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Our presenters

Achille Segard

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 White

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 Murti

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. 

http://www.curiouscook.co.nz/

Ali Little

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 Hudson

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.

Alistair can be contacted via his Facebook page, where you can see samples of his work or visit his website.

Andy Whittle

I’ve been upholstering since I was about 11 years of age when I would spend the school holidays in my dad's upholstery business stripping furniture and finding all the hidden treasures.

Fast forward 30ish years later and I still love upholstery!

In the past I’ve worked on many interesting jobs including a chair for the Queen to sit on during a visit to Liverpool Cathedral, plenty of jobs for Weta Workshop as well as upholstering theatre seats for Peter Jackson’s personal home cinema. 

Angela Robertson

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. 

Anke Szczepanski

 
 

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!

 If you want to know exactly what the above means and want to learn how to say things like this yourself, enrol now in German - Introductory 1!

 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!)

Anne de Geus

Hi there, my name is Anne and, initially, started out my career in the fashion industry. This I pursued for 10 years in Christchurch in the employment of fashion designer: Rosaria Hall (considered the Karen Walker of the ’80s). I then entered the theatre industry and was employed in the wardrobe at Downstage Theatre for four years. After that I studied at the Academy of Art and in Amsterdam and attained a Teaching Degree in Art, majoring in Textiles.

On return to New Zealand I was contracted to teach at Massey University in the fashion department and also the Technical department of the New Zealand Drama School/ Toi Whakaari. Alongside teaching at these institutes, I completed a Masters in Design on costume designers and design principles in New Zealand. Since then I took over a haberdashery shop in Island Bay from which I operated a dressmaking business for 7 years. The dressmaking I continue to pursue along with teaching and costuming for various theatre companies.

I have various interests including: distance walking, tennis, yoga, cycling and am taking up the ukulele.

Anne Haddon

Anne is a computer tutor with over 30 years’ experience and has taught both in the Corporate Market and at different training organisations. 

She holds a Teacher’s Diploma from Massey and has enjoyed imparting her computer knowledge as she has  practical skills in office work and teaching. Anne's other interests are dancing, playing a musical instrument and biking. 

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