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Whakatane Learning Opportunities 

Semester 1, January, February, March 2018

Please contact our Whakatane Office for more information or to enrol in this programme. 

Our day starts at 9am and ends at 3pm. We ask that everyone arrives no earlier than 8.45 am and leaves no later than 3.15pm.
If you come for the day, you will need to bring your own lunch, we provide tea and coffee.
The privacy and confidentiality of people who use our service is respected at all times. 
Transport may be available for people with mobility issues.

Wellness Activities

Badminton - Tuesday 9.30am - 11.30am
If you want to get back into badminton, we have someone you can buddy up with. $4.00 per session and the opportunity to join the local club. This is a self directed group.

Community walk - Monday 9am - 12pm
Come and join us on a community walk and cuppa. Get to know new people with our support. 

Men's Group - Fortnightly on Friday's
An opportunity to make friends in a variety of settings, supoorting each other while enjoying activities. All Sessions under $5.

Contact James at Pou Whakaaro for Recovery Phone: 3088170

Smoking Cessation - Fortnightly on Friday's 1pm - 3pm

Have one on one support from a qualified coach.

Coffee Club - Fortnightly on Monday Morning's

An open group, available to the community and People we Partner, set up for people who experience anxiety or depression.

Colour Therapy - Fortnightly on Tuesday morning's

An open group, available to the community and People we Partner. Channel positive energy while developing your creative skills. A time to talk and share if that's what you want, or not!

Women's Group - Fortnightly on Wednesday morning's

Come and meet new people, socialise while enjoying community and recreational activities.


Creative Arts

Te Ara Toi - Monday's 9am - 12pm - Upcycling Furniture and Tuesday's 9am - 12pm - Painint, printing, drawing
Art classes for people with a variety of skill levels. With an opportunity to sell your work through our cafe/gallery.

Open to the community for a small charge to cover resources.

Garden Art - Tuesday's 1pm - 3pm
Come and join us to upcycle our courtyard and make funky things to sell in our gallery.

The Clothing Room -Thursday's 10am - 2pm
An opportunity to learn retail skills while selling to the community.


Volunteer Work 
Working alongside various community groups with support.

TimeBank / Lend-a-Hand - Thursday 9am - 3pm 
A group of people helping out those in need within our community. TimeBank members will earn personal time credits if a job is done through TimeBank (open to the community).


Cafe Certificate - Friday 9am - 3pm (Full)
Study through service IQ to achieve this qualification over 12 months.

Sustainable Gardening - Tuesday and Thursday 9am - 3pm
Want to renew your passion in gardening? Share your talents and learn new skills towards future opportunities in marketing your own produce. Transport is supplied to the sustainable gardening project in Edgecumbe. Start your new venture now. Call Shellie on
07 3088170 ext. 213.


Micro Business Group - Monday 9am - 12pm
A 10 module program taking people on a journey of discovering their unique value and worth, in the community and market place. Teachingbasic business skills; business planning, cashbook, health and safety guidelines, marketing, customer service, business meetings and goal setting.

Life Skills

Independent Living 
All aspects of learning to cope independently including:

Healthy Relationships: e.g.

  • Learning and practicing social skills
  • Setting personal boundaries
  • Knowing how and where to access help
    Monday 1pm - 3pm

Safe R We: e.g.

  • Keeping safe in the home and community
  • Emergency planning / guest speakers
    Wednesday 9am - 12pm

Healthy R we: e.g.

  • Getting to know your own body
  • How to look after your own self
  • Making good choices
  • Guest speakers
    Wednesday 1pm - 3pm

“we work to facilitate support for people to achieve their individual plans and goals.”


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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