Adult and Community Education Network

South Waikato Lifelong Learning Group > Adult and Community Education (ACE) Network


ACE is an essential part of New Zealand's education system. It has an important role to play in the government's goal for a prosperous and confident knowledge society as outlined in the Tertiary Education Strategy. 

Access to ongoing education and the opportunity to learn new skills will help our country to reach its full potential learning itself is valued and valuable in a 'learning society'.

There are many pathways to adult learning. ACE happens in a wide range of situations, both formal and informal. For many adult learners, it offers the first step to ongoing learning. The 'adult approach' to ACE, enabling learners to make their own choices about where, what and how they learn, free from the pressure and competition associated with formal courses and qualifications, distinguishes it from the compulsory system.

An important part of ACE is taking learning to the learner. Programmes are held in community halls, church buildings and people's homes, as well as in schools and educational institutions. Learning doesn't stop when you leave school, or leave the workforce.

Regional networks also ensure effective use of resources.

Regional ACE Contacts

Matamata: Peter Billingham, C/O Matamata College
Phone: 0-7-881 9018 Email:

South Waikato: Trevor Bentley, C/O Tokoroa High School
Phone: 0-7-886 6109  Email:

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