Our Mission:




STARS (Specialist Teaching, Assessment and Resource Services), formerly SPELD Wanganui, supports people with Dyslexia other learning challenges in Whanganui.



Our Mission

To support & empower people with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) to unlock their potential. We do this by providing:

- One to one tuition by accredited teachers.

- Accredited assessment of Learning difficulties by an accredited Education Assessor.

- Information about learning disabilities and training opportunities for assisting/teaching those individuals with SLD, especially dyslexia.


Our Services:


All students are assessed thoroughly by our specially trained assessor before participating in the STARS programme. As a Ministry of Education recognised Level A, B, Csp & tester, she is also able to provide assessments for secondary students applying for Reader-Writers and Special Assessment Conditions.


We run courses to better inform parents, classroom teachers, teacher aides and others about Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Disabilities.

Visiting Speakers

From time-to-time we organise for people with a special interest in Learning Disabilities to speak to the community. This is generally opened up to anyone who is interested in attending, and attendance costs are kept to a minimum.


Teaching Programmes

Our programmes are individually tailored to the specific needs of the student. Our methods are based on the latest in scientific and educational research.

Generally, we work one-on-one with students. Our set-up is flexible to accommodate the needs of students and teachers. We work in schools, in our STARS rooms in Braemar House, and in teachers’ and students’ homes—both during and outside school hours.

Social Events 

We also provide social gatherings for students, families, teachers and other STARS supporters to meet in an informal and friendly way.




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