At age 17, Achille Segard spent his summer job money on a chainmail shirt. Eager to pair it with matching socks, he started bending any wire he could find, to the delight of the local livestock. Today, his chainmail weaving draws upon the geometries of fractals and M.C. Escher's tessellations.
After a decade studying, working or teaching in the design and construction industries in Wellington, he has had many occasions to learn or teach a new tool. Experienced in running letterpress printing workshops and tutoring design classes at university, he intends to take a hands-off approach to teaching, to promote collaboration between the learners.
Adam is a passionate cook, hailing from southern California where he developed a keen appreciation for delicious vegan food. He studied cooking at The Natural Gourmet Institute, a cooking school in New York City that trains its students to view cooking through a holistic approach — to know about all sorts of diets and eating habits, to be ready to work in fast-paced restaurants, and appreciate specialty ingredients. Adam currently works at Common Sense Organics and loves to hear about all the delish things that his customers are making.
I was born in Mexico City andI grew up in a family that loved traditional Mexican food, where my grandmother and mother were the most dedicated to making delicious dishes.
I decided to follow in their footsteps and undertake the business of Mexican cuisine.
On a beautiful island in the Caribbean, where I lived for several years, I started a business making chilli sauces. I also taught cooking at a renowned local school and entertained tourists being their personal Chef and teacher for the period of their vacation.
In 2002 I studied at Massey University Culinary Arts and since then I have worked in different restaurants - but the passion for my roots has made me want to share with you the authentic Mexican cuisine.
“Kei ngā kaihoe o te waka reo, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou.
Nō Ngā Rauru, nō Ngāti Ruanui, nō Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, nō Te Arawa, nō Ngāi Tahu hoki.
Ko Taranaki te tūrangawaewae.
Ko Alana Broughton te ingoa.
A Radio Broadcaster at Ātiawa Toa FM and Reo Māori Educator, Alana is absolutely passionate about the provision of te reo Māori. She is a first language speaker, privileged to have learnt at home and throughout her school years, from Kōhanga Reo to Māori Boarding School, and on to University. Although Alana often works with educators and professionals, she is just as invested in teaching everyday language for use by and within the community.
She is proud to have grown up in Wellington, amongst the Te Ātiawa people, acknowledging the mana whenua for nurturing her reo and feeding her much more than just kai. Considered a ‘City Slick’ whenever she visits whānau in Taranaki, she wears this name, along with hot pink gumboots, joyfully as it is one of her strengths to be able to walk in two worlds. It is where these two worlds meet that Alana has worked - within museums, schools, councils and many more workplaces that share the same priority to revitalise and normalise te reo Māori.
Alana believes te reo is an incredibly fun language and although she has only had positive experiences with the language, she acknowledges the mamae some may have experienced and therefor carry into this shared space of learning. Te reo Māori is indeed a taonga, everyone is at a different stage of their learning journey, however, it is by working together that we will progress forward.
Mā tō hoe, mā taku hoe, ka tere ai te waka.
Nō reira rā, ki te hoe!”
Alex is a recent VUW graduate with a BA in Linguistics and TESOL- a self-proclaimed lover of languages and cultures. She has lived abroad in Japan and Spain for study as well as to teach a wide range of students, making her very familiar with the struggle (and the reward) of coming to a new place and learning how to communicate.
Alex currently speaks Spanish, Japanese, and NZSL. Through these experiences, she realised she wanted to be an English teacher to help others be successful in their language learning. Alex loves to see students progress, achieve their goals, and surpass what they believe they can do.
Alex has over 20 years of dance experience, after having lived and trained in Argentina. He's developed a strong passion for dance and has been one of the pioneers of bringing Latin dance to Wellington, teaching since 1997 around NZ and Australasia. Currently Wellington and Hawkes Bay-based, he teaches regular dance lessons and hosts social dance events.
He regularly teaches and performs at charity functions, as well as corporate performances and in schools.
For more info see www.dancetango.co.nz
Alexis comes from Otaki and regularly holds workshops about food, whether it be cheese making, pasta making, sausage making or preserving, for groups at private functions, through to team building events for corporates.
Passionate about fresh, good quality food (especially from her own garden!), Alexis loves to pass on her knowledge to others.
Formally, Ali has an Advanced Diploma in Art & Creativity and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Communications). She worked as a corporate weasel for 20 years, facilitating corporate stakeholder relations and the strategic conversation. Yup.
Then Ali met improv at a Wellington Improvisation Troupe beginner’s class at the Wellington Community Education Centre. There was a lot of laughing. The other students were playful and supportive, variously shy or bold, everyone had fun. A ridiculous amount of fun. It was the start of a happy and strange creative journey, although Ali originally only signed up to help improve her public speaking skills.
During her time with WIT Ali has performed in and produced shows, taught workshops, taken workshops with some of the best improvisors in the world, made an improvised short movie, built a Gorilla, traveled from Wellington to Loose Moose in Canada and Improvention in Canberra, made, exhibited and performed with masks and puppets, been on the committee several times and had a whole lot of fun taking photographs of shows.
She is currently a Co-Creative Director of WIT.
Alistair has over 25 years' experience creating jewellery. Inspired by his natural environment and Pacific forms, his designs are hand-made mostly from silver, gold, fired enamels, unusual gems and diamonds. Not one to be pigeon-holed, Alistair enjoys making one-off designs.
His training included a rare apprenticeship in the badge and metal making branch of a manufacturing jeweller, specialising in vitreous enamelling. As well as working for several traditional jewellers, he has also studied graphic design, bronze casting and sculpture.
He lives in Wellington with his family and other interests include music, art, cycling, swimming and skiing.
His love of learning new things, particularly at the CEC, led to him offering his skills as a jewellery tutor - something he greatly enjoys.
Amber fell face-first into Salesforce like she did into software – unexpectedly, with none of the right equipment or experience, and at full speed. With a firm belief that Salesforce is a tool that anyone can pick up, at any level, Amber is excited to teach Salesforce basics to anyone with a desire to learn, regardless of technical background. Salesforce has utterly transformed Amber’s life, and she knows it can do the same for you. If you’re looking to switch careers, gain in-demand skills, increase your employability, or get into the tech industry, that is TOTALLY AMAZING and the Salesforce101 course can help get you there. Amber runs the Wellington Developer Salesforce MeetUp and New Zealand’s only Salesforce for Students MeetUp group.