Learn a New Skill

Art: Acrylic Painting & Multi-Drawing Medium

Tutor/Facilitator: Ian Hulston
7 Tuesday nights - Starts 17 October from 7-9pm

This course is for Beginners and Intermediate Students. Learn basic drawing skills using pencils, charcoal and watercolour pencils, create colourful graphic images with both oil pastels or soft pastel , painting with Acrylic paints to portray images with watercolour or use thick Impasto Acrylic paint like oils. This class is now FULL.

Fees: NZ$95

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BABY QUILT: Square

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
1 Sunday - On 24 September from 9am -3:30pm

Learn how to make a super quick baby quilt. Great as a beginner project.

Fees: NZ$80

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BABY QUILT: Stars

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
1 Sunday - On 24 September from 9am -3:30pm

Learn how to make a super quick baby quilt. Great as a beginner project.

Fees: NZ$80

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Baby Sitting & First Aid Skills

Tutor/Facilitator: Robyn Peterson
1 Monday or 1 Tuesday - On 10 or 11 July from 9am-4pm

Both classes are now FULL. Gain a useful certificate to help you become a skilled babysitter. Basic skills such as feeding, nappy changing and emergency procedures will be covered as well as first aid skill such as bandaging, what to do in the case of cuts, choking, burns etc and CPR. The course is suitable for Intermediate and College aged students.

Fees: NZ$55 - Monday
Fees: NZ$55 - Tuesday

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CHRISTMAS CARDS: Computerised & Mail Merged

Tutor/Facilitator: Carolyn Bates
1 Saturday - On 28 October from 9am-4pm

Using MS Word (suitable for other word processing applications) Add creative text. Select correct "paper" size to fit envelopes. Add free or your own images. Learn how to print on both sizes of a piece of paper/card. Print personalised cards. Print addressed envelopes. This class is now CANCELLED

Fees: NZ$85

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CREATIVE WRITING:

Tutor/Facilitator: Angel Domingos
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 17 October from 7-9pm

A creative writing course for beginners. We will cover the basics of fiction writing from gathering ideas for a story to character development. Understanding the story arc and learning how to ‘show not tell’. This will be a fun and creative environment to help you get that story from out of your head and on to paper.

Fees: NZ$105

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Digital Photography: Beginner

Tutor/Facilitator: Geoff Marshall
6 Wednesday nights & 1 weekend field trip - Starts 2 August from 7-9pm

Learn how to get the best out of your camera by learning basic camera operating techniques, lenses, exposure, lighting, depth of field and how to make rather than take photographs. Also includes basic computer improvements to photos. There are two field trips, one on the third Wednesday evening and one on a Saturday or Sunday. The weekend fieldtrip will be on the date which best suits most students.

Fees: NZ$100

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Digital Photography: Hands On

Tutor/Facilitator: Geoff Marshall
4 Wednesday nights & 3 field trips - Starts 18 October from 7-9pm

A practical course involving four classroom sessions and three location shoots. Sessions will cover people, landscape, still life, night photography, all designed to teach creative techniques of making photographs. Assumes a basic knowledge of camera operation.

Fees: NZ$100

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DIY: Do It Yourself Interiors

Tutor/Facilitator: Rebekah Insoll
1 Saturday - On 18 November from 9am-4pm

Can't find a tradesman? Lots of small jobs around the home you can learn to do yourself with some simple tools. Without prior experience, come and gain skills you need to renovate for a fraction of the cost. The course involves 'hands-on' practise, and mistakes are part of learning.

Fees: NZ$105

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DIY: Do It Yourself Exteriors

Tutor/Facilitator: Rebekah Insoll
1 Saturday - On Saturday 2 December from 9am-4pm

Want to improve the outside look of your home and can't find a tradesman. Learn the skills in this practical class to do it yourself.

Fees: NZ$105

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E MAIL SYSTEMS

Tutor/Facilitator: Carolyn Bates
1 Sunday - On 19 November from 9am-4pm

Setting up customised email lists. Create a customised signature block. Utilising specific filing options. Add attachments to messages. Save attachments to your computer. Find specific messages. Demonstrations will be done using Gmail, but students could use other email systems during the course.

Fees: NZ$85

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ENHANCE YOUR HOME: Exterior and Interior

Tutor/Facilitator: Rebekah Insoll
1 Saturday - On 9 September from 9am-4pm

Are parts of your home looking tired or dated? Learn how to change a room to make it more appealing yet reflect you. This course involves developing your 'eye' for what works (and what doesn't) in a range of rooms. You will apply this knowledge, along with your own preferences, to a range of room types. Some practical activities are included in the course This course has now been CANCELLED.

Fees: NZ$90

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Expressive Flowers Painting

Tutor/Facilitator: Paula Kerslake
1 Saturday morning - On 4 November from 9am-12:30pm

Paint your own abstract flowers art masterpiece to take home and enjoy. Learn some basic abstract art techniques for painting expressive flowers with this fresh new approach. This course is perfect for beginners and experienced artists who wish to expand their imagination, master new skills and have fun.

Fees: NZ$45

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GENEALOGY IN THE DIGITAL AGE: Beginner

Tutor/Facilitator: Jan Powell
2 Saturday mornings - Starts 28 October from 9am-12noon

This course is for absolute beginners, or those who haven't been hunting for long. Learn how to check Births, Deaths & Marriages: Parish Registers: Census and Electoral Rolls: Newspapers: Shipping/migration: Use social media for genealogical research: and Genealogical Proof Standard. This course has been CANCELLED

Fees: NZ$80

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ITALIAN LANGUAGE: For Travellers and Lovers Next Step

Tutor/Facilitator: Antonella Sarti
8 Thursday nights - Starts on 18 October from 7-9pm

For those who have some knowledge of Italian and want to continue their studies.

Fees: NZ$105

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Middle Eastern Cuisine

Tutor/Facilitator: Rolla Farah
5 Wednesday nights - Starts 18 October from 7-9pm

Learn how to prepare Palestinian Middle Eastern Cuisine such as kebabs, shawarma, falafel, humus and taboulah salad.

Fees: NZ$110 - Includes all ingredients

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MIXED MEDIA ART: Beginner

Tutor/Facilitator: Gerda Smit
6 Monday nights - Starts 30 October from 7-9pm

Collage, stamps, stensils, gelli print, neo11 watercolour, high flow acrylics, ink, artist brush pen, paints etc. "The sky's the limit"! How to combine mixed mediums and finish the painting with oil or acrylic. This course has been CANCELLED

Fees: NZ$85

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Musical Keyboard Skills

Tutor/Facilitator: Jean Hollier
8 Monday nights - Starts 16 October 6:30-9pm for 2 hours

Learn to use the musical keyboard. One hour individual and group tuition plus practice time using the schools' electronic keyboards. Usually split into 2 groups with start times of either 6.30 or 7.30pm

Fees: NZ$105

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PAINT YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS (OR OTHER) CARDS:

Tutor/Facilitator: Gerda Smit
3 Wednesday nights - Starts 18 October from 7-9pm

Send your own handmade and hand-painted Christmas cards to those special people in your life. No skills needed, just come and play.

Fees: NZ$45

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PAINTING FOR BEGINNER TO ADVANCED: Learn, Grow, Create

Tutor/Facilitator: Gerda Smit
4 Saturday afternoons - Starts 10 March 2018 from 1-4pm

Gerda Smit’s workshops are a testament to her approachable, giving nature, and hands-on teaching style of 22 years. Students will leave this workshop excited; ready to experiment more on their own; and, above all, pointed toward meaningful, personal, artistic growth. The workshop will include individual painting time, personalized instruction aimed to promote your progress. While demonstrations and advice on technique will be geared toward oil painters, artists who are more comfortable working in other mediums are welcome.

Fees: NZ$105

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PAINTING STILL LIFE:

Tutor/Facilitator: Gerda Smit
2 Wednesday nights - Starts 22 November from 7-9pm

Learn step by step how to paint a still life in the medium of your choice. You will be guided how to step by step paint the still life of your choice.

Fees: NZ$35

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PAINTING STYLISED PORTRAITS:

Tutor/Facilitator: Gerda Smit
2 Wednesday nights - Starts 8 November from 7-9pm

It can be intimidating to sit down and paint a portrait. Gerda makes it easy by simplifying facial features into basic forms and using photo references. As an exercise for getting started, we will use black and white photos and add color to loosen up This class is now CANCELLED

Fees: NZ$35

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PATCHWORK CHARM BAG

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
5 Thursday nights - Starts 19 October from 7-9pm

Learn the principals of patchwork by making this delightful bag. Suitable for beginners.

Fees: NZ$65

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PATCHWORK: Beginners & Beyond Piecing

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
5 Thursday nights - Starts 19 October from 7-9pm

This is for the entry level quilter or the quilter who wants to brush up on their piecing skills. You can work on your own project under the guidance of the tutor.

Fees: NZ$65

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Patchwork: Christmas Capers

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
2 Sundays - On 3 & 17 September from 9am-4pm

Christmas Capers is a fun project that uses small amounts of fabric that does not need to be Christmas themed. It is ideal for fat 1/4's and scraps. Participants will learn about various methods of Applique, constructing fast flying geese, half and quarter square triangles, and embellishments.

Fees: NZ$150

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PATCHWORK: Table Runner

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
6 Thursday nights - Starts 3 August from 7-9pm

A beginner to Patchwork. Learn the basics with this simple Table Runner. Make out of Christmas material or choose fabrics to match your decor.

Fees: NZ$80

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POTTERY: Intermediate Wheel Work

Tutor/Facilitator: Anne Glennie
6 Monday nights - Starts 11 September from 7-9:30pm

This course is only open to students who have completed at least one of the previous wheelwork classes in 2017. The course will build on skills already learnt to achieve larger and more complex pieces. Materials and all firing costs (approx. $30) are extra and are paid directly to the tutor. Please note this class is held at Gear Homestead Okowai Road, Porirua. This class is now FULL

Fees: NZ$125

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PUBLIC SPEAKING FOR EVERYONE:

Tutor/Facilitator: Gertrude Agbozo
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 1 August from 7-9pm

At some point in your personal or professional life, you will be asked to present/speak in public. In this course you will learn to become a more effective communicator, manage your body language, reduce your anxiety/stress about public speaking, and build confidence. Some of the speeches covered in the course are: introduction, persuasive, impromptu, and informative. This course is now CANCELLED

Fees: NZ$105

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Raranga 1 Day Wananga Beginner

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
1 Saturday - 2 September from 9am-5pm

For tenia(newbies) create kono and or konae and maybe putiputi. Nina's students also welcome

Fees: NZ$30

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Raranga 1 Day Wananga Beginner (November)

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
1 Saturday - On 25 November from 9am-5pm

For create Christmas kono and or konae and maybe putiputi. Nina's students also welcome

Fees: NZ$30

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Raranga 1 Day Wananga Intermediate (December)

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
1 Saturday - On 2 December from 9am - 5pm

Minimum experience required (people who have made putiputi) - Kono/Konae. Also for the Experienced weaver - whiri kete or wall hanging Note: All registered students will be contacted by the tutor to discuss what they would like to create, where to harvest harakeke and what type of harakeke needed, preparation of harakeke and tools to be sourced for the day.

Fees: NZ$30

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Raranga: Creating Taonga with Harakeke (Beginner)

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
8 Monday nights - Starts 16 October from 7-9pm

Learn how to harvest and prepare Harakeke (flax), including kohua (boiling), weave putiputi a place mat and a wall hanging while using traditional techniques and methods, including karakia, tikanga and Te reo Maori. This class is great for those with no experience to minimum experience. I believe the most important part of weaving is the preparation and basics, I am privileged to be able to teach you and guide you through your first stages of Raranga.

Fees: NZ$65

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Raranga: Creating Taonga with Harakeke (Intermediate)

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 17 October from 7-9pm

This class is for those who are experienced at weaving with Harakeke and/or other materials. You must understand the tikanga, reo and how to prepare Harakeke for weaving. Minimum of experience – putiputi, kono and konae. This class is a pathway for those that wish to move on from the beginners class. You will learn how to weave whiri kete and are welcome to inquire about weaving other items. Come along and become one of our Tuakana weavers and 'get your weave on'.

Fees: NZ$65

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Relaxation through Crochet: Beginner Course

Tutor/Facilitator: Monique Lubberink
4 Wednesday Nights - Starts 1 November from 7-9pm

Crochet is a great activity that settles your mind and is relaxing too. Crochet and the repetitive movements help the brain make more serotonin, which helps to decrease feelings of depression. Learn to crochet by making little projects (a flower keychain, crochet hearts and granny squares). Learn about different stitches and notations and how to read patterns. Crochet is a great craft to learn, you can make awesome things for yourself or join a community craft group and crochet for a cause!

Fees: NZ$55

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Roman Blinds & Curtains

Tutor/Facilitator: Luella Plimmer
1 Saturday - On 25 November from 9am-4pm

Make a Roman blind or Curtains for your home during this one day course. This is a condensed course so if you are making a large blind you may need to do the last finishing and stringing at home. This course has been CANCELLED

Fees: NZ$85

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SELF DEFENCE: Krav Maga(Age 15+)

Tutor/Facilitator: Gabriel Molina
1 Saturday afternoon - On 28 October from 12noon -3pm

Krav Maga (contact combat) is a tactical self-defence system developed by the Israeli Defence Force. Its application and efficiency in the real world setting has been proven to be highly effective. Because of this, it is a self-defence system that is used widely by the military special forces, law enforcement agencies and bodyguards. This course has been CANCELLED

Fees: NZ$40

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Sewing for Beginners

Tutor/Facilitator: Luella Plimmer
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 17 October from 7-9pm

Want to learn about sewing but don’t know where to start. Learn how to understand a pattern, work out the material needed and what sewing words mean.

Fees: NZ$65

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Sewing for Intermediate & Advanced

Tutor/Facilitator: Luella Plimmer
8 Monday nights - Starts 16 October from 7-9pm

The class will cater for intermediate and advanced sewers as well as tailoring. All students will be helped, shown techniques and short cuts. Bring pattern, material & sewing kit, current sewing project, or idea to the first lesson.

Fees: NZ$105

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STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS:

Tutor/Facilitator: Sam Allison
4 Tuesday Nights - Starts 13 February from 7-9pm

Considering taking big leap into self-employment and opening your own business? Get insights into what's really involved from a successful local businessman, find out what you need to know and learn the tools available to help you on your way.

Fees: NZ$55

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STRETCH SEWING & OVERLOCKING:

Tutor/Facilitator: Luella Plimmer
1 Saturday - On 2 September from 9am-4pm

Learn how to master stretch fabrics with confidence using an overlocker. The course will cover topics much as how to do hems, elastic cuffs, plackets, rolled hem, flat locking, inserting lace and adjusting tensions. This course has been CANCELLED.

Fees: NZ$85

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T SHIRT TO TUNIC

Tutor/Facilitator: Luella Plimmer
1 Sunday - On 29 October from 9am-4pm

From a T shirt to a Designer Tunic. Come and get a free t shirt pattern of your size then turn the pattern into a designer tunic. Construct the tunic and wear it home. Materials are required

Fees: NZ$85

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Taichi: Introduction

Tutor/Facilitator: Mercedes Godinez
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 17 October from 6:45-7:45pm

Taichi is an exciting, fun, exercise for your body and mind.This is the art and exercise that the Chinese have been practicing to keep healthy. flexible, balanced, active,sociable and youthful. This class is now FULL.

Fees: NZ$75
Fees: NZ$50 - second fitness class in same term

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WEST AFRICAN COOKING: from groundnut to jollof

Tutor/Facilitator: Gertrude Agbozo
5 Thursday nights - Starts 24 August from 7-9pm

From Senegal to Cameroon, West Africa is a diverse region with millions of people, representing over 100+ ethnic groups. West Africans are friendly and love to eat with family, friends and guests. Learn how to make some common dishes from the region like groundnut stew/peanut soup, seafood stew with kumara, and jollof rice. This course has been CANCELLED

Fees: NZ$70

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WOODWORK

Tutor/Facilitator: Ben Espinosa
8 Monday nights - Starts 30 October from 7-9pm

Learn wood working using hand tools and the type of power tools found in the home. Choose your own project at your level of ability and learn skills while completing the project.

Fees: NZ$105

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Woodwork Made Easy

Tutor/Facilitator: John Spittal
8 Wednesday nights - Starts 18 October from 7-9pm

Learn wood working and wood turning, sharpening, tuning, using hand tools and the type of power tools found in the home. Choose your own project at your level of ability and learn skills while completing the project. You provide your own materials. There is another course starting Monday 30 October.

Fees: NZ$105

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Xero Basic (October)

Tutor/Facilitator: Carolyn Bates
1 Sunday - On 29 October from 9am-4pm

In the best Xero course in Wellington learn about this new web-based accounting package which is growing rapidly in use in the small business sector. This is a beginner course in Xero but you are expected to have some accounting knowledge.

Fees: NZ$85

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