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Cafe and Gallery

On 6 October 2015 Pou Whakaaro's Cafe and Gallery opened it's doors and has not looked back. 

When Pou Whakaaro was looking at ways to support people who were interested in running their own micro business, an unused commercial kitchen was a serious asset.

What evolved is a great community cafe and gallery where a number of people run micro businesses producing food and coffee for sale.

The cafe also strengthens employment opportunities for those involved, as they are gaining real skills, such as barista, kitchen and cleaning skills, as well as customer service and cash handling.

The community cafe and gallery is open every weekday to the general public from 9am to 1.30pm. 

There are jams, pickles, coffee, soups and pies, and then David makes his spectacular sausage rolls, which are the best in town. When he first began he was making around 25 a week and now due to demand he makes 72 a week!

We are really proud of all those who are taking part – and pretty happy with the coffee and the food too!

The gallery offers a space for Pou Whakaaro’s Product Development Group to showcase and sell their creations. The Product Development Group repurposes items they find at CReW by creating artworks. Their creations provide a colourful and appealing atmosphere in the cafe. 

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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