South Waikato Lifelong Learning Group

Our vision

‘To provide a collaborative forum for the growth of learning opportunities in our community’.


Who are we?

The Group is an informal network of individuals and organizations interested in promoting and facilitating learning.

Current organizations include:

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Te Wananga O Aotearoa

South Waikato Secondary Schools Gateway Cluster                      

Forest View High School

Tokoroa High School

Putaruru College                                         

South Waikato Education Centre Trust                                 


Our history

Dates back to the late 1980’s, when Private Training Establishments networked to promote programs and training pathways for students.

In the early 2000’s, the Learning Strategy Development group (local iwi, District Council, tertiary providers, government departments) began discussions on education as a factor in economic development.

By 2004 these networks had combined to form the South Waikato Lifelong Learning Group, which has been in continuous operation since that time.


Our objectives

1.  Advocate for the concept of life learning.

2. Provide local education pathways for learners.

3. Identify and meet community learning needs.

4. Facilitate communication between members.

5. Operate collaboratively.

6. Build capacity for tertiary provision in the district.

7. Develop partnerships with industry.


What do we do?

The Group is project focused. Projects to date include:

  • Promotion of literacy and ongoing learning as part of Adult Learners Week,

  • Delivery of the biennial South Waikato Careers Expo since 2013 which is a key opportunity for the youth of the South Waikato to engage with multiple providers of future career pathways alongside locally based employers,

  • Support for the annual Tokoroa Festival of Cultures,

  • Support the management of the South Waikato Driver’s License Project.


Participation is open to any individual or organisation interested in the vision and objectives of the Group.

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