Train with the Chamber of Commerce – They’re Going Digital !

COVID-19: Join our webinars

We are offering a series of FREE digital training courses over the coming weeks. Suitable for everyone, from business owners to employees, these are to help you upskill and support you through COVID-19. Please see the full list below.

The Chamber is continuing to support businesses remotely throughout the shutdown period. If you need help, please reach out to our team at any stage. We hope that people adhere to the Government’s physical isolation for four weeks to avoid further extensions to this time frame. Please look out for one another and support local where possible.

What’s on this week: Register now!

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Managing your emotional state through uncertain times                         
Wed 1 Apr 11.00am

The recent pandemic has forced changes which can be worrying and uncomfortable. Being in our best emotional health allows us to be more adaptive and resourceful, both inwardly and outwardly. Join this session to find ways in which you can support yourself and others.

The basics of SEO
Wed 1 Apr 2.00pm
Presented by Jarra Borrman – Zeald

What is Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and how can you use it to the advantage of your business? This is a practical guide to on-page SEO and how to get started optimising your website to appear in search results.

Cashflow in a crisis
Thurs 2 Apr 12.00pm
Presented by KPMG

Whether you are currently suffering from cashflow uncertainty or have future cash concerns you would like to get ahead of, understanding and practicing cashflow management and forecasting could be the difference for your business continuity.

Effective communication techniques for leaders                        
Fri 3 Apr 9.00am

Given the unprecedented changes we are currently experiencing, your people are looking to you now more than ever before to lead them into the future. Effective communication skills have just become even more critical for navigating the fast pace of change within your organisation – even if you are working remotely.

Managing stress & building resilience in uncertain times     
Tues 7 Apr 10.00am
The current uncertainly and rapidly changing environment is providing a high level of stress to many. This can quickly lead to overwhelm, reducing our ability to solve problems and make good decisions. This webinar will help you understand the Stress Cycle, how to take positive action to manage stress and support the wellbeing of your team.

How to work from home effectively                       
Thurs 9 Apr 9.00am
In the current climate your level of personal effectiveness has a big impact on the results you achieve in life and work. This webinar will look at the key skills you need to ensure you effectively manage and carry out your daily tasks. It will show you how you can create more influence, efficiency and balance when working from home.

View our full Events and Training Calendar here.

Need further support? Talk to one of our Business Advisors today. This free service is open to all businesses in the Bay of Plenty, and can provide you with advice, information and support to help you plan for now and into the future.
Head to our website HERE for full details.

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


Need some quick tips or advice?

We’re gathering useful tips from a number of our members, to help share knowledge and skills. Some of our articles to date include:

You can view our latest news & advice HERE.

ArT Doll Workshops

Beginner Samba de Gafieira Classes

Migrant Connect

4 Week Introduction to Yoga

Printing Fun with Gelli Plates

Beginners Drawing with Nick Eggleston

Seasons Art Class

Indian Music Classes

Inklings Art: Creative Design Course

500 Card Group

Tauranga South Garden Club

Artists Feedback Lab

The Psychic Cafe

BOP Rose Society

Fun Improv Dance Class

Chair Up Upholstery Workshop

Behind the Scenes – Terminus Exhibition

A guided tour of this otherworldly universe.

African Drumming

Life Drawing Classes

Tweak the words – double your income !

Glass half full for this artist

Jo Tricker demonstrates her glass making style

This article appeared in Sun Liveon March 15th 2019

It was a subtle change of language – a tweak of her words and the online audience she was targeting. It doubled Tauranga glassmaker Jo Tricker’s income in a year.

After swapping ideas with a business mentor, Jo’s glassmaking workshops at her Judea studio were re-labelled “experiences” in her internet promotions.

“Yes, people wanted an ‘experience’ rather than a workshop or a class, even though they may seem like exactly the same thing,” she says.

Jo claims it’s all about perceptions. “People perceive an experience to be fun – something they haven’t done before, something they might enjoy.

They can do glassmaking for fun and there’s no pressure on them to perform, to be good or talented or produce something wonderful at the end.”

This approach is in opposition to a class or workshop, where someone learns something and takes away skills for further use.

For the previous five years, Jo had been propping up her Jo Tricker Glass business with personal funds from a property sale eight years earlier. “I wasn’t even breaking even,” she says, “and I couldn’t dip into my own funds forever.”

She sought the help of Business Mentors New Zealand – the not-for-profit group dedicated to supporting the success and growth of small businesses through the knowledge and experience of volunteer mentors,

Jo feels she has finally turned a corner. “Last October I was still questioning myself. Now I feel like my business has the potential to be something.” She attributes that turnaround to a combination of new ideas, advice and support from business mentor Bryan Winters.

Jo is one of hundreds of New Zealanders who, after turning their passions and hobbies into a business, are faced with the realities of running that business successfully.

At present, there are more than 500,000 small-to-medium businesses, with 850 new start-ups every month. Unfortunately, 30 per cent are doomed to fail within two years. Isolation, or lack of support, is one of the main reasons.

Jo says she appreciated having Bryan’s unbiased support. ”Small business owners need to consult outside their circle of friends and family, so they can front up to what they are doing and the possibility that it might not work out.”

Like many SMEs, Jo Tricker Glass became a business when her “hobby” outgrew her garage.

“I started up my business because of my passion,” she says, “but I had no business experience whatsoever.

Having Bryan to reassure her that she could learn the required business skills was invaluable.

“You need to be open to other ideas, and also to the fact you might fail,” she says. So, when Bryan suggested marketing her classes as “experiences” rather than lessons or workshops, Jo took the opportunity.

Bryan says the process to get to where Jo is now sounds simple, but it took months to shift her thinking patterns. “We were firing shots in various directions, but eventually it became easier to sell the experience rather than the product,” he says.

Once Jo listed her workshops online as experiences, he says the bookings started almost immediately.

“I was as surprised as her, but it doesn’t matter – it worked.”

Half of Jo’s business is now dedicated to her glassmaking workshop experiences, while the other half is spent making her own creations for sale throughout New Zealand.

Now the mentored becomes the mentor. Jo has her own tips for start-ups. “Never underestimate how much money you will need to get you from zero to sustainability,” she says.

“Work out how much you think you will need for a year – then triple it. Most businesses I talk to seem to turn a corner in the fifth or sixth year.

“Be prepared for a long and sometimes lonely journey – not everyone will believe in what you are doing. You need oodles of resilience, a great work ethic and buckets of self-belief.

“Do what you love and love what you do – never lose sight.”

Bobbin’ Along Sewing Basics

Watercolour Level II with Nick Eggleston

Drawing Level II with Nick Eggleston

Ecstatic Dance

Gentle Flow Yoga

Inachord Chorus

Beginner Create a Blog Workshops

Body + Soul Fitness

Metal Embossing

Make an Upholstered Footstool from a Crate Workshop

Releasing the Inner Artist

Colourful Collage with Emma Prill

Sizzling Encaustic Hot Wax Painting Workshop

Speak Kiwi English

Making Your Money Go Further

Investor Education Workshop

Travel Writing Workshop

Embossed Copper Filigree (Cut-Out) Artwork Workshop

 Take home your completed, handcrafted copper canvas

Making a Metal Embossed Notebook Cover

Completed Handicrafted Notebook to Take Home

Workready Skills – Free Course

Boost Your Employment Potential

Free Cloth Nappy Workshop

Getting started !

Tauranga Literacy Council

Learn to Draw Animals 2020

New Classes with Inklings Art !

Mindful Spanish Classes

Communication beyond language.

Artery Print Club

Calling all print artists

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 2020

Enter a Beginner – Exit a Winner

Ikebana Tauranga Group

New members welcome

Make & Create Upholstery for Beginners

Mollies Make and Create Workshop

Uncensored Clay

Hand build a ceramic piece

Tauranga Film Society

For film buffs wanting a break from the mainstream

Sustainable Living Workshops

For a healthy you and a healthy environment

Oil Painting Workshop with NEMESH

Find your own unique style.

Free Financial Capability Workshops

with the Tauranga Budget Advisory Service

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

Butlers Circus Warehouse

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


Paint & Wine Night: The Kiss

The concept is simple – take a brush in one hand, a drink in the other and let’s paint a masterpiece!

Join us for a creative night of drinking and painting in Tauranga City!  No previous painting experience necessary! Get your creative juices flowing and your brush strokes going!

What is included?

All you need to bring is yourself. We supply the paints, brushes, canvases, easels and more. Best of all we do all of the setup and cleaning up so you can focus on just having fun.

What drink is included with the ticket?

The ticket includes one complimentary house beer, house wine or non-alcoholic drink for those already creatively charged

What is Paintvine?

It’s a fun social painting class where our artists will run you through step-by-step instructions on how to create your very own masterpiece in a fun and relaxed bar in Tauranga City. Perfect for dates, catching up with mates or for meeting new friends.

Korowai Weaving Workshops

There will be workshops in Tauranga in July(18/19th and 25/26th) and in August (1st/2nd) 2020.

ArT Doll Workshops

Two day Art doll workshop

Week 1 :   Sat   11 June   10 am – 4 pm
Week 2 :   Sat   25 June  10 am – 4 pm

Cost:     $ 210
Includes instructions/ tuition, tools and materials to make your own artdoll(s). A selection of possible stands will be available, but since these are all “hunted and gathered” they differ each time and some might incur a small extra fee. Morning tea/coffee and afternoon tea.

To register:

Ink Affair Book Club

This month’s book:

Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch
From Blake Crouch, the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human – a relentlessly surprising thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of, perfect for fans of Stranger Things and Ready Player One.

‘Are you happy in your life?’
Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.
Before he awakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.
Before the man he’s never met smiles down at him and says, ‘Welcome back.’

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined – one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

This is a meet up.
For full details:

Cold Wax – The COOL Way to Paint

An amazing half-day workshop to explore what cold wax is really made of, how to use it and what NOT to do with it.

Learn what rules you can break when using cold wax, and what special benefits (namely, amazing texture) come with this medium. See what kind of paints you should reach for and discover the simple tools you will need. Explore the surfaces that will work best when working with cold wax, and how you can combine it with other art mediums such as mixed media, photography, painting and encaustic wax.

A finished cold wax painting has several layers and with drying time, can take weeks to complete. You will however, come away with a better understanding of the cold wax painting process and the possible beginnings of a painting you can continue to work on at home/studio.

Tutor: Sue MacDougall
Saturday 16th May 2020
Time: 9am -12.30pm
Cost: $65.00
All materials supplied

“It’s a rare occurrence for one specific painting medium to have a whole genre of painting associated with it, but the cold wax medium is one such medium. Cold wax painting is not defined by subject matter nor the degree of realism or abstraction; cold wax painting is unified by artists’ shared interest in experimentation, texture and the physicality of paint layers.”

After over 20 years of living in Greece, Sue now lives permanently in New Zealand, although she does visit Greece once or twice a year. She is recognized for her bold and colourful work in different mediums that create structure, depth, movement and texture.

Tauranga Social Dance Club

Sequence and old time dances. Supper & raffles.

When:  2nd Saturday of the month

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Where:  Baptist Hall, corner of Cameron Road & 13th Ave, Tauranga

Cost: $7

Contact:  Barbara 027 284 3795

Stone Carving for Beginners

Learn the basics of how to use the tools needed to craft shapes from stone. Create and design a 3D sculpture. Covers basic carving techniques in soft stone (Oamaru stone); all the stone and carving tools supplied. Participants to arrive with an idea in mind to produce a stone sculpture over the weekend. Very small class with a max of 5 students.

Tutor: Rex O’Brien

Explore how to use tools to shape stone with award winning and experienced tutor and artist Rex O’Brien. Rex holds a Diploma in Art BOP Polytechnic, has been carving for over 18 years and been instrumental in organising and participating in carving symposiums nationwide.

Your workshop will be situated outside in a courtyard behind the artery under a gazebo.

The Artery Print Club

A group of like minded printmaking enthusiasts who get together on the second Friday of every month.

We meet in the Artery Art Learning Space which is part of the Incubator Creative Hub in Tauranga’s Historic Village.

There is plenty of space for many to work collectively with great company, motivating and inspiring each other while teaching each other new tricks. We have a great press. Please bring your own tools and materials.

Tea and coffee provided and there is a fantastic Whipped Baker cafe in the Village – good donuts!

Please bring a $5 contribution fee towards the venue and equipment.

Join our Facebook page for updates:

When: 2nd Friday of every month
Time: 1 pm -5 pm
Cost: $5

Social atmosphere. Tea and coffee provided.

We welcome any print makers to join in. Meet other printers and connect.

Samba de Gafieira Classes

Samba de Gafieira (also called Gafieira)is a dance expression of the Brazilian samba rhythm also found in many contemporary, R&B and popular music.

These weekly classes will help you master the foundation moves that make up this fun dance. The classes are complimented by a teacher to help you and a community of students at various stages of their own learning. We also hold small social events offering an opportunity to apply what you learn in the classes.

Dancers enjoy Gafieira because of its vitality and room for creativity.

Improver Samba de Gafieira
Thursdays 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Next Level Samba de Gafieira Performance Team
Thursdays 7.30pm -8pm

Cost: $80 for the course, $15 casual
Tutor: Sarah Sargison

Introduction to Square Dancing

6 week Intro Course
Starts Thursday 26th March 2020

We have  informal learning sessions, lots of laughs as Square Dancing is fun, we don’t teach Rounds to learners we let them concentrate on the basic moves. No experience needed, just to be active, no partner required and we do require ladies to wear low heeled comfortable shoes, no high heels. Children 12 and upwards welcome but must be accompanied by a parent.

Time:  7.30pm
St Enochs Church Hall, 16th Ave, Tauranga
: $20  for the course

Tutor: Warwick McKay (577 1100)
For more info: Jean Salmons 578 6516


Orange City Squares
Club nights are on Thursdays at 7.30pm at St Enochs Hall. Cost: $4 per evening
Contact: Noel 543 1063 for more info.

Ballet Class for Adults

one-hour ballet class at the Dance Education Centre, specifically created for adults. A class for those who love ballet, those who have the interest and didn’t get the opportunity earlier, and those who have children learning and want to know more.

Good music, fun and great for mind, body and soul. Ballet shoes required and comfortable dance or exercise wear.

Thursdays, 6.30 pm -7.30 pm, in our Matua studios. Free trial class available.  Learn more

Phone: (07) 5767815
Address: 228 Levers Rd, Matua, Tauranga


Kickstart Toastmasters Club Tauranga

Kickstart Toastmasters holds a weekly club meeting where everyone gets a chance to improve their public speaking, listening and leadership skills. We always have a laugh and the cafe opens at 6:45am giving you time to buy a coffee and/or breakfast that can be enjoyed during the meeting.

Guests welcome – we offer three free attendances per person before signup, giving you a really good chance to find out what Toastmasters and our club is all about. No pressure to speak so come along and enjoy the atmosphere.

Day:  Thursday
Time: 07:00am
Venue:  Alimento Cafe, 74 1st Avenue, Tauranga, New Zealand
Contact Phone/Txt : 027 543 2777 (Brian – President) or 022 4444 501 (Alex)


For other Toastmaster groups in the Bay of Plenty:

Taoist Tai Chi Beginner & Advanced Classes

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

From Monday to Saturday there are different classes at different times and for different levels in Tauranga, Te Puke, Papamoa, Mount Maunganui and Katikati.

Please see our website for more information:

Remember – You can come along to any beginners class at any time and try Taoist Tai Chi for free.


Tauranga Numismatic Society Club

Interested in coins, banknotes, medallions ?

The club meets monthly on the first Wednesday of the month.

Place: Wesley Church, 100 13th Ave
Time: 7.30pm -9pm

All ages welcome.

Phone: Sean 027 634 7417

Square Dancing

Book in for a whirl and a twirl and some fun.

Social Dance Beginner Classes

From social dancing to competition dancing, there are lots of opportunities for everyone to enjoy dancing.

Beginner dance classes commence four or five times a year for an initial 6 week course at our Tauranga Dance School. These are then continued in blocks of 6 weeks to enable greater proficiency and a wider range of dances to be learnt.

Learn the different styles of dance from the beginners through to competition level. Hugh and Sonia are specialists in the field of Ballroom, Latin American, New Vogue and Rock & Roll dancing.

No need to book – just come along on the night!


Chalk Painting Workshop at OOPLAH! French Vintage

Discover the wonderful Annie Sloan Chalk Paint range of products and learn painting techniques to get the confidence to work on your own projects.

In this three hour workshop you will learn the techniques that we use the most:

  • Paint layering
  • Choosing colour combinations
  • How to create smooth or textured finishes
  • Distressing
  • Waxing to accentuate your work

We’ll provide all you need, plus refreshments, you just come with enthusiasm!

On the day: 10% discount on paint products

Workshops are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month.

Places are limited so please register.
Phone: 022 190 2594 (Shane)

Tauranga Embroiderers’ Guild

The guild meets:

Day:  Wednesdays
Time: 10am – 2.30pm  and  7.00pm – 9.30pm.
Location: Tauranga Rowing Club, Devonport Road, Tauranga

Contact: Carol 0273 485 875 or 07 466 0075


Happy people say:

* A great place to meet new like minded people & learn new stitches.

Scrapbooking at Craftables

This example of a scrapbook page is called ‘Simple Things’.

This page is filled with everything vintage wonderland and is a truly stunning scrapbook page with plenty of dimension and texture.  The photo sizes are: 1x 6″x4″ and 2x 3″x4″.

Paula is the teacher at the shop on Wednesday from 10am – and spaces are available

Tauranga Astronomical Society

Check back for exact programme details.

Please note that visitors are always welcome to view through the telescopes at any time throughout the program (weather permitting).

The meeting starts at 7:30pm. We have a 10 – 15 minute tea / coffee break (gold coin donation welcome) at around 8:30pm before the second half starts at 8:40pm. The main meeting will normally finish by 9:30pm. Telescope viewing may continue after 9:30pm, weather permitting and depending on the visibility of suitable objects.

Meetings are held in the Otumoetai Sports and Recreation Club building, Fergusson Park, end of Tilby Drive, Matua, Tauranga on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm. Presentations are given on current astronomical topics. All those interested in astronomy in the Bay of Plenty district are invited to attend.

Entry for non-members is $5 per adult. 12 Month membership is $30.00 for individuals, $40.00 for families, or $10.00 for tertiary students.

Walk In English Classes

These group classes  provide free English tuition to all-comers, whatever their immigration or visa status.  The aim is to provide life based vocab and structures to improve communication skills so friendships can be formed in the wider community.  All ages and all levels of English are welcome.  Just turn up  find the level that suits you.

Tuesdays 7.30pm – 9.15 pm :  2 different levels

Venue:  Holy Trinity Church, 215 Devonport Road, Tauranga

Phone: 578 7718

Inachord Women’s Chorus

Do you like to sing in the shower, entertain a crowd singing with friends or enjoy the challenge of some moves to accompany your singing ?
Then join us !

We are a fun loving group of women of all ages, who enjoy entertaining.  Our musical director is Andrew Braid, a Vocal Coach, with many years’ experience.

We meet every Tuesday night at 7pm-9pm at the Community Church, 183 Moffat Road in Bethlehem.

For more info: contact Sabine
Phone: 021 111 8659

Photos & Coffee with Kim Westerskov

An informal meeting get together with Kim Westerskov, a professional photographer, writer & photographer of 18 books, marine biologist and photography teacher .

He is 5 times winner at the BBC “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” competition, the world’s largest and most prestigious nature photography competition. Kim teaches and inspires through photo workshops, private tuition, mentoring, and regular “Photos & Coffee” and “Photo Evaluation” evenings.

Learn how to get great photos with Kim Westerskov’s photo workshops in Tauranga. Kim has helped many hundreds of photographers [from beginners to professionals] and he’d love to help you too. Kim’s philosophy is to make it all as simple as possible and as much fun as possible. He is passionate about photography and passionate about inspiring, guiding, and supporting photographers.

Phone or email to register as spaces are limited.
578-5138 or 

Tauranga Scrabble Club

Scrabble is a great mental stimulant. Take up the challenge. Find that top word and top score.

The Tauranga Scrabble club meets every Tuesday morning at the Tauranga Citizens Club, 170 Thirteenth Avenue, Tauranga from 9.20 a.m. for three games of scrabble.  Play commences at 9.30 a.m.  There is a mix of competitive and casual games.
They play 3 games of competitive scrabble per morning. 3 games $2.50

Contact: Barbara
Phone: 544 8372

Spiritual Centre Psychic Cafe

Tauranga Psychic Cafe – This New Spiritual and Healing Centre for the 21st century is run Cafe Style. The Psychic Cafe opens every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at the Greerton Community Hall, Greerton, Tauranga. It has over a dozen practitioners in all areas considered Spiritual, Healing or Psychic.

Please feel free to chat with them, share and discuss, learn or teach, make friends and be surrounded with like minds.

Includes refreshments.  Kid friendly.

Ottoman Day Upholstery Workshop

ANYONE CAN DO THIS! Transform your tired old coffee table to a beautiful Ottoman that will sit at the end of your bed to match your Headboard or proudly in the middle of your lounge.

You’ll come away with techniques like adding buttons, corner pleats, dealing with curves, choosing fabric, piping and more, that will give you confidence to carry on your new hobby. Be sure it’s a strong table, choose your funky fabric and send me a picture of the table for approval.

When: 28th March  2020   9.30am – 4.30pm : Ottoman Day
Where: The Artery – Art Learning Space, Historic Village, 17th Ave, Tauranga

Price $145. Discounts for 2 or more people.

I’ll supply the foam, Dacron, dust cloth tools, air gun, informative and a fun filled day at the village.


Next One Day Saturday Workshops

4th April 2020   9.30am – 4.30pm
2nd May 2020   9.30am – 4.30pm
The Artery – Art Learning Space, Historic Village, 17th Ave, Tauranga

Want to learn upholstery? Recover that stool? Kick-start your new hobby? It’s easier than you think. Come and enjoy the awesome atmosphere of the Historic Village while you learn a new skill.

Beginners bring your own footstool/basic dining chair, seat only upholstered.   OR
Make your own headboard plain/shallow buttons. fabric extra.  OR
Beginners bring your own coffee table strong enough to convert to an ottoman.
Bring fabric, lunch, water bottle, covered shoes.

(Don’t have a project? Ask a friend, check out the op-shops, Trade Me or Facebook Marketplace. Keep it simple! Make sure it doesn’t need TOO much sewing; you’ll need to be a confident sewer.)

Cost: This varies, depending on the project, from $145 – $225


Send 3 different angled photos of your project to (for a suitability check)

Young at Art Adult Evening Class

Discover the amazing freedom that Mixed Media can bring.
I share techniques as well as my own tips and tricks
Feel liberated in using different mediums together, to express your feelings and your emotions. Heal, let go and CREATE
You can work on different substrates (i.e. paper, cardboard, canvas, wood)
Learn to recycle, up-cycle, re-use, revamp 🙂
Most materials used during these lessons are included in the course fee.
There are plenty of papers etc. free to use, you just provide your canvas or other substrate of your choice for larger works.

The weekly classes are on:

TUESDAYS 7 pm – 9 pm
Term 2 Dates: To be confirmed.  Contact Joyce for details.

Cost: $275 for the term

Young at Art Studio
Building 25B
Historic Village on 17th – Tauranga
ph: 07-578 4648 historic

Tauranga Film Collective Monthly Meeting

The January Tauranga Film Collective meeting was a huge success with a great turn out so we have scheduled in for the last Monday of every month.

If you want to discuss anything with the group please email

Film projects have been discussed and out next meeting will cover some projects for our community to get involved in such as 48 hour , IYSFF and the Taupo horror film festival .

Momentum is growing so if you want to join a community of like- minded creative filmmakers we would love to see you on:

WHEN: April 2020 Maybe ????
WHERE: The Jam Factory, Tauranga
WHEN: 6.30 – 9pm

Any questions please fire Jannine an email on

Ink Affair Book Club

This month’s book is:

Title: Half of a Yellow Sun
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Description: Winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007, this is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written literary masterpiece

Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, works as a houseboy for a university professor. Olanna, a young woman, has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos to live with her charismatic new lover, the professor. And Richard, a shy English writer, is in thrall to Olanna’s enigmatic twin sister. As the horrific Biafran War engulfs them, they are thrown together and pulled apart in ways they had never imagined.

This is a Meet Up.
For full details:

Tauranga Orchid Society

The Tauranga Orchid Society would like to introduce you to the world of orchids.
They are the ultimate hobby plant!
Join us and we’ll do everything we can to help you grow and bloom the most fascinating, beautiful plants in the world.

The  Society meets at the Wesley Church Hall, 13th Avenue, Tauranga at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of every month.
Visitors are welcome.

Tauranga Anglers Club

This is a friendly trout fishing club.
Visitors are welcome.

Trips, talks and tuition, magazine and monthly club nights.

Club nights are the 3rd Monday of every month.
When: Monday 7.30pm
Where: Fish & Dive Club Rooms, Sulphur Point, Tauranga

Phone: President 5441192

Authentic Argentine Tango- Free Intro Class

The close-embrace dance that will change your life !

A friendly group of people of various ages and nationalities wanting to learn Argentine Tango

No partner required and no experience necessary.

Free Tango Introduction class every 3rd Sunday of the month from 6.30-7.30pm at Tauranga Citizens Club

Beginners Tango Class
Day: Mondays  6.30pm – 7.30pm

Cost: $10 per session

:  Denise 0204 006 1340

Venue: Tauranga Citizens Club, 170 13th Ave, Tauranga


Sunday Focus: Writers Group

April topic : to be announced 

$10 ($5 for Tauranga Writers members)
Refreshments free.
Raffle and books on sale.
Please bring cash for all transactions.

For more information about Tauranga Writers see our website, join our Facebook page, or contact

Sunday Focus Sessions are held every third Sunday in the Okahukura Room at Greerton Library from 2-4pm. Work in Progress meetings are held on the first Thursday at the Wesley Methodist Church on 13th Avenue from 7-9pm.

Find out more

Learn macrame while making your own shoulder bag in a colour of your choice

Always wanted to learn macrame? Seeing macrame bags everywhere and wondering how to make them yourself?
This workshop is for total beginners through to people who used to do macrame in the 70s. You’ll be guided through making your own shoulder bag in the colour of your choice.
Spaces are very limited due to the size of the venue and equipment needed for this project. All materials are provided and there will also be refreshments.

When: April 19th 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Where: The artery, Historic Village, Tauranga


Introduction to Alcohol Inks

Alcohol ink is a fascinating medium that literally has a mind of its own. This class is designed particularly for beginners who have never used alcohol inks before. The inks have a versatility and vibrancy that when blended with pure isopropyl alcohol, create movement and beautiful abstract designs. With the addition of gold enhancements these make visually attractive pieces of art even for beginners.  A full one-day course that will enable students to produce a finished abstract artwork ready to hang on the wall. In addition, students will also learn how to use the alcohol inks on other objects such as planters, cannisters, infusers. Each student will have a choice of two other items to decorate and take home

Tutor: Marion Aitken

Date: Saturday 18th April

Time: 9.30am-3.30pm

Cost: $120.00   Book Here

All Materials Supplied

Refreshments Provided

Please wear old clothes

Morning tea will be provided. Students are asked to bring their own lunch. Alternatively, there is a cafe in the village where you can grab a quick bite and a coffee.

Create Your Own Comic

The Basaloid workshops: The workshops offer healing through art. It’s a chance for you to explore your own story and creativity as you create your one-page, autobiographical comic using a variety of art supplies. These stand-alone, three-hour workshops will be held at the Artery on Tuesday evenings for the duration of the exhibition in April. Only book into 1 workshop. Limited spaces, bookings essential.

Tutor: Tutor: Kalou Koefoed
3 Individual Workshops – Tuesday evenings
Dates: 14th, 21st and 28th April
Time: 6.30-9.30pm
Cost: $40.00
Refreshments provided
All materials supplied

The Basaloid Project is above all a call to creativity. The idea for the project emerged not long after starting treatment for cancer in March 2019. Named after the type of cancer that resided temporarily in my rear unit, the Basaloid Project has three parts: A 24-page graphic novel, the exhibition at the Incubator, and 3 workshops. The Basaloid graphic novel: Told through metaphor and symbolism, it’s a story about journeying through the storm and emerging on the other side.

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Tauranga Bird Club Night

Interested in birds and breeding them ?
Want to learn more ?

The club has regular meetings on the second Monday of the month

Day: Meetings on Mondays
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Matua Hall, Levers Road, Otumoetai

Contact the Tauranga Bird Club:
Phone:  Sheryl 027 216 3568

Film Acting Intensive Weekend Workshop

This workshop focuses on the Art of Relating, which trains actors to create believable characters and emotionally connected relationships on screen.

Working in pairs with scripts, actors learn the Five Arts of Film Acting – the Art of Concentration, the Art of Not Knowing, the Art of Acceptance, the Art of Giving and Receiving and the Art of Relating, which maximises instinctive and creative choices and trains actor to bring their own personality to the screen. The work will benefit actors wishing to reset or reinvigorate their acting muscles, remove blocks limiting creative choices and improve sight reading skills. In this practical course scenes are filmed.

Tutor: Vicky Yiannoutsos
Intensive Weekend Workshop
Easter Weekend 11th and 12th April
Time: 10am- 5pm
Cost: $320
Bring pen and paper

Vicky Yiannoutsos has worked for over 40 years in the film industry as an editor, actor, acting coach, director and producer. She trained at the Jeremiah Comey Acting Studios in Los Angeles and has coached some of our finest film actors and directors. She has taught at Toi Whakaari, Auckland University, UCOL, TAPAC, The Actors Programme and Unitec in Auckland. Vicky develops, produces and directs theatre and film works and splits her year between New Zealand and Greece. Website:

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Free Webinar: How to Work from Home Effectively

How to maintain your performance when working remotely

How to work from home effectively                       
Thurs 9 Apr 9.00am
In the current climate your level of personal effectiveness has a big impact on the results you achieve in life and work. This webinar will look at the key skills you need to ensure you effectively manage and carry out your daily tasks. It will show you how you can create more influence, efficiency and balance when working from home.

Covid-19 is changing the way we work, as many people are now being required to work from home. This can be challenging for organisations not only from a technology perspective but also in terms of carrying out daily functional operations. 

In the current climate your level of personal effectiveness has a big impact on the results you achieve in life and work.

This one hour webinar will look at the key skills you need to ensure you effectively manage and carry out your daily tasks.  It will show you how you can create more influence, efficiency and balance when working from home.

Topics include:

  • Managing your time to be more efficient and effective
  • Stress Management
  • Dealing with remote relationships

Who should attend –

This course is applicable to a range of roles, as it focuses on creating efficiency and boosting performance.

Facilitated by Charlie Dalton, Zest Training

 Please note as this is a webinar you will need a laptop that has access to wifi. The webinar details will be sent out to registrants closer to the time of the webinar.

In My Mother’s House – Bethlehem Pottery Club Exhibition

‘In My Mother’s House’ is Bethlehem Pottery Club’s group ceramic exhibition in collaboration with The Incubator Creative Hub.

This inaugural exhibition is an important new platform to showcase some of the best potters and ceramic artists in the Bay of Plenty. The selection of locally-made domestic ware, sculpture, decorative ceramics and much more is not to be missed. With the theme “In My Mother’s House”, you can expect a wide and varied range of ceramic art pieces.

The exhibition runs from April 9th to May 3rd 2020

If you are wishing to exhibit…
Link to entry form:

Submission of entry form to The Incubator by Monday 30th March 5pm
Delivery of artwork – Tuesday the 7th April by 6pm

And if you are interested in pottery classes ….

But be warned, you may be on a wait list.

Free Webinar: Effective Communication Techniques for Leaders

Effective communication techniques for leaders                        
Fri 3 Apr 9.00am

Given the unprecedented changes we are currently experiencing, your people are looking to you now more than ever before to lead them into the future. Effective communication skills have just become even more critical for navigating the fast pace of change within your organisation – even if you are working remotely.

Relationships are at the heart of what gets done in your organisation, and the foundation of relationships is communication.

Given the unprecedented changes we are currently experiencing, your people are looking to you now more than ever before to lead them into the future.

Effective communication skills have just become even more critical for navigating the fast pace of change within your organisation.

This 90-minute session will cover:

  • How you really communicate – understand the influence your verbal and non-verbal communication has on yourself and others, especially in tough times.
  • The power of mindset – learn tools to create a success mindset
  • The impact of feelings on your communication – understand how your feelings impact your communication and how to use the information your feelings provide to get your message across.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Increase awareness of how you really communicate and what to mindful of
  • Understand the concept of your mindset and how it impacts your communication
  • Learn techniques to change your state to get a positive outcome
  • Understand where you need to develop your skills

Who is this for?

§  Business owners and people leaders.

Presenter: Carly Shorter –  Co-Director, Trainer and Executive Coach, PEOPLE REALM

 Please note as this is a webinar you will need a laptop that has access to wifi. The webinar details will be sent out to registrants closer to the time of the webinar.