Upcoming Courses & Events

Breastfeeding Peer Supporters Graduation 

When: 10am-11am, Thursday 29 November
Where: Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai 
RSVP: bookings@helensvillebirthingcentre.co.nz

The public is invited to join the celebrations as the first group of Helensville Birthing Centre's Breastfeeding Peer Supporters graduate from their six week programme. 

The course designed by La Leche League covered things like:  

*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. 

Morning tea is provided. 

First Aid Course 

WHEN: 8am-5pm, Thursday 6 December  

COST: $113 per person. NB: There's a maximum of 20 people on this course. Cost is based on a full class, if we cannot fill this class it may be postponed.

There are just a few spots left. To book email Amy Wood, Event Manager at Helensville District Health Trust on events@hdht.co.nz or 09 420 9983.

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

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. 


Kids' Kitchen Cooking Classes 

Our last Kids' Kitchen Cooking Classes of the year and we're getting in the spirit of the season.

We won't tell you exactly what we're making - but we can promise it'll be Christmassy and it'll be delicious! 

We're having two classes this time. 

The 9am-10am class is for 3-7-year-olds. Cost, $5 each. 

The advanced class is for 8-12-year-olds and will be a longer two-hour lesson in the Testing Kitchen. Cost, $30. 

There are only 10 spaces in the Advanced Class and the last one we held sold-out, so be sure to book early. 

To book your spot, email Chef Keryn on kitchen@hdht.co.nz

Information Evening - Certificate In Money Management 

WHEN: 6:30pm-8:30pm Thursday, 13 December  
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. 

The course will be held on Wednesday evenings at Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai from 25 February 2019. 

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. 

Drop in to our Information Evening any time between 6:30pm-8:30pm, Thursday 13 December and chat to tutor Colin Frampton to find out if this course is right for you. 

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.

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 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 your interest email events@hdht.co.nz.  **Course is still to be confirmed**

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. 


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. To register your interest email events@hdht.co.nz.  **Course is still to be confirmed**

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. 

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