Upcoming Courses & Events

International Women's Day Breakfast 

WHEN: 7:30am-9:00am, Friday 8 March
WHERE: Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai 
COST: $37 (incl GST and booking fee). 

TICKETS: Book online now at https://hwfcbreakfast.eventbrite.co.nz

The Helensville Women and Family Centre invite you to a very special breakfast to mark International Women's Day. 

Our first confirmed speaker is Jas Sergeant, speaking for the first-time in her 'back-yard'.

Jas will share a unique and brutally frank insight into her life and her journey of overcoming fears to live authentically, despite the consequences.

She will leave you informed and inspired.

Other speakers will be announced shortly.

Our first International Women's Day Breakfast last year was a sell-out, so be sure to book your tickets early as places are limited.

Treaty Of Waitangi Workshop 

WHEN: 10:00am-3:30pm, Wednesday 7 August 

The focus of this workshop is to support and assist groups to enquire and explore how to build relationship and accountability in partnership with Maori, in Aotearoa today. 

This workshop will utilise a powerful DVD on the history of and to the current day of the Treaty of Waitangi to discuss and develop a practical response to the concept of true partnership in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This workshop is presented by Hilary Star-Foged from LEAD: the Centre for NFP Leadership.

COST: $60 per person
REGISTER: info@ancad.org.nz
PHONE: 09 486-4820


Understanding The Health And Safety Act 

WHEN: 10:00am-12:00pm, Wednesday 29 May 

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) is New Zealand’s workplace health and safety law. It came into effect on 4th April 2016. HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992. HSWA sets out the principles, duties and rights in relation to workplace health and safety.

This seminar will cover your duties under the Act as an employer.

COST: $30
REGISTER: info@ancad.org.nz

Antenatal Course

Free antenatal course for expectant parents run by the Helensville Birthing Centre. Lactation consultant Debbie Tetlow  will be taking the course, which will run for three consecutive Saturday mornings at Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai.

It's recommended for women who are around 24-28 weeks pregnant.

The course will look at everything from how to keep healthy during your pregnancy, to pain relief options in labour, and finally what happens when baby is here, including breastfeeding.

New mums are encouraged to bring their partner or other whānau member with them for support. 

       1st class - 3, 10 & 17 February  

       2nd class - 14, 21 & 28 April  

       3rd class - 9, 16 & 3 June 

       4th class - 4, 11 & 18 August 

       5th class - 29 September, 6 & 13 October  

       6th class - 24 November, 1 & 8 December

The course is free and available for residents living north-west of Riverhead. For more information email anc@helensvillehealth.co.nz.

Helensville Birthing Centre Coffee Group 

If you’re a parent of a baby or toddler and would like to meet others for a regular friendly catch-up then come to the Helensville Birthing Centre Coffee Group,

Every second Thursday morning at Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai. Guest speakers make regular appearances, on everything from Maori natural medicine, pregnancy massage and postnatal depression.

The coffee group isn’t just for mums. Dads, grandparents and other caregivers are welcome too.

For more information look up Helensville Birthing Centre Coffee Group on Facebook or www.birthcentre.co.nz.

Cooking Classes 

We have a superb commercial kitchen at Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai, and our Kitchen Manager, Keryn Reardon is passionate about sharing her love of food with the local community — both adults and children. 

Click here to find out what classes Keryn's cooking up next. 


Hearing Clinics

If you’re Māori with a hearing impairment and unable to afford a hearing aid then a new weekly hearing clinic could set you on the path to better hearing.

Hearing Auckland is holding weekly clinics at Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai.

If you fit the criteria they’ll provide a free full hearing service and if required free hearing aids.

Appointments are a must and there are strict criteria for eligibility. For more information contact Hearing Auckland 09 5249847 and they will talk you through the criteria and direct you to a Hearing Pathfinder based in Helensville.

Certificate In Money Management 

WHEN: 6:30pm-9:30pm, Wednesdays from 13 March 2019.  
WHERE: Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai 


The Certificate In Money Management is a ZERO FEES, Level 3, 20-week NZQA course delivered by Te Wananga o Aotearoa. 

You will learn how to:
* Budget
* Make informed financial decisions
* Manage your finances
* Talk to banks and lenders
* Understand interest rates, investments and how to protect your assets.

You must be over 16, NZ Citizen/Permanent Resident and can only enrol in one Te Wananga o Aotearoa programme at a time.

Bring your passport with you to complete the enrolment forms on the night.

If you wish to know more before the Information Evening, please contact course tutor, Colin Frampton ph: 09 420 2628 or text to 027 679 5622.

You will learn how to: 

* Budget
* Make informed financial decisions 
* Manage your finances
* Talk to banks and lenders
* Understand interest rates, investments and how to protect your assets. 

Certificate in Te Ara Reo Maori Level 2 

36 weeks.
No fees.

Location: Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai 

When: Weekly course begins 6.30-9.30pm, Thursdays from March 2019.  


Programme overview:

If you want to learn some basic Māori language this is the perfect place to start. Our fun, relaxed and inclusive approach to te reo Māori is for people of all ages and ethnicities. Whether you want to use te reo Māori at home with the kids or in the workplace, this interactive programme will have you speaking with confidence in no time.

Te Ara Reo Māori has become a national institution, attended by newsreaders, public figures, teachers, school principals and business people. Join the movement and learn to love and use te reo Māori every day!

You'll learn about:

  • pronunciation
  • tikanga
  • introductions
  • basic vocabulary
  • basic sentence structures
  • correctly pronounce Māori words, names and place names
  • use basic greetings and introduce yourself
  • understand and follow tikanga (protocols)
  • sing some waiata
  • use Māori words with confidence
  • understand basic sentence structures

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

Take this to the next level with Te Ara Reo Māori Level 4, or dive into total immersion with Te Pūtaketanga o te Reo.

I want to use my qualification

These te reo skills will be useful in everyday life in Aotearoa. They'll also be great if you work in education, Māori organisations, media or anywhere you deal with the public.

How you'll study:

  • noho Marae and wānanga
  • programme delivered in English

Entry criteria:

You can enrol if you already have a qualification at Level 3 or above.

Read more about 2017's successful Te Reo course which was featured in the local papers here: click here. 

Certificate in Te Ara Reo Maori Level 4

36 weeks.
No fees.

Location: Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai 

When: Weekly course begins 6.30-9.30pm, Wednesdays from March 2019. To register email events@hdht.co.nz.   

Programme overview:

If you know the basics of te reo Māori and want to take it further, here's your next step. Our safe, encouraging and interactive programme is loved by people from all cultures and backgrounds.

Develop a greater understanding of the Māori culture while you practice and build confidence in your Māori language skills.  

You'll learn about:

  • active and negative sentence structures
  • extending your vocabulary
  • using different tenses
  • distinguishing between Māori and non-Māori sentence structures. 

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

Move into full immersion with Te Rōnakitanga ki te reo Kairangi Level 5, or progress to our te reo degree, Te Paritūtanga o te Reo.

I want to use my qualification

You can put your te reo Māori skills to use in most jobs in Aotearoa.

How you'll study:

  • attend classes
  • noho Marae and wānanga
  • programme delivered in reo rua (English & Māori). 

Entry criteria:

You'll need to: 

  • complete Te Ara Reo Māori Level 2, or
  • successfully complete a pre-entry assessment.

Read more about the 2017 successful Te Reo Level 2 course which was featured in the local papers here: click here. 


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