Andrew Mitchell

I have a passion for creating things with my hands and I have been practising art for as long as I can remember. I love sharing knowledge and skills with people and encouraging them to fulfil their own creative potential. My interests also include watching native birds, architecture and cooking. I have been teaching adults for over eleven years after graduating from Massey University School of Design, and during the day I work at Vincents Art Workshop, a community art space in Wellington.

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Angel Domingos

A love of writing and storytelling led me to complete a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English a few years ago. I then went on to do a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing and that gave me the tools and discipline I needed to start and complete projects. This is something I love to pass on to others who are interested in learning the techniques.  I have completed a full length feature film script and have just finished filming a short film that I wrote and directed. I also teach Creative Writing to senior citizens and together we have just finished their first short story which was a wonderful experience.

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Anne Glennie

Anne has always thought playing with clay might be fun and I now finds herself 25 years later still enjoying the creative process and being inspired by what can result from the changing techniques and materials that are always being developed. She also gets a great deal of satisfaction from introducing others to this art form and has taught classes herself now for about seven years with a number of students going on to join local pottery clubs.

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Anne Hatten

Anne has been involved in community education for many years and continues to see students who enjoy learning in this type of environment where questions are welcome and were learning is fun.  

She is a very patient tutor and many students return for followup courses.  Anne tutors  Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Cloud computing courses.

Her experience has been in the business environment, self-taught and being a tutor in Business Computing as Massey University. 

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Antonella Sarti

I love teaching, especially my native language.I think teaching is kind of a nature, not just a job.
I've taught Foreign languages to children, teenagers, adults and Italian to my (Kiwi) husband as well!
Teaching languages means communicating feelings, memories, ideas, the music of words, the beauty of a country and of its people's ways of life.
As a word lover I have enjoyed translating, especially NZ fiction into Italian,and I am very proud of being Patricia Grace's translator...at the moment I am working at POTIKI.

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Barbara Wefers

Barbara has been teaching Pilates for around 10 years now and is passionate about Fitness and Health.
Seeing people enjoy the benefits of Pilates is hugely rewarding.

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Ben Espinosa

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Camilla Watson

Principal CORLIGHT™ Programmes.

Counselling, Stress Management, Life Coach, Behavioural Specialist. With a background as a Business Analyst and a Corporate Trainer, and with a Diploma in Social Services - Counselling, Camilla now has twenty-five years experience as a counsellor, trainer and life coach. She specialises in stress management and relationships, and provides life-changing healing strategies for anxiety and depression and other challenges. As a professional speaker and contributor to several publications she is able to reach people all over New Zealand with her life changing strategies.

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Carolyn Bates

For many years Carolyn has enjoyed teaching community education classes to a

variety of adult students during evenings and weekends. The majority of courses

have mainly focused on software up-skilling and expertise. She has also

conducted a diverse range of non-PC courses such as accounting, administration

skills, family budgeting, event management, genealogy and meeting preparation.

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Christine Darnell

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Dianne Barnden

I am passionate about quilting and all things quilting. My quilting journey began 20 years ago when I signed up for a community education class “Beginners Sampler Quilt”, little did I know just what an impact that class would have in my future. I am thrilled to be able to introduce quilting into the life of another like minded people and to see their journey unfold. Through quilting I have met the most amazing people and found a creative outlet which at times pulls us through those little humps in the road.

I am a trained Montessori Teacher and currently am the head Teacher at Tawa Montessori Preschool. I am married to the most supportive husband. We have a grown up son who now insists he has enough quilts!

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Don Franks

Don Franks is a professional musician who has taught music at schools, adult and children's classes, in prison and to private students.

He’s performed at restaurants, dance halls, race meetings, hotels, concerts, weddings, funerals, supermarkets, festivals and protest rallies.

He currently produces the weekly Access radio programme, Don Franks' Music. As a music teacher, Don specialises in building students' confidence and enjoyment.

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Emma Fromings

Emma Fromings is Educator for Alzheimers Wellington. She regularly provides education for people newly diagnosed with dementia, and their families. As well as education and information to health professionals using and influenced by the Cognitive Impairment and Dementia Pathway within the Capital and Coast and Hutt Valley district Health Board regions. Emma is well known and regarded throughout the Wellington region as a skilled dementia educator. She is a registered nurse with extensive experience working with people affected by a dementia, in both hospital and community settings.

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Gabriel Molina

Gabriel Molina is a qualified G1 level instructor for the IKMF (International Krav Maga Federation). He gained his instructor's qualification under the guidance of Tim Alexander - E3 (Expert Instructor Team), and Israel Tamir - E4 (Global Instructor Team)


Before he became an IKMF instructor, Gabriel also trained in Krav Maga, Taekwondo (ITF), Shorinji-kan Jujitsu (NZJJF), and Arnis de mano (Filipino martial art). Gabriel currently works full-time as a subject matter expert/clinical educator for two district health boards within the Wellington region. He is a NZ registered nurse with a masters degree in clinical nursing.

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Gareth Rees

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Geoff Marshall

Geoff is a serious amateur / semi-professional photographer who has been teaching Community Education photography classes for about 25 years. Geoff’s interest in photography goes back to his childhood and while he has a broad knowledge of many different aspects of photography, his main interests are landscapes and candid photographs of people.

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Gerda Smit

My paintings are the breath of my soul In every brush stroke you will find me I celebrate life Make people smile My marks are bold and colorful I paint boatsheds and flowers They are like people to me Each have its own story …….. Just like us…the same but so different I am blessed with a talent to paint And a gift to encourage My past was in South Africa And my future in New Zealand My work demonstrates content both on a storytelling and inner life I am a full time wife/mother/artist/tutor I have to paint/create it is part of how I am God is my Creator I am made in His image

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Ian Appleton

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Ian Hulston

Since an early age Ian has had a keen interest in Art. He started his career as a Graphic Artist attending the Wellington Polytech School of Design.

There he trained under various well known Artists and Illustrators.He has worked for various Printers and Advertising Agencies, plus the Dominion Post as a Designer and Illustrator.

Currently he works freelance as an illustrator and also runs his own small Picture Framing business, plus teaches night classes in Acrylic painting and drawing to Adults.

His Artwork has been displayed in various exhibitions on at local galleries also The New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and Watercolour NZ. and collected by overseas visitors.

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Jan Powell

Jan is a genealogist and a qualified teacher. She is interested in running  courses for people who like to learn to research their family tree/family history. She has been doing genealogy for over 40 years.

Jan is currently Convenor at NZSG Porirua branch. This involves running the committee and branch. She runs "How To…" beginning genealogy sessions,  gives slide show talks in greater Wellington and Wairarapa on Genealogy in the Digital Age. Researching and publishing online

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Jean Hollier

Jean has been teaching piano / keyboard in Tawa for 30 years. Initially, only children at the Tawa

Music Centre but since 1999 a range of ages at a number of different schools, privately and through Community Education. Jean is also the producer of Tawa Goes To Town, our schools and community biennial music festival.

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Jessie Gibbs

Jessie has been playing Japanese Taiko drumming for 9 years and has trained in Japan, New Zealand, and Australia. Jessie was a member of Kodama Japanese Drum Team in Palmerston North, and later went on to lead it; and now runs her own team, Narukami Taiko which holds classes and workshops in Wellington and Tawa.

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Joyce Tam

Joyce loves sewing and loves teaching sewing and other fashion design topics. She has been teaching at the Fashion Design department of Massey University for over 20 years. She will teach you how to select a pattern, how to read pattern information, selecting appropriate fabric and methods that are simple quick and provide a professional finish to garments. She looks forward to seeing you in a sewing class soon.

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Katy McTeigue

Katy learnt about Japanese cooking while living in Japan on a teaching exchange. She is passionate about Japanese food as it is not only very healthy but also can be enjoyed with the eyes as well as the mouth.

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Linda Savell and Jackie Haddow

Linda has been playing with clay for over 35years. firstly as a teenager in her mother’s studio then on and off as a young adult at night classes and as a member of a the pottery club.  For the last 20 years she has been far more dedicated to potting and have a love of both hand building and wheel thrown work.  She has found herself informally tutoring both Adults and children for over 10 years and find sharing her love of pottery very rewarding.  She now hopes that she can share her experience and knowledge with new potters. 

Jackie has always been creative and enjoyed various arts and crafts since her teen years, and has experience teaching pre-school and school-aged children. Her clay journey started after completing a couple of wheel-work courses with Anne Glennie, and her current passion is hand-building exploring the variety of textures and forms that can be achieved. She joined the Gear Homestead Pottery Club 5 years ago and has been a committee member for the last 3 years. This has involved planning and running activity nights for club members which she has really enjoyed. And now she would like to share her knowledge and skills with other would-be potters.

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Luella Plimmer

Since training in Fashion and Design at Wellington Polytechnic in the early 1970's I have been around the fashion industry and sewing machines. I was in retail for many years and have been teaching at Tawa College Community Education for nearly 30 years. I teach a wide range of subjects which include sewing, roman blinds, patternmaking, overlocking, using stretch and many more. My latest class which started as a hobby is upholstery, has been very popular especially the weekend courses.

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Luz Domenella

Hola! My name is Luz Domenella I am a PE teacher from Argentina.

I have been a Spanish tutor at the Adult Community Education since 2005.

I really enjoy the opportunity to teach my language and share my culture.

Come and join the Spanish world!

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Manjula Patel

Manjula Patel has been cooking for 25 years.

She was born in Nairobi, East Africa and moved to England at the age of nine.

Although she was raised in an Indian community, she developed a passion for cooking through being expose to many different cultures.

Being an outgoing person, she loves entertaining friends and family, and brings a positive attitude to all her classes.

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Margaret Seconi

Margaret is a fourth generation Pakeha Kiwi New Zealander who happens to be a retired secondary teacher recently trained in Adult Education. She loves being able to share the customs, culture, history, geography and everyday spoken Kiwi English with those who are new to this country. Helping to improve pronunciation is a strength that she's developed through years of singing and chatting with migrants & visitors from other countries. Her many hobbies include: choir, gardening, travelling and cooking.

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Marie Donald

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Maurice Priestley

Maurice began his performance experience in the NZ folk scene of the late '60s and early '70s, moving into blues and rock and touring with bands on the pub circuit through to the '80s.

A brief early '70s encounter with Waikato University coincided with a vibrant Waikato music scene providing Maurice the opportunity to jam and play guitar with Dave Maybee, Mike Farrell, Billy TK, Marion Arts and Robbie Laven, et al. Maurice joined Maybee’s outfit Climax/ Red Herring in 1975 touring the central North Island and the South Island. 

Through ’77 to ’79 Maurice played on the NZ pub circuit with Easy Street, a band which was set up in home town, Gisborne, and eventually based in Hamilton. Easy Street played in pubs and clubs in just about every region in the country. 

Managing and operating Capture Studio in Gisborne from the mid 80s saw Maurice working with great musicians on many projects including those listed below.  He added guitar teaching to his repertoire during this period in schools, community education and privately.

Joining forces with Neil Worboys, who was teaching in and around Gisborne at the time, to form the Customliners in ’89 has led to an ongoing musical partnership in the Wellington incarnation, Neil Worboys and the Real Time Liners. 

Maurice moved to Wellington with his wife Jenny O’Connor at the turn of the millennium and continued to teach guitar at privately and in local schools including at the Tawa Music Centre.

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Mercedes Godinez

I started training in 2006 with well respected teachers in New Zealand and overseas. I competed in the national competitions within the first year of training. Since then, I competed internationally and nationally for 5 years representing New Zealand at the Oceania Wushu Competitions and the Australian Wushu competitions. I have won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in a number of different events. Currently, still training and researching in the arts at its higher levels. I have been teaching Tai Chi since 2011.

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Monique Lubberink

We happily moved to NZ three years ago from the Netherlands, where I used to work as a psychologist.

Now I run my family of three teens, three cats & a dog, and my own small business Easy Now Mindfulness.

Having had a lifelong love of crochet, I greatly enjoy teaching this relaxing craft to people!

Find more about me on the website www.easynowmindfulness.com or here www.facebook.com/easynowmindfulness

where I post free weekly mindfulness workouts every Monday morning.

I also facilitate the colouring Sunday's at the Tawa Community Centre and I'm a qualified facilitator for the mindfulness in schools programme Pause Breathe Smile

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Nina Paaka

Kia Ora, Ko Nina Paaka ahau. Ko Ngati Porou me Tuhoe oku iwi. I am currently studying for my diploma in Raranga level 5 at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. I also teach adult educational classes in basic Raranga skills on Tuesday evenings at Tawa College. My husband and I are a collaboration of Raranga and Aerosol art, we and our two children reside in Titahi Bay. Nau mai, haere mai ki te ako Raranga.

Check out Nina's facebook page

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Paula Kerslake

Paula teaches art workshops and has a Diploma in Art and Creativity. Her innovative and fun art workshops are popular in the North Island. 

Paula exhibits and sells her abstract artwork both nationally and internationally. 

“My life’s goal is to inspire everyone I meet to fall in love with art and find their creative voice through art”.

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Peter Sheppard

Peter Sheppard is one of NZ’s leading fleet safety and driver education specialist. Peter’s work has included (with Waikato University), ground breaking research into adolescent driver’s frontal lobe development and advice to Government and the transport industry on fuel efficient driving and fleet safety management.

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Rebekah Insoll

Rebekah has been involved with renovating, interior decor, and selling property for many years with very successful results. 

She understands building, maintenance, landscaping, and enhancing property so it reflects not only the personality of the occupant but also respects the age and style of the property itself.

She uses aesthetics and function to make the most of what any room offers with minimum cost

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Rhoda Feasey

Rhoda started teaching cooking in late 1990s at Taranaki Polytechnic and worked for the best Chinese restaurant in New Plymouth at the time.

She has run cooking class from her home in Dubai from 2000 to 2006 and has taught at Tawa College Community Education since 2011. She enjoys teaching students about seasonal economic Chinese Food.

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Ripeka Bird

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Robert Brace

Robert is a lawyer who has been in private practice in Porirua for over 30 years. His work includes trusts, estates, wills and powers of attorney, all property transactions and Family Court cases. He is also a Mediator. He also chaired the Tawa College Board for a number of years.

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Rolla Farah

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Rosie Solouota

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Sam Allison

Sam’s experience in business started when he was 6 years old, helping in the family fruit and veg store - guess you could say - being in business is in his blood.

He worked in the UK for 14 years in the retail sector in a number of positions including Ordering Manager for a Sainsbury’s supermarket site, turning over 2 million a week.  Sam has also been a New World Store Manager for one of their large format stores and a Franchise Manager for the Preston Corp Group.

In 2014 he opened his own business under the "Columbus Coffee" banner and was able to put his skills learnt as a Retail and Franchisor Manger to the test. Although the road to business success has been a tough one, Sam is now loan-free and has exceptional yearly growth of between 25 to 30%.

Sam attributes a large part of his success to having a large loyalty base which he regularly markets to.   He also volunteers for Business Mentors NZ, helping new and existing businesses with challenges they are facing and offering insight into what has worked in the past.

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Sheetal Alipuria

Sheetal originally came from India. Mother of two, teaching and learning dance is her passion. She likes to mix and mingle with new friends and meets wonderful people in her dance class. It's great way to have fun fitness, release your stress and allow something to do for yourself. She is trained in Bollywood and Zumba dance.

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Thomas Nikora

Thomas grew up in Masterton and attended Makoura College where he was awarded the school's top Kia Manawanui award. An accomplished pianist, playing since the age of 10, Thomas gained his LTCL certificate with Merit in 2010. He is currently completing his Bachelor of Music at the Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music studying piano under Jian Liu. Previous teachers include Angela Cook and Judith Clarke. 

Alongside his BMus. Studies Thomas has performed concerts all over New Zealand from Dunedin to Hamilton and also further afield in the USA. He has also been a soloist with the Nelson Symphony Orchestra and Masterton Community Orchestra. In October 2015 Thomas performed Rachmaninoff's piano concerto No.2 with the Tawa Community Orchestra.

Thomas is certainly not a new face in choir circles having sung with Orpheus Choir,
​Nota Bene and Victoria Voices. He is the regular accompanist for Festival Singers and conducted several items on their recent C.D. "People of the Light".

Thomas' musical interests include musical theatre, opera, late Romantic composers and contemporary works. He balances his love for music with interests in computer gaming and role playing

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Tina MihaereRees

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Yuri Zaiki

My name is Yuri. I am from Japan. I started to learn sushi from 2003 in Japan. I finished basic sushi course at Tokyo sushi academy and after that I started working Yoroi sushi restaurant head shop. The sushi restaurant has more than 100 years history. I learned sushi skills from very professional sushi chefs. In 2006 I moved to Sydney Australia and started working as a sushi chef. I worked in very popular and busy restaurants such as  Makoto sushi restaurant, Azuma restaurant and Sydney Opera Kitchen etc...  I have Japanese chef licence and Certificate 3 Asian cookery in Australia.  I love to teaching sushi and I would like to share these fantastic sushi dishes.

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