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FAMILY TREE: Beginners Guide

Tutor/Facilitator: Jan Powell
1 Sunday - On 1 March from 10am-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$75

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ART: Acrylic Painting & Multi-Drawing Medium

Tutor/Facilitator: Ian Hulston
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 11 February 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 RELAXATION: Beginner Course

Tutor/Facilitator: Monique Lubberink
4 Tuesday Nights - Starts 11 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, 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 10 March 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 11 February 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 field trip - Starts 12 February 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 Interiors

Tutor/Facilitator: Rebekah Insoll
1 Saturday - On 29 February 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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ITALIAN LANGUAGE:Intermediate

Tutor/Facilitator: Antonella Sarti
7 Thursday nights - Starts on 20 February 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 10 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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LEARN TO SEW: (February)

Tutor/Facilitator: Joyce Tam
1 Saturday - On 29 February from 9am-4pm

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$90

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METAL JEWELLERY: Stone Setting Workshop

Tutor/Facilitator: Kristelle Plimmer
1 Sunday - On 22 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$145 - Includes some materials

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MIDDLE EASTERN MEALS:

Tutor/Facilitator: Rolla Farah
5 Wednesday nights - Starts 12 February 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 10 February 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 Zealand Sign Language: Level 1A (Tuesday)

Tutor/Facilitator: Ripeka Bird
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 11 February from 6-8pm

For those who want an introduction to NZ Sign Language then join this beginner class. Units 1-3 will be covered.

Fees: NZ$65

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New Zealand Sign Language: Level 1C

Tutor/Facilitator: Ripeka Bird
8 Monday nights - Starts 10 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$65

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OVERLOCKER BASICS/SEWING WITH KNITS

Tutor/Facilitator: Joyce Tam
1 Saturday - On 21 March 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: Kaleidoscope

Tutor/Facilitator: Elizabeth Burge
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 11 February from 7-9pm

Do you want to make a quilt that looks complex, but is deceptively simple to make? A One Block Wonder (Kaleidoscope) quilt uses just one feature fabric (and maybe an accent fabric) and just one shape. The class will cover how to choose the ideal fabric, how to cut and construct the blocks, alternative ways to arrange the blocks, how to construct the top and how to finish the quilt. Suitable for any quilter beginner to advanced. You just need to be able to sew a quarter inch seam.

Fees: NZ$110

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POTTERY: Beginner Wheel Work

Tutor/Facilitator: Anne Glennie
8 Monday nights - Starts 10 February from 7-9:30pm

This class is now FULL. Enrol for wait list only. This class is an introduction to throwing clay on a pottery wheel or for extension for students who have done a previous wheelwork course. 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 (6 April 2020), 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$165

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Raranga: Creating Taonga with Harakeke (Beginner)

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
8 Monday nights - Starts 10 February from 7-9pm

Come along and learn the basic knowledge and history of traditional and contemporary Maori weaving with Nina Paaka. Throughout the term you will learn reo Maori, tikanga o te whare pora (protocols within the house of weaving), how to harvest and prepare Harakeke (flax), learn how to weave putiputi (flowers), placemat/coaster, konae (2 sided purse) and wall hanging. This is a great way to start your raranga (weaving) journey, all beginners welcome.

Fees: NZ$65

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Raranga: Creating Taonga with Harakeke (Intermediate)

Tutor/Facilitator: Nina Paaka
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 11 February 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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SELF DEFENCE: Krav Maga(Age 15+)

Tutor/Facilitator: Gabriel Molina
1 Saturday afternoon - On 22 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$45

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Sewing for Beginners (Thursday)

Tutor/Facilitator: Janet Barnes
8 Thursday nights - Starts 13 February from 7-9pm

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 12 February 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 10 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$110

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TAI CHI: Beginner

Tutor/Facilitator: Mercedes Godinez
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 11 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$75
Fees: NZ$50 - 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 on 11 February 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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TAWA & ITS BUSH RESERVES:

Tutor/Facilitator: Gil Roper
6 sessions - Starts on 11 February 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 on the Tuesday evenings. 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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WOODWORK MADE EASY (Thursday)

Tutor/Facilitator: Gary Beecroft
8 Thursday nights - Starts 13 February from 7-9pm

Learn wood working 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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WOODWORK MADE EASY(Tuesday)

Tutor/Facilitator: Gary Beecroft
8 Tuesday nights - Starts 11 February from 7-9pm

Learn wood working, 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: ( March)

Tutor/Facilitator: Carolyn Bates
1 Sunday - On 22 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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