Hagley Adult Literacy Centre (HALC) provides opportunities for learners to develop their literacy, numeracy, communication and computer skills.

HALC has highly qualified tutors who are experienced in all areas of literacy, numeracy, English language learning, and computing. A personalised programme is developed for learners based on their goals and future plans.


As well as increasing reading, writing and maths knowledge, learners also gain confidence and self-esteem and learn skills for work, study and engagement in the community.

Courses are FREE for adult learners who are NZ citizens or NZ residents.

Which course should I enrol in?


Hagley Adult Literacy Centre has a range of courses to cater for the many different learning needs in our community.

  • For those who need to up-skill, we have Community classes in three locations around the city. 

  • For those in employment who need to improve skills for their jobs, look at our Workplace programme.

  • For those who are new to New Zealand, look at our Everyday English ESOL classes.

  • For those with an intellectual impairment, look at our First Steps classes.

  • And lastly, for those who need a positive environment to focus on learning, gaining NCEA L1, and creating a pathway to further education or employment, we have a class for you! 

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"I was really thrilled to work with my tutor on my reading.

I'm much more

confident at work now"

In the news:

Term 2  ACE classes

We have started new short courses at Hagley College this term. These are especially for those who are migrants or refugees. 

  • Drivers Licence

  • Barista

  • Preparing for Employment

  • Beginning Computing

  • Volunteering

  • Conversations

New ESOL class

We are excited to start a new ESOL class in Papanui soon.  Looking forward to a great year learning Kiwi English!  

Feb 2021

Skills Highway Award

We are so proud of our workplace tutor Jo R, whose work has been recognised with a highly commended certificate. Jo is a committed and dedicated tutor and we are lucky to have her on our team!

Jan 2021