Adult Literacy Tamaki Auckland Inc (ALTA) is an affiliated member (Poupou) of Literacy Aotearoa. Our Office is based in Glen Innes in central east Auckland. We provide small group classes and individual learning assistance to hundreds of adult learners requiring help with reading, writing, speaking, maths, computers, learner licence, critical thinking skills, employment skills, workplace and business skills training.
ALTA started as a volunteer group in Freemans Bay, Central Auckland in 1974. In 1975 Auckland University professor, Marie Clay, received a grant from the Logan Campbell Trust to start an adult literacy program. This enabled the group to establish tutor training as an integral part of its operation. The organisation grew rapidly, becoming an incorporated society in 1984.
A decade later its main office was relocated to Glen Innes when a mutual agreement between ALTA and the local Senior Citizens group who allowed us to move into premises on a council reserve in Maybury Street. The building had previously been built and occupied by the local senior citizen's group. Due to demand in outreaching areas other branches were born from ALTA. This included Waiheke Adult Learning formed in the late 1990’s and in 2006 Adult Literacy Franklin in Pukekohe.
In March 2016 ALTA suffered a major fire to its premises in Maybury Street and we were forced to move and operate from temporary premises in the township. In March 2017 ALTA opened its new leased premises in the Glen Innes township. ALTA is now a hub of foundation Adult Education and English Literacy in the wider Auckland Central Region.
Today ALTA services the greater Auckland basin from Blockhouse Bay, Central Auckland, and the East Auckland Region out to Botany. It provides a diverse range of specialist services and works closely with businesses and serice organisations in the provision of general literacy needs and workplace literacy helping both employed and unemployed people to upgrade their skills.
ALTA also work with Industry Training Organisations looking to upskill tradespeople, and hundreds of second chance learners every year looking to improve their lives.