Learn a New Skill

ART: Acrylic Painting & Multi-Drawing Medium

Tutor/Facilitator: Ian Hulston
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 7 May 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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CROCHET FOR CALMNESS: Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Monique Lubberink
4 Wednesday Nights - Starts 5 June 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 7 May 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: Beginner

Tutor/Facilitator: Geoff Marshall
6 Wednesday nights & 1 weekend field trip - Starts 8 May 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. The two hour fieldtrip during a weekend will be on the date which best suits most students.

Fees: NZ$100

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DIY: Do It Yourself Course Interiors (June)

Tutor/Facilitator: Rebekah Insoll
1 Saturday - On 15 June 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 - includes consumables

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DIY: Do It Yourself Exteriors (March)

Tutor/Facilitator: Rebekah Insoll
1 Saturday - On Saturday 23 March 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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FANTASY FOLKLORE & CARTOON ART:

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

Do you like to think outside the square? This course is suitable for beginners or those with some experience keen to develop further skills. This 4 week course will allow you to express your imaginery ideas creating Fantasy Art and Cartoons. Using pen, coloured pencils, Acrylic paint & Gouche you will be able to illustrate your own colourful unique artworks.

Fees: NZ$60

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FINE DINING AT HOME

Tutor/Facilitator: Arun Maschatak
4 Monday nights - Starts 18 March from 7-9pm

This course has now been CANCELLED. Arun has worked in many restaurants overseas and in New Zealand. He will teach you how to make that special dinner to present at home.

Fees: NZ$60

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INTERIOR DECOR

Tutor/Facilitator: Rebekah Insoll
1 Saturday - On 6 April from 9am-4pm

Does your place reflect you? - your style, interests, personality? It doesn’t need to all be done in one go at great cost, but a long-term plan which shows an understanding of decor, the selective use of belongings, a touch of paint, and you can transform any room, and link all rooms. It will add visual space, and add appeal plus actual value to your property.

Fees: NZ$90

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ITALIAN LANGUAGE:Intermediate

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

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

Fees: NZ$110

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JAPANESE: Spoken for Beginners Level 1

Tutor/Facilitator: Kayoko Komori
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 7 May from 7-9pm

You might be interested in Japanese culture, food, and manga or a short trip to Japan. If so, it is more fun to know Japanese language. Learn basic spoken Japanese, culture and customs and you can enjoy more of your interest. This course is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of Japanese. You do not need to know Japanese alphabets first, as this course uses Roomaji (Roman alphabet). Let’s get started!

Fees: NZ$110

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JAPANESE: Spoken Level 2

Tutor/Facilitator: Kayoko Komori
8 Thursday nights - Starts 9 May from 7-9pm

For those who have already completed an 8 week course and want to continue learning Japanese.

Fees: NZ$110

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LACE MAKING: Beginner & Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Andrea Lynch
8 weeks - Starts 6 May 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
5 Monday nights - Starts 6 May 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$70

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LEARN TO SEW

Tutor/Facilitator: Joyce Tam
1 Saturday - On 23 March 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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LEARN TO SEW: (June)

Tutor/Facilitator: Joyce Tam
1 Saturday - On 15 June 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 2

Tutor/Facilitator: Tina MihaereRees
8 Monday nights - Starts 6 May from 7-9pm

A course for those who have already completed level 1. ie 8 weeks

Fees: NZ$65

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MEDIATATION: An Introduction to relaxation

Tutor/Facilitator: Camilla Watson
4 Thursday nights - Starts on 6 June from 7-9pm

Meditation, or'a period of stillness' is the key to reducing stress, optimal health, and enhancing personal growth. However most of us find it difficult to just 'switch off' and require a technique that will assist us in stilling the mind. This four week course is designed around a variety of westernised meditation techniques. These include muscle relaxations, guided visualisations etc to promote relaxation, harmony and health.

Fees: NZ$60

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METAL JEWELLERY: Stone Setting Workshop

Tutor/Facilitator: Kristelle Plimmer
1 Sunday - On 16 June from 10am -4pm

For those who have completed the beginner Metal Jewellery course this is a chance to extend your creative skills and make your own design. Stones will be available for purchase to put in your jewellery. Some materials included in the course cost.

Fees: NZ$135 - Includes some materials

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Middle Eastern Cuisine

Tutor/Facilitator: Rolla Farah
5 Tuesday nights - Starts 7 May 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 April 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. Please bring your own headphones.

Fees: NZ$110

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NEW YEAR - FRESH START

Tutor/Facilitator: Angela Robertson
1 Saturday - On 16 February from 9:30am -4pm

What do you want to achieve in 2019 and beyond? Do you have a workable plan, or do you let life happen? This practical course is for those who want to take charge of their lives and are willing to make the effort to make it happen. You will explore the possibilities, clarify what you want, set seriously fabulous goals, and develop an action plan to accomplish them.

Fees: NZ$85

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New Zealand Sign Language: Level 1A

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

This course is for those who want a beginner course in NZ Sign Language.

Fees: NZ$65

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New Zealand Sign Language: Level 1B

Tutor/Facilitator: Ripeka Bird
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 7 May from 6-8pm

This course is for those who have already completed 1A ie 8 weeks of NZ Sign Language.

Fees: NZ$65

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OVERLOCKER BASICS/SEWING WITH KNITS

Tutor/Facilitator: Joyce Tam
1 Saturday - On 18 May 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: Applique

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

This quilt covers both machine and hand applique. The applique block is paired with a pieced block to create a very sweet quilt.

Fees: NZ$85

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PATCHWORK: Butterfly Trellis

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
1 Sunday - On 30 June from 9am-4pm

This is a wall hanging in which you are making a trellis background and then making 3D butterflies that are attached to the trellis.

Fees: NZ$85

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PATCHWORK: Finish It Up

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
1 Sunday - On 12 May 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: Jelly Roll

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
1 Sunday - On 7 April from 9am -4pm

This could possibly be the easiest quilt you will ever make.Take one jelly roll and a contrasting background and sew. No seams to match, not points to fret over, just good old plain sewing.

Fees: NZ$85

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PATCHWORK: Stripy Triangles

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

Come and join a group of like minded quilters as we sew along weekly to create a quilt based on equilateral trinagles. This quilt is 71” x 87” The quilt is made up of 2 block units, one which is pieced using 2" strips and the other uses a solid fabric. Both are equilateral triangles. It is a great quilt to use up some stash fabrics and can also look very effective using a jelly roll (cutting the strips down to 2"). No class Queen's Birthday weekend.

Fees: NZ$90

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PATCHWORK: Wedge Quilt

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
1 Sunday - On 10 March from 9am-4pm

This quilt uses a specific ruler for cutting wedge shapes, and if you have attended the Dizzy for Dresden class then you already have the ruler. The ruler needed is Darlene Zimmerman’s Dresden Ruler. Here is a link to the ruler and they are available locally or through https://www.grandmothersgarden.co.nz/ruldresden-easy-dresden-ruler-darlene-zimmerman?s=dresden%20ruler

Fees: NZ$85

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PATTERNS FROM EXISTING GARMENT:

Tutor/Facilitator: Kim O'Neill
1 Sunday - On 19 May 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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PERSIAN SWEETS:

Tutor/Facilitator: Nadereh Khani
1 Wednesday night - On 20 March from 7-9pm

The Persian Sweets Workshop provides a unique and enjoyable baking experience which brings the sweets of the exotic East to New Zealand. We will teach you to bake two popular Persian sweets and you will get a chance to try eight more different sweets.

Fees: NZ$35 - Fee includes all ingredients

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PLAN & CREATE YOUR IDEAL RETIREMENT

Tutor/Facilitator: Angela Robertson
1 Saturday - On 6 April from 9:30am -4pm

How do you want to spend the exciting second half of your life? What's your plan for transitioning to something new and fascinating? This workshop provides an opportunity to challenge mind-sets on retirement, explore the possibilities, and create a plan to be the person you want to be, do the things you always wanted to do and live life like never before.

Fees: NZ$85

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POTTERY: Beginner Wheel Work (April)

Tutor/Facilitator: Linda Savell
8 Monday nights - Starts 29 April from 7-9:30pm

This class is now 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. 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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PRACTICAL WOODWORK:

Tutor/Facilitator: Mark Hopkins
8 Tuesday nights - Starts on 7 May from 7-9pm

Design, make or repair your own projects. Tools and equipment available in the workshop, you need to bring your ideas and materials. Assistance and guidance available so come along and make something worthwhile whilst learning new skills.

Fees: NZ$115

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Raranga: Creating Taonga with Harakeke (Beginner)

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
8 Monday nights - Starts 6 May 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 7 May 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 8 May 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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SELF DEFENCE: Krav Maga(Age 15+)

Tutor/Facilitator: Gabriel Molina
1 Saturday afternoon - On 18 May 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 7 May 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 8 May 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
8 Monday nights - Starts 6 May 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$110

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TAI CHI INTERMEDIATE KUNGFU FAN

Tutor/Facilitator: Mercedes Godinez
8 Tuesday nights - Starts on 7 May 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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TAI CHI: Beginner

Tutor/Facilitator: Mercedes Godinez
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 7 May 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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TAWA & ITS BUSH RESERVES:

Tutor/Facilitator: Gil Roper
6 sessions - Starts on 7 May from 7-9pm

A six-week course that provides the opportunity to learn some history of Tawa and its reserves. Sources of names, identification of native tree species, surveys done on lizard and bird populations as well as pest control in the reserves will feature. The course will include three guided walks. The bush walks will be in the weekends at times suitable for the course members. It is designed for people with no previous knowledge and for those who wish to extend their existing knowledge.

Fees: NZ$70

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UNDERSTANDING THE LIMITATIONS OF YOUR BRAIN & BOOST PERFORMANCE

Tutor/Facilitator: Kelly-Maree Liberona
1 Monday night - On 13 May from 7-9pm

In today's world, more and more information is being shared through social media, on top of an already busy brain. This stretches the performance of the brain and effects overall mental performance. Surprisingly , one of the best ways to improve mental performance- is to understand the limitations of the brain and to put in place strategies to improve performance.

Fees: NZ$25

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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: ( May)

Tutor/Facilitator: Carolyn Bates
1 Sunday - On 26 May 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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XERO BASIC: (June)

Tutor/Facilitator: Carolyn Bates
1 Sunday - On 30 June 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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