Upcoming Courses 2018

Dung Beetle Workshops 

When: 10am Sunday 4 November
Register: email kaori@dungbeetles.co.nz  

Dung beetles may be the answer to delivering New Zealand from two of our biggest agricultural challenges - clean water and sustainable pastoral soils. 

At this free one-off workshop you will learn how these 40,000,000-year-old creatures can improve water and pasture quality and reduce nutrient runoff and greenhouse gases.  

All they want is dung to eat and dung for reproduction.

To register email kaori@dungbeetles.co.nz

For more visit: https://dungbeetles.co.nz

Breastfeeding Course

When: 9 sessions, 9am-11:30am Thursdays from 6 September - 22 November. 
Register: email Debbie lc@helensvillebirthingcentre.co.nz

Increase your own breastfeeding know how and gain confidence to support other mums by becoming a Helensville Birthing Centre Breastfeeding Peer Supporter. 

* No charge. 
* Babies and toddlers are welcome with creche support. 
* Morning tea provided.  

Week by week the course covers the following topics: 

*The importance of breastfeeding for babies, whānau and community. 
* The basics of how breastfeeding works 
* Why does it sometimes go wrong? 
* Helping other mums to breastfeed. 
* Making breasfeeding work during our busy lives. 
*Night-time parenting, settling a fussy baby and breastfeeding beyond the early months. 
* How to work as a Peer Supporter. 

This course is designed by La Leche League and delivered by one of Helensville Birthing Centre's lactation consultants.

First Aid Course 


The Helensville District Health Trust is hosting this First Aid Course to be facilitated by a St John First Aid Tutor. 

This eight-hour, one-day First Aid Level 1 course will teach the basics of effective first aid. 

It's ideal for anyone who wants to learn basic first aid or needs to refresh their first aid qualification. It's standard training recommended for workplace first aid providers. It’s also good for anybody who wants to be able to help during a medical emergency. Medical emergencies related to ill health or an accident can happen anywhere at any time – this course will ensure you know what to do.

The course emphasises practical skills in a fun and interactive learning environment. On completion you will:

- be able to recognise life-threatening situations.
- be able to offer vital assistance before more experienced help arrives.
- be ready to advance your first aid training to the next level.

Topics covered: 
- Scene assessment
- Safety
- Chest pain (e.g. heart attack)
- Dislocations
- How to use an AED (automated external defibrillator)
- Broken bones
- Burns
- Soft tissue injury
- Asthma
- Stroke
- Seizures
- Bleeding

There's a maximum of 20 people on this course. The individual price will come down the more people we get attending. If the class is full the price will be $103 per person. The maximum fee will be $179 per person (the same as booking through St John directly). 

Registrations close Friday 28 September. To book email Amy Wood, Event Manager at Helensville District Health Trust on events@hdht.co.nz or 09 420 9983.

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 Wednesday 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. 


Tikanga Ririki 

Tikanga Ririki is a six-week strengths-based Māori parenting programme promoting violence-free whānau and presented by Hestia Women's Refuge. 

  • Free to whānau. 
  • Childcare and lunch provided.  
  • Transport options available. 
9:30am every Wednesday until 7 November.

To register contact Lee-Anne on 021 0811 7791 or email leeannerwr@xtra.co.nz.

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 Te Ara Reo Maori Level 2 

36 weeks.
No fees.

Location: Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai 

When: Weekly course begins 6.00-9.00pm, Tuesday 6 March.  

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 last year's successful Te Reo course which was featured in the local papers here: click here. 

Or to register your interest phone Awhina Uruamo-Creswell, Community Education & Employment Advisor, Whiti Ora o Kaipara. 

09 420 8418 or 0276 957462 

Certificate in Te Ara Reo Maori Level 4

36 weeks.
No fees.

Location: Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai 

When: Weekly course begins 6.00-9.00pm, Wednesday 7 March .  

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 last year's successful Te Reo Level 2 course which was featured in the local papers here: click here. 

To register your interest phone Awhina Uruamo-Creswell, Community Education & Employment Advisor, Whiti Ora o Kaipara. 

09 420 8418 or 0276 957462 

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