Acrylics Painting

Bring out your creative juices! Subject matter will be dependent on the level of competency for each participant. Topics covered include: Materials, Composition, Colour, Theory, Perspective, Shading, Subject Choice. Please bring your own materials. Tuesdays 9.30 am – 12.00 pm with Robyn Watt BFA . Cost $10.00.


Al-Anon Family Groups

A support group for people affected by someone else’s drinking: a partner, friend, parent, child or grandparent.  We meet together for mutual help each week where privacy is respected.  Wednesdays 6.45pm – 7.45 pm.  Cost – Free.


Ashtanga Yoga

60 minute Led Half Primary Series for beginners.  This course is designed to gradually open and strengthen the body.  You will find this class more dynamic than other styles of yoga with particular focus on breath and neuromuscular innervation.  Sun Salutations – Forward Bends – Twists – Backbends – Shoulder Stand.  All levels welcome, remember this is yoga ‘practice’ …. not yoga ‘perfect’!  Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat (there are also mats available if you need one). Tuesdays 5.30pm – 6.30pm with Bri.  Koha.


Awareness Body Movement

Awareness body movement is based on the idea that the body and mind are interrelated and that changing movement patterns can transform other aspects of ourselves and our lives.  You are invited to explore movement by attending to your body sensations, feelings and thoughts.  It is a pathway to find dynamic equilibrium between the body, the mind, the emotion and the spirit.  Thursdays 1.30 – 2.30pm with Zhihui.  Koha.


Baby-wearing HB

Come along and try one of the carriers, hire one if you like, and get help adjusting your own carrier, or just come and sit and have a chat about baby-wearing  and mummy matters.  The first Tuesday of every second month at the Heretaunga Womens Centre, Napier meetings every 3rd Tuesday at the Community Hub.  10.00 am – 12.00 pm. Koha.


Bioptron Light Therapy

Bioptron Light Therapy is a safe and effective clinically tested medical treatment that may have positive benefits in a huge range of health, beauty and mental well-being issues with no known side-effects.  Benefits can include assistance with low energy, pain, wounds, sport injuries, SAD, anti-aging and can work on all the pressure points in the body.  Tuesday’s, half hour appointments from 9.30am with Kathy Allan.  Koha.


Bowen Therapy

Bowen allows for an unwinding and freeing of the tight holdings in your body. Relaxing light touch skin moves applied over muscles and ligaments facilitates the body to gain relief and heal. Come relax, unwind and enjoy on Tuesdays from 12.00 pm with Louise. Bookings required (four sessions needed) Koha.

Budget Advice Clinic

Is debt keeping you awake at night? Can’t pay the bills? Gain some quality advice through the New Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting Services. Booking is required Free.


Cervical Screening Clinic

This clinic is for women who are between the ages of 30 – 70, have never had a smear or it is 5 years or more since their last smear. Wednesdays 27th March, 17th April, 8th May, 12.30 – 4.00pm at the Heretaunga Women’s Centre, phone 0800 729 729. Cost: Free.


 Children’s nursery

Clean, fully serviced facilities for mothers and infants available during Centre hours (9:00 am to 4:00 pm).


 Chinese for Beginners

Join Lily to learn the basics of speaking and writing Chinese Mandarin Language.  Please bring your own notebook/paper and pen.  Both men and women are welcome to attend.  Saturdays 10.00 – 11.30 am booking essential.  Koha.


 Coffee and Craft

We welcome all women into our midst so come along and try your hand at a variety of different craft activities.  Lynne will be there to guide you on your crafting journey.  This is an informal group who enjoy getting together, having a natter while keeping their hands busy so don’t stay away any longer. Tuesdays 1.00pm – 2.30pm with Lynne.  Booking required.  Koha.



You can access affordable and professional counselling service that is respectful to the needs of everyone. All our Counsellors are professionally supervised and are either members of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors or working towards membership. All have a high degree of competency in their specialist area before joining our team and we encourage and assist ongoing training. Appointments are essential and can be made by phone, email, website contact page, or in person at the Centre.



We provide a safe and welcoming environment to all women who want to find help and support for domestic violence issues. Our group helps all women, no matter what your situation, and we aim to help you find a path through your own personal journey. Thursdays 9.30 am to 12.00 pm. Free. Contact us for details on how to join the courses available.


Empower Yoga

The Empower Yoga programme is designed for those who want a complete body and mind workout, enabling health in every aspect: physically, mentally, emotionally, nutritionally and spiritually.  This 5 month programs objective is to empower women with yoga techniques they can use daily to find physical and emotional balance.  Yoga teaches us self-acceptance.  It helps us to get better body awareness and encourages appreciation for all that our body does for us.  It removes negativity and enables self-love.  In yoga we use our own body resistance to build our muscle strength, flexibility, stamina and endurance.  Asanas takes care of the body inside-out, impacting and rejuvenating the internal organs resulting in a refreshed body as well as a refreshed mind.  Give yourself this gift!

You can not always control what goes on outside.  But you can always control what goes on inside.

Saturday mornings starting 20th April.  9.30 – 11.00am with Raquel.  Koha.


Egyptian Reiki

Called Seichim – It is said to be the parent energy of all hands on healing techniques.  Translated in English it means “the Power of Powers”. Wednesdays from 10.00 am. Koha. Call to book your 30 minute session with Denise!


Everyday Essential Oils

Come and see how Essential Oils can help you in your day to day life.  Boost energy levels, deal with cuts and scrapes, support immunity, reduce stress and improve your health.  Each week we will look at a new Essential Oil, what it can do and how to use it.  Wednesdays 1.00 – 2.00pm with Vicky-Lee.  Koha.


Free Clothing

A weekly opportunity for people to bring along clothing/books/toys/games/cosmetics they no longer need to exchange for things other people have brought with them. Please only bring things that have been gently loved, and are clean.  No broken items please. One women’s trash could be another women’s treasure. Thursdays 9.30 – 11.30am. Free.


Gentle Mindful Movement Class

60 minutes of slow, restorative movements with a fundamental focus on breathing.  Each session is intended to help with enjoying, relaxing and appreciating muscle balance throughout our bodies.  This is a fun, low impact, nurturing class for women of any age.  Sundays 7.00 – 8.00am with Catherine.  Koha.


Hula Hips Fitness

This group was designed as a fun and enjoyable way to get active and to keep the Cook Island culture alive.  This is an opportunity for women of all ages and stages to learn and gain an insight into another cultures dance.  Come along, meet new people and get active.  Children are welcome to attend.  Fridays 11.00am – 12.30pm with Casata.  Koha.


Intro to Numerology

Numbers are an important part of life….. not just on your bank statement, but to assist you to know your inner passions, purpose, career strengths, inner self and much, much more.  Your life path number is probably the most influential numerological aspect to be considered.  This number is determined by your birth date and represents who you are at this time.  It indicates specific traits that are present and will likely be active and influential throughout your lifetime.  Monday’s 10.00am to 12.00pm with Diane.  Koha.



Come to our knitting group, whether you are a complete beginner or you are experienced and want to knit in the company of others you are very welcome. Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:00 pm, with Carolyn. Koha.


Legal Clinic

Our Legal Clinic offers rostered women lawyers in a safe and friendly environment. We aim to provide women in our community with access to initial legal advice on any matter in a supportive, safe and confidential manner. This will be an initial consultation only. If it is a legal matter, you will be given information and some idea of the process involved. If it is not a legal matter, you will be referred to someone who can help, e.g. Family Court Disputes Tribunal. Tuesdays 12.30 to 1.30 pm. Please be at the centre no later than 12.30 pm. Bookings and cancellations essential – first in first served! Free.


Lesbian Support Group

Come along to meet others in a supportive environment. You are not alone! Please phone Dale on 022 631 2681


Life Coaching

Would you like your life to be better and easier?  Would you like to feel empowered and happier?  Are you ready to act, to achieve this? Then, I am waiting for you!  Wednesday’s, half hour appointments from 9.30am with Milena.  Koha.



Meditation calms the body and settles the mind – creating a space to befriend the mind and discover its workability.  This class unites mindfulness practice with Buddhist teachings on awakening insight and compassion.  Starting on Friday May 10th – Fridays 1.30 – 2.45pm with Felicity.  Koha/Dana.


Messages from Spirit

Whether you have had a spiritual reading before, would like to try the experience, or are seeking clarification for an area of your life…. the messages are sometimes clear, sometimes cryptic and always enlightening.  Jacqui and her Osho Zen reading cards are back for Term 2 with 30 minute appointments for a 22-card reading.  Bookings essential.  Thursdays, 1/2 hour appointments 9.15, 10.00, 10.45, 11.00am.  Koha.


Mindful with Money

Learn about;

  • housing options
  • beliefs and behavior towards money
  • creating a workable budget
  • why you should stick to a budget
  • debt and your rights
  • plan for the unexpected
  • looking ahead

Wednesday’s 1st May – 19th June (8 weeks) 9.30am – 12.00pm with Yvonne Dickey.  Koha.


Mummy Matters Ante/Postnatal Depression Support Group

A support group for Mums and Mums-to-be who are experiencing depression and/or anxiety, or baby blues.  Come and have a cuppa and a chat with mums who understand. Monthly guest speakers. Child and baby friendly. Thursdays 1.00 – 2.00 pm with Natalie. Koha.



Holistic health sessions available with a focus on diet, lifestyle and whole-person wellness.  Naturopathy provides an integrative and personalized approach to health and aims for the optimal health of the individual.  Best suited for chronic health queries including but not limited to: stress, energy, sleep, eczema and immune weakness etc.  Mondays, 45 minute sessions from 11.00am with Sarah Johnston.  Koha.


Neck & Shoulders Mirimiri Massage

Joscelyn is in the process of learning the traditional holistic healing of Mirimiri and would like to put her learnings into practice.  Please phone for an appointment, Friday’s 10.15am & 11.15am.  Koha.


Paper Crafts

Come along to learn how to make beautiful cards, gift boxes, calendars, bookmarks and other paper crafts.  Meet new people, make new friends, have lots of fun and be inspired to create projects that will Wow everyone who receives them.  Thursdays 2.00 – 4.00 pm with Vicky-Lee.  Koha.


Personal Coaching

Personal coaching empowers you to re-design aspects of your life and circumstances with the help of a skilled professional.  Coaching is particularly helpful for:

  • Building confidence and self esteem
  • Improving relationships
  • Improving health and nutrition
  • Mastering balance – dealing with ‘juggling’ too many things
  • Managing frustrations and stress
  • Self-care – getting your own needs met

Thursday’s with Jane Jackman, appointments from 1pm. Koha.


Recycle & Reclaim

Do you have recycled household items that you would like to recycle in a creative way?

We are all considering how to become more sustainable in our homes and this is one way that we can do that.

This workshop is designed to provide you with new ideas on how to reclaim/reinvent your recycled items.  Everything is provided at the first workshop for you.  Wear comfortable clothing and bring what you need for the 2 hours.  Weeks 2 – 10 bring your own item to reclaim e.g. plastic bottle, egg tray, cardboard box, woolen blanket, holey socks etc.  Fridays 9.30 – 11.30am with Kathleen. Koha.


 Scrabble and Games

Come and join Tungane for some old fashioned fun, perhaps an afternoon of scrabble, one of the Centre board games or maybe bring along one of your own.  Enjoy a cuppa and friendship.  Life is too short not to take time out to enjoy the simple things.  Mondays 12.00pm – 1.00pm.  Koha.


Sewing for Beginners

Learn the skills to sew your own task e.g. cushions, curtains, clothing etc in a relaxed and informal environment.  If you have your own sewing machine, please bring it or otherwise we have a few spares.  Some materials available.  You will be provided with a project if you do not have one sorted.  No experience necessary.  9.30am – 11.30am Wednesdays with Georgina and Helena. Koha.


Sexual Abuse Recovery

This group seeks to create a safe space for members to: discuss their experiences and concerns, build community with each other, gain new coping strategies and empower themselves in their healing process.  Through the use of art and creativity this is an opportunity to share, explore and engage in (healing) supportive themes.  During this 8 week programme you will be supported by a facilitator and co-facilitator.  Heretaunga Women’s Centre staff and counselling services will also be available.  Maximum of eight, so enrolling is essential.  Thursday’s 16th May – 4th July (8 weeks) 12.30 – 2.30pm with Jean.  Koha.


Simple  Crochet

Always wanted to learn crochet?  Come along to our cool class and learn some basics, starting with a simple headband, gifts for Christmas, beanie’s for winter etc.  Tuesday’s 12.30pm – 2.00pm with Tungane.  Koha.


Sit and Be Fit

Come in for some fun & laughter – all whilst getting fit!! Informal, in a relaxed atmosphere. Wednesdays, 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm. Koha.


Soup Day Friday Shared Lunch

Come together, share healthy food and meet new friends! Children welcome.  We provide the soup, please bring a plate of healthy food to share. Fridays 12.30 – 1.30 pm. Free.


Spiritual Guidance

We are multidimensional beings with potential far beyond our wildest imaginings.  Life is busy, and our days are full.  Often others have expectations of us and regardless of our own needs, we do our best and scramble to fulfill them.  Yet we often find ourselves feeling empty and pointless. I believe this is because our society is designed to serve to distract us from our soul purpose – OURSELVES.  Sacred Aspects readings is a personal, guided journey in which we seek to discover the amazing multidimensional beings we truly are.  Please phone for an appointment with Janine, Tuesdays 10.30am & 11.30am 1/2 hour appointments.  Koha.


Te Whare Tapa Wha – Tribal Tuesday/Family, Whanau talks

Based on the Te Whare Tapa Wha model each term we will present different interactive talks, Term 1 Mindful Mondays around emotional wellbeing , Term 2 Tribal Tuesdays based on families/whanau , Term 3 Wednesday Wellness on physical wellbeing and lastly in Term 4 Thoughtful Thursdays centered on spiritual wellbeing.

Please look out for our latest poster in HWC or on Facebook for next weeks topic and presenter – you are welcome to come. 12.30 – 1.15 pm.  Koha.


Understanding Anxiety

Our six-week educational-come-support group for anxiety hopes to provide help to women for whom anxiety is a problem.

In this course we aim to cover:

  • The biopsychosocial model of understanding anxiety.  Anxiety is natural, normal and human.  When/how does anxiety become a problem?
  • Different types of anxiety – particular focus on panic attacks/disorder and generalised anxiety (chronic worry)
  • What factors might maintain anxiety?
  • Research and evidence based interventions for anxiety
  • Learning with each other, from each other in the group

Monday’s starts May 6th for 6 weeks 10.00 am to 12.00 pm with Radhika Soni (counsellor).  Cost $ koha.


Walking Group

Walking is great for your mental, physical and spiritual health.  Come and join in with Cathy and appreciate the fresh air, we leave from the Heretaunga Women’s Centre. Mondays 1.30 to 2.30 pm. Free.