Lady Lash - Secrets of the Eyelashes!

18th Jan 2024

Late last year we were very lucky to have Kimberley Coleman from Lady Lash Studio and Academy spend 3 days with 8 young people, teaching them the secrets of the lash trade! 

Day 1 had a big focus on the importance of Health & Safety, preparation and tools of the trade. 

Day 2 saw our young people working in pairs and having turns to be the model and technician for eyelash extensions, removals and infills.

Day 3 was all about eyebrows - structure and skin tones, mapping, measure and shaping of eyebrows. Tinting, including allergy awareness and color correction.

Kimberley was a fantastic tutor and a great influence on our youth. She spent a lot of time making them aware of the things that could go wrong if they did not follow the correct procedures - the health and safety of the client is the first and foremost important consideration for beauty businesses. Kimberley had a huge drive towards positivity and gratitude and why this was an important part of business. 

Every participant received a kit which would help them to practice what they had learnt, and they were also offered pastoral care for advice or product which some have followed through with.

Defensive Driving - Register Now!!

11th Jan 2024

We have our first Defensive Driving course for 2024 confirmed! This will be held on Saturday 27th January and Sunday 4th February, followed by a drive with our Instructor. You must attend both full days and the drive in order  to gain the certificate. Cost is $170 per person.

This is designed for people with practical driving experience, preferably on a restricted licence. Completing a defensive driving course will reduce the time on your restricted licence by 6 months!

To book, contact Joey on 027 201 7638 or email

Snorkelling and Boogie Boarding!

11th Jan 2024

We've been having a blast with local rangatahi this summer! Over three weeks we have different groups going snorkelling and/or boogie boarding with us, building up skills and confidence in our local moana and getting out there active on these beautiful summer days!

Supported by Sport Tasman and the Ministry of Youth Development, we are stoked to keep offering opportunities like this!

Big thanks to Matt Hoggard for his help with snokelling :)

Check out our video on canva - no login needed!


Little Tamariki in the Community Garden

4th Jan 2024

Little Tamariki Montessori Preschool asked if they could be involved in a project at the community garden. We made a plan for the children to plant out the tee-pee with a modified version of 3 sister planting: Sunflowers instead of corn, beans and squash (in this case, kamokamo).The planting plan creates a special space where the children and the community can visit and enjoy, while providing a fun learning environment for the children.

So far, the tamariki have come and planted the seeds, then returned to plant the seedlings into the garden. They will come back to harves the beans, kamokamo and sunflowers, completing the cycle of sowing, growing, caring and harvesting.

We love opportunities to work with our community to support hands on learning - if you have any Community Garden questions, get in touch with our guru Chloe on 027 443 4843.

Beginner Woodworking Class

1st Jan 2024

Over a period of 6 weeks, a group of 8 passionate beginner woodworkers met to create a charcuterie board. Local tutor Max Scattergood supported each lperson to familiarise themselves with a range of hand and power tools, implementing a joint assessment where both the learner and the tutor agreed the learner was competent and confident in using the tools safely and effectively. 

Each person designed and created their own charcuterie board with some gorgeous examples completed at the end of the course. 

The Kaikōura Community Shed was the venue for the group, and it is hoped that a Woodworking Club will grow from this course, with ongoing use of the Shed.

Thanks to REAP Marlborough for their support. Keep an eye out for the next class, beginning early in 2024.

Xmas Crafts

18th Dec 2023

We had a lovely session creating ornaments and painting our own wrapping paper at our Christmas Crafts session on the 13th December. We used homemade salt dough for the ornaments and after they cooled, painted them in different themes and colours! 

Kayaking Adventures

8th Dec 2023

Thanks to the Sport Tasman Tu Manawa Fund, we were able to take two groups of 6 young people pedal kayaking with Seal Kayaks. Not only were these young people able to experience something new but they also got to learn about our moana and the sea creatures that reside in it. Everyone had such a good time splashing and jumping off the kayaks for a swim.

Celebrating Education!

5th Dec 2023

Te Hā o Mātauranga held their end of year celebration on 4th December for their Te Kura ākonga (students). The ākonga were acknowledged for their strengths, their growth over the year and for the hard work that has led to academic success. 

The night was great fun, with the students contributing to the evenings activities. Keepa Timms cooked up a storm with Mark Paterson and fed the 40 or so attendees a delicious meal they prepared during the day. Kara Smith mc'd the night, with confidence and flair, leading the crowd in activities as well as acknowledging the Te Hā staff. Grace Jellyman and Allie McLaren led the evenings karakia and Kyson Manawatu sung with a voice like velvet, entertaining the crowd with a soulful rendition of Elvis Presley's In the Ghetto. 

A place like Te Hā o Mātauranga relies on support from community and some of those were thanked during the night such as James Bishop from New World supermarket and Paul Threadgill who has volunteered all year. An added bonus was a speech from the Mayor who also vacuumed the Upper Room expertly to help with the clean-up. 


site powered by - Turboweb :: Simple Web Manager