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Kawerau Learning Opportunities

Semester 4, 8 October - 21 December 2018.

Please contact our Kawerau Office for more information or to enrol in this programme. If you have a disability or experience of mental illness you may be eligible for a funded place, please contact us for further information.  

Our day starts at 9am and ends at 3pm. We ask that everyone arrives no earlier than 8.45 am and leaves no later than 3.15pm.
If you come for the day, you will need to bring your own lunch, we provide tea and coffee.
Mobile phones and music devices are either left at home or handed in at the beginning of each day.
The privacy and confidentiality of people who use our service is respected at all times. 
Transport may be available for people with mobility issues.

Health and Community

10 ways with vegetables - Tuesday 10am - 12pm
An especially good activity for people who wish to learn skills for independence, healthy eating and how to enjoy different ways of cooking, preparing and presenting vegetables as a meal or side dish.

Friends swim group - Tuesday and Thursday 1pm - 3pm
Enjoy one of the free amenities in Kawerau for relaxation, health, fitness and meeting new friends at the Kawerau pools & spa. 

Walk for health- Monday 10am - 12pm
Join this group for fitness and health while enjoying the beautiful parks, reserves, the Tarawera river and bush walks. Some walks may go until after lunch so you will need to bring lunch and a water bottle. Longer walks only for the more capable keen walkers!

Tai Chi with Liz - Monday 9am - 10am 
Join this group  for easy exercise that helps with breathing and learning to relax. This is a Community LED activity. 

Sit and be fit - Tuesday 9am - 10am
Feel the benefits of an easy exercise routine designed for people with limited mobility but also fun to do for everyone. This is a Community LED activity

Micro Business

Rongoa - Thursday 9am - 3pm
Learn how and where to gather native plants and prepare them for alternative health benefits. Also learn how to make your own natural balms and creams for massaging, cleansing and moisturising the skin. This is an opportunity for people we partner to start an group micro business fo they choose.

Recycle & Upcycle - Wednesday 9am - 12pm
Learn how to upcycle and recycle old furniture and house hold items and turning them from trash to treasure. 

Jams and pickles - Tuesday 1pm - 3pm
Learn the basics of making jams, pickles and preserves for your Micro Business and also Health & Safety food preparation. 

Creative crafts- Tuesday 10am - 12pm
Using natural and up-cycled resources to create craft items that can be displyed and sold in our gallery or at local markets. Also an opportunity for people to sell what they create.

Sustainable Gardens - Monday 9am - 12pm 
The garden in Otakiri will be winding down and this term will be focussed on preparation for a new garden behind the House of Hope. 


Tikanga Maori basics - Wednesday 9am - 12pm
An opportunity to learn basic Maori language, waiata, karakia, history and Whakapapa. Who is my mountain? Ko wai toku maunga?

Community Activities

Indoor bowls and 8 ball - Monday 1pm - 3pm
An opportunity for people to attend and join as a member if they choose at the Kawerau Cosmopolitan Club for indoor bowls, darts, or 8 ball and socialising with friends in a safe and controlled environment. 

Friendships & Fun - Wednesday 1pm - 3pm 
A mix of social activities, sports, games and outings such as movies, cricket, tennis, coffee and cake, and visiting galleries and going on bush walks. 

KUFF (Kawerau Urban Food  - Thursday 9am - 12pm
Every Thursday a group of volunteers help to keep these vegetable gardens and fruit trees healthy for the people of Kawerau to have access to fresh produce when they need it. 

Kaitiakitanga - Friday 9am - 3pm 
Doing your bit for the environment by joining this group that volunteer to clean along local water ways, lakes and beaches. Bring comfortable walking shoes, lunch and a water bottle. 

Support for community activities
Speak to your key worker if you require support to join local services for support to learn literacy, computers, learners license, volunteering or other aspirations available in this community.


Volunteers - days and hours to suit
Be supported to connect with groups for volunteering, work experience and lend a hand to others in the community. Kawerau SPCA, Foodbank, the Community Garden and micro business work experience.

Pre-employment support
Ongoing support for people who would like to achieve their goal for employment, work experience and other vocational aspirations.

“we work to facilitate support for people to achieve their individual plans and goals.”


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General Rules

Inclusive Learning Environments: Pou Whakaaro strives to ensure that learning is open and available to all members of our community and will attempt to provide assistance to those learners that require additional support. With this in mind, please be aware that the pace of class teaching and learning will depend on the needs and aspirations of all students.

Acceptance and Payment of Fees: Please consider that your enrolment is confirmed once you have returned a completed enrolment form and payment to us or direct to the tutor (where this is advised in any advertising) Fees are generally charged on a whole course basis and no refunds or discounts will be made where the student is unable to attend.

Cancelled Classes and Refunds: If there are insufficient enrolments, courses may be cancelled and we will attempt to inform you as early as possible. Full refunds will be made to students as soon as possible. NO refund will be made if you decide to withdraw from a class once it has started.

Compliments and Complaints: In the first instance, please speak directly to your tutor, or if you require contact the Community Education Coordinator in writing or by phone on 07 308 8170

Behaviour: I agree to treat the venue, equipment, tutor/s and other students with respect at all times. I understand that I may be asked to leave a course and forfeit fees if I act disrespectfully.

Please return this enrolment in person or by post to:

Community Education
Pou Whakaaro
40 Te Tahi Street
PO Box 2025 Whakatane