Hassle-Free Shopping with Pre-Schoolers

NZ Sign Language Summer Course

Free Employer Seminar

Tauranga South Garden Club

Artists Feedback Lab

The Psychic Cafe

BOP Rose Society

Fun Improv Dance Class

Yoga with Janey: Stretch & Flow 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

Beginners Macrame Wall Hanging

Beginner Create a Blog Workshops

Body + Soul Fitness

Metal Embossing

Make an Upholstered Footstool from a Crate Workshop

Cafe Scientifique Dates for 2019

Releasing the Inner Artist

Colourful Collage with Emma Prill

Sizzling Encaustic Hot Wax Painting Workshop

Inklings Art – Learn to Draw Robots

Speak Kiwi English

Making Your Money Go Further

Free Introduction to Business Seminar

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

New Classes with Inklings Art !

Mindful Spanish Classes

Communication beyond language.

August – Sept 2019 Training @ the Chamber of Commerce

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

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

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

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

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

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…


Bromeliad Club

Plant of the month is the tillansias.
Today’s guest speaker is Lester Ching speaking on Tillandsias.

The BOP Bromeliad Club’s activities include garden visits, guest speakers and an annual bus trip away as well as the sharing of advice and tips on cultivating bromeliads.  Visitors are welcome. Good sales table.

Club Meetings:
Date:  Second Wednesday of each month.
Time:  12.30pm – 2.30pm
Venue:  Tauranga Yacht Club, Sulphur point, Tauranga
Phone:  Lynley 576 7711 for more info.

NZ Bromeliad Website

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 

Hassle-Free Shopping with Pre-Schoolers

This discussion topic uses shopping trips as an example of one of the most common times parents have to deal with difficult behaviour in public.

Positive parenting strategies are discussed as step-by-step suggestions for preventing problems and teaching children how to behave on shopping trips.

Parents develop individualised plans to manage problem behaviour during their own shopping trips and are encouraged to transfer new parenting strategies to other potentially difficult community situations.

Katikati Resource Centre
45 Beach Rd,Katikati
Dec 3rd 6pm-8pm

Wesley Church
100 13th Ave,Tauranga
11th Dec 6.30pm-8.30pm

PLEASE RSVP confirmation of attendance to:-  (07) 571 0144  or  TXT  0273112140
Light refreshments supplied.

NZ Sign Language Summer Course

Learn New Zealand Sign Language in Tauranga over Summer! This is a 6 week beginners course in Dec-Jan (with a break for Christmas). NZSL is a beautiful language, and an official language of NZ. Our fun interactive courses follow the NZSL community education curriculum and our tutors are all members of the New Zealand Sign Language Teacher’s Association. Certificates are recognised in NZ and will be issued at the end of the course*.

Day: Mondays 7pm-9pm
Dates: 2nd Dec – 16th Dec (3 weeks) 3 week break 13th Jan – 27th Jan (3 weeks)
Location: Elizabeth Streets Arts and Community Centre
Level: Beginners 1A (no previous NZSL experience needed)
Tutor: Stephanie Rorison
Cost: $115 for 6 weeks

Climate Change Education: Is it too late to make a difference ?

There is increasing evidence that climate change will severely challenge us in the years to come.
Dr Chris Eames will explore the climate change issues we face and the different types of responses that we are making, including the Emissions Trading Scheme and the School Climate Strikes.
Education can empower people to meet this challenge but is this response able to help us address one of the biggest challenges in human history?

Where: the Lecture Theatre, Level 2 of the University of Waikato, Tauranga, Durham St
Monday 2 December. Complimentary drinks and nibbles will be served from 5.15pm and the lecture will begin at 6.00pm and conclude at 7.00pm.

Cost:  FREE

Please register your attendance by clicking on the ‘REGISTER BUTTON‘ , and present your ticket at the door.

Fuchsia Group Annual Show

The Fuchsia Group is holding its annual show over 2 days.

Sat 30th: 1pm – 3.30pm
Sun 1st:  9am – 3.30pm

For more info contact Pat  579 1655 or Noeleen 578 4643

The Tauranga Fuchsia Group holds monthly meetings.
At each meeting there is a mini workshop on some aspect of  fuchsias or fuchsia growing.

Fuschia Club

Fuchsias look like dancing ballerinas, especially after the rain.  There are over 2000 varieties in a range of colours from the pinks and reds to the orange and white. They are not hard to grow.  They need to be fed and protected from nasty bugs and things, like most plants, but they are very easy to grow from cuttings.  In fact, they can become quite addictive.

All are welcome to the Tauranga Fuchsia Group’s monthly meeting.
At each meeting there is a mini workshop on some aspect of  fuchsias or fuchsia growing.

For more info contact Pat  579 1655.

Cold Wax – Painting the Cool Way

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 what special benefits (namely, amazing texture) come with this medium.   See what kind of paints to 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 final 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.

Two dates to choose from: 27th October or 30th November.

Tutor: Sue MacDougall

These workshops sell out fast so BOOK HERE NOW

Fundamentals of Portrait Painting in Oils

Tutor : Damien Kurth

This workshop  will be a fun day, set in a chilled out relaxed environment.   This workshop can be a one-off day, or as an introduction to further workshops I will be running.  This will be based on traditional painting techniques from old masters and some contemporary approaches applied to the genre.

 As well as covering a lot of ground, equally the focus will be on developing a solid understanding of colour theory, tonal relationships, proportion and composition. Progressing to use these ideas to develop believable 3d forms and a 2d surface.

Practical painting techniques including:

  • Creating an underpainting/grisaille and why.

  • Layering of oil paint – it’s not that scary

  • Warm and cool colour relationships

  • Colour mixing and brush techniques.

Cost: $150.00

Book Here

Viruses, Vaccines & Immunology – Cafe Scientifique

Vaccines have saved more lives than almost any other public health intervention and played a significant role in reducing health inequalities. Over the past twenty years, the number of diseases now preventable has exploded and the pipeline for new vaccines is bursting with potential solutions to current and future pestilence such as pandemic flu, Zika and Disease X.
This talk will touch on the achievements in disease control since smallpox and what new vaccines will hit the shelves in the next year and the next decade with examples of the scientific advances that facilitated this. There are challenges we face such as the next pandemic and rising antimicrobial resistance, are we prepared? We also face an increasing backlash against science, with vaccines a major casualty. Using some of the most popular myths about vaccines as an example the way the scientific method, fact, and logic are abused will be illustrated.
This talk will be presented by Dr Helen Petousis-Harris,  a Vaccinologist at Auckland University.

Register HERE but there is no need to print your ticket. Doors open at 6:30 for a 7pm start.

$2 door fee covers the venue hire and nibbles.

Macrame Workshops

Come and learn the art of macramé with Tori from Evarose+Co.  Her classes full up very fast as the spaces are very limited to be able to give everyone time one-on-one.  Join in and create that special one off piece. The last workshop sold out in a few days.

You’ll learn the basics of knot making, tips & tricks, and create your own wall hanging to take home or as a gift for a loved one. No experience is needed and all materials are supplied. We will be working with beautiful NZ-made cotton cord.
Tutor: Tori Landon


Dates Available:

10th November: Wall hanging $90

24th November: Macrame Wreath $80

Times:  1.30pm – 4.30pm

Includes all supplies & refreshments

Chair Up Upholstery

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.

Bring a small upholstery project e.g. a dining chair (seat only), footstool, basic ottoman, bar stool or piano stool.
(Don’t have a project? Ask a friend, check out the op-shops, Trade Me or Facebook Marketplace.) Keep it simple!

Come and enjoy the awesome atmosphere of the Historic Village while you learn a new skill.
Choose either of these two dates: 2nd November or 23rd November

Cost: Cost varies depending on the project from $110 – $215


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