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  • Find a new interest
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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.


Using Ancestry for Family Research 

GenealogyIt is often said that genealogy is one of the most popular pastimes on the planet.  Some interesting info:

  • US$2.3 billion was spent on genealogy work in 2012
  • Some amateur enthusiasts spend up to $18,000 in a year on research
  • More than 10,000 Ancestry DNA tests are administered every month
  • There are thousands of genealogy blogs actively posting
  • It is said the genealogy industry will grow 36% by the year 2020

However, for most of us, it is about finding out more about who we are, and where we came from. Have you seen the Ancestry commercial on TV and wondered what is involved? Here is the chance to make the most of your free trial or your subscription. Jan has been using Ancestry for many years and will show you the hints and tips to effective searching. Starts 9 March.

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Finding Your Voice Through Your Camera

Want to find more meaning in your photography? This course will help you have a clearer idea of what you are drawn to and what inspires you. You will finish the course with tools to strengthen your photographs and you will feel more confident in the direction you are heading in with your photography. Course starts March 3 and runs for 4 weeks. Learn More


New Directions for Men After Retirement

New Directions for Men After RetirementSo you've retired from a busy career and you're wondering "now what?". This course will assist you to explore new ways to find a sense of purpose in your life. Starts 11 March with Richard SpencerLearn More


Overcoming Anxiety

Overcoming Anxiety

Is anxiety ruining your life? Whether there is an identifiable cause or not, whether it rears its head at certain times such as public speaking or is ongoing and you want to live an anxiety-free life, then this course is for you. Learn neuro-linguistic programming tools and life skills to assist you in understanding anxiety and how to get it under control. Starts 10 March.

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Whether you have a Digital SLR camera, or a point-and-shoot, whether beginning with photography or looking for more inspiration, we have a range of courses coming up that may appeal. Finding Your Voice Through Your Camera (finding meaning in your practice) starts on 3 March.DLSR Beginners starts on 2 or 4 March and Compact Cameras for Beginners starts 9 March.

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Tivaevae Cook Islands Quilting


An introduction to this beautiful and colourful traditional Cook Islands art form, with Aunty Mi'i. Starts 4 March at the Glen Innes Library.

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Make Your Own Skincare Products

Make Your Own Skin Care

Do things the way your grandmother used to and make your own body products at home.

In this practical class Olga will teach you how to make a number of body care products including body butters, healing ointments for various conditions, lip balms and healing bath salts. As well as learning how to make different preparations, you will go home with goodies to try after each class. Starts 9 March.

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Explore Bush and BeachExplore Bush and Beach


A unique opportunity to explore your local area with a friendly walking group and qualified outdoor leader. Each week involves a trip to a bush or coastal area of natural beauty and interest in and around the Auckland area including parks and out of the way reserves, private bush, wetlands and many places you may not have heard of. Starts 12 March.Learn More




Photography is an activity that is growing more popular every day. The advancement of photographic technology is also moving at a great speed. These days, the majority of photographic images taken by the general public are taken on their phones. Phone cameras are of a much high quality these days and these devices are not so much phones that have a camera, it’s rather more that these are cameras that can make calls and send text messages. Join Simon's class and learn how to maximise the technology of your phone camera. Starts 10 March.Learn More