Have a fantastic festive season! | ELPNZ

Have a fantastic festive season!

18 December 2017

This year, just over 2,000 caring Kiwis took time, each week, to teach English and walk alongside a newcomer to New Zealand.

This generous gift of time helps to increase our newer Kiwis' confidence with English as they build new lives in Aotearoa.

I often hear how these lessons make a real difference in learners’ lives: being able to talk with their doctor, child’s teacher, or get to know a neighbour. For some, it means being able to read the paper and access the internet to find work, or get a learner driver licence.

I heard recently about three learners who now volunteer in Kiwi organisations so they can practise English and also give back to the community. How fantastic!

A heart-felt thank you to all our wonderful volunteers – wonderful champions helping New Zealand communities be a safer and more caring place for newcomers. Your work is valuable beyond measure.

I wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

Nga mihi nui,
Nicola Sutton
Chief Executive Officer