Upcoming Courses 2018

Richie Hardcore Seminar  

Time: 12:30pm, Wednesday 29 August 
Where: Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai 
RSVP:  teritorodney@gmail.com 

Richie Hardcore is a Board Member at White Ribbon NZ and speaks passionately about mental health, modern masculinity and ending rape culture. 

At this seminar for those who work in and around family violence, he'll offer a reality check on what's going on with our youth. 

Proudly presented by Te Rito Rodney Family Violence Network.  

Richie is also doing a free presentation on the evening of Wednesday 29 August at Kaipara College for parents and the wider community. Visit the Kaipra College Friends of hte College Facebook Event page for more. 

Certificate in Smart Steps To Business 

The essential course for small business start-ups 

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 ō Parakai

When: An information evening on this course will be held Monday 16 July at 6:30pm at Te Whare Oranga o Parakai. The 20 week course begins Wednesday 1 August, 6:30-9:30pm.

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

If you have ever wanted to work for yourself the Certificate in Smart Steps to Business is the course you need to learn how to build a business idea, assess its feasibility and launch it into the market. 

Topics covered: 

  • External analysis of a business opportunity
  • Technology options for a small business 
  • Effective communication with stakeholers
  • Social, cultural and environmental impacts of a small business. 
With these skills you'll be able to go into business for yourself confidently or use your skills in a range of other employment pathways. 
  • Identify business opportunities 
  • Assess the feasibility of a small business 
  • Write a plan for your business 
  • Identify legislation for a small business

To find out more contact tutor Colin Frampton: p: 027 679 5622 or 09 420 2628 e: colin@knowledgebasecentral.co.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.

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. 


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.

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.

Healthy Mama Course 

When: 5-week course. 10am-12pm every Tuesday morning from 7 August until 4 September. 

Course Overview: 

Are you a hapu mama or a mama with tamariki under four years old?

Join us for this course run over five weeks and learn: 

  • What is healthy kai? 
  • How to read food labels
  • Five ways to shop smarter
  • How to prepare and cook kai safely
  • Fun new physical activities 

What else? 

  • Healthy kai and inu wai provided 
  • Whakawhanaungatanga
  • Child minding 
  • Transport options available

PLUS complete all sessions and receive a $100 Pak 'n Save voucher.* 

Bookings essential as numbers are limited. 

To book contact Marama: 0278396586 or marama.pairama@tehaoranga.co.nz.

Course run by Healthy Babies, Healthy Futures in conjunction with Te Ha Oranga and HealthWest. 

*Voucher only available for mamas who haven't already completed a Healthy Babies Healthy Future course

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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