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.
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.
I am currently employed by the Open Polytechnic as the team lead for the principal learning designer team. Before that I was a senior learning designer for 9 years. I am a qualified Learning and Development professional who has worked as a facilitator, training manager and instructional designer in the private and public sector within New Zealand and overseas
I have been practicing calligraphy since I was little. I enjoyed observing the interactions between ink and inkstone and feeling the brush traveling through Xuan paper, a high quality rice paper specifically made for Chinese brush calligraphy and brush painting.
Practicing calligraphy often fills me with a sense of serenity. I can’t say I am a master but I am confident that my calligraphy skill is sound and solid. My calligraphy has been exhibited at the Odlin Gallery of the Hutt Art Centre and I have sold a few pieces.
Five years ago I introduced this practice to my friend Leah, a qualified counsellor. We found it was a useful practice on several levels, but first and foremost as a tool for reducing stress. This is why we call it ‘calligratherapy’.
It is a new field of therapy which is already being used in places like the UK as an alternative to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; another one of the activities that are available to you to help with stress.
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.
Amal Samaha studied fine arts at the University of Western Australia, and later politics and history at Victoria University of Wellington. They live in Karori with their partner and a one-eyed cat.
Amal was an exhibiting artist in small galleries in Australia and New Zealand between 2014 and 2018, working in an unpremeditated style of oil painting, as well as pen-an-ink illustration. They were the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art’s “Young Innovator Online” for 2014-15.
After moving to New Zealand in 2017, Amal has worked as a writer and political activist, contributing to The Spinoff, Peace Land and Bread, and Anticonquista. They have written on local politics, the art world, and issues in New Zealand foreign policy.
Since 2018 Amal has been writing interactive fiction using RenPy. They are interested in expanding the boundaries of the genre, and teaching others how to write using this fun and easy-to-use program.
Andra Moldoveanu holds an Honours Degree in Social Work as well as a Bachelor of Science degree. She has over 10 year’s diverse experience in child welfare, community mental health, family violence and sexual harm prevention and intervention. She is a passionate, authentic and empathetic social worker with lots of experience in teaching and education. She is also a certified trauma informed yoga instructor and a trained mindfulness teacher. She brings together these skills and knowledge sharing her passion for trauma informed meditation and movement for mind, body and emotional healing for all.
Angela is an experienced people development manager, coach, facilitator, speaker and consultant. She has worked in complex and geographically dispersed organisations across all sectors; Government, Higher Education, the private and not-for-profit sectors, and in the community, and recently re-established her own consultancy business.
Her portfolios have included strategic organisational development initiatives, change leadership, leadership development, team development, employee engagement, career development and talent management and facilitated staff conferences and forums.
Angela inspires and supports individuals and organisations to identify, develop and capitalise on their greatest talents, to maximise individual and collective potential to achieve their goals and aspirations. She takes a strengths-based approach to her work and, in partnership with clients, explores and applies practical solutions to develop and retain talent, initiating and embedding frameworks to achieve these outcomes. She regularly coaches and mentors’ individuals and teams to make conscious choices to achieve their aspirations and enrich the quality of their lives, work and relationships.
Angela is tertiary qualified (PhD, Masters in Education Hons, Bachelor of Education, Diploma in Tertiary Teaching) and accredited both as Strengthsfinder Coach, and Team Management Profile Facilitator.
Together, Angela and Sandi Shillington have put together a workshop to enable people choosing not to retire, but to rejuvenate.
Guten Tag. Ich heiße Anke Szczepanski. Ich komme aus Deutschland und wohne seit 15 Jahren in Wellington. Ich bin Deutschlehrerin von Beruf. In meiner Freizeit koche ich gern und ich gehe gern ins Kino. Und ich liebe Schokolade!
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In addition to being a native speaker of German, Anke also has a Masters degree in Applied Linguistics from Victoria University and has been teaching German to adults for 18 years and also occasionally tutors ESOL.
She has taught German at WHS Community Education Centre on and off since 2010 and currently also teaches German classes at the Goethe-Institut. Anke goes to Germany on a regular basis to visit her family but also to stay up-to-date with current language and cultural developments. She's also a very keen baker!
In 2013, she lived in Berlin for 11 months and taught German to people from all over the world (sogar aus Neuseeland!)