Learn a New Skill

ART: Acrylic Painting & Multi-Drawing Medium

Tutor/Facilitator: Ian Hulston
7 Tuesday nights - Starts on 15 February from 7-9pm

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. Students will need to purchase their own acrylics and brushes at approximately $30.

Fees: NZ$105

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BALINESE MEDITATIVE ANCIENT MUSIC:

Tutor/Facilitator: Vaughan Hatch
8 Tuesday nights - Starts on 15 February from 6-7:30pm

Bali has one of the richest and most varied musical traditions in the world with many different types of bronze, iron and bamboo- keyed instruments and gongs. Now for the first time in Aotearoa you will have an extremely rare opportunity to experience the ancient music of gamelan Selonding: instruments with giant slab iron keys that date back to the 10 th century and produce an ethereal, meditative sound. Your guru will be Vaughan Hatch, gamelan music researcher, ethnomusicologist and founder of Mekar Bhuana Centre

Fees: NZ$95

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CROCHET FOR RELAXATION: Beginner Course

Tutor/Facilitator: Monique Lubberink
4 Tuesday Nights - Starts on 15 February 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, bracelet and granny squares). Learn about different stitches and notations and how to read patterns & diagrams. Crochet is a relaxing and fun craft to learn, you can make awesome things for yourself or join a community craft group and crochet for a cause!

Fees: NZ$65

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CROCHET FOR RELAXATION: Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Monique Lubberink
4 Tuesday Nights - Starts on 15 March from 7-9pm

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

Fees: NZ$65

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FAMILY TREE: Beginners Guide

Tutor/Facilitator: Jan Powell
2 Mondays - On 14 & 28 February from 7-9pm

This course is for people who are new to genealogy or who need help making progress with their family tree. It will provide practical and theoretical help using a range of New Zealand and overseas records. The course is hands-on, and you will learn how and where to search for people and information. You'll learn how to save your findings on to hand-written pages or a genealogy computer program

Fees: NZ$50

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FLORA & FAUNA OF OUR LOCAL NATIVE BUSH RESERVES:

Tutor/Facilitator: Gil Roper
6 sessions (3 walks) - Starts on 15 February from 7-9pm

The course will include some history of the bush reserves, the origin of their names, how to identify the major native tree species, plus information on studies undertaken in bird surveys, lizard surveys and pest control in the reserves. Three of the sessions will be practical, involving guided walks in different reserves to provide opportunities to identify flora (including the huge tawa and matai trees) and the fauna, as discussed in the classroom presentations.

Fees: NZ$75

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HANDMAKING PAPER USING NATIVE PLANTS

Tutor/Facilitator: Rob Kennedy
1 Saturday morning - On 19 February from 9:30am-12:30pm

Paper comes from plants. Aotearoa has lots of really fibrous plants. So let’s make come paper from our local native plants. Come and learn how to make paper while making a new friend or two and developing a deeper appreciation for native plant resources. No experience necessary just a willingness to roll up your sleeves and get your hands wet! The paper we make takes a few days to dry and then will be posted back.

Fees: NZ$80 - Fee includes all materials

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LACE MAKING: Beginner & Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Andrea Lynch
8 weeks - Starts on 14 February 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, 1 Tuesday night - Starts 14 February from 7-8:30pm

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. This course will also incorporate the latest changes to the RTA. A one night fieldtrip to a Property Investors Association meeting on a Tuesday is included as part of the course.

Fees: NZ$80

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LEARN TO SEW:

Tutor/Facilitator: Stacey Donn
1 Sunday - On 20 February from 9am-4pm

This course is a perfect opportunity to learn some basic sewing skills. You will learn how to read a pattern, how to cut out fabric, how to thread a sewing machine and change settings, basic sewing skills (straight and curved seams) and hand sewing as you work on constructing a bag. The pattern will be provided by the tutor; you will need to supply fabric, zip and thread. Students may bring their own machine or use a college Bernina).

Fees: NZ$90

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METAL JEWELLERY: Silver & Stone Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Kristelle Plimmer
1 Sunday - On 20 March from 10am -4pm

. Stone setting is one of the most fun things you can do in a jewellery workshop – it’s a little bit magic, a little bit precision and one of the best ways to grow your skills. This is a one-day class where your creativity and all the techniques you learnt previously come together. We will be making a stone setting, soldering this on a ring and wearing it home. The silver for a ring and a stone setting is included in the course costs as are stones to choose from, copper to practice with, saw blades, solder etc. All tools are provided.

Fees: NZ$175 - Includes some materials

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Musical Keyboard Skills:

Tutor/Facilitator: Jean Hollier
8 Monday nights - Starts on 14 February from 6:30-8:30pm

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$115

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New Zealand Sign Language: Level 1B

Tutor/Facilitator: Tania Ali
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 15 February from 6-8pm

This course is for those who have already completed units 1-3 ie 16 hours of NZ Sign Language . It covers units 4 & 5

Fees: NZ$65

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New Zealand Sign Language: Level 1C

Tutor/Facilitator: Ripeka Bird
8 Monday nights - Starts on 14 February from 6-8pm

This course is for those who have completed a 1B class in NZ Sign Language. Units 6 & 7 will be covered

Fees: NZ$70

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OVERLOCKER BASICS/SEWING WITH KNITS

Tutor/Facilitator: Joyce Tam
1 Saturday - On Saturday 19 February 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$90

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PARENTING WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND:

Tutor/Facilitator: Danette Muollo
1 Saturday morning - On 12 March from 9:30am-1:30pm

Feel like whatever you say is falling on deaf ears and want new strategies for parenting? Discover a fun approach to parenting and communicating using a strengths lens. We offer tips and tools to turn 'argh' moments to 'aha' moments and find the joy in parenting.

Fees: NZ$65

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PATCHWORK: Half Square Triangle Sample Quilt

Tutor/Facilitator: Di Barnden
8 Thursday nights - Starts 17 February from 7-9pm

Learn to make half square triangles in a variety of ways and about colour and how colours work together.

Fees: NZ$115

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PATCHWORK: Scrap Quilt in a Day

Tutor/Facilitator: Di Barnden
1 Sunday - On 6 March from 9am-4pm

This is an ideal project to dive into your scrap bin or to use some of those fabrics you’ve been hoarding for one day. The class will explore a variety of quilts using squares and rectangles so be prepared to just have a play day.

Fees: NZ$90

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PATCHWORK: Square Strips Quilt

Tutor/Facilitator: Di Barnden
1 Sunday - On 13 February from 9am-4pm

This is a great quilt for a beginner. You can make it to fit a cot or enlarge it for a bed.

Fees: NZ$90

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PATTERNS FROM YOUR FAVOURITE GARMENT:

Tutor/Facilitator: Stacey Donn
1 Sunday - On Sunday 27 February from 9am-4pm

Have you found a garment that fits you well and you wish you could clone it? By learning to create a pattern from an existing garment you will have the skills to do so. In this course you will be shown how to create a pattern from an existing garment. You will then have an opportunity to apply this knowledge as you work on your own pattern/s for your chosen garment/s. Sewing and/or basic pattern knowledge is recommended as you should be familiar with terms such as seam allowance, straight grain, bias, darts etc.

Fees: NZ$90

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POTTERY: Beginner Wheel work

Tutor/Facilitator: Anne Glennie
8 Monday nights - Starts on 14 February from 7-9:30pm

This class is now FULL. This class is an introduction to throwing clay on a pottery wheel. Students learn to centre clay on the wheel and the basics of throwing the foundation shapes of cylinders and bowls. Please note that glazing will be done on the final week, so it is essential that students can attend on that evening as there are no alternative opportunities to glaze work. The costs for clay, firing and glazing materials are extra and will vary depending on how much a student makes. Please bring $30 materials deposit payable in cash to the tutor on the first night. Some students may not use all this deposit however productive students may be required to pay more. This class is held at Gear Homestead Woolshed Potters clubrooms, Gear Homestead, Okowai Road Porirua and is for ADULTS ONLY.

Fees: NZ$180

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POTTERY:Wheelwork Beginner (May)

Tutor/Facilitator: Anne Glennie
8 Monday nights - Starts 2 May from 7-9:30pm

This class is now FULL. This class is an introduction to throwing clay on a pottery wheel. Students learn to centre clay on the wheel and the basics of throwing the foundation shapes of cylinders and bowls. Please note that glazing will be done on the final week, so it is essential that students can attend on that evening as there are no alternative opportunities to glaze work. The costs for clay, firing and glazing materials are extra and will vary depending on how much a student makes. Please bring $30 materials deposit payable in cash to the tutor on the first night. Some students may not use all this deposit however productive students may be required to pay more. This class is held at Gear Homestead Woolshed Potters clubrooms, Gear Homestead, Okowai Road Porirua and is for ADULTS ONLY.

Fees: NZ$180

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SELF DEFENCE: Krav Maga(Age 15+)

Tutor/Facilitator: Gabriel Molina
1 Saturday afternoon - On 26 February 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$55

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Sewing for Beginners

Tutor/Facilitator: Janet Barnes
8 Wednesday nights - Starts on 16 February from 7-9pm

This class is for people who are wanting to gain confidence with a sewing machine. And those just starting can work through a project making a shopping bag to introduce them to the sewing machine and sewing techniques.

Fees: NZ$70

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Sewing: Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Joyce Tam
8 Monday nights - Starts on 14 February from 6:30-8:30pm

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$115

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SONGWRITING:

Tutor/Facilitator: Elisa Di Napoli
8 Tuesday nights - Starts on 15 February from 7-9pm

Some people think songwriting is a mysterious, unexplainable process. But luckily, those people are wrong. Like most things, writing songs is much easier when you’re equipped with the right tools. Like with any job the more tools you have and the better you use them, the easier the job is.

Fees: NZ$115

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TAI CHI: Beginner

Tutor/Facilitator: Mercedes Godinez
8 Tuesday nights - Starts on 15 February 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$80
Fees: NZ$60 - same person taking second fitness class in same term

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TAI CHI: Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Mercedes Godinez
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 15 February from 7:45-8:45pm

This is for those who had taken the Beginners Taichi course for two terms and would like to improve, refine and develop their physical knowledge about taiChi. This class will concentrate on contemporary hand forms. 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$80
Fees: NZ$60 - same person taking second fitness class in the same term

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VEGETABLE & FRUIT CARVING

Tutor/Facilitator: Ha Nguyen
1 TWednesday night - On 30 March from 5:30-9:30pm

This course will teach you basic methods and techniques for carving vegetables and fruits to make exquisite garnishes and decorations. All ingredients and tools included in course fee.

Fees: NZ$100 - Fee includes all ingredients and tool set

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WOODWORK: Skills & Projects(Tuesday)

Tutor/Facilitator: Gary Beecroft
8 Tuesday nights - Starts on 15 February from 7-9pm

Learn wood working skills 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. This course will be held at the Tawa Menz Shed Davies St, Tawa.

Fees: NZ$160

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WOODWORK:Skills & Projects (Thursday)

Tutor/Facilitator: Gary Beecroft
8 Thursday nights - Starts on 17 February from 7-9pm

Learn wood working skills 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. This class will be held at the Tawa Menz Shed in Davies St Tawa.

Fees: NZ$160

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XERO BASIC: (March)

Tutor/Facilitator: Carolyn Bates
1 Sunday - On 20 March 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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ZENTANGLE Method

Tutor/Facilitator: Monique Lubberink
1 Sunday - On 3 April from 10am-4pm

The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Fee includes a materials pack.

Fees: NZ$100

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