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      Feb 2018

      Autauhinera: Sisterhood

      80 years after the launch of this grassroots organisation an exhibition chronicling Te Arawa Women’s Health League opens at Rotorua Lakes Council Galleria on Friday 1 December 2017. The Te Arawa Women’s Health League was founded by district nurse Robina Cameron with the support of Te Arawa elders in the Rotorua District in 1937. The league’s focus was the health of Maori women and children working through marae-based women’s committees. The need for such an organisation was revealed in the words of current league president Hariata Pikea. “Our people and babies were dying, the sanitation was poor, our homes had no water or sewerage, our babies – the mortality rate was so high. I can feel their tears today. Hope arrived in the 1930s, when Kamerana, the little Pakeha nurse, visited us in her Model T Ford and hoihoi (horse).” Stories told in Autauhinera: Sisterhood – Legacies of the Te Arawa Women’s Health League reflect the lives of women and children in the 1930s and early 1940s and reveals the reality of daily life for women at this time, along with the great sense of camaraderie that still holds true today. The exhibition, and related book, is the culmination of two years research led by Dr Laurie Morrison and researcher Raina Meha. Morrison acknowledges the Maori trusts and funding bodies that have made this project possible including the Women’s Health League, Ngati Whakaue Endowment Trust, Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust, Ngati Pikiao, Ngati Kearoa and Te Roro o Te Rangi Trusts. Rotorua Lakes Council and Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa assisted in research and provision of historical photographs for the book and exhibition.

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      Feb 2018

      Memory Foundation Asks: Are You Looking After Your Memory?

      Memory Foundation comes to Rotorua: 'Are you looking after your memory?' (Remember to mark this date in your 2018 calendar before you forget!) We at Rotorua U3A invite you to join us at our next community forum on Wednesday 21st February 2018 when our guest speaker will be Gilliam Eadie of the Memory Foundation, based in Auckland. She asks: “Are you looking after your memory?” She addresses issues like losing our glasses and car keys; forgetting names, appointments; whether we’ve taken our meds and even why we’ve come into a room. Memory Foundation co-founder and managing director, Gillian Eadie will be speaking about strategies for building new brain connections as a buffer against memory loss in later life. These strategies have been developed by Gillian’s co-founder and sister, Dr Allison Lamont in conjunction with her Memory Clinic. Her programmes are based on her internationally acclaimed research into age-related memory loss. An entertaining speaker, Gillian has addressed large audiences at a range of U3A, Probus, Zonta, Inner Wheel, corporate groups and other organisations. Browse https://memory.foundation or go to https://www.memoryclinic.co.nz for more. Today sees exciting new discoveries in the field of memory being made by the Memory Foundation. Come to our meeting and find out how you can benefit. Visitors warmly welcome with gold coin entry. Mark this date in your calendar before you forget! Who: Gillian Eadie on looking after our memory What: Rotorua U3A hosting the Memory Foundation How: Speaker, screened presentation, free brain training course, books for sale and access to monthly newsletters containing the latest information about the brain and memory as well as some entertaining puzzles and challenges. Doors open at 9:30 with refreshments. Presented by Ali Brown on behalf of U3A President, Peter Wood - stpeterwood@gmail.com

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      Feb 2018

      Man's Best Friend

      February 16th marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the dog. At Helium we love dogs, so what better way to celebrate than with a dog show! Join us for the opening of this diverse exhibition celebrating Man's Best Friend. 10% of the sales will be going to the SPCA. On the opening night we will have a cash bar with all proceeds going to the SPCA. During the exhibition, on March 3rd we are hosting a very special portrait day with Maxine Thompson. A completely unique and original piece of artwork of your dog. Price $50. All proceeds go to the SPCA. Bookings essential: info@heliumgallery.co.nz

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      Feb 2018

      He Pipi Paopao - First Steps?

      Under Twos can take their first steps to opening up a world of literacy and wellbeing with He Pipi Paopao - First Steps. Booking: No booking required. Cost: Gold coin koha appreciated. Our interactive sessions focus on active movement, touch and massage between baby and parent while nurturing development of language, social, cognitive and motor skills. He Pipi Paopao - First Steps is a fun programme for under twos and their caregivers. Join us for songs, rhymes and finger play songs with your little one. Come along - dance and play.

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      Feb 2018

      Toi Tangata Hui a Tau 2018

      Tatai Arorangi draws inspiration from the knowledge system of the stars, the conductors of the environment that we rely so heavily on. Inspired by the kupu ‘Ko tatai arorangi he kai arataki i te ra,’ it speaks of how reading the stars once guided everything we did and how all components of our lives were guarded by these celestial bodies. It reminds us of our dependence on the taiao and the importance of ensuring we continue moving in the right direction. Over the three days a range of thought-provoking korero, interactive workshops and structured physical activities will be presented, challenging how we can successfully navigate these current times to build a resilient, prosperous and sustainable future through matauranga Maori approaches. Each contribution will challenge hui participants to consider ways in which we can move towards a future involving Digital Innovation, Maori Systems Thinking, and Kai Maori Kai Ora, while being equipped to respond to the changing times in a way that enables Maori to prosper and live in a changing world as Maori. The venue for the Hui-a-tau 2018 is Apumoana Marae, Tarawera Rd, Rotorua, a setting which offers the opportunity to be immersed within a unique tikanga Maori environment that has sustained and guided its people since the dawn of time. What challenges will we face in coming decades? What policy settings do we need now to address them? The scene is set for an exciting, uplifting, and inspirational Hui a Tau 2018 that will encourage innovative thinking and meaningful activities that will and are making a difference for our whanau Maori.

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      Feb 2018

      Ice Skate Tour

      Be prepared for a cool but not cold ice skating experience. The Ice Skate Tour travels around New Zealand with state of the art, artificial ice rinks. They look like ice and have 97 percent same gliding capacity as natural ice. Surrounded by an inflatable boarding and helmets + gloves provided at no charge (both compulsory for kids) it’s the safest possible way to try ice skating. Prices are $8 for kids under 16, $12 for adults and $35 for a family pass (2 adults + 2 kids or 1 adult + 3 kids) which includes ice skates, helmet, gloves and at least half an hour ice skating (longer if capacity allows). MoreFM will complete the experience with their bubble machines and will have the music cranking. Check out iceskatetour.co.nz for more details. Eftpos and credit card facilities are available at the ice skate rink. Looking for a fun(d)raiser? Get in touch! Check out the website for more info.

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      Feb 2018

      Salsa Dance Classes

      Salsa Classes in Rotorua. Greydis is an internationally accredited professional Latin dancer, tutor and Choreographer. Her passion is to share her experience and knowledge of dance. Beginners Salsa 6-7pm: Learn the basic fundamentals of Cuban Salsa Improvers 7-8pm: Learn simple turns and combinations to grow your dance style. Intermediate 8-9pm: Learn complex moves and styling to enhance your dance skills... Greydis' fun loving approach to teaching, her energy and passion, combined with her strong cultural background makes her an inspirational teacher and mentor for all beginners and anyone who would like to dance. The best things in life start with the smallest steps. Email - Greydisdance@gmail.com #SalsaDancing #GreydisDance #Rotorua

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      Feb 2018

      Rotorua Symphonic Band Rehearsal

      Looking for something musical to do? The Rotorua Symphonic Band is a concert ensemble of woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, alto & tenor saxophone, etc), brass (trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium, tuba, etc) and percussion players of all ages - and we always welcome musicians from our community to come out and play. We meet weekly on Wednesdays at the Band Room on Amohau Street - beside Pak n Save and the Shambles Theatre. We play a wide range of popular band arrangements and classical compositions. Stop by to see what we are all about - join us in playing or just have a listen! *February rehearsals will be prep for our performance at the Rotorua Government Gardens Rotunda on Sunday 25 February.

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      Feb 2018

      Teen Advanced Hip Hop Class

      Hip-hop involves a wide range of styles but is characterized by isolations (moving a certain body part independently from others), breaking, locking & popping. What distinguishes hip-hop dance from other forms of dance is that it is often freestyle (improvisational) in nature and hip-hop dance crews often engage in freestyle dance competitions, colloquially referred to as battles. Crews, freestyling, and battles are identifiers of this style. Hip Hop is a lot more relaxed and open to interpretation than Ballet or Jazz and emphasis is placed on more on musicality than technique – how you ‘feel’ or interpret the music. Hip hop is an entertaining and often humorous dance form set to current music (always age appropriate at Rise Dance Co).

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      Feb 2018

      Murray Clark

      If asked to describe the kind of music I do and play, I describe myself as a “hummer and a strummer”. I love singing and I’m into interesting voices and songs sung with passion and intensity. So, the songs I like to sing have to stand up musically, lyrically and have a strong story line. The songs I write hopefully reflect that. I grew up in a fairly pop-oriented period of time so some of the songs I cover and write reveal this and are about relating the music to life events. I have played most of the “ Music at the Rotunda” series of concerts since their inception. Provided music for the “Art in the Park” days most years. Organised and provided music for the Rotorua International Walking Festival since 2007 and played regularly at the Thursday Night Market since 2010.

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      Feb 2018

      Pioneers Toastmasters Club

      Want to improve your communication skills? Leadership skills? Gain poise and confidence for social and work settings? Experience all of the above with Pioneers Toastmasters. We are a friendly, supportive group who meet once a week to hone these skills, necessary for today's fast-paced world and to have lots of fun.

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      Feb 2018

      Autauhinera: Sisterhood

      80 years after the launch of this grassroots organisation an exhibition chronicling Te Arawa Women’s Health League opens at Rotorua Lakes Council Galleria on Friday 1 December 2017. The Te Arawa Women’s Health League was founded by district nurse Robina Cameron with the support of Te Arawa elders in the Rotorua District in 1937. The league’s focus was the health of Maori women and children working through marae-based women’s committees. The need for such an organisation was revealed in the words of current league president Hariata Pikea. “Our people and babies were dying, the sanitation was poor, our homes had no water or sewerage, our babies – the mortality rate was so high. I can feel their tears today. Hope arrived in the 1930s, when Kamerana, the little Pakeha nurse, visited us in her Model T Ford and hoihoi (horse).” Stories told in Autauhinera: Sisterhood – Legacies of the Te Arawa Women’s Health League reflect the lives of women and children in the 1930s and early 1940s and reveals the reality of daily life for women at this time, along with the great sense of camaraderie that still holds true today. The exhibition, and related book, is the culmination of two years research led by Dr Laurie Morrison and researcher Raina Meha. Morrison acknowledges the Maori trusts and funding bodies that have made this project possible including the Women’s Health League, Ngati Whakaue Endowment Trust, Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust, Ngati Pikiao, Ngati Kearoa and Te Roro o Te Rangi Trusts. Rotorua Lakes Council and Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa assisted in research and provision of historical photographs for the book and exhibition.

      22

      Feb 2018

      Toi Tangata Hui a Tau 2018

      Tatai Arorangi draws inspiration from the knowledge system of the stars, the conductors of the environment that we rely so heavily on. Inspired by the kupu ‘Ko tatai arorangi he kai arataki i te ra,’ it speaks of how reading the stars once guided everything we did and how all components of our lives were guarded by these celestial bodies. It reminds us of our dependence on the taiao and the importance of ensuring we continue moving in the right direction. Over the three days a range of thought-provoking korero, interactive workshops and structured physical activities will be presented, challenging how we can successfully navigate these current times to build a resilient, prosperous and sustainable future through matauranga Maori approaches. Each contribution will challenge hui participants to consider ways in which we can move towards a future involving Digital Innovation, Maori Systems Thinking, and Kai Maori Kai Ora, while being equipped to respond to the changing times in a way that enables Maori to prosper and live in a changing world as Maori. The venue for the Hui-a-tau 2018 is Apumoana Marae, Tarawera Rd, Rotorua, a setting which offers the opportunity to be immersed within a unique tikanga Maori environment that has sustained and guided its people since the dawn of time. What challenges will we face in coming decades? What policy settings do we need now to address them? The scene is set for an exciting, uplifting, and inspirational Hui a Tau 2018 that will encourage innovative thinking and meaningful activities that will and are making a difference for our whanau Maori.

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      Feb 2018

      Latin Sculpt Class

      Rotorua join the party and get fit! We have an accredited Cuban dancer offering you their skills and knowledge for free... yes that right for free! Get your hips shaking and grooving with these amazing dancers bringing you a Latin Scuplt Class. This is the ultimate fitness package! Utilising Greydis's experience and knowledge of dance and fitness training, Greydis has created a body sculpt workout aimed to help shape and tone your body. It is a fun and inspirational class which will have you wanting more! #JoinTheFun This event is part of the Aotearoa Cuban Festival Community program - check Facebook or Eventfinda for our other events 11 February to 22 February 2018. This event is proudly supported by NZ Cuban Festival Trust and Rotorua Energy Charitable trust, First Sovereign, NZCT, Southern Trust, Creative Communities Scheme - Rotorua District and QE Health Wellness and Spa.

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      Feb 2018

      Man's Best Friend

      February 16th marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the dog. At Helium we love dogs, so what better way to celebrate than with a dog show! Join us for the opening of this diverse exhibition celebrating Man's Best Friend. 10% of the sales will be going to the SPCA. On the opening night we will have a cash bar with all proceeds going to the SPCA. During the exhibition, on March 3rd we are hosting a very special portrait day with Maxine Thompson. A completely unique and original piece of artwork of your dog. Price $50. All proceeds go to the SPCA. Bookings essential: info@heliumgallery.co.nz

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      Feb 2018

      He Pi Ka Rere - Adventurers

      Under Fives can take flight with He Pi Ka Rere - Adventurers. Booking: No booking required. Cost: Gold coin koha appreciated. Our fun, developmental sessions focus on story time, songs, action rhymes, instruments, movement and craft. ??Tailored specifically for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers He Pi Ka Rere - Adventurers? supports and fosters children's literacy, social, cognitive, motor and musical skills whilst bonding with their caregivers through shared music, action, literary and craft activities. ???Come along - read, dance, rock and create!

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      Feb 2018

      Ice Skate Tour

      Be prepared for a cool but not cold ice skating experience. The Ice Skate Tour travels around New Zealand with state of the art, artificial ice rinks. They look like ice and have 97 percent same gliding capacity as natural ice. Surrounded by an inflatable boarding and helmets + gloves provided at no charge (both compulsory for kids) it’s the safest possible way to try ice skating. Prices are $8 for kids under 16, $12 for adults and $35 for a family pass (2 adults + 2 kids or 1 adult + 3 kids) which includes ice skates, helmet, gloves and at least half an hour ice skating (longer if capacity allows). MoreFM will complete the experience with their bubble machines and will have the music cranking. Check out iceskatetour.co.nz for more details. Eftpos and credit card facilities are available at the ice skate rink. Looking for a fun(d)raiser? Get in touch! Check out the website for more info.

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      Feb 2018

      Little Groovers Dance Class

      Little Groovers Dance (3-4 years). Ideal for pre-school children who love to dress up like a ballerina or super hero. It is designed to encourage and develop the vivid imagination of a child, using dance games, props, story lines, themes and songs to introduce children to the world of dance. Email: greydisdance@gmail.com #childrensDance #greydisdance #Rotorua

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      Feb 2018

      Ballet & Contemporary (5 – 6 Years) Dance

      Suitable for children who have a passion for movement and are ready to learn the fundamentals of basic ballet and contemporary techniques, in a fun and friendly environment while developing creativity, self-expression and confidence. Email: greydisdance@gmail.com

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      Feb 2018

      Childrens Lyrical Dance (7 -10) Years

      Lyrical Dance (7 -10) years: This class combines the principles of ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. It is designed to build technique, strength, flexibility and balance as well as develop improvisation skills, coordination and musicality. Inspiring children to develop their ‘unique flavor’ through the world of Dance. Email - greydisdance@gmail.com #ChildrensDance #GreydisDance #Rotorua

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      Feb 2018

      Rotorua Night Market

      The Rotorua Night Market is a must do while in Rotorua! This event is for locals and visitors alike, it is family friendly with great food, music and boutique stalls. Experience every Thursday evening in the 'Heart of Tutanekai Street’ (between Haupapa and Hinemoa Streets). This high-profile, main street location comes to life with permanent LED lighting and sound providing a festive community atmosphere for residents and visitors. Follow us on Facebook for regular updates about what is happening at this week's event! Enjoy the boutique-style shopping experience with the best the region has to offer in arts, crafts and produce from local growers. Taste the variety of ethnic cuisine (including Croatian, Indian, French patisseries, handmade Italian pasta and of course local kai) and be entertained by local musicians. See you there!

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      Feb 2018

      Latin Fusion - Children's Dance

      11 - 14 years. This is a fantastic opportunity for our children to learn the fundamentals of Latin Dance. In this class students will be immersed into the world of Latin dance. We will cover the fundamentals of various styles as well as focusing on technique, performance, and self-expression Greydis is an Internationally accredited Latin Dancer and teacher. Bringing everything needed to help our children share their passion for dance. Lets help our children shine through the world of Dance. For further information: Email - greydisdance@gmail.com. Contact - 021 0627123 #ChildrensDance #GreydisDance #Rotorua

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      Feb 2018

      Cuban Street Party - Rotorua Night Market

      Join us when the Cubans take over the Rotorua Night Market! The Aotearoa Cuban Festival instructors and participants will entertain and educate you while you enjoy the boutique style shopping experience, the best the region has to offer in arts, crafts and produce from local growers. Taste the variety of ethnic cuisine (including Croatian, Indian, French patisseries, handmade Italian pasta and of course local kai). We have free classes for all- join in you will love the fun. Our international artists (highly trained Cuban Dancers) will lead us all in some interactive entertainment. Don't miss out! Come down and join us for some amazing free energising fun for the entire family!

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      Feb 2018

      Poker Card Game

      Poker Card Game every Thursday At Mitchell Downs Tavern from 7:30pm till 10pm. Bring your mates to play Poker Card Game. Limited Number of players allowed. first come first serve base. Range of Food and Beverage available all time. enjoy your card game while watching TAB Track Side Channels and major sporting Events Live On Sky. We have full TAB and Gaming Machines on site to make your night more enjoyable while your stay at our Bar. for more information ring us on 07 347 8706 or 346 0346.

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      Feb 2018

      Ponsonby Rd Jazz - Ben Wilcock

      Live at the Baby Grand Piano at Ponsonby Rd. The Dr John of Aotearoa (AKA one of New Zealand's finest session keys players, Ben Wilcock) will do his honky tonk thang so you can finish off the working week in style. In 2003 he was the pianist in Indian Ink’s The Pickle King, which toured New Zealand and Singapore and eventually went on to win a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He spent the next five years performing in the UK as a resident pianist in jazz clubs and hotels in London, gigging with Latin bands, blues bands, recording for BBC Radio 4 and then moving back to New Zealand in 2008, where he now teaches at the NZ School of Music. Since resettling in New Zealand Ben has performed with many of New Zealand’s finest artists including Bella Kalolo, Hollie Smith, Aaradnha, Rodger Fox, Colin Hemmingsen, The Royal NZ Airforce Central Jazz Band, John Rae, Tim Hopkins, Reuben Bradley and many more. He has also played and workshopped with top international jazz acts visiting New Zealand such as Bennie Maupin. Ben has performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, City of London, Origins (London), AWME, Tauranga Jazz Festival, G Taranaki, New Zealand Festival, Sounds Aotearoa, Taranaki and Nelson Arts Festivals.

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      Feb 2018

      Autauhinera: Sisterhood

      80 years after the launch of this grassroots organisation an exhibition chronicling Te Arawa Women’s Health League opens at Rotorua Lakes Council Galleria on Friday 1 December 2017. The Te Arawa Women’s Health League was founded by district nurse Robina Cameron with the support of Te Arawa elders in the Rotorua District in 1937. The league’s focus was the health of Maori women and children working through marae-based women’s committees. The need for such an organisation was revealed in the words of current league president Hariata Pikea. “Our people and babies were dying, the sanitation was poor, our homes had no water or sewerage, our babies – the mortality rate was so high. I can feel their tears today. Hope arrived in the 1930s, when Kamerana, the little Pakeha nurse, visited us in her Model T Ford and hoihoi (horse).” Stories told in Autauhinera: Sisterhood – Legacies of the Te Arawa Women’s Health League reflect the lives of women and children in the 1930s and early 1940s and reveals the reality of daily life for women at this time, along with the great sense of camaraderie that still holds true today. The exhibition, and related book, is the culmination of two years research led by Dr Laurie Morrison and researcher Raina Meha. Morrison acknowledges the Maori trusts and funding bodies that have made this project possible including the Women’s Health League, Ngati Whakaue Endowment Trust, Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust, Ngati Pikiao, Ngati Kearoa and Te Roro o Te Rangi Trusts. Rotorua Lakes Council and Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa assisted in research and provision of historical photographs for the book and exhibition.

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      Feb 2018

      Toi Tangata Hui a Tau 2018

      Tatai Arorangi draws inspiration from the knowledge system of the stars, the conductors of the environment that we rely so heavily on. Inspired by the kupu ‘Ko tatai arorangi he kai arataki i te ra,’ it speaks of how reading the stars once guided everything we did and how all components of our lives were guarded by these celestial bodies. It reminds us of our dependence on the taiao and the importance of ensuring we continue moving in the right direction. Over the three days a range of thought-provoking korero, interactive workshops and structured physical activities will be presented, challenging how we can successfully navigate these current times to build a resilient, prosperous and sustainable future through matauranga Maori approaches. Each contribution will challenge hui participants to consider ways in which we can move towards a future involving Digital Innovation, Maori Systems Thinking, and Kai Maori Kai Ora, while being equipped to respond to the changing times in a way that enables Maori to prosper and live in a changing world as Maori. The venue for the Hui-a-tau 2018 is Apumoana Marae, Tarawera Rd, Rotorua, a setting which offers the opportunity to be immersed within a unique tikanga Maori environment that has sustained and guided its people since the dawn of time. What challenges will we face in coming decades? What policy settings do we need now to address them? The scene is set for an exciting, uplifting, and inspirational Hui a Tau 2018 that will encourage innovative thinking and meaningful activities that will and are making a difference for our whanau Maori.

      23

      Feb 2018

      Man's Best Friend

      February 16th marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the dog. At Helium we love dogs, so what better way to celebrate than with a dog show! Join us for the opening of this diverse exhibition celebrating Man's Best Friend. 10% of the sales will be going to the SPCA. On the opening night we will have a cash bar with all proceeds going to the SPCA. During the exhibition, on March 3rd we are hosting a very special portrait day with Maxine Thompson. A completely unique and original piece of artwork of your dog. Price $50. All proceeds go to the SPCA. Bookings essential: info@heliumgallery.co.nz

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      Feb 2018

      Ice Skate Tour

      Be prepared for a cool but not cold ice skating experience. The Ice Skate Tour travels around New Zealand with state of the art, artificial ice rinks. They look like ice and have 97 percent same gliding capacity as natural ice. Surrounded by an inflatable boarding and helmets + gloves provided at no charge (both compulsory for kids) it’s the safest possible way to try ice skating. Prices are $8 for kids under 16, $12 for adults and $35 for a family pass (2 adults + 2 kids or 1 adult + 3 kids) which includes ice skates, helmet, gloves and at least half an hour ice skating (longer if capacity allows). MoreFM will complete the experience with their bubble machines and will have the music cranking. Check out iceskatetour.co.nz for more details. Eftpos and credit card facilities are available at the ice skate rink. Looking for a fun(d)raiser? Get in touch! Check out the website for more info.

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      Feb 2018

      ACF18: 100% Flavour Aotearoa Cuban Festival 2018

      This 100% Cuban festival held in Rotorua, New Zealand, has 20+ hours of workshops with world class International and Local Cuban instructors, Crazy Cuban parties every night, with the best Cuban music around. The largest community-based Cuban dance and music event in New Zealand. A Cuban Showcase of performances on Saturday night, sure to wow. Every year it attracts some of the best Cuban dance instructors, performer and participants from around the world and New Zealand who come to share the sounds, rhythms and dances of the Afro-Cuban beat with Kiwis who love Cuban dance. All the Cuban dance styles will be covered to ensure you take away more than just great memories. The festival has a special journey for all levels of dancers that covers the fundamental techniques you need to know from afro-Cuban dance, lots of Rueda classes through to essentials of musicality. International and national Cuban superstars led by our Creative Director Greydis Montero Liranza will take you on a Cuban journey. The Festival is a three-day event commencing on the evening of Friday 23rd February - with the registration desk opening at 4:15pm; our Whakatau (formal welcome) at 4.45pm then the start of workshops at 5:30pm and end at 8:30pm. This is followed by a Dance Party at Crates and Cues, 1237 Pukuatua Street, starting at 10pm, which is led by a Cuban Salsa DJ. This concludes at 12am Saturday morning. Saturday 24th February- starts at 10.00am with workshops concluding at 5:30pm. The evening starts at 8:30pm with the intimate floor Showcase of Cuban Dance during a Dance party at Crates and Cues, 1237 Pukuatua Street, concluding at 2.00 am Sunday 25th Feburary - starts at 11am with further Cuban Dance Workshops, concluding at 3:30pm. We formalise closure of our Festival with a Poroporoake (final farewells and karakia). An informal after party on Sunday evening (TBA) will cap off the weekend of fun and celebration of 100% yummy Cuban Flavour.

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      Feb 2018

      Karoke Night

      Every Friday we have Karaoke Night starts from 8pm till late. Come and sing along your favorite song with your friends and family. we run courtesy Van for pick up and drop offs for small donation. Wide range of beverages and food available all time. We telecast major sporting events live on big screen. We have Full TAB and gaming machines available your entertainment. Place bets on horses and dogs and watch live on Two Track Side Channels while you enjoys your night out.

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      Feb 2018

      Friday Night Ponsonby Rd: DJ Shane Schwalger

      Shane knows Ponsonby Rd very well and really knows how to get the party going. Your Friday night party is sorted here at Ponsonby Rd!

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      Feb 2018

      Ice Skate Tour

      Be prepared for a cool but not cold ice skating experience. The Ice Skate Tour travels around New Zealand with state of the art, artificial ice rinks. They look like ice and have 97 percent same gliding capacity as natural ice. Surrounded by an inflatable boarding and helmets + gloves provided at no charge (both compulsory for kids) it’s the safest possible way to try ice skating. Prices are $8 for kids under 16, $12 for adults and $35 for a family pass (2 adults + 2 kids or 1 adult + 3 kids) which includes ice skates, helmet, gloves and at least half an hour ice skating (longer if capacity allows). MoreFM will complete the experience with their bubble machines and will have the music cranking. Check out iceskatetour.co.nz for more details. Eftpos and credit card facilities are available at the ice skate rink. Looking for a fun(d)raiser? Get in touch! Check out the website for more info.

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      Feb 2018

      ACF18: 100% Flavour Aotearoa Cuban Festival 2018

      This 100% Cuban festival held in Rotorua, New Zealand, has 20+ hours of workshops with world class International and Local Cuban instructors, Crazy Cuban parties every night, with the best Cuban music around. The largest community-based Cuban dance and music event in New Zealand. A Cuban Showcase of performances on Saturday night, sure to wow. Every year it attracts some of the best Cuban dance instructors, performer and participants from around the world and New Zealand who come to share the sounds, rhythms and dances of the Afro-Cuban beat with Kiwis who love Cuban dance. All the Cuban dance styles will be covered to ensure you take away more than just great memories. The festival has a special journey for all levels of dancers that covers the fundamental techniques you need to know from afro-Cuban dance, lots of Rueda classes through to essentials of musicality. International and national Cuban superstars led by our Creative Director Greydis Montero Liranza will take you on a Cuban journey. The Festival is a three-day event commencing on the evening of Friday 23rd February - with the registration desk opening at 4:15pm; our Whakatau (formal welcome) at 4.45pm then the start of workshops at 5:30pm and end at 8:30pm. This is followed by a Dance Party at Crates and Cues, 1237 Pukuatua Street, starting at 10pm, which is led by a Cuban Salsa DJ. This concludes at 12am Saturday morning. Saturday 24th February- starts at 10.00am with workshops concluding at 5:30pm. The evening starts at 8:30pm with the intimate floor Showcase of Cuban Dance during a Dance party at Crates and Cues, 1237 Pukuatua Street, concluding at 2.00 am Sunday 25th Feburary - starts at 11am with further Cuban Dance Workshops, concluding at 3:30pm. We formalise closure of our Festival with a Poroporoake (final farewells and karakia). An informal after party on Sunday evening (TBA) will cap off the weekend of fun and celebration of 100% yummy Cuban Flavour.

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      Feb 2018

      Man's Best Friend

      February 16th marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the dog. At Helium we love dogs, so what better way to celebrate than with a dog show! Join us for the opening of this diverse exhibition celebrating Man's Best Friend. 10% of the sales will be going to the SPCA. On the opening night we will have a cash bar with all proceeds going to the SPCA. During the exhibition, on March 3rd we are hosting a very special portrait day with Maxine Thompson. A completely unique and original piece of artwork of your dog. Price $50. All proceeds go to the SPCA. Bookings essential: info@heliumgallery.co.nz

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      Feb 2018

      Drones Presentation

      Learn about drone technology and its application with expert drone operator and photographer, Regan Fraser. This presentation is suitable for adults or youth aged 12 and over. Booking required. Book online or contact Rotorua Library. Payment can be made at the library. Made possible thanks to our Makerspace Programmes Partner, Unison.

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      Feb 2018

      Felt Your Own Wool Slippers

      While drinking tea, coffee or enjoying a glass of wine, we will be making slippers using an ancient felting technique. The slippers will be made out of wool called roving or carded wool. This is the part of a traditional felt making process before wool is turned into yarn for knitting. After we add our own unique design to the surface of the slippers, we will agitate the wool fibers with soap and water. We will continue to agitate the wool using different methods until the fibers intertwine and turn into a strong piece of fabric. The slipper making process requires time and endurance. Everyone will finish at different times. It can take up to six hours but can be done in four hours. You do not have to get wet during this process however, certain character types will enjoy using copious amounts of water so that they can splash around it while whips of wool fly to and fro across the air, spreading wool love across the work space. If this sounds like you, feel free to bring an extra pair of dry clothing. This is an exclusive small group event: - I will lead you through the slipper making process on an individual basis throughout the event. - Learn advance felting techniques in a beginner style, step by step. - Create your own surface design. Select from a variety of wool bits and other natural fabrics. - Complete a pair of your very own wool slippers ready to wear or gift to a friend. Your ticket includes this full event, one on one guided instruction, materials, wool fiber, your finished slippers, one lunch main, one lunch dessert, a tea or coffee, snacks.

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      Feb 2018

      Rotorua Dahlia Show

      Annual Show of Dahlia blooms from around the North Island. The public can enter their own garden blooms. Gold coin donation Anne - 350 1525.

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      Feb 2018

      La Luna & The Gadjos

      The bite-sized tour! Come and join in a fabulous evening of French song, fun and gypsy swing with NZ's premier vocal manouche band, La Luna & the Gadjos. Chanteuse La Luna (Caro Manins) sings vintage Piaf with nerve and verve together with classic songs from the steamy hot clubs of Paris. She is aided and abetted by sax-man Roger Manins, adding a touch of New Orleans soul, and the gypsy talents of: Phillip Beatson - lead guitar, James "le Prof" of the burning violin, Steve Sherry - la pompe, Chris Marshall - contrabass. For further information please call; 021 0238 1057 or email: theroguestage@gmail.com.

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      Feb 2018

      Cuban Dance Showcase and Party

      Exotic dance show that will take you on a journey through Cuban and Latin Dance. This is an evening of entertainment that will submerse you into the spiritual and sublime sounds and sights of Cuban Carnival on our very own shores of Aotearoa. Take a dash of Latin rhythms, mix with a passionate splash of Cuban history and ignite with some of the hottest dancers this side of Havana and you have a new show that’s sure to be a tempting cocktail of all things Cuban. Cuba's parties are soaked in happiness with exotic music and joyful dances. The idea is to bring the joy, passion and flavors of the Cuban Culture to Rotorua, with the help of the community, dance schools and artists from New Zealand and overseas. Local and international dancers take the stage to give you a showcase not to be missed. Whether you want music, dance, culture, spirituality or just the party of a lifetime, we have a Cuban festival to suit you.

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      Feb 2018

      DJ Shane Schwalger

      Shane knows Ponsonby Rd very well and really knows how to get the party going. Your Saturday night party is sorted here at Ponsonby Rd!

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      Feb 2018

      Rotorua Farmers Market

      The Rotorua Farmers Market sells a range of fresh, local produce and specialty foods from handcrafted wooden barrows. The event also features local musicians each week, creating a fun, family-friendly atmosphere in the heart of Rotorua.

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      Feb 2018

      Cyclezone Rotorua Tour of The Valleys

      Rotorua's best-value, friendliest road cycling event, with two distance options (43km and 86km) that can be ridden as socially or competitively as you want. A classic club-run event that can be ridden as hard or as easily as you like, all on quiet, rolling smooth roads, complete with sausage-sizzle and car-parking in the paddock - the way bike races always used to be! On-the-day entries ok but it's much easier for everyone if you enter ahead of time!

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      Feb 2018

      Ice Skate Tour

      Be prepared for a cool but not cold ice skating experience. The Ice Skate Tour travels around New Zealand with state of the art, artificial ice rinks. They look like ice and have 97 percent same gliding capacity as natural ice. Surrounded by an inflatable boarding and helmets + gloves provided at no charge (both compulsory for kids) it’s the safest possible way to try ice skating. Prices are $8 for kids under 16, $12 for adults and $35 for a family pass (2 adults + 2 kids or 1 adult + 3 kids) which includes ice skates, helmet, gloves and at least half an hour ice skating (longer if capacity allows). MoreFM will complete the experience with their bubble machines and will have the music cranking. Check out iceskatetour.co.nz for more details. Eftpos and credit card facilities are available at the ice skate rink. Looking for a fun(d)raiser? Get in touch! Check out the website for more info.

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      Feb 2018

      Man's Best Friend

      February 16th marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the dog. At Helium we love dogs, so what better way to celebrate than with a dog show! Join us for the opening of this diverse exhibition celebrating Man's Best Friend. 10% of the sales will be going to the SPCA. On the opening night we will have a cash bar with all proceeds going to the SPCA. During the exhibition, on March 3rd we are hosting a very special portrait day with Maxine Thompson. A completely unique and original piece of artwork of your dog. Price $50. All proceeds go to the SPCA. Bookings essential: info@heliumgallery.co.nz

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      Feb 2018

      ACF18: 100% Flavour Aotearoa Cuban Festival 2018

      This 100% Cuban festival held in Rotorua, New Zealand, has 20+ hours of workshops with world class International and Local Cuban instructors, Crazy Cuban parties every night, with the best Cuban music around. The largest community-based Cuban dance and music event in New Zealand. A Cuban Showcase of performances on Saturday night, sure to wow. Every year it attracts some of the best Cuban dance instructors, performer and participants from around the world and New Zealand who come to share the sounds, rhythms and dances of the Afro-Cuban beat with Kiwis who love Cuban dance. All the Cuban dance styles will be covered to ensure you take away more than just great memories. The festival has a special journey for all levels of dancers that covers the fundamental techniques you need to know from afro-Cuban dance, lots of Rueda classes through to essentials of musicality. International and national Cuban superstars led by our Creative Director Greydis Montero Liranza will take you on a Cuban journey. The Festival is a three-day event commencing on the evening of Friday 23rd February - with the registration desk opening at 4:15pm; our Whakatau (formal welcome) at 4.45pm then the start of workshops at 5:30pm and end at 8:30pm. This is followed by a Dance Party at Crates and Cues, 1237 Pukuatua Street, starting at 10pm, which is led by a Cuban Salsa DJ. This concludes at 12am Saturday morning. Saturday 24th February- starts at 10.00am with workshops concluding at 5:30pm. The evening starts at 8:30pm with the intimate floor Showcase of Cuban Dance during a Dance party at Crates and Cues, 1237 Pukuatua Street, concluding at 2.00 am Sunday 25th Feburary - starts at 11am with further Cuban Dance Workshops, concluding at 3:30pm. We formalise closure of our Festival with a Poroporoake (final farewells and karakia). An informal after party on Sunday evening (TBA) will cap off the weekend of fun and celebration of 100% yummy Cuban Flavour.

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      Feb 2018

      Rotorua Drone Racing Champs and Open Day

      Come experience the real life video game that is Drone Racing! We are holding a national event which is open to spectators, and you can even try flying a drone yourself! During breaks in the racing we will be holding $5 teaching and flying sessions so you can get yourself in the air, and experience how fun flying drones can be! We will have a range of DJI drones to try, so this is perfect for someone who is looking at getting into the drone photography scene. When you're not flying yourself, there will be pilots racing their custom drones around a specially made track for the title of Ace Company Champion! They fly through virtual reality like goggles at super high speeds, around flags and gates that have been setup to test the skills and reflexes of all the pilots. There will be chances to put some goggles on, and ride along with the racers yourself! Come along, try some drones, and spectate a high adrenaline, high speed emerging sport! Out in the beautiful Hamurana area of Rotorua, it's set to be a great day! Who knows, you might even get hooked yourself!

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      Feb 2018

      Sunday Afternoon Music In Government Gardens

      Music at the Band Rotunda celebrates 10 years of showcasing local talent when the series returns this Sunday (4 February 2018). Locals and visitors are invited to relax in Government Gardens over the next seven Sunday afternoons (1pm-3pm) and enjoy a diverse range of performances. The programme features local musicians and groups showcasing blues, country, opera, ukulele, show tunes, and rock’n’roll along with symphonic, pipe and brass bands and much more. - 4 February – Simply Random & Rhinestone Mining Co. - 11 February – BOP Blues Club & Sunrise Rockers - 18 February – Art in the Park (10am – 4pm www.artsvillage.org.nz) - 25 February – Rotorua Symphonic Band & Keith, Lyndsay and Friends - 4 March – The Thermaleles & Rotorua Pipe Band - 11 March – Finely Tuned & Off Broadway - 18 March – Rotorua Brass Band & Edward Brothers Julie Parsons from Rotorua ukulele band The Thermaleles has been involved with Music at the Band Rotunda for eight years and loves it. “It is a wonderful opportunity for the Rotorua community to come and relax in beautiful surroundings and hear great local musicians” says Parsons. Guests should bring along their own seating or picnic rug and lay back to enjoy the show. Organiser and Rotorua Lakes Council Public Art Advisor, Marc Spijkerbosch, has enjoyed watching this annual event grow over the last 10 years. “Many regulars arrive early to secure their special spot and bring along picnics and deck chairs. It is fantastic to be able to showcase some of our passionate local talent in these free performances”, says Spijkerbosch. Music at the Band Rotunda is brought to you by Creative Rotorua and Rotorua Lakes Council with support from Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust.

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      Feb 2018

      Rotorua Ukebox - Ukulele Open Mic Sessions

      Come and enjoy the sound of ukulele hosted by Rotorua Museum in the Te Runanga Tea House. Open to both players and non-players alike, UkeBox is a forum for all who enjoy ukulele and music. Rotorua’s own ukulele group, the Thermaleles, will lead a community sing/play along and an open mic session for anyone who would like to perform. There will be hands-on learning opportunities and the Thermaleles will perform 2 or 3 of their own original songs. Requests for material to be covered or songsheets to be used during UkeBox, should be emailed to Julie.parsons@rotorualc.nz or posted to Rotorua UkeBox Facebook page. Participation and watching UkeBox performances in Te Runanga Tea House is free of charge, although UkeBox will be asking for a gold coin donation to assist with administration costs. The Thermaleles. Photo by Natascha Hartzuiker.

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      Feb 2018

      Legal Education: Employment Law

      Find out your rights and obligations at this free public talk on issues relating to employment law presented by Rotorua District Community Law Centre. All are welcome. Booking: No booking is required but spaces are limited so please arrive early to ensure a seat. Made possible thanks to our Discovery Space Programmes Partner, the Wright Family Foundation.

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      Feb 2018

      Hip Hop Dance Classes

      Lakes Performing Arts Company offer a wide range of Hip Hop classes run over the week, from fun open classes with no exams, graded classes with exams, to our own crews which will compete in local competitions. Contact us for further information Hip-hop involves a wide range of styles but is characterised by isolations (moving a certain body part independently from others), breaking, locking & popping. What distinguishes hip-hop dance from other forms of dance is that it is often freestyle (improvisational) in nature and hip-hop dance crews often engage in freestyle dance competitions, colloquially referred to as battles. Crews, freestyling, and battles are identifiers of this style. Hip Hop is a lot more relaxed and open to interpretation than Ballet or Jazz and emphasis is placed on more on musicality than technique – how you ‘feel’ or interpret the music. Hip hop is an entertaining and often humorous dance form set to current music.

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      Feb 2018

      Flexi Barre Exercise Class

      Flexi Barre is an exercise class combining yoga, pilates and ballet barre work in a jam packed hour! Classes provide options for all levels, meaning you are in charge of how hard you work. You do not have to have any previous experience or be a dancer to attend these classes! Tone, strengthen and lengthen your muscles in a fun, social class. You must register to attend as there are limited spaces available - info@wanderlustdance.co.nz.

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      Feb 2018

      9-12 Year Old Jazz, Rotorua Studio

      Jazz dancing is fast paced but its movements are still soft.  Dancers are taught to be graceful but at the same time move energetically and with expression. Our Jazz classes combines modern Jazz technique taught with today’s popular music.

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      Feb 2018

      Flexi Barre Exercise Class

      Flexi Barre is an exercise class combining yoga, pilates and ballet barre work in a jam packed hour! Classes provide options for all levels, meaning you are in charge of how hard you work. You do not have to have any previous experience or be a dancer to attend these classes! Tone, strengthen and lengthen your muscles in a fun, social class. You must register to attend as there are limited spaces available - info@wanderlustdance.co.nz.

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      Feb 2018

      Adult Contemporary Class

      Contemporary dance is not so much a specific dance technique as it is a compilation of different techniques. Contemporary dance involves integrating the mind/body connection with dance movements. There is an emotional connection to this style of dance and it is often quite deep and dramatic set to slower music. There is a lot of floor work in contemporary. Ballet emphasises a uniform look with perfect lines whereas contemporary is more open to interpretation with the dancer using gravity to pull them down, closer to floor level.

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      Feb 2018

      Pickleball Rotorua

      Are you looking for a fun, social sport to play no matter what the weather is doing? Pickleball is a fun sport enjoyed by millions of people worldwide, it is a combination of Badminton, Table Tennis and Tennis. Suitable for young and not so young. Come along and give it a go, all gear is supplied, all you need is to wear court shoes. First night free!!!

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      Feb 2018

      Teen Jazz Class

      Jazz dancing is fast paced but its movements are still soft. Dancers are taught to be graceful but at the same time move energetically and with expression.  Our Jazz classes combines modern Jazz technique taught with today’s popular music.

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      Feb 2018

      Man's Best Friend

      February 16th marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the dog. At Helium we love dogs, so what better way to celebrate than with a dog show! Join us for the opening of this diverse exhibition celebrating Man's Best Friend. 10% of the sales will be going to the SPCA. On the opening night we will have a cash bar with all proceeds going to the SPCA. During the exhibition, on March 3rd we are hosting a very special portrait day with Maxine Thompson. A completely unique and original piece of artwork of your dog. Price $50. All proceeds go to the SPCA. Bookings essential: info@heliumgallery.co.nz

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      Feb 2018

      He Pi Ka Rere - Adventurers

      Under Fives can take flight with He Pi Ka Rere - Adventurers. Booking: No booking required. Cost: Gold coin koha appreciated. Our fun, developmental sessions focus on story time, songs, action rhymes, instruments, movement and craft. ??Tailored specifically for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers He Pi Ka Rere - Adventurers? supports and fosters children's literacy, social, cognitive, motor and musical skills whilst bonding with their caregivers through shared music, action, literary and craft activities. ???Come along - read, dance, rock and create!

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      Feb 2018

      Little Groovers (3 & 4 Year Olds)

      For pre-schoolers aged 3 & 4. This dance class incorporates lots of props & costumes. Introduction to many dance styles – ballet, jazz & urban. Fun filled class with stimulating music from around the globe.Not a traditional ballet class, but a class incorporating of a fun mix of dance genres for your little one to experience. The timetable is subject to change and classes will only proceed if we have sufficient enrolments a week before the start date, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Refunds will apply for classes which do not proceed.

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      Feb 2018

      Spin Class

      Come along and join us for a free spin session at Waikite Gym, sweating out your day on your bike. Please bring your bike, trainer (if you have one), a towel and water. If you would like to use one of the gyms trainers please register by contacting Josh on 021 049 2631 to reserve one.

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      Feb 2018

      Latin Cardio Fitness

      For those who want to walk out knowing they have worked-out. A high intensity Latin fitness workout. Inspired by Greydis’s Cuban and Latin Dance background she blends her love of fitness and dance to create a total body tone and cardio workout. (High and low level options provided). Every Tuesday from 20th Feb, during the school term! Special offer... Free trial Tuesday: 13th Feb. Note: Offer is only available on 'Tuesday 13th of Feb', Standard fees and apply from 20th Feb 2018. Lake front entrance - QE health. *Terms and conditions apply. Email - Greydisdance@gmail.com #JoinTheFunAtAnyTime #QEHealth #Wellbeing #GreydisDance