Learn a New Skill

ART: Acrylic Painting & Multi-Drawing Medium (Beginner)

Tutor/Facilitator: Ian Hulston
7 Thursday nights - Starts on 5 August from 7-9pm

This course is for Beginners. 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$100

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CROCHET FOR RELAXATION: Beginner Course

Tutor/Facilitator: Monique Lubberink
4 Tuesday Nights - Starts on 3 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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CROCHET FOR RELAXATION: Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Monique Lubberink
4 Tuesday Nights - Starts on 7 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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Digital Photography: Beginner

Tutor/Facilitator: Geoff Marshall
6 Wednesday nights & 1 field trip - Starts on 4 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.

Fees: NZ$100

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FAMILY TREE: Beginners Guide

Tutor/Facilitator: Jan Powell
1 Sunday - On 15 August from 9:30am-3pm

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$80

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HITOMIZASHI or ONE STITCH SASHIKO:

Tutor/Facilitator: Clare Smith
1 Saturday - On 7 August from 9am -3:30pm

This is a style of stitching used to strengthen fabrics and features straight lines of stitches which make small gridded patterns. In this class you will explore at least three stitching designs which can be worked on plain or checked fabric. Materials fee $2 to be given to the tutor.

Fees: NZ$85

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INDIAN COOKING: WRAPS & ROLLS

Tutor/Facilitator: Manjula Patel
4 Monday nights - Starts on 2 August from 7-9pm

Suitable for both vegetarians and meat eaters, these versatile wraps are easy-to-make and are great for lunches, barbecues or finger foods at parties.

Fees: NZ$100 - Fee includes ingredients

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LACE MAKING: Beginner & Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Andrea Lynch
8 weeks - Starts on 2 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, 1 Tuesday night - Starts 2 August 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$70

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LEARN TO SEW:

Tutor/Facilitator: Stacey Donn
1 Sunday - On 12 September 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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MACHINE QUILTING WITH RULERS:

Tutor/Facilitator: Di Barnden
1 Sunday - On 29 August from 9am-4pm

For this class you will need to have a specialised Ruler Foot suitable for your sewing machine. This is not a free motion foot. I have some examples below. This is very important, without a ruler foot you will not be able to use any rulers for quilting.

Fees: NZ$85

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METAL JEWELLERY: Extension Workshop

Tutor/Facilitator: Kristelle Plimmer
1 Sunday - On 12 September from 10am -4pm

For those who have already completed a beginner Metal Jewellery workshop this day will give you a chance to extend your skills.

Fees: NZ$170 - includes some silver

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Musical Keyboard Skills:

Tutor/Facilitator: Jean Hollier
8 Monday nights - Starts on 2 August 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$110

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New Zealand Sign Language: Level 1B

Tutor/Facilitator: Ripeka Bird
8 Monday nights - Starts 2 August 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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OVERLOCKER BASICS/SEWING WITH KNITS

Tutor/Facilitator: Joyce Tam
1 Saturday - On Saturday 14 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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PARENTING WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND:

Tutor/Facilitator: Danette Muollo
1 Saturday morning - On 18 September 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: Finish It Up

Tutor/Facilitator: Dianne Barnden
1 Sunday - On 4 July 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 5 September from 9am -4pm

This could possibly be the easiest quilt you will ever make.Take one jelly roll and two contrasting fabrics and a border fabric.

Fees: NZ$85

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PATTERN DRAFTING:

Tutor/Facilitator: Stacey Donn
8 Wednesday nights - Starts on 4 August from 7-9pm

Learn basic patternmaking techniques to make pattern alterations that you can later apply to an existing pattern. By the end of this course, you will have created a skirt pattern for a skirt that you have designed. Prior patternmaking knowledge is not necessary.

Fees: NZ$110

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PATTERNS FROM YOUR FAVOURITE GARMENT:

Tutor/Facilitator: Stacey Donn
1 Sunday - On 14 August 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$85

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POTTERY: Intermediate Wheel Work (July)

Tutor/Facilitator: Anne Glennie
8 Monday nights - Starts 26 July from 7-9:30pm

This class is now FULL. Wait list only available. This course is only for those students who have completed at least one Beginners Wheelwork class or have an equivalent amount of wheel throwing experience. The aim of the course is to extend students who can already centre and throw a basic cylinder, and will provide tuition to begin making pieces that are larger and with more complex shapes, such as vases, jugs, pots with lids and types of serving dishes. 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 $40 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$170

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Raranga: Beginner Putiputi (flowers)

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
1 Sunday - Starts 22 August from 9am-5pm

Tutorial on how to weave putiputi (flowers) including Chrysanthemums, Roses and Calla Lily. Harakeke (flax) and tools are provided for use on the day. We also have a shared lunch, please bring a plate of kai to share. No experience required, 10 people max

Fees: NZ$45

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RARANGA: Intermediate Kete Pikau (back pack)

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
1 Sunday - On 29 August from 9am-5pm

Make your own kete during the day.

Fees: NZ$45

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RARANGA: Intermediate Own Project

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
1 Sunday - On 26 September from 9am - 5pm

For those who have been learning Raranga and want a workshop and help making their own project.

Fees: NZ$45

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SELF DEFENCE: Krav Maga(Age 15+)

Tutor/Facilitator: Gabriel Molina
1 Saturday afternoon - On 7 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$50

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Sewing for Beginners (Techniques & Construction Methods)

Tutor/Facilitator: Stacey Donn
8 Tuesday nights - Starts on 3 August from 7-9pm

This course introduces you to a range of information to help advance your sewing journey. It is an ideal course if you are wanting to gain confidence with construction of different design elements. By the end of the course, you will have a greater understanding of how to construct darts, pleats and gathers as well as a variety of pockets; zip insertion; placket construction; and waistband options. You should have prior knowledge of how to thread a machine and sew accurate seams.

Fees: NZ$65

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Sewing for Beginners (Thursday)

Tutor/Facilitator: Janet Barnes
8 Thursday nights - Starts on 5 August 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$65

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Sewing: Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Joyce Tam
8 Monday nights - Starts on 2 August 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$110

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TAI CHI: Beginner

Tutor/Facilitator: Mercedes Godinez
8 Tuesday nights - Starts on 3 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$80
Fees: NZ$55 - same person taking second fitness class in same term

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TAI CHI: Intermediate Kungfu / 42 Competition Sword

Tutor/Facilitator: Mercedes Godinez
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 3 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$80
Fees: NZ$55 - same person taking second fitness class in the same term

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WOODWORK: Skills & Projects(Tuesday)

Tutor/Facilitator: Gary Beecroft
8 Tuesday nights - Starts on 3 August 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.

Fees: NZ$120

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WOODWORK:Skills & Projects (Thursday)

Tutor/Facilitator: Gary Beecroft
8 Thursday nights - Starts on 5 August 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.

Fees: NZ$120

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XERO BASIC: (June)

Tutor/Facilitator: Carolyn Bates
1 Sunday - On Sunday 27 June from 9am-4pm

This course has been CANCELLED. 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: (September)

Tutor/Facilitator: Carolyn Bates
1 Sunday - On 19 September 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 12 September 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$95

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