Andrea Lynch

I first saw bobbin lace being made as a 12-year-old at the Canterbury Museum, I knew from that moment I had to find out how make those bobbins and thread move to form lace.  I enrolled in a Community Education class at Hagley High School when I was twenty and haven’t stopped making lace since, for over 25 years.  I have attended classes with local and overseas tutors to increase my technical skills and knowledge of various styles of lace. I am an active member of the Wellington lacemaking group, Faultline Lacemakers, and have tutored individuals through that group.  Lace making can be as traditional or colourful and abstract as you would like to be, don’t think you are restricted to white doilies! I am excited to have this opportunity to teach others that with a few movements you too can make bobbin lace.

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Andrew Mitchell

I have a passion for creating things with my hands and I have been practising art for as long as I can remember. I love sharing knowledge and skills with people and encouraging them to fulfil their own creative potential. My interests also include watching native birds, architecture and cooking. I have been teaching adults for over eleven years after graduating from Massey University School of Design, and during the day I work at Vincents Art Workshop, a community art space in Wellington.

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Angel Domingos

A love of writing and storytelling led me to complete a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English a few years ago. I then went on to do a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing and that gave me the tools and discipline I needed to start and complete projects. This is something I love to pass on to others who are interested in learning the techniques.  I have completed a full length feature film script and have just finished filming a short film that I wrote and directed. I also teach Creative Writing to senior citizens and together we have just finished their first short story which was a wonderful experience.

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Angela Robertson

Angela is an experienced people development manager, coach, facilitator, speaker and consultant. She has worked in complex and geographically dispersed organisations across all sectors; Government, Higher Education, the private and not-for-profit sectors, and in the community, and recently re-established her own consultancy business. Her portfolios have included strategic organisational development initiatives, change leadership, leadership development, team development, employee engagement, career development and talent management and facilitated staff conferences and forums. Angela inspires and supports individuals and organisations to identify, develop and capitalise on their greatest talents, to maximise individual and collective potential to achieve their goals and aspirations. She takes a strengths-based approach to her work and, in partnership with clients, explores and applies practical solutions to develop and retain talent, initiating and embedding frameworks to achieve these outcomes. She regularly coaches and mentors’ individuals and teams to make conscious choices to achieve their aspirations and enrich the quality of their lives, work and relationships.

Angela is tertiary qualified (PhD, Masters in Education Hons, Bachelor of Education, Diploma in Tertiary Teaching) and accredited both as Strengthsfinder Coach, and Team Management Profile Facilitator.

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Anne Glennie

Anne has always thought playing with clay might be fun and I now finds herself 25 years later still enjoying the creative process and being inspired by what can result from the changing techniques and materials that are always being developed. She also gets a great deal of satisfaction from introducing others to this art form and has taught classes herself now for about seven years with a number of students going on to join local pottery clubs.

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Antonella Sarti

I love teaching, especially my native language.I think teaching is kind of a nature, not just a job.
I've taught Foreign languages to children, teenagers, adults and Italian to my (Kiwi) husband as well!
Teaching languages means communicating feelings, memories, ideas, the music of words, the beauty of a country and of its people's ways of life.
As a word lover I have enjoyed translating, especially NZ fiction into Italian,and I am very proud of being Patricia Grace's translator...at the moment I am working at POTIKI.

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Arun Maschatak

Arun has over 25 years of experience as a head chef working in many countries throughout the world. He has experience in Fine Dinning in London as well as working in resturants in India, Russia, Hong Kong and Australia.

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Barbara Wefers

Barbara has been teaching Pilates for around 10 years now and is passionate about Fitness and Health.
Seeing people enjoy the benefits of Pilates is hugely rewarding.

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Caitlin Henry

Caitlin is a long time fabric enthusiast. Learning to sew as a child, she has been sewing most of her life. She graduated from Massey University with a Bachelors of Design, Fashion with Honours.  

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Camilla Watson

Principal CORLIGHT™ Programmes.

Counselling, Stress Management, Life Coach, Behavioural Specialist. With a background as a Business Analyst and a Corporate Trainer, and with a Diploma in Social Services - Counselling, Camilla now has twenty-five years experience as a counsellor, trainer and life coach. She specialises in stress management and relationships, and provides life-changing healing strategies for anxiety and depression and other challenges. As a professional speaker and contributor to several publications she is able to reach people all over New Zealand with her life changing strategies.

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Carolyn Bates

For many years Carolyn has enjoyed teaching community education classes to a

variety of adult students during evenings and weekends. The majority of courses

have mainly focused on software up-skilling and expertise. She has also

conducted a diverse range of non-PC courses such as accounting, administration

skills, family budgeting, event management, genealogy and meeting preparation.

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Charlotte Stevens

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Clare Smith

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Dianne Barnden

I am passionate about quilting and all things quilting. My quilting journey began 20 years ago when I signed up for a community education class “Beginners Sampler Quilt”, little did I know just what an impact that class would have in my future. I am thrilled to be able to introduce quilting into the life of another like minded people and to see their journey unfold. Through quilting I have met the most amazing people and found a creative outlet which at times pulls us through those little humps in the road.

I am a trained Montessori Teacher and currently am the head Teacher at Tawa Montessori Preschool. I am married to the most supportive husband. We have a grown up son who now insists he has enough quilts!

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Don Franks

Don Franks is a professional musician who has taught music at schools, adult and children's classes, in prison and to private students.

He’s performed at restaurants, dance halls, race meetings, hotels, concerts, weddings, funerals, supermarkets, festivals and protest rallies.

He currently produces the weekly Access radio programme, Don Franks' Music. As a music teacher, Don specialises in building students' confidence and enjoyment.

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Emma Fromings

Emma Fromings is Educator for Alzheimers Wellington. She regularly provides education for people newly diagnosed with dementia, and their families. As well as education and information to health professionals using and influenced by the Cognitive Impairment and Dementia Pathway within the Capital and Coast and Hutt Valley district Health Board regions. Emma is well known and regarded throughout the Wellington region as a skilled dementia educator. She is a registered nurse with extensive experience working with people affected by a dementia, in both hospital and community settings.

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Gabriel Molina

Gabriel Molina is a qualified G1 level instructor for the IKMF (International Krav Maga Federation). He gained his instructor's qualification under the guidance of Tim Alexander - E3 (Expert Instructor Team), and Israel Tamir - E4 (Global Instructor Team)


Before he became an IKMF instructor, Gabriel also trained in Krav Maga, Taekwondo (ITF), Shorinji-kan Jujitsu (NZJJF), and Arnis de mano (Filipino martial art). Gabriel currently works full-time as a subject matter expert/clinical educator for two district health boards within the Wellington region. He is a NZ registered nurse with a masters degree in clinical nursing.

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Gareth Rees

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Geoff Marshall

Geoff is a serious amateur / semi-professional photographer who has been teaching Community Education photography classes for about 25 years. Geoff’s interest in photography goes back to his childhood and while he has a broad knowledge of many different aspects of photography, his main interests are landscapes and candid photographs of people.

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Gil Roper

If you've ever wanted to know about Tawa - the tree or the suburb - Gil Roper is your man.

Nearly 50 years after the botanist finished a thesis on the native tree, he has now published "a much more readable" book about all things Tawa.

From uses of the wood, to how the suburb got its name, to the recent arrival of a long-absent native bird, the book covers it all and took nearly two years to write.

The return of birdlife to the area that excites the botanist the most. Recently  a pair of kaka were spotted in a Tawa reserve.

Gil's book includes research that show at least six bird species had returned in the past five years. He will show you how to identify and get to know the needs of the flora and fauna in the area.

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Ian Hulston

Since an early age Ian has had a keen interest in Art. He started his career as a Graphic Artist attending the Wellington Polytech School of Design.

There he trained under various well known Artists and Illustrators.He has worked for various Printers and Advertising Agencies, plus the Dominion Post as a Designer and Illustrator.

Currently he works freelance as an illustrator and also runs his own small Picture Framing business, plus teaches night classes in Acrylic painting and drawing to Adults.

His Artwork has been displayed in various exhibitions on at local galleries also The New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and Watercolour NZ. and collected by overseas visitors.

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Jan Powell

Jan is a genealogist and a qualified teacher. She is interested in running  courses for people who like to learn to research their family tree/family history. She has been doing genealogy for over 40 years.

Jan is currently Convenor at NZSG Porirua branch. This involves running the committee and branch. She runs "How To…" beginning genealogy sessions,  gives slide show talks in greater Wellington and Wairarapa on Genealogy in the Digital Age. Researching and publishing online

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Jean Hollier

Jean has been teaching piano / keyboard in Tawa for 30 years. Initially, only children at the Tawa

Music Centre but since 1999 a range of ages at a number of different schools, privately and through Community Education. Jean is also the producer of Tawa Goes To Town, our schools and community biennial music festival.

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Joyce Tam

Joyce loves sewing and loves teaching sewing and other fashion design topics. She has been teaching at the Fashion Design department of Massey University for over 20 years. She will teach you how to select a pattern, how to read pattern information, selecting appropriate fabric and methods that are simple quick and provide a professional finish to garments. She looks forward to seeing you in a sewing class soon.

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Katy McTeigue

Katy learnt about Japanese cooking while living in Japan on a teaching exchange. She is passionate about Japanese food as it is not only very healthy but also can be enjoyed with the eyes as well as the mouth.

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Kayoko Komori

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Kristelle Plimmer

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Linda Savell and Jackie Haddow

Linda has been playing with clay for over 35years. firstly as a teenager in her mother’s studio then on and off as a young adult at night classes and as a member of a the pottery club.  For the last 20 years she has been far more dedicated to potting and have a love of both hand building and wheel thrown work.  She has found herself informally tutoring both Adults and children for over 10 years and find sharing her love of pottery very rewarding.  She now hopes that she can share her experience and knowledge with new potters. 

Jackie has always been creative and enjoyed various arts and crafts since her teen years, and has experience teaching pre-school and school-aged children. Her clay journey started after completing a couple of wheel-work courses with Anne Glennie, and her current passion is hand-building exploring the variety of textures and forms that can be achieved. She joined the Gear Homestead Pottery Club 5 years ago and has been a committee member for the last 3 years. This has involved planning and running activity nights for club members which she has really enjoyed. And now she would like to share her knowledge and skills with other would-be potters.

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Luz Domenella

Hola! My name is Luz Domenella I am a PE teacher from Argentina.

I have been a Spanish tutor at the Adult Community Education since 2005.

I really enjoy the opportunity to teach my language and share my culture.

Come and join the Spanish world!

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Manjula Patel

Manjula Patel has been cooking for 25 years.

She was born in Nairobi, East Africa and moved to England at the age of nine.

Although she was raised in an Indian community, she developed a passion for cooking through being expose to many different cultures.

Being an outgoing person, she loves entertaining friends and family, and brings a positive attitude to all her classes.

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Margaret Seconi

Margaret is a fourth generation Pakeha Kiwi New Zealander who happens to be a retired secondary teacher recently trained in Adult Education. She loves being able to share the customs, culture, history, geography and everyday spoken Kiwi English with those who are new to this country. Helping to improve pronunciation is a strength that she's developed through years of singing and chatting with migrants & visitors from other countries. Her many hobbies include: choir, gardening, travelling and cooking.

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Marie Donald

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Mary Trounson

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Mercedes Godinez

I started training in 2006 with well respected teachers in New Zealand and overseas. I competed in the national competitions within the first year of training. Since then, I competed internationally and nationally for 5 years representing New Zealand at the Oceania Wushu Competitions and the Australian Wushu competitions. I have won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in a number of different events. Currently, still training and researching in the arts at its higher levels. I have been teaching Tai Chi since 2011.

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Monique Lubberink

We happily moved to NZ three years ago from the Netherlands, where I used to work as a psychologist.

Now I run my family of three teens, three cats & a dog, and my own small business Easy Now Mindfulness.

Having had a lifelong love of crochet, I greatly enjoy teaching this relaxing craft to people!

Find more about me on the website www.easynowmindfulness.com or here www.facebook.com/easynowmindfulness

where I post free weekly mindfulness workouts every Monday morning.

I also facilitate the colouring Sunday's at the Tawa Community Centre and I'm a qualified facilitator for the mindfulness in schools programme Pause Breathe Smile

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Nadereh Khani

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Nicolette Van Vuuren

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Nina Paaka

Kia Ora, Ko Nina Paaka ahau. Ko Ngati Porou me Tuhoe oku iwi. I am currently studying for my diploma in Raranga level 5 at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. I also teach adult educational classes in basic Raranga skills on Tuesday evenings at Tawa College. My husband and I are a collaboration of Raranga and Aerosol art, we and our two children reside in Titahi Bay. Nau mai, haere mai ki te ako Raranga.

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Peter Sheppard

Peter Sheppard is one of NZ’s leading fleet safety and driver education specialist. Peter’s work has included (with Waikato University), ground breaking research into adolescent driver’s frontal lobe development and advice to Government and the transport industry on fuel efficient driving and fleet safety management.

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Raewyn Dawe

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Rebekah Insoll

Rebekah has been involved with renovating, interior decor, and selling property for many years with very successful results. 

She understands building, maintenance, landscaping, and enhancing property so it reflects not only the personality of the occupant but also respects the age and style of the property itself.

She uses aesthetics and function to make the most of what any room offers with minimum cost

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Rhoda Feasey

Rhoda started teaching cooking in late 1990s at Taranaki Polytechnic and worked for the best Chinese restaurant in New Plymouth at the time.

She has run cooking class from her home in Dubai from 2000 to 2006 and has taught at Tawa College Community Education since 2011. She enjoys teaching students about seasonal economic Chinese Food.

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Ripeka Bird

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Robert Brace

Robert is a lawyer who has been in private practice in Porirua for over 30 years. His work includes trusts, estates, wills and powers of attorney, all property transactions and Family Court cases. He is also a Mediator. He also chaired the Tawa College Board for a number of years.

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Rolla Farah

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Rosie Solouata

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Thomas Nikora

Thomas grew up in Masterton and attended Makoura College where he was awarded the school's top Kia Manawanui award. An accomplished pianist, playing since the age of 10, Thomas gained his LTCL certificate with Merit in 2010. He is currently completing his Bachelor of Music at the Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music studying piano under Jian Liu. Previous teachers include Angela Cook and Judith Clarke. 

Alongside his BMus. Studies Thomas has performed concerts all over New Zealand from Dunedin to Hamilton and also further afield in the USA. He has also been a soloist with the Nelson Symphony Orchestra and Masterton Community Orchestra. In October 2015 Thomas performed Rachmaninoff's piano concerto No.2 with the Tawa Community Orchestra.

Thomas is certainly not a new face in choir circles having sung with Orpheus Choir,
​Nota Bene and Victoria Voices. He is the regular accompanist for Festival Singers and conducted several items on their recent C.D. "People of the Light".

Thomas' musical interests include musical theatre, opera, late Romantic composers and contemporary works. He balances his love for music with interests in computer gaming and role playing

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Tina MihaereRees

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Wendy Jacobs

I have always enjoyed craft but only really got involved about 4 years ago when a friend suggested that I join her at a furniture painting workshop.  This workshop lead to another and another….we painted furniture, learnt decoupage, decorated suit cases….you name it we tried it.  I found this to be quite therapeutic and continued to learn this new found craft by using YouTube videos, joining Facebook groups and finding items on Pinterest.  I started my own Facebook page called Wendys Trendys showcasing all things I ‘changed’.  This then prompted me to start up another page called Decoupage by me 4U which is where I now post photos of my work.  I’ve sold a few items at craft fairs and run workshops at work, and find I prefer to see other people learning some of the skills that I was taught years ago. 

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