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Study Group


Our beginnings

This programme has been developed after a three year gap in the delivery of 'coordinated' community education for the Whakatane community.


In March of 2013, we put out a call asking for ideas, inspirations and offers of support to run courses that could be developed and nurtured into a new Community Education Programme. We were overwhelmed by the response from our community.


This programme is testament to the energy and desire of us all to keep learning and sharing the skills and knowledge we hold. Without some of the 'old guidelines' we also find ourselves able to offer access to learning more freely and without bias to age or ability.


Many courses are now open to secondary students and learners who wish to learn because they love learning and value the opportunity.


There is also the option of payment with TimeBank credits, please contact us for more information about this or check out the Eastbay TimeBank page. 

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” 


Why we are here

The Community Led Education programme is based on the aspirations and skills that people are willing and able to share with each other in the Whakatane community.

Pou Whakaaro believes that Community Led Education is an excellent vehicle for sharing skills, knowledge and experiences which strengthen and enrich our communities.

Classes are run by local people and are open to all members of our community. They vary in frequency and duration; some workshops and presentations run as individual events, other courses run for most of a term.  

How to join us

Our Success is reliant on you, so if you have a talent or skill then we want you to hear from you. Our experienced Co-ordinator can help whether you want to hire a room and teach a simple course, or facilitate an on-going workshop. 

Teaching or taking a class is a great way to meet people, get involved in teh community, and enrich your life with ongoing learning. 

Our success is reliant on you, so if you have a talent or skill then we want to hear from you. Our experienced co-ordinator is on call to help whether you want to hire a room and teach a one off class, facilitate an on-going workshop, or take advantage of our tutor workbook to guide you through the whole process. 



If you are interested in holding a workshop

07 - 308 8170

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