Empowering young
kiwis in learning
and life.

We’re a small, big hearted team of educators, passionate about delivering structured literacy and maths intervention for children who learn differently.

Welcome to Āwhina Education! We are a Wellington-based tuition company that understands young people are unique, and that their learning styles can be, too.  We cater to a wide range of children with learning differences, including those with Specific Learning Disorders (SLDs) such as dyslexia or dyscalculia. Our goal is to ensure that no matter how your child sees the world, they can achieve great things in learning and in life.

We will let this parent speak to how successfully we accomplish this:

"I wanted to send you my daughter’s school report and say how lucky we feel to have found you and have you 'on her team'. We are beyond thrilled with it and count a lot of it down to the hard work she does with her tutor. She adores her and loves her tutoring time, which really in the scheme of things is so important - she’s an enthusiastic learner - yay! I was so worried with her dyslexia she would lose that. Seeing her called 'a fluent reader' makes us so happy, too, as I so want her to enjoy the wonderful world of books! Thank you so much for all your help and patience - she is so proud of herself."


Looking out for learners

Our team are experts in designing teaching programmes that meet the particular challenges your child may be facing in their learning journey.  We provide a bridge to help them meet the demands of the mainstream curriculum, first by undertaking an assessment of their learning needs, then by monitoring their progress on a regular basis and adjusting our tutoring plans accordingly. We work closely with your family and school to ensure we are wrapping support around your child in the most effective way possible.

Robust, evidence based programmes

Our core strength at Āwhina Education is that we only deliver robust, targeted, evidence-based programmes in both maths and structured literacy. We work collaboratively with local educational and clinical psychologists, and speech-language therapists, who have helped develop our strong systems and bank of resources. The chair of our advisory board is an educational psychologist. Her responsibility is to ensure everything we do meets best practice requirements, and she regularly monitors our practice, resources and programmes.


Giving back

Āwhina Education is a social enterprise and we volunteer a portion of our time in order to help a wider range of young people who need our services. Our volunteer scheme provides tuition in partnership with local Wellington schools, to ensure we are working to bridge not only the gap created by different learning needs, but by income disparities as well. If you are interested in our pro-bono scheme and would like to know how you can support us in this endeavour, please drop us a line, we’d love to hear from you.

Who we work with

At Āwhina we support not only learners, but schools as well. We believe that being connected to the communities our students live and learn in is vital to their success.



Our learners are front and centre to everything we do. The input from families and schools, in combination with the data we collect through testing and teaching your child, enables us to deliver a programme that is truly responsive to a young person’s unique learning needs. We continue to research and update the methods and resources we employ, so your child gets the most relevant and effective programme possible.

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Are your teachers or teacher aids interested in learning more about SLDs like dyslexia, and how children with learning differences can be supported in the classroom? Get in touch to find out how we can bring professional development to your school or learning institute.

Our Tutors

Our team is made up of a group of 10 intervention specialists, plus our resident educational psychologist, Amelia. Each one of us has undertaken rigorous training in the methodologies we use. These are highly specialised skills and our tutors are also adept at working in close conjunction with their students’ classroom teachers.

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Kind Words From Parents

Tutoring has taught our daughter that you can do anything you put your mind to and allowed her confidence to grow so much. Over the time working with you she has gone from a child who was very quiet in class and would hardly ever answer questions, to a child who raises her hand voluntarily and answers the question with pride, confident she knows a thing or two.  I can't put into words how grateful and happy we are to have found Āwhina Education.

"Oh gosh I'm speechless, overjoyed and completely overcome with emotions and gratitude, smiling through tears rolling down my cheeks. Thank you for all your support, I would want any other parent to feel what I'm feeling right now... my son has just flourished."

"Hannah's spelling and reading has really improved since starting with Āwhina Education.  She seems more engaged and doesn't fight us when asked to do her homework - which is a massive change for her and us."

"We’ve noticed more confidence in everything. The one-on-one tutoring has been fantastic for Wilbur. His tutor is amazing."

"We’ve noticed a huge increase in our son’s self confidence when it comes to learning, which has translated into enjoying doing the homework that his tutor gives him."

“Our daughter has had a wonderful term and I'm so grateful that Liz Kane told us about your company. This whole structured literacy approach is really helping her. The lessons are all making sense to her... it is connecting to her brain and it has been a joy to watch her really learn. Her tutor is nothing short of amazing with her. Thank you to her tutor and to the whole Awhina Education team from my family.“

"Thanks for all you do - I have already noticed a massive difference... I can’t believe she can read half the words she’s able to now!"

"This Tuesday he came out from tutoring with a smile a mile wide and full of enthusiasm. He said his tutor was so proud of him identifying all the language features. The way you are teaching him is just what he needs and is filling him with confidence, not just in English, but also in History and Mathematics. I just wish I had done this sooner. Thank You so much for your hard work. You totally amaze me with what you have achieved in such a short time."

"It is a wrench leaving his tutor who has been a superlative tutor for our son -  her structuring, skill, sensitivity, and positive approach has really helped him reengage. We almost considered staying in Wellington longer for her!"

"My daughter’s maths confidence has soared since starting tutoring with Karen! She is a fantastic tutor!"

"We are very grateful to you and Carina. Our son loves reading now, he even likes to write, and says spelling is easy! Your work has changed his life."

“Thought I'd share this [report] to show how our son has benefited from all your support this year and how he has shared this with his teachers and they affirm this. Thank you everyone! We feel so lucky to have this team around him, helping him grow and learn.”

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