Easy Basket Weaving -Kete Ngāwari

Stone Sculpting for Beginners

Cafe Scientifique: Defeating the Wallabies

Chair Up Upholstery Workshop

Free Investing Workshop

Young at Art Studio Classes

Raranga Weaving

Ninja Knits

Community knitting and crocheting group


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.


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

Easy Basket Weaving -Kete Ngāwari

Learn how to make a simple easy basket in one day.
A special technique has been developed by the tutor to make this process quicker.
Design your own basket to use when grocery shopping.
Save the planet and make your own stylish kiwi tote bag.
Tutor: Marina Stokes – He Mahi Harakeke Ltd

All Materials Supplied


Marina is an experienced weaver and a wonderful tutor. Very supportive and she will ensure you go home with something you can be proud of and that will be of use every day.

Stone Sculpting for Beginners

Learn the basics of how to use tools needed to craft shapes from stone over one full weekend.

Tutor: Rex O’Brien
Create and design a 3D sculpture. Very small class with a max of 5 students.
Learn 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.

Cafe Scientifique MacDiarmid Institute Lecture: NZ Innovation for Sustainability

The lecture series showcases different aspects of NZ Innovation for Sustainability at centres throughout NZ.

Our presenters, Drs Laura Domigan and Ben Mallett, will discuss Materials science offering a greener future for our plant.

Our zero carbon future:

– Solar energy materials – Energy efficient computing

– New battery technologies – Recyclable consumer electronics

– Carbon capture – Up-cycling natural materials

It is important to register your attendance on-line  so we get the right number of seats and cups. No need to print your ticket – we just need to know numbers.

– $5 door fee subsidises the cost of the venue and nibbles.

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The MACDIARMID INSTITUTE is a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence, with a focus on Nanotechnology and Materials Science.

The Power of Propaganda: North Korea, Russia & Trump

Propaganda is commonly associated with dictatorships, such as North Korea or Putin’s Russia. However, as Western liberal democracies are facing new and unprecedented threats – including the rise of right-wing populists and foreign meddling in electoral processes – the term has experienced a dramatic inflation in recent years.

In this lecture, Dr Olli Hellmann will address fundamental questions about propaganda:
How does it work?
Why should we care?
How can propaganda be distinguished from other threats to democracy, such as “fake news” and online misinformation?

This is a free event but registrations are essential.
For more info:

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


Chinese Culture

Qipao Show, Chinese music, Beijing Opera, Traditional Folk Dance, Kung Fu Demonstrations !

Discover or learn more about Chinese culture at the Mid-Autumn Festival on 28th September. Mystery prizes and draws as well.

Entry is free but places are limited.


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.

Chinese Language & Culture Evening

In celebration of Chinese Language Week, come along to Chinese culture night where you can learn about Chinese culture and the language, have a go at writing Chinese Calligraphy and indulge your senses in the art of Chinese tea making.
Presentation  10min
Learn basic phrases  20min
Q&A  5-10min
Activities: Chinese Tea making & Calligraphy  30-40min

Places are limited so please register with Eventbrite

Contact Tina for info.


Urban Te Papa – The Evolution Opportunity of Tauranga CBD – Festival of Architecture

Great cities have vibrant city centres – how can we create a vibrant, safe and successful city for people to live, work, play and learn?

New Zealand’s urban centres are facing unprecedented pressure from strong population growth, changing preferences, and aging population. Tauranga is a prime example of this, having grown from a small costal town into New Zealand’s 5th largest city in the last half century. Despite its growth, Tauranga is one of New Zealand’s smallest local authorities in terms of land area which reinforces the need to use the land and resources available to us carefully.

Great cities have vibrant city centres – how can we create a vibrant, safe and successful city for people to live, work, play and learn? And how can we recognise the importance of environmental, cultural and heritage values in urban development?

Join the NZ Institute of Architects and our partners as we explore urban growth strategies and placemaking in our Urban Te Papa with an urban designer, architect, Tauranga City Council, iwi and economic development specialist.

Registrations Essential

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Movie Night : Urbanized – Festival of Architecture

Join us for a free screening of Urbanized, an award-winning documentary about the design of cities. Tauranga, just like many other cities around the world, is experiencing a booming growth. See what the world’s foremost architects, thinkers, planners and politicians have to say about the issues and strategies around housing, mobility, public spaces, economy and environmental policy. A city is not made by one specialist, but by a variety of contributors including ordinary citizens.

Come enjoy some popcorn and see how other cities around the globe are dealing with their growth though a diverse range of urban design projects.

Registration is optional for this free event.


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“Glass-sperience” is an entertaining and interesting “How It’s Made’  mini tour which showcases three of the many techniques that are used in a Kilnforming and Flameworking glass studio.

You will see a live demonstration of how a glass bead is made on a gas torch and how to pull a glass stringer;  touch and see rods, powders, stringers, foil and other types of glass materials that are used in the making of glass art. Watch the process that is used to fuse and slump glass; and finally the procedure for making cast glass objects.  This is a Kilnforming studio and the techniques demonstrated are very different to those of glassblowing!

Conducted in a safe environment where you get to talk directly with Glassmaker Jo Tricker who has been working with glass for nine years, and who loves to share her passion and knowledge of glass.

Phone or email to register: 0274 621655  or

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. Orchid display & supper.

2×2 City Revitalisation – Festival of Architecture

How can we revitalise our urban areas?

2×2 City Revitalisation is a joint partnership between NZIA & NZILA and explores the ideas of revitalising our urban places through a range of 2×2 presentations (2 slides/ 2 minutes per slide).

Expect great speakers presenting their built, unbuilt and potential future ideas for Tauranga city centre.
Please register for this event, spaces are limited.

The event will be accompanied with drinks & nibbles.

Cultural Tour: Waikato University Tauranga Campus – Festival of Architecture

Come and find out about the new Tauranga campus building, part of the University of Waikato

The evening will begin at 5.30pm in the central atrium with a karakia, followed by an introduction of the cultural narrative for the new campus building. There will be a tour of the key cultural design elements and general campus as a whole and will be led by the architects of the campus, as well as key university staff.

The tour of the campus will reveal the story behind the building. Through the forming of a tertiary partnership, strategic relationships being established with tangata whenua, broader community groups, the design of the campus buildings celebrates all these connections. Forming a partnership with tangata whenua has influenced the articulation of the external skin of the building with the mangopare – hammerhead shark – pattern telling the local story of resilience, locating a multipurpose internal noho and teaching space, providing the ability to welcome and host guests, to an external courtyard providing a large space for external powhiri ceremonies and social gathering spaces.

Following the tour, there will be drinks and kai in the atrium and an opportunity for any further questions and broader discussion.

The evening will formally be closed with a karakia at 7.30pm.

Registration is required for this free event

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Investing Workshop

Our Free Investing Workshops are designed to help those people interested in learning the fundamentals of investing. We aim to help you be more confident in setting goals, talking to your investment adviser and developing an investment portfolio.

The workshop will cover:

  • The fundamentals of investing – why, how and where to invest
  • Key investment principles – what you need to consider when you invest, and
  • How to build your own personal investment portfolio
  • An overview of KiwiSaver

Hosts: Rohan Graaff & Andrew Klaassen

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