Upcoming Courses 2017

Diabetes Course 

If you or someone you care for has diabetes then you're invited to attend this FREE course aimed at giving you the tools to successfully manage the condition on a day to day basis.

The course funs in blocks of four consecutive Tuesday mornings, from 10:30am-12:30pm.

The next course is scheduled for October 24 - November 14 

Contact paula.takiwa@procare.co.nz for more information. 

Click here to download the flyer.  

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Certificate in Money Management 


1 X 3-hour evening class per week for 20 weeks (plus a number of study workshops).
No fees
Level 3
NZQA Approved

Location: Te Whare Oranga o Parakai

When: Now starting Monday 24 July, 6:30-9:30pm.

Entry requirements: NZ/AU Citizen or Permanent NZ Resident and 16 years or older

Want to get more out of your money?

If so, we are pleased to announce that we will be delivering the Certificate in Money Management (CMM) programme in Parakai this year. In this no-fee Level 3 programme, you will learn about topics including: 

  • home ownership 
  • property investment 
  • managing debt 
  • building your wealth 

The course is suitable for people on all income levels and in all financial situations. It is about making your money work for you and your whanau. 

The CMM programme is approved by NZQA and you will receive the New Zealand Certificate in Personal Financial Capability and Financial Services (Level 3) on completion. 

If you are ready to take hold of your financial future, call course tutor Colin Frampton today. 027 679 5622 or 09 420 2628


Certificate in Small Business Management

1 X 3-hour class per week (plus optional Saturday workshops) for 36 weeks.
No fees
Level 4
NZQA Approved

Location: Te Whare Oranga o Parakai

When: Starts Wednesday 1 March, 6:30-9:30pm (check website for any changes to course times).

Entry requirements: NZ/AU Citizen or Permanent NZ Resident and 16 years or older

Running your own business? Have a great business idea but not sure how to go about starting up?

This intermediate-level programme will guide you through creating a comprehensive and achievable business plan. Learn up front what so many business owners try to figure out along the way: How to plan, market, operate, comply and report on your own business entity.

Learn about:

  • business plans
  • legal obligations and compliance
  • marketing basics
  • being an employer
  • basic accounting and GST

Know how to:

  • complete a comprehensive business plan
  • set up and operate your own business
  • market your business
  • meet your compliance obligations
  • do financial planning, reporting and GST returns

To register your interest or find out more contact tutor Colin Frampton e: colin@knowledgebasecentral.co.nz
p: 027 679 5622.


Antenatal Course

Free antenatal course for expectant parents run by the Helensville Birthing Centre. Local midwife Reneé Buisson will be taking the course, which will run for three consecutive Saturday mornings at Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai.

She recommends it for women who are around 24-28 weeks pregnant, but acknowledges “that timeframe might not work for everyone, so it doesn’t matter too much when they do it.”  

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 whanau member with them for support. 

The block after that starts 22 July and will be run fortnightly, 9:30am-12:30pm.

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


Babywearing Workshop 

Babywearing Workshop Te Whare Oranga o Parakai


You are invited to this workshop to learn about the various ways to carry your child in a sling or carrier and to view and play with a range of different styles, options and brands. 

For thousands of years, parents all over the world have strapped their babies to them in a variety of ways and continued about their daily lives & work. 

  • Babies who are carried cry less, settle more quickly, can nap on the go, even feed on the go; all while safe and close to their parent or caregiver
  • Keeping baby close assists with attachment, bonding, settling your child and also learning
  • Learn about baby physiology, safety & positioning in a carrier, see a demonstration of five different categories of styles and have a chance to play with some options in a library.  

With over four years of practical experience and a library of over 50 different carriers, Jess is passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about babywearing. Certificated through Slingababy UK & Je Porte Mon Bebe Training School’s as a Sling and Carrier Consultant, Jess also has a library of carriers for hire and loan. 

The next Babywearing with Jess workshop will be held at Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai on 

Saturday 26 August, 10.30am – 12pm.
Cost $25 per person / $30 couple

Bookings and Prepayment Essential. 

Email: babywearingwithjess@gmail.com 



Agriculture Courses

Livestock Farming and Farm Resource Maintenance - Level 3 

NZ Certificate in Agriculture - Level 4

These two courses will go ahead if there are enough students enrolled. So, if you or someone you know might be interested, please give Pip a call on 027 571 3848 to discuss.

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To download flyer click here. 


Certificate in Te Ara Reo Maori Level 2 

36 weeks.
No fees.

Location: Te Whare Oranga o Parakai 

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.

For more information on the course please 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


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