I am a qualified fashion designer and pattern-maker with over 20 years experience in clothing manufacturing, exclusive bridal wear, and tailoring and alterations. I am extremely passionate about pattern making and I have lots of experience in the intricacies of how to correct a pattern to get a better fit. Quality is extremely important to me.
We relocated from South Africa in 2013 and feel honoured to make New Zealand our home and to contribute in any possible way, to the people of NZ.
Adrian has had many years working in organic gardening. He works full time at Kelmarna Organic Gardens during the day, and supervises others working there.
The public may go to Kelmarna Gardens and look around, to purchase their organic vegetables. These organic gardens form one of the most tranquil settings in Central Auckland.
Alun Davies is an award-winning musician and teacher, specialising in the Ukulele.
Originally from the UK, Alun has performed at some of the countries top venues, and has featured on several albums of varying musical styles.
He honed his instrumental skills in England's thriving folk and rock music scenes, before travelling the world as an itinerant musician, teaching ukulele across several continents.
After recently serving as Ukulele specialist in Australia's Guitar Academy, Alun has arrived in New Zealand and is excited to share this wonderful instrument with many more players!
I have been studying money management for the better part of the last decade in a mission to master this thing called money. Having a background in integrative psychologies has helped me understand how human behaviour affects this emotional subject. For this course I have brought together the most effective methods and techniques that I have personally used with much success and I am driven to share my findings with others.
I trained as a textile designer and qualified as an art teacher in the 1970s and have since worked in art education for thirty years. I have worked with both secondary and tertiary level students, as well as private students. For the past ten years, I have specialised in digital textile design using Photoshop and Illustrator to create original textile designs for print. I am very experienced with teaching digital skills to beginners and have many resources available including step by step tutorials that are also available online as videos. I work with digital print bureaux to output my designs on a range of fabrics including Textile Design Laboratory (TDL) at AUT University as well as Colourbox in Albany and the online company Spoonflower in the USA. My website is www.angelfraser.com for examples of my work.
Angella Gilbert - Organising & Decluttering Expert
Angella believes one of the keys to a joyful life is living in harmony, with our environment, within our working day, and in our home. Angella’s passion for helping others achieve this brings her joy.
Having lived abroad for 15 years, she quickly found that the necessities of life were few and the pleasures of a simplified life were many. Italy became her second home for over eight years and as she became fluent in the language, she discovered the immense appeal of a country where its people live and love each and every day with an exuberance and passion that is enviable. That’s the passion Angella brings to her business and her life.
Angella has an extensive background in business management in a number of industries including telecommunications, travel, management consulting, real estate and business broking. This experience, gained over many years in Australia, London and Italy, and in her home city of Auckland, has contributed to Angella’s innate talent for creating organised systems and processes that work, both in the home and in business.
She established Gioia in 2005 to provide her services to people living in overwhelmingly cluttered and disorganised homes. Since that time she has worked alongside hundreds of clients in their homes, helping them to declutter, downsize, solve storage problems, and ultimately creating lovely relaxing and harmonious living environments.
“I believe we all want our home to be a warm and inviting haven. If the home is organised and cleared of clutter it becomes a welcoming environment where we can truly relax and allow the tensions of the day to disappear.”
Her business clients enjoy the benefit of feeling in control that comes once order is established and simple practices are put in place to have their business running smoothly.
“To have your business day flow with ease is a joy. Once processes and systems are in place, everything becomes simplified and daily activities can be handled quickly and without stress, allowing us to perform at our best.”
"Anna is so knowledgeable and talented with music. She knows the theory and has the most amazing voice which makes the whole experience special.
Anna is fun and friendly and most of us come to the class just for the company and uplifting feeling we come away with every week.
Even if you are not great musically (like me) you will enjoy this class and it will take you away from any problems or cares you may have and become the highlight of your week". E Barwell June 2014
Annamirl began Taiji (Tai Chi) in Germany in 1991. She has been following Master Huang Xingxian’s (Huang Shen-Shuan) system for more than 20 years as a senior student of Patrick Kelly and is connected to The Taiji School at studio4ZERO in Auckland. She is also a practising artist and teacher for visual arts.
Her deep commitment to Taiji continues to further her understanding of one of the core Daoist principles ’change’, which is a life principle (yin/yang). Practising Taiji helps the development of balance, inner strength and harmony through relaxation, concentration and coordination of mind, energy and body.
Part-time and relief tutor for ESOL Beginners through to Advanced levels, Business Writing for ESOL, English Conversation and IELTS preparation classes.
Anne Kayes won the 2016 Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon award with Tui Street Tales, a collection of stories for 8-12 yr-olds, which has since been published by Scholastic. She is now working on the sequel. Anne’s background is in English and Drama secondary school teaching.
She teaches English and Children’s Literature in Bridging Education at Unitec in West Auckland.
Creator of over 20 videos and course content for 3D printing. Professional 3D printer operator, 3D printer subject matter expert, teacher, educator, researcher. Professional computer modeler for real estate industry.
I completed a Masters of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne in 2016. During this time I became fascinated by Australian indigenous art and culture. I also have a Fine Arts Degree in Photography and a BA in Art History and French, both from the University of Canterbury. I have also studied Art History at Sciences Po University in Paris.
I have volunteered in the education departments of numerous museums and galleries across Australia and New Zealand.
Dr Avril Bell, Senior lecturer in Sociology, University of Auckland
Avril is a Pakeha sociologist from the Far North of Aotearoa New Zealand. Her major area of teaching and research interest is the ongoing impact of colonial history in contemporary New Zealand society. She is the author of Relating Indigenous and Settler Identities: Beyond Domination (2014, Palgrave Macmillan) and numerous academic papers and book chapters on related topics.
I'm a part-time tutor who gets a lot of satisfaction from passing on my mosaic knowledge and bringing out the hidden talents that people don't know they have.
Comments from 31 August 1 September weekend workshop with Barbara: "Enjoyed that it was over a weekend and we could leave our projects" "Enjoyed the helpful teacher and learning a new skill" "Enjoyed the interaction with others in the class" "Enjoyed the patience of the teacher and the autonomy of setting projects".
Comments from Oct/Nov 2013 class with Barbara: "Enjoyed the creativity of meeting with other like-minded people" "Enjoyed learning a new craft" "Fantastic tutor, very patient and good clear explanations"
Ben is a qualified practicing graphic designer with over 12 years experience in the graphic design field. He is currently employed as a contract senior designer and has led large creative projects including the creative delivery of the Volvo Ocean Race Event and Westpac pilot and flagship branches.
Bill is a chartered accountant who investigated many New Zealand corporate failures before becoming a financial markets regulator overseas.
Professor Brian Boyd, University Distinguished Professor, English, University of Auckland.
Brian Boyd has written on literature and art from Homer to the present, from epics to comics, especially on Shakespeare, Vladimir Nabokov, and Art Spiegelman. His work has won awards on four continents and has been translated into eighteen languages. He is currently researching a biography of philosopher Karl Popper.
Brigitte has vast Te Reo teaching experience including Queen Elizabeth College, Kaiako Te Uru Karaka Kohanga Reo, Palmerston North Girl's High School, Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Awatapu College, all in Palmerston North, More recently she has taught at St John's Theological College, Auckland.
Folk dancing is Bronwen's passion and has taught folk dances for many years. She has been on seven "Dance on the Water" river cruises throughout Europe as well as having attended dance seminars in Armenia, Norway, Prague and Greece. Bronwen has also danced in Athens, Israel, England and Scotland.
Bronwen is the President and Life Member of Ruritanian International Folk Dance Club and Folk Dance NZ where she gives workshops at national camps, and has 27 years experience as a relief teacher.
Bruno was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a qualified Coach and Massage Therapist. Bruno started archery at the age of six, and started meditation, Tai Chi and Chi Kung in 1979 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
He competed in archery in his teens throughout South America. He has been Auckland Coaching Director of Archery New Zealand and trained archers for international competition and teaches archery as a form of meditation. Since 1985 he has been studying the Healing Arts of Naturopathy, Energy Balancing, Reflexology, Nutrition, Chi Kung and Meditation.
He has also been practising Tai Chi Chuan for over 30 years and now teaches Chi Kung, Tai Chi and Meditation in the evenings and weekends.
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As a young girl Candice witnessed her first belly dancer and was captivated by the impossibly beautiful movements that the dancer displayed. The image stayed with her until eventually she found a studio, and from that first class, it was as if her body was always meant to move this way.
Candice began teaching and performing in South Africa and since moving to New Zealand became a full-time belly dancer and opened up Phoenix Belly Dance to give others the same chance that her teacher gave to her; the chance to find a community you never knew existed, but that makes you feel as though you've been part of it your whole life.
As an instructor, Candice will always strive to create a continuous learning environment for herself and her students. She offers fun and high quality Retreats, workshops and classes, to uphold the integrity and tradition of this beautiful art form whilst incorporating her signature style. People ask, why do you love to dance? The simple truth is “I love who I am when I dance”.
Candice graduated cum laude with a post-grad Honours degree in B.Com Business and IT Management from the University of Johannesburg. She is currently teaching and performing full-time, operating Phoenix Belly Dance.
This particular topic (depictions of biblical women in visual culture) is one of the primary focuses of my own research - I am currently writing about book about Delilah (Judges 16) and the way she is often represented in popular culture as a femme fatale. It's a fascinating topic to teach too, and I find students in my visual culture classes really enjoy and learn from looking at these very ancient stories through visual media, such as fine art, film and advertising.
Cathie holds a CELTA and Certificate of Language Teaching and a law degree. Her ESOL teaching experience ranges from Beginner to Advanced levels, Conversation, Pronunciation and Preparation for Work.
Cecilia has come to New Zealand from Korea in 2001 with her family. Previously a secondary school teacher of mathematics and science, Cecilia has a passion for cooking and wants to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for authentic Korean food with the community. Students from her courses have since participated in a Korean cooking competition and two received places.
Charlotte is a mechanic from Hamilton who has been teaching for Pitchix for 5 years. She has hosted workshops around New Zealand. She delivers a hands-on course teaching basic and preventative maintenance on your own vehicle, giving participants the confidence and knowledge to check your fluids and filters, change a tyre safely and correctly jump start vehicles, as well as peace of mind when it comes to dealing with your mechanic.
Charlotte is a currently completing her Masters (drawing and painting) at Elam School of Fine Art. She initially gained her teaching experience at the Auckland Art Gallery as an educator working with students of all ages and developing ways to help them reach their creative potential. As an artist Charlotte’s creativity and experience truly inspires her students.
I am a JAPAN TEA Goodwill ambassador and the only certified Japanese Tea Advisor in New Zealand.
At Japan Day I presented a Japanese tasting seminar at The Cloud with great success, with over 100 people participating in the seminar.
I would love to educate New Zealanders about Japanese tea and all the benefits associated with it.
Chris Zwaagdyk returned to photography around 7 years ago. A new beginning with digital photography and rediscovery of the pleasure of capturing moments and conveying ideas - both the subjects and photographers. Chris also has a passion for shooting live music, shooting for a number of New Zealand music web sites including 13th Floor, Libel and muzic.net.Chris takes an experiential approach to sharing photography skills. Having largely learnt through working with other photographers and short courses, Chris has found an interactive approach provides immediate feedback and helps to develop photography skills more quickly.
I was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, and trained as a secondary teacher but I have taught ESOL to adults here, and also in England, for 35 years.
I have travelled to many parts of the world, including China, South America, Turkey and Russia, and have learnt several languages. Because of this, I understand how difficult it is to live in a different culture using a new language.
Playing the piano, practising yoga, walking my dog and going boating with my family take up my spare time. Most of all I enjoy learning dances from other countries, especially flamenco from Spain.
I like to find new ways of making learning interesting for students and find it very rewarding watching life become more enjoyable for them as their English language improves.
Ciara Cremin is a critical theorist who teaches sociology at the University of Auckland. She has published a number of books including, in 2015, Totalled: Salvaging the Future from the Wreckage of Capitalism with Pluto Press; in 2016, Exploring Videogames with Deleuze and Guattari: Towards an Affective Theory of Form with Routledge; and, in 2017, Man-Made Woman: The Dialectics of Cross-Dressing, again with Pluto Press.
Clark Valmont is one of the country’s most prolific businessmen; running and owning several multi-million-dollar businesses along with being the country’s largest affordable housing provider. Clark has coached and consulted a number of CEOs and companies to improve business performance, along with having the most engaged Facebook campaigns in the country month-on-month.
Colin has been teaching photography for over 6 years, in the areas of basic photography, portraits, light and composition. Currently he is employed part time by Auckland Zoo as a photography tutor. Colin strives to create a relaxed atmosphere in his classes, where students can ask questions and work together. He enjoys sharing his skill and experience.
He has been an Accredited photographic judge through the NZ Photographic Society for 3 years and recently was one of the judges for the National exhibition. Colin judges at many camera clubs through out New Zealand, his next major judging competition is the North Shore Salon.
I was born in Milan, Italy, and studied in Venice, where I achieved a Degree in Architecture and a Masters in Architecture Conservation. I have worked on a diverse range of architectural projects including the conservation of heritage buildings in the provinces of Padua and Venice.
Later I lived and worked in South Africa for twenty years where I was an architecture tutor at Wits University in Johannesburg. I also founded my own company, Italdesign Architecs, and managed residential and commercial projects.
Currently in Auckland, I am the director of Ital Design, a company specialising in residential, eco architecture and interiors. I have been a tutor on the Bachelor of Interior Design and the Diploma of Interior Design courses at Unitec.
I teach a diverse range of short courses and workshops at Selwyn Community Education.
In New Zealand my husband and I set up Italdesign Architectural specialising in residential projects, kitchen and bathroom design, furniture design and colour recommendation.
I also teach at Unitec within the Bachelor of Interior Design and the Diploma of Interior Design.
Cristy Trewartha (BA, BCom, PGDip. Arts, MPH) is a doctoral candidate in the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland. Her work for over a decade has been on the prevention of family violence as a practitioner, funder and researcher in non-government, central and local government, and public health organisations. Her work on the Campaign for Action on Family Violence led to greater exploration into long-term community-based approaches, and to working with the Tāmaki community and helping them to the develop the HEART Movement, an innovative approach to preventing family violence.
Professor Darl Kolb is a pioneering theorist on socio-technical connectivity and the first ‘Professor of Connectivity’ in the world. Darl received his PhD in organisational behaviour from Cornell University and has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge.
Prior to becoming an academic, Darl worked as an Outward Bound Instructor throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Alaska. He discusses the connects and disconnects of life on his blog, ‘Connectivity Corner’: email@example.com
Darmatin graduated in 1984 with the Yamaha Certificate of Advancement for Classic Guitar Performance Grade 9 and 10. He won 2nd prize in a guitar classical competition in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia in 1989. He attended Masterclass guitar courses led by Prof Leo Witozynskyj (Sweden) for 2 months in 1992. He taught as a guitar teacher in Sonare Music School in Singapore August 1999 until July 2000. Since moving to New Zealand, Darmatin has been teaching guitar as itinerant teacher in Auckland. His task is consistently motivating, inspiring, teaching classical (plucking) and popular (strumming) guitar styles, and developing students' interest in music.
Founder of Auckland Walks, a professional guide in Europe and Australasia for over 30 years, former curator of NZ Historic Places Trust.
David began his working career at Television New Zealand as an apprentice Television Engineer. After 6 years there David went overseas to work in a computer company in Australia for 2 years and then returned to New Zealand.
David has worked in New Zealand in the computer industry for Trilogy Business Systems, Southmark Computers, Fujitsu, then joined Compaq in 1996 and worked through a number of mergers over a 11 year period and left what was then Hewlett Packard in 2007.
David started a web design business called Designhand Limited and has since gone on to start a training business called Web Design Training Limited from which he teaches courses through Selwyn's community education programme. One of his favourite courses is "How to be Found on the Internet" which in essence is a basic SEO course for beginners.
In 2014 David went on to form an SEO business called Website Optimisers where he now offers a range of SEO and SEM services. Learn more about David and his experience in the web design and optimisation industry.
Debbie gained her qualifications in teaching English as a second language in South Africa, after completing a university degree. In 1996 she moved to Seoul, South Korea and the following year went to Jakarta Indonesia for a further year of teaching abroad. On returning to South Africa she taught at a private university as well as providing one-on-one private lessons to students requiring English language support at various levels. In 2010 she immigrated to Auckland New Zealand, and since then has been busy teaching ESOL classes to all levels at a wide range of English Language institutes.
Dianne is an experienced Xero trainer, having worked with individuals and businesses, beginners and more advanced users.
Experienced and enthusiastic dance tutor for 7 years. Demonstration of basic dance moves to easy music rhythm. Clear, patient review of taught dance moves and selection of key aspects to help each individual student's learning. Committed to growth as a teacher and to students to get people into dancing for fun.
Mr Dylan Tarragon Mann originally grew up in Auckland, moving to Australia in 1995. In 2016 he returned home to NZ.
Dylan has worked as the head of client advice at iPraxis Financial Services Australia, founder of My Independent Financial Adviers, and AMP financial advise for five years. The experience he brings includes stock trading, options, insurance brokers, government payments, property sales and purchase, economic impacts.
Dylan Mann is registered at the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) as a fully accredited AFA Financial Adviser. "I really love and enjoy my role in the community as a financial doctor (or financial GP). My clients share their private information with me so that I can step into their shoes with my financial experience. I take on my clients' financial concerns/worries and problems and recommend a course of action to medicate the issues to achieve their requested outcomes."
I work in the University of Auckland. As part of my job in the University Health and Counselling Service, I facilitate health (mental and physical) outreach education with the university's students.
Previously I have been an English Language Teacher in South Korea, teaching children aged 5 - 15 years, and a Disability Support Worker in Melbourne.
Psychological theory underpins my work and I strive to use most recent best-practice interventions. I also believe in practising what I preach - this year I have completed a mindfulness course, and I live an active, healthy lifestyle. I am currently training for my first half-marathon, and find myself drawing on motivation theories to encourage myself to get out and run some days.
I first started teaching community education in 1983 and have taught at Auckland Normal, Mt Roskill, Onehunga High School, Lynfield College, Rutherford College, Waitakere College, Glendowie College, Northcote College, Edgewater College and Selwyn College.
Initially teaching Chinese Cooking and Asian Cooking, I progressed to Thai and Japanese Cooking due to demand.
Professionally, I started working with the late Dr Jim Sprott as an industrial chemist in 1978 serving the food, pharmaceutical and insurance industries, the Auckland Regional Water Division, Ministry of Ag and Fish, and also forensic work for the Police. Before my recent retirement, I was involved in a quality, health and safety role with a multi-national organisation, serving for 28 years.
Since my retirement I have been cooking vegetarian cuisine at the Buddhist Temple for the nuns once a week and also occasionally for the public on a Sunday.
Eileen Luders is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Trained in neuroscience and neuropsychology, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Dr. Luders’ research is focused on understanding the human brain using high-resolution neuroimaging and state-of-the-art brain mapping techniques. Central themes of her studies are the brain’s sexual dimorphism, brain development and aging, as well as abnormalities in brain anatomy as often associated with specific diseases, disabilities, and disorders.
I’ve been teaching Natural Health since 1991 through Continuing Education at Edgewater College, Glenfield College, Wellpark (NZ), Worcester University College and CNM College UK.
Eugenia is a teacher , who was born in Siberia , the coldest and the biggest part of Russia. Eugenia spent five years to compete her masters degree in Secondary Teaching with the major in Russian language and psychology. In 2002 she came to New Zealand for a family reunion and began to teach Russian as a second language. Eugenia also graduated from The University of Auckland with the degree in Early Childhood Education. She is New Zealand registered teacher and she loves teaching adults her native language.
Evelyn is a Pastry Chef from Chile with over 15 years experience, and passionate about sharing the Latin culture.
Hola! My name is Fabiana. I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I moved to New Zealand eleven years ago. Since I moved to New Zealand I have been teaching Spanish at Selwyn Community Education.
Also I teach cooking at Selwyn Community Education and Parnell Community Centre.
I have a passion for teaching and cooking. I love to share my culture and language.
Spanish is an official language on four continents. It is a good choice for those wanting to learn another language. Spanish is easy, entertaining and will “open doors” when you travel.
Hasta la vista, Amigo!
Frances has extensive overseas ESOL teaching and training experience. She is qualified with an MFA (Aust), Dip JAP and RSA CELTA.
"My name is Manuel Alberto Alvarado and I am a 62-year-old student from Venezuela, who recently took classes with teacher Frances Battersby for the IELTS Academic test. I had the test on October 8, 2016 obtaining an overall band qualification of 8.
I am very happy with my score, and must say that it is the result of the excellent job done by Mrs. Battersby. She is the best English teacher I have known so far. She is very professional, open-minded, knows how to teach in a way that it is very easy and fun to learn, with a thorough knowledge of the English language and teaching method.
I congratulate you for having such high qualified teachers in your college and will recommend it to any person I know in need of learning English as a second language and has to take the IELTS test.
Best regards Manuel Alberto Alvarado" November 2016
From an Academic IELTS student: "Dear Frances, it is rare to find a teacher who is truly attentive to her student's needs and shows she cares. I am grateful for all the help, support and guidance. From the bottom of my heart, Osnat K" Sept 2014.
Francis Collins is a Senior Lecturer and Rutherford Discovery Fellow at the University of Auckland. His research focuses on international migration and cities with a particular emphasis on the experiences, mobility patterns and government regulation of temporary migrants. Francis is currently leading a programme of research funded by a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship from the Royal Society of New Zealand that explores the lives of people on temporary work visas in New Zealand, the migration of New Zealanders to Australia and shifting approaches to migration policy in a context of increased temporariness and circulation. He has written over 50 articles and chapters in international academic journals and books and has appeared as a contributor and commentator on migration issues in New Zealand news media.
Food is my Happy Place - every mouthful, a burst of flavour to please the senses and enrich the soul. I express myself through food – be it creativity, love, sharing or healing. Over the past three decades I have had the good fortune of working as a professional chef in contemporary and traditional kitchens around the world, learning about global food, spices, flavours and recipes.
Inspired by Dr Ed Bauman, I trained and qualified as a Holistic Nutritionist from Bauman College, adding an exciting new dimension to my food philosophy – Eating for Health. I have set up Nourish Holistic Nutrition, through which, my mission is to provide people with a map for healthful eating, teaching them to harness nutritional capabilities of food.
I help people understand current, non-biased research, translating this into everyday meals to take ownership for the quality and duration of their lives. Even better, I customise this to every person’s unique needs, health challenges, preferences, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
My dream is to create a delicious path to health and vitality through the goodness of food, one family at a time.
In addition to Nourish, I am proud to be Head Chef at Wise Cicada, a Newmarket cafe that is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of its customers.
Here, I design menus and alongside my team, prepare meals that are vegan, organic and always nourishing.
Student feedback from Gautam's courses:
"The tutor and his wife were fantastic. They had a wealth of knowledge, involved the whole class and even brought in a special guest on one occasion."
"The passion and enthusiasm of Gautam and Rama was infectious."
"The tutors were experts. Very useful info delivered very clearly."
Dr Gavin Ellis is a lecturer, media consultant and researcher. He is a former editor-in-chief of the New Zealand Herald and his association with journalism now spans more than half a century. He was chairman of the New Zealand Media Freedom Committee and the 2005 recipient of the British Commonwealth Astor Press Freedom Award. He was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015 for services to journalism. He is the author of Trust Ownership and the Future of News: Media Moguls and White Knights (Palgrave, London 2014) and Complacent Nation (BWB Texts, Wellington 2016). He lectures on journalism, media institutions and propaganda at the University of Auckland and is a weekly media commentator on Radio New Zealand National. He has served on the boards of the Council for Security Cooperation Asia-Pacific, the Asia New Zealand Foundation, and the Science Media Centre. He is currently writing a book on propaganda.
"As a working interior designer, I am up to date with the latest suppliers, products and trends. My almost 14 years of running my own interior design business has given me a wealth of knowledge to pass on to others".
Gaye Adsett of Equilibrium Interiors is a trained interior designer. She shares her knowledge through teaching and speaking to groups on all aspects of interior design. Gaye is a professional member of the Designers Institute of New Zealand and has a Diploma in Interior Design. She was also a tutor for the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.
Trained in Feng Shui by well known practitioner Betty Bayley, Gaye also does Feng Shui consultations and workshops as part of her interior design practice.
I am the Director of Research in the School of Communication Studies at AUT. I was previously Professor of Journalism at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. I have published research in the field of political communication in a range of international journals. My most recent book is titled, Performing Politics: Media Interviews, Debates and Press Conferences (Polity 2016).
George is a Doctoral Candidate at Elam School of Fine Arts, researching masculine representations and the male body. His practice uses collage and printmaking to trace embodiment in culture. Although he uses a variety of sources and materials to make, collage becomes central to George's research through the assemblage of these representations, revealing the role of popular media in shaping the male body.
Gillian began working with clay in her cousin’s pottery studio when she was 14 years old. She was 24 when she was introduced to the recipe she calls ‘Soft Stone’. At that time she was busy having exhibitions of her flax forms and sculptural baskets. Soon the soft stone sculptures took over from the baskets. Her first shows were in the Pumphouse. She has taken classes with other sculptors but mostly has worked developing her own style.Many years and exhibitions later she developed her workshop which she has been running now for many years. She finds giving others the chance to discover the pleasure of creating is as fulfilling as her own work. She says “thirty years on and I still feel excited when I know I have a block waiting for me to spend the day working on. It’s still a buzz to see the ideas the students come up with and the obvious satisfaction they feel at the end of the day. This material permits a freedom of expression in three dimensions that is so easy, that makes you feel you’ve achieved something, and leaves you wanting to go further. It makes you feel you are capable of more and that you can do it yourself at home.”
Glen has a background in Art History, a love of travel and an enthusiasm for discovering new things both at home and abroad. Operating a travel business enables Glen to run a successful art tour business and indulge his love of discovering what's new in art.
I am an experienced historian with extensive experience teaching courses that examine the internal context within which the Modern Middle East was created. My courses on the Great War, the Origins of the Cold Way, and the Global History of the Cold War all feature middle eastern politics as an important theme in contemporary history.
I also have extensive experience teaching courses that examine the international context within which the role of secret intelligence is considered. I have conducted extensive research in the files of MI5 and supervised numerous graduate students in the study of Anglo-Soviet espionage in the early Cold War. I have a particular interest in the role of traitors in the secret world and have given a number of academic presentations on this subject
Graham Reid is a longtime music journalist (17 years a senior feature writer at the New Zealand Herald) whose journalism and music writing has been published widely here and overseas. He currently lectures at the School of Music at the University of Auckland (popular music, songwriting, industry studies), speaks frequently on radio (RNZ, Radio Live etc), has judged and advised at many music awards and is the content advisor for the forthcoming Volume; Making Music in Aotearoa exhibition at the Auckland War Memorial Museum (opening in October). He also hosts his own highly regarded music/travel/arts website www.elsewhere.co.nz.Graham has recently run a successful course with us called Exploring Bob Dylan.
Since 2011, I have been teaching a weekly class at Waitakere Central Community Arts Council. In addition I have run Weekend Workshops in Auckland, Pauanui and the Gold Coast. I am a foundation member of the Auckland Watercolour Society, member of Watercolour NZ, WCCAC and exhibit in both judged and non judged exhibitions on a regular basis.
Greg Smith has been a tutor for the last five years and spent ten years volunteering for Auckland Coastguard as a crew person and skipper. He has operated a commercial fishing charter vessel out of Sandspit.
Hansa is a registered pharmacist running her own business with her pharmacist husband. Over the years Hansa has developed a keen interest in natural health and now also practises Ayurveda from her pharmacy. Her main focus now lies with nutrition and health and is currently tutoring nutrition and cooking at a naturopathic college. Hansa has a keen interest in imparting this knowledge to the community.
HineAhua Tokōtokō is her given name by Kaumatua Paraone Patena Mariu in 2012. Paraone was her mentor, since 2005. He said it is his 5th great grandmother's name, she who was brought in as support for the Rangatira, the first Te Heuheu. This name was given to Michelle for her as she comes in as support with the Rongoa.
A Kuia later had a dream, Tokōtokō was given to her as she assists in going to the depths of the knowledge.
HineAhua Tokōtokō is a registered Rongoa Practitioner who has been working with Native Plant remedies with clients wanting to improve their health since 2012.
Check out her page medicineplants.co.nz or join Medicine Plants NZ on facebook.
HineAhua Tokōtokō is available for consultation at Marae clinics working alongside other Tohunga and private appointments in Orakei.
She continues her specialist level training privately in Hinengaro and Rongoa Rakau, the mind and plant medicines.
HineAhua Tokōtokō is also known as Michelle Sime. Her lineage is predominantly Scottish and Welsh with her first NZ ancestor living in Orakei 6 generations ago, and she was born and brought up in Whangarei. Orakei whenua (land) is still her home today.
Ingrid originally gained her Bachelor of Science Degree from Auckland University and has worked several years as a Plant Research Scientist for the Ministry of Agriculture. Over the last 25 years she has developed a passion for natural therapies and the mind-body connections behind illness, and went on to qualify as a Beauty Therapist, Naturopath, Medical Herbalist and Iridologist.
Ingrid has thoroughly enjoyed teaching Community Education classes in natural healthcare at various colleges throughout Auckland for the last 12 years. She takes a keen interest in Iridology, Reflexology, Bach Flower Remedies, Aromatherapy, Massage and nutritional & herbal supplementation, as a means of preventative healthcare and is committed to helping people achieve ongoing good health through natural medicine, diet & lifestyle. She delivers fun, informative and interactive workshops with great passion and enthusiasm, and is always delighted to be able to share knowledge about a healthy balanced lifestyle.
Currently Ingrid works as a Naturopath for Vitaco Health and is involved in developing Continuing Education Programmes, product training & development, product formulation and providing technical & naturopathic advice. As a qualified Iridologist, she has also taught Iridology at Wellpark College of Natural Therapies.
Bonjour! My name is Isabel and I'm the new French tutor at Selwyn Community Education. I come from the Spanish side of the Basque Country and have been brought up in Spanish, French and Basque. I have been teaching French and Spanish for over 20 years and my first experience teaching in Auckland was actually at Selwyn Community Education! After many happy years tutoring evening classes, I had to take a break to look after my two sons and go back to university, I kept however teaching day time courses at several Community Centres. I am passionate about Community Education teaching. I feel truly inspired by the enthusiasm of my students which I find contagious. Learning a second language is an exciting and challenging experience and I would encourage everybody to give it a go. À bientôt j'espère...
Jacqueline, having worked in IT for many years, decided to follow her passion for crafts, in particular soap-making. She has been making soaps and body products for more than 20 years.
Jacqueline loves teaching and regularly gets positive feedback on her courses. She has been teaching soap-making through private classes community classes for nearly 10 years.
James is well known in Auckland and overseas as an accomplished painter and printmaker. His works are widely exhibited and he has won awards from his drawing, printmaking and painting. He enjoys energy, movement and colour when painting so they become a rhythmic combination of feelings and thought combined with formal considerations.
James has extensive teaching experience.
Personal statement from James Lawrence about this work:
Like all artists, I am concerned with light. I study its movements across water. The shadows cast on weather cliffs and how buildings and human habitations are transformed as light travels across these surfaces, including marks made by hand(s).
I have synthesised this keen interest with the re-investigation of the origins and though of some of the various movements within Twentieth Century Abstract Art. I paint intuitively, "The Flow" is through me creating a rick complex of textures ans shapes that is equally controlled and random, filled with accidents, abrasions and then re-establishment or partial re-establishment of hidden shapes or movements, which allows light and the viewer's position, be it close or far, or off to the side, to offer constantly changing sensations with corresponding fluidity in the perception of form(s).
The Pentimenti created by overpainting, that is, allowing the underpainting its "voice" creates a depth, much like looking into a bottomless pool of water, complete with sky reflection. Paintings may give the impression of completeness, but at the same time represent a provisional statement, as I may be just around the corner with a large brush. As to the concept of "Finish" I continuously work on several paintings at any given time. Sometimes I cease working on one or more of these canvases while continuing to work on others. Thus the painting becomes finished when I no longer paint on it. I often discover something I like on one painting, and use it on others while over-painting it on the original.
I enjoy energy, movement and colours. For me, painting is "letting go!". The works thus created represents a distillation of person expression, with gestures (marks) and discoveries. For me a successful painting is flat and spatial at the same time with a balance of structure and expresssiveness and with a spontaneous, complex and sensual surface, creating layers, that one may "enter". I hope my art speaks to something in us all that transcends the realm of words.
I believe that painting non-objectively allows the intuitive nature of the painter its voice. It also affords the widest possible range of interpretation, including contradiction. I like the idea of the meaning being felt, rather intuitively by the view, rather than a meaning being expressed, as once this occurs it tend to preclude other meaning. It's difficult to answer questions about how I felt or what I was thinking other that to say it felt good, because when it doesn't, I paint it out. On the good days, the painting speaks to me and a most enjoyable dialogue ensues. I can't think of anything I'd rather be doing.
With 16 years teaching experience (in English, Computer Skills, Business, Communications, etc.), Jamila is passionate about and wants to pass on her knowledge of food and wellbeing. For many years Jamila has experimented with and developed recipes that are centred on paleo, vegetarian/vegan and raw cuisine.
I have been teaching genealogy courses since 1985. The basics of researching your family history have not changed much in that time, but, oh, the tools that we use certainly have. This has always been an exciting hobby - finding pieces of your own jigsaw puzzle. This research brings you into contact with so many areas - local and social history, occupations, religions, history, photos etc etc. And now - computers and the internet.
I am a Past President of the NZ Society of Genealogists. I regularaly take genealogy tours to Salt Lake City (home of the Mormon Church Family History Library). NZ Netguide magazine has published my genealogy column. Additionally, I lecture in NZ and abroad (including on a cruise ship!).
Janet Sergeant has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years. She studied to be a teacher at Ashram Yoga in Parnell and has been teaching for eight years. The style of yoga could be categorized, in part, as Hatha as there is real emphasis on working with the breath throughout the class. Many of the postures involve flowing movement. We work gently to develop a greater awareness and sense of subtlety within our bodies and ourselves.
Professional Presenter on money subjects for the past 29 years. Author of two books - Money Secrets 101 and Family Trusts 101. Creator and Teacher of Money School, Business School and Property School programmes.
Watch our YouTube clip about Janet here.
Janice has been teaching ESOL classes at Selwyn College since 2003. Her background is in Primary and Intermediate classroom teaching, with a degree majoring in English.
She is also a qualified piano teacher but no longer practising!
She is a NZ-born Chinese, married to a Kiwi. She and her family are typically Kiwi in their passion for sports.
Since graduating from the 3 year Alexander training in South Africa, Jann has been teaching and is experienced in all aspects of Alexander Technique. This includes both private 1 to 1 lessons and group programmes.
Jann says “I teach people from all walks of life, all ages and all kinds of conditions from posture health, exercise trauma, musicians, muscle strains and all-over strain both physical and mental.
I am passionate about finding the best way for them to learn that will enable them to make a shift in their everyday lives: To cope more effectively”.
In year 2010 Jann completed Post Graduate studies on all major Alexander schools in London. She is currently enrolling students to train as teachers of Alexander Technique.
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Jazzing it up in the kitchen
When students take a culinary class with Jasbir Kaur, they’ll open a door to a whole new world of flavours.
That’s because the well-travelled professional has worked in some of the best establishments around the globe, adding more than a few feathers to her chef’s hat. The affectionately-known Jaz first began her foray into the world of gastronomy at the tender age of 16 after being encouraged by her father to turn her love for cooking into a career. After graduating from the University of Huddersfield in England’s West Yorkshire, she began to hone her skills on the hotel circuit in Wales and began rapidly moving up the ranks.
Craving for more, soon other opportunities beckoned and Jaz moved to the United States where she became the corporate executive chef for the Marriott chain, moving between South Carolina, Florida and Georgia. Another top job in Miami followed, along with many high profile judging and hosting gigs as well as multiple industry awards.
A shift in her personal life led Jaz to New Zealand where she began to actively pursue a career in culinary education. Today, Jaz is the culinary campus manager for the New Zealand Management Academy (NZMA) and has featured on television, including TVNZ’s Good Morning show and Neighbourhood. And she still finds the time to inspire students, whether it’s aspiring professionals, amateur cooks, or home entertainers through her classes at Selwyn Community Education. With French cuisine and flair at the heart of her cooking, Jaz enjoys teaching people skills to impress. “I like the precision of French fare; I like everything to be perfect. And in fine dining everything is petite but flavourful.” Always on the lookout for new and exciting food trends, Jaz often travels to top dining destinations; last year was Dubai and this year, she hopes to pick up some tips from a Michelin-starred restaurant in Spain.
Dr Jay Marlowe is an associate professor in the School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work. Jay’s research predominantly focuses on refugee settlement and he has more than 60 publications. In 2017 he received a national award for tertiary teaching excellence.
Jenny is interested in the environment and sustainability and has an interest in food - growing it, cooking it and experimenting. She is part of a collective of organisations that are encouraging people to reduce their household food waste.
Currently I am a course tutor for Level 2 Psychology students at the University of Auckland.
I also work as a Shift Supervisor at Kidsline, supervising year 12 and 13 'buddies', supporting them in their service to children and dealing with any risk situations that arise. Previously, I have volunteered for Lifeline as a phone counsellor, and as a Team Leader leading groups of teenagers and younger children in residential or weekend courses as part of the Discovery Programme (to teach life skills).
Jiehua Ma has a teaching degree. She is passionate about arts and crafts and she loves reading. She is addicted to Book Art and spends many evenings folding books. She loves sharing her hobby and knowledge with people.
Jill Malcolm was editor of the Air New Zealand inflight magazine for eleven years and has now been the editor of five other magazines covering architecture, travel and lifestyle. She has also free-lanced for many New Zealand and overseas publications and written four travel books.
For the last 12 years she has been taking travel and creative writing workshops at the University of Auckland and around New Zealand.
John was born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1953 and most of his life he was involved in tennis, being a tennis professional. He has lived in the US and Germany and has settled in New Zealand since 1997. In 2004 he was able to discover his true passion, namely pebble mosaic art. He established a completety different and innovative approach to this ancient art through bold usage of Maori and Polynesian motifs so common in his adopted country. John caught the pebble mosaic bug when his uncle gave him a book on this ancient art. John was already an accomplished mosaicist, using bright ceramic tiles, and he was instantly intrigued by the textures and patterns that could be created using only natural pebbles. John has been involved in many private and public commissions. He has created what is considered, in the specialist publication Mosaic Art Now, one of the world's top 100 mosaic works. Botica's Tree of Life was commissioned by the North Shore City Council and installed at a children's playground in Greenhithe. His latest public project at Bastion Point in Auckland.
In 2013, the St Frajou Painting Museum, Haute Garonne, France, presented the preparatory drawings for the mosaics by John Botica. In 2013, he also participated in the National Mosaik Art Exhibition: Magic of Mosaic: Mosaic Symposium 2013 in the Helen Smith Meeting Room, Pataka + Museum, Auckland. John is also a member of the Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand and a founding member of the Art Resilience movement created by Ksenia Milicevic in 2014 in Paris, France.
Member of Toastmasters for 10 years. Past President of Eastern Bays TM Club. Mentor for new members joining our club. Competent Communicator, Advance Speaker Bronze and Silver.
Judy Darragh is a New Zealand artist renowned for her brightly coloured sculptural assemblages of found objects, recycled items, industrial materials, collage, photography, video, and poster art. Her practice came to prominence during the 1980s in an era of conspicuous consumption into which Darragh modeled an artist who expanded with our views of material consumerism. Her work displayed a fondness for everyday objects that was witty, provocative and appealing.
Darragh lives and works in Auckland and played a significant role in the development of ARTSPACE, Auckland, the independent artist run space Teststrip, Auckland and Cuckoo.
I am a NZ registered Dietician working in the local community at The University of Auckland Clinics at the Tamaki Innovation Campus running student-led clinics.
I have a Bachelor in Social Sciences and have studied effective ways of communicating over the last ten years. I enjoy facilitating conversations where each participant is listened to and understood. I use a variety of skills including those of Compassionate Communication (also known as Non-Violent Communication). I am also an NLP Master Practitioner.
I also have a post graduate diploma in Arts Therapy.
I have previously tutored at Wellington Polytech and the National College of Design and Technology.
Julianne is a registered nurse and a university educated nutritionist. After experiencing the power of the paleo diet on her own health she completed post graduate research investigating the successful use of the paleo diet by people with rheumatoid arthritis. Julianne is a home cook who loves trying out recipes on her family. She has taught groups and individuals the science and how-tos of paleo nutrition for the last 8 years.
Dr Julie MacArthur is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations and the Master of Public Policy program at the University of Auckland where she teaches environmental politics and public policy. She is the author of Empowering Electricity: Co-operatives, Sustainability and Power Sector Reform in Canada (UBC Press, 2016), as well as articles and book chapters on sustainable community development, participatory environmental governance, and comparative energy policy. Dr MacArthur has won SSHRC and RSNZ Marsden Fund grants for her research on the contribution of community energy initiatives to climate change mitigation and local development. In 2016 she was a visiting researcher at the University College of Cork Cleaner Production Promotion Unit and at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Sustainable Community Development. Julie is also a researcher with the University of Auckland Energy Centre and the co-ordinator of the New Zealand Environmental Politics and Policy Network.
June loves teaching and sharing her vast repertoire of recipes, skills, cooking styles and secrets. Initially trained as a Home Economics teacher, June has taught many night classes and has run a home cookery and other food establishments with her husband Don. Her inspiration was her mother who ran a successful catering business and was a great cook.
- How June become a part of Selwyn Community Education: click here.
- Junes's cooking classes: click here
Have a look at one of June's favourite recipes on our blog: June's Dutch Fish Cakes
For over 20 years, I have been conducting seminars, talks and cooking classes for everyone interested in nutrition and health.
To help you to discover the difference between living power food and dead processed food, I have written a helpful cooking and work book:
NUTRITION AWARENESS - 10 Steps to Healthy Eating
To make the transition to a healthy lifestyle easier it answers questions like:
What is real health food?
Why should I eat it?
Where can I buy it?
How to create delicious meals!
Check out our blog about Karin Puttner here.
I bought my own salon at the age of 16 and ran it for 25 years. I am passionate about hairdressing. After entering hairdressing competitions, I came 3rd place in the cutting and blow-waving section. Hairdressing is a skill I enjoy passing on to keen students.
My job is my passion, a great career, I love it.
35 years tutoring screen printing. Teach printing on clay at ASP and Waikato Studio Potters to diploma students. Many years tutoring in schools and community education.
Kathryn is a recent graduate of a Master in Fine Arts (first class honors) from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University for her project Concentrated Drift. She was the recipient of the Henrietta Lola Tunbridge Watercolour Award in 2015 and first runner up in the 2017/18 Olivia Bower Spencer Award in 2016. She has been part of group shows in Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton and currently holds a studio practice in a studio on K Rd. Over the last six years she has been a studio tutor with Fine Young Artists and at Corbans Art Estate and Studio One, running the painting and drawing courses; sense like a spider, wild colour roaming, sunray sound painting and colour copy.
At Selwyn Community Education, Kathryn teaches Art Making for Children, Drawing for Beginners, Drawing for Beginners Next Steps, Contemporary and Abstract Drawing.
Feedback from customer on Drawing Next Steps:
"I have returned to Kathryn’s next stage of drawing/art as I found the Beginner’s Course in August/September last year very enlightening and her teaching skills and knowledge passed on to her students were exceptional. She inspired me to try my hand at drawing – the first time I’d tried to draw as an adult – and I genuinely was amazed at what she helped me achieve in that introductory class. Also, I found that the learning and exploring environment she created helped me to really ‘switch off’ from day-to-day work-related matters, which in turn was very refreshing, rewarding and therapeutic.
Thank you for the opportunity to share my first-hand experience of your superb and gifted teacher." Name withheld at student request. Feb 2017
Contemporary & Abstract Drawing class February 2017:
"For someone who has not been aware of contemporary art over the last 20 years apart from attending exhibitions - this was a fascinating class to participate in. Kathryn is an excellent tutor. Her teaching method is to explain the style and then to have everyone jump in and have a go at replication in your own way. As an older citizen with no artistic experience this is initially a little challenging but over the course very rewarding and liberating.As a first experiment in this contemporary focus it is a great initiative to bring current art trends to your course content." D Cowie
Choreographer, dancer, singer, aerialist, stilt walker and workshop leader.
Katie has worked professionally in the entertainment industry for 10 years with experience in TV, film, theatre and arena tours.
Comments from previous Burlesque students:
"Don’t change Katie – you are amazing and a life changing person. Thank you."
Kelly Gibney is a food writer and soon to be cookbook author who is passionate about wholefoods and whole-hearted living. She is the author of online recipe journal bonniedelicious.com. You will see her work in the pages of Dish Magazine, Green Ideas Magazine and others. She is mother to three year old Bonnie so understands the need to find ways to make cooking from scratch and eating healthily possible whilst juggling a busy lifestyle.
Kendall is a registered secondary school teacher with a love of design and making and a qualification in design and jewellery making. Kendall has been teaching Multi Materials for nearly 23 years to intermediate and secondary school students and looks forward to sharing her skills with adults in the Selwyn Community Education programme.
Kerry has been a florist for 32 years and retains a wealth of knowledge in this industry. She is also a wedding specialist and has done over 3,000 weddings during her entire career.
Kerry was the head floristry tutor at the NZ Academy School of Floristry for 2 years and has owned three florist shops, with her currently managing Orewa Beach Flowers.
Laure is originally from Cameroon in Central Africe. When she was three, she was introduced to dance by her grandmother who was a well-known African dancer and musician. Since then, she has been sharing her love of dance with the people of France, Tahiti, Canada, Korea and now New Zealand. She lives her with her husband and five year old daughter.
I have a PhD in Ancient History from the University of Auckland, specialising in ancient Egypt. I have also taught at the University of Auckland as a tutor and lecturer, as well as a number of continuing education courses and public lectures.
I have an interest in all aspects of ancient Egypt, from language and literature to material culture. My thesis focused on ancient Egyptian literature, particularly those from the Graeco-Roman periods, where I looked at how ancient Egyptians constructed their narratives to be enjoyed by the audience. I also go to Egypt every year on excavation near Luxor.
Lekshe Chodron has been practising mindfulness meditation and yoga since 2000 and Reiki since 2005. She is a mindfulness teacher, qualified yoga teacher and Reiki Master Practitioner. Lekshe skilfully weaves together her knowledge and passion for these different traditions in an easy to understand style to offer wellness workshops and retreats, mindfulness courses, Reiki sessions and yoga to both children and adults of all abilities and requirements.