles including helping to stop oil exploration on the East Coast and establishing Te Puna Manaaki a Ruataupare Community Centre at Onepoto. With the support of Te Wananga o Raukawa, Ani and former colleagues created a Maori library qualification, the Diploma in Maori and Information Management and has helped introduce marae-based degree studies on the East Coast. Ani was a member of the ACE Aotearoa Board from 2009-2016. She was co-chair Tangata Whenua from 2011-2015 and provided invaluable leadership. Read more...

ACE Aotearoa member of the year Tangata Tiriti: Cheryl Smeaton
Since joining the team at WestREAP in 2004, Cheryl Smeaton has developed an extensive provision of adult and community education. Her numerous contributions include being one of the first to rollout Computers in Homes. She built on this successful relationship by taking a proactive role in getting DORA (Digital on Road Access), the mobile digital bus to the community so learners could more easily access learning of their choice. A stunning example of Cheryl’s strategic and collaborative approach includes the roll out of the South Westland WIFI project in 2017 which brought affordable internet to approximately 50 households in one of New Zealand’s remotest spots. With the learner always at the centre of Cheryl’s focus, she has identified many new ways of engaging learners in lifelong learning opportunities including embedding adult literacy and numeracy into a wide range of ACE programmes. Cheryl was a member of the ACE Aotearoa Board during a time of significant change and challenge. Surrounded by newly elected Board members, she modelled stability and inclusion and showed others how to govern in a treaty-based organisation. Read more...