Free Computing Courses


Prenatal Yoga with Nic in Bethlehem

For women at least 14 weeks pregnant

Gut Health Workshop to Improve Your Wellbeing

The journey to improved wellbeing starts with good gut health

Learn to Draw the Face

Enter a Beginner – Exit a Winner

Up-coming Exult Workshops

Are you looking for practical ideas for raising funds, marketing your cause and growing great volunteer teams?

Thanks to an ongoing relationship with Bay Trust, we have another run of subsidised workshops happening throughout the Bay of Plenty. Some of the sessions are already close to full, so if you’re keen to get along, I recommend you register now to secure your space. Click on the workshop links for more information.

Growing Great Volunteer Teams

When it comes to volunteering, people are spoiled for choice. There is no shortage of organisations to get involved with, so in order to attract volunteers and keep them on-board, you need to offer them the best possible experience. Learn what drives people to volunteer and discover simple strategies for ensuring your volunteers get what they need to stay involved.

Tauranga: Wednesday 9th May
Taupo: Wednesday 20th June (1/2 Day)

“This will make a big difference in the way we invite, care for and retain volunteers in our organisation and ensure we recognise the amazing job our volunteers do.”
Kylie Carpenter, The Clothing Project

Cost: Usually $120 per person (Full Day) $70 (Half Day)
Bay of Plenty Organisations pay $50 / person (Full Day) $30 / person (1/2 Day)
Thanks to a subsidy from Bay Trust

To Register: Email or click here to register online

Shoestring Marketing 

Whether you need to attract donors, supporters or volunteers, marketing yourself well on a limited budget is something every organisation needs to do. Where should you spend your time, money and energy, and how can you communicate with stakeholders for the best possible results?

Whakatane: Tuesday 8th May
Rotorua: Wednesday 30th May

“This workshop will make a huge difference and has reinvigorated why we are doing what we do.  The best workshop I have been to – very productive!”
Jill Larking, Project Lyttelton.

Cost: Usually $120 per person.
Bay of Plenty Organisations pay just $50 per person
Thanks to a subsidy from Bay Trust

To Register: Email or click here to register online

Secret of Sponsorship

Do you wonder why the big organisations can secure sponsors when you can’t? Would you like to know how to put together a sponsorship package so that it provides real value to your organisation? This workshop gives you the step-by-step process for securing sponsorship and keeping it.

Taupo: Wednesday 20th June (1/2 day)
Rotorua: Thursday 26th July

“Amazing workshop, great delivery, and so relevant for us. New motivation has been found.” Tania, Murihiku Maori & Pasifika Cultural Trust

Cost: Usually $120 per person (Full Day) $70 (Half Day)
Bay of Plenty Organisations pay $50 / person (Full Day) $30 / person (1/2 Day)
Thanks to a subsidy from Bay Trust

To Register: Email or click here to register online

Sustainable Funding 

A great workshop for anyone who is involved with fundraising in your organisation. It covers a range of topics including donations, sponsorship, grants, fundraising events and more. It will change the way you look at raising funds.

Tauranga: Tuesday 3rd July
Whakatane: Wednesday 25th July

“It revolutionised my approach to funding. It’s excited me about something I loathed to think about.”  Rebecca Mackay, Whakatane Ki Mua

Cost: Usually $120 per person.
Bay of Plenty Organisations pay just $50 per person
Thanks to a subsidy from Bay Trust

To Register: Email or click here to register online

Each of these subsidised sessions are limited to 30 people, and they fill up fast. I recommend you register early to secure your space. Love to see you there!

Ikebana Tauranga Group

New members welcome

Uncensored Clay

Hand build a ceramic piece

Business Training at the Chamber of Commerce March-April

Chamber Events
Click on the event title for more information and to register

BA5 – NZME                                 Wed Mar 14 – 5:15pm
Come along and meet the NZME team and learn how you can use the local radio network to help effectively promote your business to your target audience.

Hear Savannah Peterson discuss what makes a successful place for millennials.

SBT Breakfast Connect on the Strand                            Wed 14 Mar-7:00am
Join us at the Crown and Badger on the waterfront for a light breakfast and great networking.

The Workplace of the Future (Diversity Roadshow 2018)       Thu 15 Mar-9:30am
Examine how you can increase business success by engaging with a diverse workforce.

Smart Talk, Future Thinking – Attracting Savvy Millennials   Tue 20 Mar-3:00pm

SBT Breakfast Connect in Te Puke                                           Wed 21 Mar-7:00am
In association with Te Puke EDG find out what’s buzzing right now in the Kiwifruit capital.

LinkT -Visit to the Port of Tauranga                                          Thu 22 Mar – 4:30pm
A chance for young professionals to to visit the Port and observe the operations of the biggest export Port in the country.

LinkT Go Karts                                                                            Tue 27 Mar – 5:00pm
A chance for young professionals to experience the excitement of Outdoor Kart Racing.

Business Women’s Network Behind the Scenes                    Tue 27 Mar – 5:15pm
Hear from two women instrumental in the Mangatawa Papakainga Housing Project.

Business Training Calendar
Click on the course title for more information and to register

How to make more money from your business                    Tue 20 Mar – 10:00am
A 4 hour hosted training workshop with Graham Hawkes, Your Sounding Board.

T.E.A.M – Together Everybody Achieves More                      Fri 23 Mar – 9:00am
½ day workshop to create a great workplace culture with Charlie Dalton, Zest Training.

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace                               Tue 27 Mar – 9:00am
½ day Personal Development workshop with Claire Russell, ThinkPlus.

Getting Started with Digital Marketing                                    Wed 28 Mar – 8:30am
90 mins on the fundamentals of a digital marketing strategy, Dave Parrott, Millionleaves.

Stepping up to Management – Essential Skills                       Fri 6 Apr – 9:00am
Full day management training workshop with Charlie Dalton, Zest Training.

How to be an Effective Office Manager                                  Tue 10 Apr – 9:00am
½ day skills  building workshop facilitated by Charlie Dalton, Zest Training.

Outstanding Reception and Customer Service Skills           Wed 11 Apr – 9:00am
2 hour workshop for people who make the first impression, run by Charlie Dalton, Zest Training.

Assertiveness at Work                                                              Fri 13 Apr – 9:00am
½ day workshop on assertive communication techniques with Claire Russell, ThinkPlus.

Everyone is welcome to attend Chamber events. Chamber members get priority and special pricing.  Some of our training events may be eligible for partial funding. For more information and to find out how the Chamber can support your business call our Bizhelp line on 0800 249 482 or email

Upcoming External Events…

Click here for the complete Events and Training Calendar

For more information
P: 07 577 6141 E: W:

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received prior to 10:00am the day before the event or training seminar. Any cancellation and/or changes must be made in writing to . Cancellations after this time or non attendance will require payment, however substitutions are welcome.

Our mailing address is:

Chamber of Commerce Tauranga Region Inc

Smart Business Centre

65 Chapel Street

Tauranga, Bay of Plenty 3110

Autumn 2018 BOP Permaculture Events

16 March
Simple soil test – What is that bug? 
Forest garden design

9:30 – 11:15  Bring a litre sample of soil from your home and find out your soil type and texture, and if you have clay or sandy-loam or something else. Kid friendly, koha requested.

11:30-12:15  Bring bugs from your garden, look at them under our cool USB microscopes, (blown up HUGE on a computer screen), and learn how to ID bugs you come across in the future.
Kid friendly, koha requested.

1:30-3:30  Multi-layered, woodland-type gardening styles grow tons more food than traditional veggie bed, when correctly designed and planted.  We’ll share with you the critical concepts and calculations for designing a successful BOP forest garden or food forest.  $45. Register here.

17 March
Practical fruit tree pruning 
Pain free gardening

9-12:30  Join 40 year landscaper Gisella Warmenhoven for this intro to pruning all fruit trees, plums and peaches in specific.  Whiteboard theory will be followed by a demo and then you’ll practice in pairs on trees on the neighbours property.  $60. Register and read up on what to bring here.

1-4pm  Look forward to years of pain-free gardening by examining everyday movement patterns. Your tutor Gisella Warmenhoven is a trained landscaper and a practitioner of Feldenkrais and Alexander Technique.  $40, Register here.

Introduction to Earth Building
Walls & Pizza Ovens
18 March – Earthen wall build
25 March – Pizza oven #1
2 April – Pizza oven #2

Make use of this special funded rate of $30 per person!!

*Discover the delights of building with earth on small-scale projects you can do yourself.

*Find out what is possible to create with natural materials and resources around us.

*Explore creative possibilities in a fun and supportive environment.

Find out more and register with Rose:
07 863 9097 or 027 249 1053

21 April, 2018 – 30 March, 2019 
Permaculture design certificate course
Are you interested in having your gardens, animals, energy systems, buildings, trees and soil all coordinated and humming? Would you like an attractive, well designed property covered in edibles?  How would you like to create a design for your property that supports rather than drains you? Learning permaculture design could be just the thing for you.
Find out more here.

Permaculture design services

No time for a course but would love to have a coordinated, eco-friendly and regenerative design for your home and property? Check out our design services here .

NZ National Permaculture Hui in Waihi Beach, 10-13 May.

Four days of workshops, people to meet, great eco-stuff,
& regenerative futures to co-imagine.
You can go to the website or Facebook to find out more and register.

Tauranga Film Society

For film buffs wanting a break from the mainstream

Loneliness – the Hot Topic -and how we can help …..

Community Education – Is one of the benefits of ‘community education classes’ helping overcome loneliness and isolation?

One of the discussion points Let’s Learn’s Committee members had with MP Jan Tinetti recently, dwelt on the undervalued benefit of night classes and day courses in helping people meet others in their community, and overcoming loneliness and isolation. The courses aren’t just for you to learn a skill or hobby, but they meet a deep and meaningful need for social interaction and connection.

Loneliness appears to be a hot topic – and people getting involved in some form of Community Education could be one solution. While social media works for some, there are others who need real contact, verbal communication and interaction and to feel part of a group. Courses and classes give people the opportunity to gather with a common focus, and while undertaking that journey, they get their social needs met too.

While some people dismiss the idea and value of such courses, they are unknowingly disregarding the powerful side effects that social interaction in a safe and nurturing place can offer.

So next time you hear someone say they are lonely, or feel isolated, maybe you could suggest a local community education course, club or hobby group.. and emphasise the social interaction and contribution they could enjoy by attending.

Looking for something to be a part of? go to

Sustainable Living Workshops

For a healthy you and a healthy environment

Guided Oil Painting Workshop with NEMESH

Find your own unique style.

Free Financial Money Mates Courses

with the Tauranga Budget Advisory Service

Ninja Knits

Join our projects on the go…

Italian Cooking Classes

Bringing the flavours and atmosphere of Italy to your home

Young at Art Studio Classes

Mandarin for Business and Travel

Experience Chinese Culture & Language

Starting a Social Enterprise

Taking the first steps

SheEO Information Evening

A Platform for Women

Stage Right Theatre Trust

Tauranga Theatre Company

Desmond Free Programme for Diabetes

Real life skills for managing diabetes

Practical Fruit Tree Pruning

Plum, Peach, Apple & Pear Tree Pruning

Qigong Classes

Come alive, feel refreshed, de-clutter mentally

Butlers Circus Warehouse

The circus you don’t have to run away to join

West Coast Swing Dancing

First class is free

CareerFit – Free Course

Prepare for an Active Career

Stress Management, Burnout Prevention & Mindulness Workshop

Learn effective strategies…

Boat Safety Workshops

for Safer Boating Week and beyond

Embroidery & Sewing Classes

@ Robyn’s Cottage

New Kiwi Career Success 3-day Course

Practical Help for Kiwi Migrants

Train to Become an ESOL Tutor

Work with new migrants/refugees in our Community

Adult Sewing Classes

Plus Patchwork, Overlocking and Machine Embroidery

Blue Penguin Research

A talk by Professor John Cockrem about his work with korora, little blue penguins

Tour de France on a Plate

Hands on Cooking Classes with Chef Stephen

F.A.B. Parents

Free support group

Tauranga Worm Workshop

Composting with Worms is a Win-Win for Everyone

“Greenwood in Spring” Weekend Encampment

Learn techniques & ways to use unseasoned wood

Re-Fashioned Rugs

Grandma’s rag mats have nothing on these…

Free Mandarin Classes

at Greerton Library

Easy Dance Tuition

Beginners welcome

Square Dancing Fun

Orange City Squares Rounds

Keynotes Inc

Sing for fun and health

Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond Classes

… for expectant mothers and their partners

BOP Linux Users

Share and learn about the system

Learn to Draw the Torso Class

7 Session Course with Inklings

Learn to Draw the Human Face

6 Session Course with Inklings

English for Employees

FREE for NZ permanent residents

Let’s learn – the vision

Model Aircraft Club

Adult Acting Classes

Get to do things you’d never do in life !

International Dance Day

Give Dance a Go !

Tauranga Bird Club

Photography Workshop UpDate

New Sessions with Kim Westerkov

Ceramic Painting Workshop

Create something unique

One Day Mosaic Workshop

Discover how creative you can be !

Reiki Courses

Suitable for all ages.

Italian Lessons

Make that holiday more enjoyable…

Harakeke Weaving

Learn the procerss of flax weaving.

Free English Classes

All Levels – No Visa Restrictions

Glass Art Workshops

Glass Cutting, Glass Fusing & Stained Glass

Falls Prevention Class

Steady as you go (SAYGO) programme

First Aid Training

Know It Before You Need It

Israeli Dancing

Learn Tarot

Sewing Up Sustainability

Computer Courses

with Tauranga SeniorNet

Managing Money Seminars

Show Me the Money & Tackling Debt

Free English Courses

Improve your English for Everyday Use

Free Parenting Programmes

Offered by the Kidz Need Dadz charity

Cult Cinema Club

Fortnightly screenings

Library Law Series

Free sessions on a range of legal topics

The Incubator Wins a Frizzell Fridge

The Incubator is a Winner !

Juggling Nights

Could Throwing and Catching be Your Thing ?

Genealogy Support Class

Get Started

Civic Choir Tauranga

Enjoy preparing and performing a range of choral works

Tauranga Social Dance Club

Dancing Supper & Raffles

More Learn the Traditional Art of Raranga

Article by Annemarie Quill, Bay of Plenty Times

Stone Sculpture for Beginners

Create and design a 3D sculpture

Pottery for Hipsters

Moulding to Glazing

Exploring the Creative Flow

Depression & Anxiety Workshop

Coping Skills and Strategies

Workshop with Abstract Artist Richard Adams

Two day Painting Workshop in Tauranga

Free Meditation Class

Sleep better and worry less

Challenge of Chess

… for the whole family …

Plenty Permaculture

Would you like to Dance ?

Ballroom & Latin American

Carolie’s Culinaire

Cheese Making and Cookery Classes

Frunch – French @ Lunchtime

Not a spelling mistake – learn French @ lunchtime…

UFO & Paranormal Society

Taoist Tai Chi Society – Bay of Plenty

We teach Taoist Tai Chi™ arts: a moving meditation – build your strength, flexibility and stillness.