About us

Vision statement

Our vision is to provide a resource that is free, fun and available to any New Zealander who wants to improve their reading, writing or maths skills, for work and for life.

What we offer

Pathways Awarua is developed by the Tertiary Education Commission to support adult and young adult learners to strengthen their literacy and numeracy skills in contexts that are relevant to New Zealanders.

There are six pathways that focus on literacy and numeracy:

  • Numeracy
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Number facts
  • Wordfit (vocabulary)

The numeracy and reading pathways have general, trade and service versions so that learners can choose contexts that suit their purpose.

There are three applied pathways that deliver content for driver licences and safety requirements for the workplace, while at the same time strengthening literacy and numeracy competencies.

  • Road code
  • Health and safety
  • Heavy vehicle and forklift

Who we work with

Pathways Awarua is developed by the Tertiary Education Commission to support adult learners to strengthen their literacy and numeracy competencies in contexts that are relevant to New Zealanders.

From 2016 the Ministry of Education has supported the use of Pathways Awarua in state and integrated schools with year 9 to 13 students.

The New Zealand Transport agency (NZTA) supported the development of pathways that help learners understand the content for learner, restricted and heavy vehicle licenses, and forklift certification.

The Industry Training Federation and WorkSafe New Zealand contributed to the development of the Health & Safety pathway that provides an opportunity to educate workers on the principles of the Health and Safety at Work Act, and their roles in workplace safety.

Tertiary education commission Ministry of Education The New Zealand Transport agency (NZTA) >The Industry Training Federation and WorkSafe

Our name

Awarua is the name of a pattern which is used in rāranga (Māori weaving). In the learning context Awarua reflects the connections that often occur between literacy and numeracy as they ‘weave’ through programmes and courses to increase the quality of learning engagement and skill level.