Innovation has earned the island's adult literacy programmes a "dynamic" national award.
Waiheke Adult Learning is one of only two organisations nationwide named as winners of this year's Dynamic Community Learning Awards.
The award acknowledges Waiheke Adult Learning's whanau literacy programmes, which support parents and children to learn alongside one another.
Waiheke Adult Learning manager Fiona Gregory says tutors Cheryl Rahui and Wiremu Te Taniwha have developed a highly effective approach to designing programmes for Maori learners.
She says the judges were particularly impressed by the innovative and down-to-earth approach of Waiheke Adult Learning.
During the year children and adult learners have been welcomed to weekend wananga filled with fun learning activities for all ages.
The last one, two months ago at Piritahi Marae, involved 70 adults and children from 8 months to 80 years.
The results have included increased Maori engagement in adult literacy learning and tutor training, along with a revitalised kapa haka group and networks of new relationships leading to more community learning.
"We are thrilled to receive the award," Ms Gregory says. "It is recognition of the creativity and dedication of our tutors and students who work together to make our programmes a success.
"Learning is a key means for adults to become empowered to fully participate in our ever-changing world."
The awards were presented at the launch of Adult Learners Week in Kaitaia on September 2.
They are sponsored by ACE Aotearoa, the McCombs-Rivers Trust and Alison Broad to celebrate engagement, excellence and innovation in adult community learning. Two awards are given each year.
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