'He's changed my life' - meet one Marlborough man who's teaching ex-prison inmates to read and write

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New Zealand prisons are filled with people who struggle with literacy, but there is one man in Marlborough who is trying to solve the problem one ex-inmate at a time. 

Eighty per cent of New Zealand prison inmates have reading difficulties.
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Noel McArthur is single handedly turning lives around, helping ex-inmates to find work and is now appealing for others to step up to offer these men jobs. 

Rangi Wallace-Tapine was among 80 per cent of inmates who have reading difficulties.

He was sent to jail at the age of 17 when he was associated with a gang, after following in his father's footsteps. 

Corrections introduced Mr Wallace-Tapine to Mr McArthur and together, they tackled his reading, which eventually led him to finally sitting his driver's licence test. 

"He had lots of faith in me," Mr Wallace-Tapine told 1 NEWS. 

"It worked. He changed my life otherwise I'd probably be sitting in a cell.

"It means the world. He's more of a father than my father was."

Mr McArthur says he helps those who can't read as its a reason why ex-prisoners struggle to get employment. 

"All their lives they have felt that they are dumb and yet inside they knew they weren't," Mr McArthur said. 

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