Learn a New Skill

ART: Acrylic Painting & Multi-Drawing Medium

Tutor/Facilitator: Ian Hulston
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 6 August 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. Paint with Acrylics to portray images using a watercolour glaze technique or use thick Impasto Acrylic paint like oils.

Fees: NZ$110

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ART: Collage & Marbling Techniques

Tutor/Facilitator: Ian Hulston
4 Thursday nights - Starts 8 August from 7-9pm

Explore colourful textures of marbling and combine this with collage techniques to create your own Artwork.

Fees: NZ$100

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ART: MIXED MEDIA TO OILS

Tutor/Facilitator: Gerda Smit
8 Monday nights - Starts 5 August from 7-9pm

Everything you ever wanted to know about painting. Gerda Smit’s workshops are a testament to her approachable, giving nature, and hands-on teaching style of 23 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. You will learn all you ever wanted to know about painting. We will explore painting techniques, learn what the best paint is to use, when to varnish, best brushes, pallet knives, easy quick cleaning of brushes, what to paint on and mediums lean or fat. Bring all your questions..

Fees: NZ$110

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CROCHET FOR CALMNESS: Intermediate

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

Been to Monique's beginner class or already know how to crochet then come along and extend your skills with new projects.

Fees: NZ$60

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CROSS STITCH: BEGINNER

Tutor/Facilitator: Mary Trounson
3 Tuesday nights - Starts 6 August from 7-9pm

Have you always wanted to try cross stitch but didn’t know where to start? Then this course is for you. You will learn the basic stitches and how to read a chart, while stitching a small design provided. You will also learn about suitable fabrics, threads and tools both essential and useful. Find out how to prepare your piece before you start, tips while you work, and how to prepare it to get the best result from the picture framer. The tutor will provide guidance in choosing your own project, that you will start in class.

Fees: NZ$45

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Digital Photography: Hands On

Tutor/Facilitator: Geoff Marshall
6 Wednesday nights & 1 weekend field trip - Starts 30 October from 7-9pm

A practical course involving three classroom sessions, three Wednesday evening location shoots and one weekend shot. 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 (August)

Tutor/Facilitator: Rebekah Insoll
1 Saturday - On 24 August 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$110 - Fee includes consumables

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DIY: Do It Yourself Exteriors (September)

Tutor/Facilitator: Rebekah Insoll
1 Saturday - On Saturday 7 September from 9am-4pm

The outside of your place is the public face of it, and kerb appeal matters to anyone driving past or visiting. Is the entranceway obvious? Does the mailbox suit the style of your house? Do you use the outside area as fully as you might? How are the fences and paths? A lot of exterior work can be done without Council consent but a long-term plan is needed to work towards. This course involves some hands-on practise on a smaller scale to allow you to learn the methods.

Fees: NZ$110

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ITALIAN LANGUAGE:Intermediate

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

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

Fees: NZ$100

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LACE MAKING: Beginner & Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Andrea Lynch
8 weeks - Starts 5 August from 7-9pm

Love lace? Learn the centuries old craft of bobbin lacemaking to make your own lace edgings. The class is suitable for beginners and for those who have already made some lace.

Fees: NZ$115

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LANDLORDING WITHOUT FEAR: Being a better landlord for you and your tenants

Tutor/Facilitator: Jackie Thomas-Teague
6 Monday nights - Starts 5 August from 7-9pm

If you own a rental property, chances are you don’t like to ‘bother’ the tenants with inspections, rent increases, maintenance visits etc. Maybe you are not confident about what you can and can’t do. This course will show you how to develop a successful relationship with your tenants that keeps your investment in top shape – financially, physically and legally. We’ll cover all the things you probably didn’t know you need to be doing, and help you get from where you are now to where you want to be. Will include one fieldtrip to a Property Investors Association meeting.

Fees: NZ$75

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LEARN TO SEW: (September)

Tutor/Facilitator: Joyce Tam
1 Saturday - On 7 September from 9am-3:30pm

Would love to learn to sew but not sure where to start, and a whole term of courses is not for you? Then this one day course has been designed for you. Come and learn how to use a sewing machine (students may bring their own or use a college Bernina). Work on a selected sewing project and leave sewing confident all in one day.

Fees: NZ$85

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MAORI LANGUAGE & CULTURE: Level 3

Tutor/Facilitator: Tina MihaereRees
8 Monday nights - Starts 5 August from 7-9pm

A course for those who have already completed level 2. ie 16 weeks

Fees: NZ$65

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METAL JEWELLERY: Ear rings

Tutor/Facilitator: Kristelle Plimmer
1 Sunday - On 15 September from 10am -4pm

Hoops, loops and hooks, butterflies, studs and pendants – earrings as body adornment are common to many cultures. They can convey a message, suggest an attitude, evoke a feeling and embody a memory. In this workshop we will discuss earrings through the ages while making as many earrings as we can. All materials are included in the course fee.

Fees: NZ$135 - includes some silver

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Middle Eastern Cuisine

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

Learn how to prepare Palestinian Middle Eastern Cuisine such as kebabs, shawarma, falafel, kidra, kefta, couscous, basbousa, sfiha, humus and taboulah salad.

Fees: NZ$115 - Includes all ingredients

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Musical Keyboard Skills

Tutor/Facilitator: Jean Hollier
8 Monday nights - Starts 29 July 6:30-9pm for 2 hours

This class is now FULL. 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. Please bring your own headphones.

Fees: NZ$110

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New Zealand Sign Language: Level 1B

Tutor/Facilitator: Nicolette Van Vuuren
8 Wednesday nights - Starts 7 August from 6:30-8:30pm

This course has unfortunately had to be CANCELLED. This course is for those who have completed a 1B class in NZ Sign Language. ie 8 weeks

Fees: NZ$65

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New Zealand Sign Language: Level 1C

Tutor/Facilitator: Ripeka Bird
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 6 August from 6-8pm

This course is for those who have already completed 1B ie 16 weeks of NZ Sign Language.

Fees: NZ$65

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OVERLOCKER BASICS/SEWING WITH KNITS

Tutor/Facilitator: Joyce Tam
1 Saturday - On 17 August from 9am-3:30pm

An introduction to the overlocker, develop skills to use this equipment safely and efficiently. Learn how to use the overlocker for seaming knit garments. Prior Sewing experience essential. Some overlockers are available to use during the course or bring your own

Fees: NZ$85

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PATCHWORK: Doily Quilt

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
8 Thursday nights - Starts 8 August from 7-9pm

This class is now FULL.This is the ideal project to use those doily’s we love collecting and that are lurking in cupboards. The quilt is designed to fit any amount of doily’s as you can make it as big or as small as you like. The key to this quilt is to have fabrics that will not over power your doily’s and ones that complement the embroidery of the doily’s.

Fees: NZ$110

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PATCHWORK: Finish It Up

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
1 Sunday - On 8 September from 9am -4pm

Time to get those unfinished projects under control. Bring along those that you are stuck on, or bring them all and we will sort out their sticking point and move them in the right direction.

Fees: NZ$85

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PATCHWORK: Rag Quilt

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
1 Sunday - On 11 August from 9am-4pm

This has to be one of the easiest and fastest quilts to complete, yes complete means ready to snuggle under......and you will want to snuggle under this. An ideal beginner’s quilt. For the purpose of the needs list we will refer to the frayed edge as the top of the quilt.

Fees: NZ$85

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PATTERNS FROM EXISTING GARMENT:

Tutor/Facilitator: Kim O'Neill
1 Sunday - On 18 August from 9am-3pm

Bring along your favourite garments and make patterns from them or bring one garment and fabric and make a copy of it. Sew skills essential.

Fees: NZ$80

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POTTERY: Beginner Wheel Work (July)

Tutor/Facilitator: Anne Glennie
8 Monday nights - Starts 29 July from 7-9:30pm

This class is FULL. Learn to centre clay on the wheel and the beginnings of throwing basic shapes such as cylinder, bowl and plate. This course is suitable for those who are beginners and it is for ADULTS only. 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.

Fees: NZ$160

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Raranga: Creating Taonga with Harakeke (Beginner)

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
8 Monday nights - Starts 5 August 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 6 August 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 7 August 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$60

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Roman Blinds & Curtains

Tutor/Facilitator: Kim O'Neill
1 Sunday - On 15 September 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.

Fees: NZ$85

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SELF DEFENCE: Krav Maga(Age 15+)

Tutor/Facilitator: Gabriel Molina
1 Saturday afternoon - On 10 August from 12noon -3pm

Krav Maga (contact combat) is a self-defence system developed by the Israeli Defence Force. Its application and efficiency in the real world has been proven to be highly effective by law enforcement agencies, protection services, and the military. The 3 hour session will be at an introductory level and will focus on civilian self defence. Unlike the military or police, the main intent for civilian krav maga is to: Minimise harm to oneself, stop the escalation of conflict by defending in a decisive manner, and also by escaping quickly at the very first opportunity

Fees: NZ$45

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Sewing for Beginners (Tues)

Tutor/Facilitator: Caitlin Henry
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 6 August from 7-9pm

There is room in Wednesdays class. 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. Start by making a bag followed by a project approved of by the tutor. (If you wish to make your own project you need to go to Monday night sewing)

Fees: NZ$65

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Sewing for Beginners (Wed)

Tutor/Facilitator: Joyce Tam
8 Wednesday nights - Starts 7 August from 7-9pm

Learn how to understand a pattern, work out the material needed and what sewing words mean.

Fees: NZ$65

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Sewing: Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Joyce Tam
7 Monday nights - Starts 12 August from 7-9pm

The class will cater for intermediate sewers. 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$100

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TAI CHI: Beginner

Tutor/Facilitator: Mercedes Godinez
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 6 August from 6:30-7:30pm

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.

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

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TAI CHI: Intermediate Kungfu Fan

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

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. For those who have attended Tai Chi before this is an opportunity to extend your skills and knowledge.

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

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Woodwork Made Easy

Tutor/Facilitator: Ben Espinosa
8 Thursday nights - Starts 9 May 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. No recycled timber allowed.

Fees: NZ$115

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XERO BASIC: ( August)

Tutor/Facilitator: Carolyn Bates
1 Sunday - On 11 August 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$90

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