Reading Oasis


United Way New Zealand is participating with primary schools launching literacy programs under the trademark of Reading Oasis.
The goal of the United Way NZ Reading Oasis is to give every child the opportunity to develop a for love reading, positively affecting their ability to learn throughout school and beyond - we have a bold target of implementing the Reading Oasis initiative in 9 schools by 2020 which will mean reaching upwards of 500 children throughout New Zealand!

Research indicates that particular literacy practices may help children in early childhood services strengthen their literacy competency so they can make a successful transition to formal schooling. These practices can be found in the range of literacy activities children engage in throughout the day. There is an increasing number of New Zealand children with below average reading skills, we aim to help.

Research Shows..

New Zealand and Australian research suggests that children’s early phonological awareness and familiarity with books links to their later reading and writing skills (Hamer & Adams, 2003; Early Childhood Literacy Project, 1999; Nicholson, 1999).

If these literacy and other practices are poorly developed or skills are missing prior to schooling, then this is an indicator of later reading difficulties (McLachlan, 2006; Tayler, 2006).

A child who reads will become an adult who thinks.


Adopt a school! We are looking for individuals, businesses, companies, and communities to ‘adopt’ the schools that need it the most. The cost to set up the programme (year one) is NZ$14,000pa and it’s truly a gift that keeps on giving.

Every business and donor who gets involved will be given feedback and reports from their local Reading Oasis along with the opportunity to volunteer.

Donations to this worthwhile initiative are welcome. For further information or related queries please contact United Way New Zealand, via


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