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Our Tutors


Anyone can learn to draw
+ Collage Paper Images
- Jill McIntosh

Jill is an artist who studied Fine Arts, majoring in Printmaking at the University of Canterbury. She finished with an Honours year and later returned to Elam School of Fine Arts where she completed her Masters of Fine Arts in 2007. Jill set up the Printworkshop at the Wellington Arts Centre and edited Contemporary New Zealand Prints.

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Artistry of Flowers 
- Tomoko Hirano

Tomoko has more than 35 years of floristry experience, including running her own floristry business, HanaClub NZ. Tomoko also gained a 3rd grade teaching qualification for Ikebana (Japanese floral arranging) in 2010 from the Sogetsu School.

Students completing Tomoko's course will learn basic floral arts and crafts skills, develop creative ideas using flowers and learn cross culture floral arts.


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Dance and Stretch with Rita 
- Rita Farmer

Rita has spent time in the UK training with the Keep Fit Association, and has focused on Mature Mover classes for Further Education and Corporate bodies

Rita says after joining this class, your co-ordination and energy will increase as well as your posture.  You'll have lots of fun in a friendly environment, meet new people and feel good about yourself.




Digital Literacy for Job Seekers 
iPhone and iPad Workshop 
+ Do more with your Android 

- Tracey Gayner

Tracey Gayner is an experienced facilitator, community coordinator and an advocate for community development, digital literacy, education and driver licensing. She has worked with a number of different groups at grass-roots through to corporate management level, and has particular strengths in building digital capacity in Maori and Pasifika settings. Her own cultural background is Maori (Ngapuhi) and her whanau include members of the Tuvaluan community.

Tracey thrives in being able to share her skills and knowledge so as to help people make the most of resources available.  She balances her spare time revolves around family, travel, technology and community events. Tracey is the Director, Coordinator and Lead Facilitator of Simple Steps. 

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ESOL: Everyday English 
- Judy O'Brien

Judy is a qualified English teacher with 16 years experience teaching a range of levels. She holds a Diploma in Language Teaching and the Cambridge CELTA qualification.

Judy's course covers a range of skills including speaking, writing, listening, reading, grammar and learning strategies. There is an emphasis on fluency and collaborative learning.

Comments from class participants



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French Intermediate

- Helen McKessar

Helen is a qualified teacher with over 25 years teaching experience in both primary and secondary schools. She is passionate about all things French, has studied French at University and has visited France and French-speaking countries several times.

The Conversation class focuses on speaking in French, interacting and learning together. Both spontaneous and studied conversational patterns are used, vocabulary is extended and aspects of French culture discussed. This class suits those who want to develop their confidence in using the language


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Hatha Yoga
- Lynn Oram

Lynn has been practising yoga since 1983, trained with the NZ International Yoga Teachers Association  in 1999-2000, and has been instructing yoga at Parnell and other community centres in the Eastern Bays area for over twelve years.

In Lynn's classes, participants will learn techniques for relaxation and de-stressing through focus on proper breathing, stretching, and strengthening.


Comments from class participants:

I am privileged and thrilled to have recently joined Lynn’s Yoga class. She is so thoroughly experienced in every aspect of Yoga. Our particular group of students presents a wide variety of ages, backgrounds and cultures but Lynn is always aware of each individual’s specific needs and abilities. Each weekly class includes different exercises, experiences and challenges. I personally can’t wait for Wednesday mornings to come round for the yoga and the friendly group atmosphere.”



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Intuitive Meditation
- Carys Grant

Carys is a qualified primary school teacher who has taught Intuitive Meditation, also known as Arka Dhyana, in Auckland for several years - at Adult Education Centres, other institutions, and privately.

Carys has attended Arka Dhyana workshops both in New Zealand and overseas and although she has tried other meditations, she has found this the best as it is simple but highly effective.

Attendees to this class can expect to experience personal growth and self development through using their own touch, breath, and sound; manage day-to-day challenges by learning how to redistribute their energy, to relax when needed and to transform stress into success; find peace and live with a more positive attitude toward life.

Comments from class participants:

Last night I couldn't sleep,but after this meditation I felt as if I have had eight hours sleep.I came to the class with a bad headache,which has now completely gone. - Michele

I am more relaxed and becoming more positive in my daily life.I enjoy the feeling of peace that I feel after this meditation. - Vicky

A beautiful method of meditation.I love the breath,sound and touch altogether as one.Very relaxing. - Gail

I enjoyed the experience and will continue to use this meditation from now on in my life.Very relaxing and beneficial. Thankyou for teaching it. -Denise




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Italian, Beginners,
Post Beginners & Conversation
- Luisa Antonello

Luisa Antonello is an Italian teacher from the city of Padua. She has a degree in Foreign Languages from the University of Milan. In Italy she taught English to final year school students.

Luisa has extensive experience in teaching Italian as a foreign language. Since arriving in New Zealand, eight years ago, she has been teaching Italian to students from beginners to university level. She is passionate about teaching. Her lessons are interactive and cover the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. The courses will also introduce the students to different aspects of Italian culture.

Comments from class participants

“Luisa is a superb and professional tutor and has the ability to make everyone feel at ease and have a lot of fun”​


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Mindful Movement
+ Open Floor Dance Rhythms
- Anne Frances Hurst

Anne is a Registered Arts and Dance/Movement Therapist, AthR, with a Masters in Arts therapy, MAAT(clin), and Masters in Health Science, MHSc. She is also a Registered Nurse R.N with many years’ experience teaching therapeutic movement practices. 

#mindfulAnne’s Mindful Movement class uses two proven effective mindful movement systems: Bartenieff Fundamentals (Brain Dance) and Authentic Movement. These  are therapeutic, creative, relational, meditative practices adaptable for all ages and abilities.  Absolutely no experience needed. 

Barte­ni­eff Fundamentals are gentle  ther­a­peu­tic movement and body aware­ness exer­cises that embody core mindfulness prin­ci­ples. Including Anne Gilbert Green’s “Brain Dance” - a sequence of  8 easy to do, adaptive  movement patterns,  for an immediate neurological boost. Once learned these can  be utilised in a variety of ways, anytime during the day, to become mindful, warm up, energise, focus, de-stress, recuperate and relax.

Anne's Open Floor Dance Rhythms class is also about authentic movement. Develop  your relationship to movement as a listening practice; a deeply satisfying practice that unites body. mind, spirit. By sensing inward and attuning to your embodied  essence, this can become  a navigational tool in life. The practice is simple, by closing your eyes and listening in to your own natural movement impulses, sensations and rhythms, you experience easeful intuitive mindful movement; physical and emotional  release and alignment to body mind soul connection. 



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- Rosie Wall

Rosie is an experienced musculo-skeletal physiotherapist and pilates instructor from the Parnell Physiotherapy Clinic. Her sound sports and spinal knowledge allows her to design a class to meet all individual needs, resulting in good muscle control, elasticity and postural balance.

Rosie states “ muscle elasticity and core strength are the absolute answer to injury repair and prevention, as well as performance improvement for all sports."

Comments from class participants

"Rosie is superb!"




- Aline Silva

Aline is a licenced Portuguese teacher with a bachelor degree and post-graduation degree in Language and Literature and more than 10 years’ teaching experience. Aline is a native Portuguese speaker whose engaged approach, methodology and dedication, enormously contribute to the improvement of students’ communication skills.

“I believe that learning a foreign language and other cultures is a rewarding experience that opens doors and minds. Língua é cultura (Language is culture)!” she says.








Step into Your Future
+ Design Your Life
- Sue Warren

Sue’s vision is to create better lives. She is a Certified Master Coach, Trainer, and Practitioner of NLP, Timeline Therapy® & Hypnotherapy. Her training in personal development began more than a decade ago after a successful 30-year international career in tourism, branding and marketing.

“Perhaps the biggest step we can take is to have the courage to embrace and manifest the boldest of our dreams. I invite to join my workshops and explore how you can lead a life that matters to you. This can be in your business or work; your personal life and relationships; your health and wellbeing; in your community; making a contribution to caring for the planet.”

Find out more about Sue on her website:


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Introduction to Tai Chi
& Chi Kung 

- Bruno Rubini

Bruno is a qualified Coach and Massage Therapist. Born in South America, Bruno has over 30 years experience in the meditation disciplines of tai chi and archery.

He has been Auckland Coaching Director of Archery New Zealand and trained not only Olympic athletes but people in general who suffer from stress in their lives and are in great need to still the mind and find peace within.

Students will enjoy the simple movements of tai chi, will have more confidence in dealing with challenges in life and notice the immediate benefits it brings to the mind and body.

Comments from class participants

“Bruno is very patient and kind. It's a great class and we all enjoy the social contact apart from a good workout.” 

“Great tutor. Very knowledgeable.”

“Excellent, very inspiring, very knowledgeable and so patient in his teachings”






Beginner and Post-Beginner
- Rosario Delgado

Rosario is originally from Peru and has been in 
New Zealand for five years.  She has been teaching Spanish (private tuition and small group) at all levels and all ages for four years.  She has strong competence in teaching Spanish for travel and business.

Comments from class participants

"So easy to enrol, great length and number of sessions, and the class moved forward very quickly so we weren't bored.”

 “Rosario is awesome, very kind, approachable, organised, many interesting stories, we all love her!”



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