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Join one of the 350+ short courses offered by Selwyn Community Education for all adult and lifelong learners!

Affordable and easily accessible evening, weekend and day classes with experienced tutors in a friendly environment.


Gardening Trends

Many gardening trends have emerged in New Zealand and internationally, and Selwyn Community Education is meeting this challenge with a range of gardening courses to educate, inspire and motivate.

Creative Sustainable Garden Design

Some key trends:

Adaptive gardening practices to fit with modern lifestyles:

  • edible gardens
  • shared gardening
  • portable gardens
  • mixed edible and ornamental gardens

Waste reduction and recycling:

  • using kitchen scraps and garden waste for worm farming, bokashi and compost
  • using repurposed materials to create garden beds

Conscious gardening:

  • eating seasonally
  • soil and eco-system health
  • a return to heirloom varieties and appropriate planting
  • education and companionship of gardening clubs

Selwyn Community Education have a number of courses coming up:

Creative Sustainable Garden Design. Work with nature, not against it. Organic food and ornamentals. 1 September

Vegetable Gardening. Veges from seed to harvest.  Organic or not. 2 September

Elements of Small Garden Design. Create the best from your small courtyard or garden and create another room for modern living. 4 August

Effective Planting for Your Garden. Choose the right plant for the right place with confidence. 11 August

Productive Boxes, Balconies and Backyards. Produce delicious food from your small urban garden. 28 October

Love Your Leftovers Reduce waste, eat seasonally and economically. 14 October.

For details of our local community garden, contact Orakei Community Centre on 528 3431.  Auckland Council run regular worm farming, composting and bokashi sessions at local community centres. Contact the Compost Collective on 482 1672. The next Orakei session is 5 September.Vegetables in Containers




FREE TALK: The Healthy Country: A History of Life and Death in New ZealandThe Healthy Country

With Alistair Woodward on Tuesday 28 July 2015 7.30 -8.30 pm.
Life expectancy in New Zealand is tracking upwards year on year, and indeed, for men at least, we are closing again on the world leaders. What are the implications for health care, public health priorities and social policy? This session will be based on a book - The Healthy Country? A History of Life and Death in New Zealand, by Alistair Woodward and Tony Blakely, recently published by Auckland University Press.


Bookings are essential - call the office on 521-9623 or click here.  See an article about Dr Stinear, our May Think Talker, in the blogs below.


Selwyn Comed's Blog!

Check out our Blog! We will be updating it regularly with news, as well as profiles on tutors and different courses we offer here at Selwyn Comed.

June blogs include: Maximise Your Spanish Learning Experience, Yoga at Selwyn, Eastern Bays Courier: Focus on Role of Muslim Women, NZ Herald: Keeping Your Brain Sharp. Find them here.


Check out our YouTube Channel:

We'll be regularly updating our YouTube channel with new videos about our tutors.

Check out our latest video from student Dean Whittaker about the Children's Book Illustration workshop in June. Click on the photo or here to view. 

What's Hot for this TermWhat's Hot for this Term

Introduction to Craft BeerIntroduction to Craft Beer 

NZ already has 70 craft breweries, and more are opening each month. Come and find out what the buzz is all about, and discover the amazing flavours that malt, hops, yeast and water can create in combination. A beer appreciation course ! With Glen Armstrong starting 4 August.

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Children's Holiday Courses


Open Your Eyes to DramaOpen Your Eyes to Drama 

Do your children relish drama? Give them a fun and positive holiday experience, whilst extending their skill and appreciation of drama. Mornings, Monday - Wednesday starting 6 July with June Renwick.Learn More


Six Dancing Figures: Art WorkshopSix Dancing Figures

Can't get your kids away from cartoons? Why not have them draw their own? In this one day school holiday program we will explore the colourful, circular painting of cartoon human figures developed by artist Keith Haring. Thursday 9 July 9am - 4pm with Amy Potenger.Learn More


Parent and Child Holiday Yoga

Parent and Child Holiday Yoga

Attention children! Bring your parent, grandparent or caregiver along for fun, energising and relaxing yoga classes these school holidays! For children aged 6 - 11 and their caregivers. Thursday 9 and Thursday 16 July 10 - 11:30pm. 

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Children's Cooking Class: Pizza, Pizza

Children Cooking

The next course in our popular holiday series: Pizza, pizza - fun to make. Pizza, pizza - yum to eat! 15 July 10am - 12pm with chef, Paul.

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Coming up in Term 3:

African Drumming for Adults


Learn how to play the djembe and experience the sounds of the talking drum and sabar. Djembe was originally a form of telephone and is still used as a way of communication between people. You will learn to use and identify the different notes and the important subtleties between them. Laure, originally from Cameroon, will share with you not only the African rhythms, but also the culture that is her heritage. Your own djembe is required. Starts 22 July.Learn More


Botanical Painting

Botanical Painting

Love plants? Have a favourite you want to sketch? This workshop is is an introduction to plant illustrations and is ideal for anyone interested in drawing and painting the botanical world. Weekend course 25 - 26 July with Sandra Morris.Learn More