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Learning Media builds education services leadership


17 March 2011 For immediate Release

Learning Media builds education services leadership by acquiring CWA New Media

State-owned enterprise Learning Media Limited, New Zealand’s leading provider of educational materials and professional development services, is in discussions to acquire the business of CWA New Media, a national leader in online education and digital development. Learning Media has a rich 100+ year heritage of educational publishing and is the provider of many of the classroom resources in NZ schools, as well as working successfully internationally.

“By acquiring CWA New Media, we will supplement Learning Media’s already strong offering across a range of channels and markets. We are now a multimedia, multicultural learning products and services company”, said Sandy Maier, Chair of Learning Media. “With global and local trends demonstrating an increasing movement away from traditional print, we identified a need to accelerate our capability to work with online and digital media”.

The planned acquisition of CWA New Media will boost Learning Media’s ability to offer digital and multimedia products (including video), and online education services and provides it with access to a high quality digital and online infrastructure, expertise, contacts, clients and revenue streams.

“CWA New Media has been a successful, high-quality educational provider for more than 15 years and we plan to retain its widely-respected brand identity and way of working. The two teams will work alongside each other in an autonomous way on some projects, but combine as appropriate to enable clients to enjoy the benefits of a full service company”, Sandy Maier said.

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About Learning Media
Learning Media is New Zealand’s oldest and largest locally-owned educational materials and services company. It develops award-winning services and products that contribute significantly to education in New Zealand and internationally. Many of the core instructional resources and professional development programmes used in New Zealand’s schools are developed for the Ministry of Education by Learning Media. It is New Zealand’s largest publisher of te reo Māori and Pasifika education resources.

The company manages and develops education resources for the Ministry of Health as well as working for many other corporate and public sector clients. Its innovative educational materials have been developed for international markets and are used in schools in the United States, Canada, Singapore, Australia and in Pacific and European countries.

About CWA New Media
For over 15 years CWA New Media has been an agent for change in the education sector, developing tools, resources and strategies to connect people involved in learning in Aotearoa - New Zealand. It is now at the forefront of enhancing educational and other resources with increasing interactivity.

CWA brings to Learning Media a multidisciplinary team, including experts in education, as well as proven project managers, programmers and media specialists.

A feature of CWA’s work is the networking of human and other resources to provide participants with the greatest possible visibility of their options, choices and “next steps” for professional and personal growth.

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