The ART Collective Project

Four female artists from diverse cultural backgrounds living in Auckland collaborate to teach a wide range of original practices that offer opportunities of self -development in one’s individual art practice. Each artist will host two four week classes.

The ART Collective Project offers you the opportunity to uncover and develop your  artistic creative talents for beginners and emerging artists. With  diverse professional artists from differing cultural backgrounds, you will be inspired and gently guided into using the mediums of palette knife painting, watercolour, acrylic, life drawing and sewn textile fibre art. As with all creative processes it offers a therapeutic environment to be nourished by.  No experience is necessary, just a desire to create!

Each participant will be encouraged to explore and express the wonderment of ART through wide range of mediums. Through discovery and play one uncovers personal jewels that lay beneath the surface. 

32 art classes taught within an eight-week period during May & June 2021 with an art exhibition of the collective art pieces on Saturday June 26 from 11am – 2pm. all taking place at the Nathan Homestead 70 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland  Adults 18+

This project is supported by Creative Communities Scheme NZ and Auckland Council Franklin and Manurewa Local Boards.


Starting May 4 thru May 28

Tuesdays: 6pm – 9pm – Linda Wills- Watercolor Painting

Wednesdays: 11:00am – 2:00 pm – Dee Petit – Sewn Textile Fibre Art

Thursdays: 6pm – 9pm pm – Nicky Hartly – Human Figure Exploration

Fridays: 11:00am – 2:00 pm – Agnes Ishak – Pallett Knife with Acrylics

Location: Nathan Homestead 70 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland

Cost: $60 per participant. per four week class



Starting June 1 thru June 25

Tuesdays: 6pm – 9pmpm -Dee Petit – Sewn Textile Fibre Art

Wednesdays: 11:00am – 2:00 pm- Nicky Hartly – Human Figure Exploration

Thursdays: 6pm – 9pm pm – Agnes Ishak – Pallett Knife with Acrylics

Fridays: 11:00am – 2:00 pm – Linda Wills- Watercolor Painting

Location: Nathan Homestead 70 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland

Cost: $60 per participant. per four week class


Back 2 Basics Programme

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

It is easy to tell people what to do, but to really assist people to change, it is important for everybody to learn the ‘why’ in order to be motivated to do so. This programme aims to teach complex bodily functions in an easy to understand manner, connecting health to specific areas and outcomes. Areas to be addressed are healthy lifestyles and eating habits that enables families to provide a nurturing home environment. It includes healthy social habits, healthy sleeping routines, and teaching simple yet nutrient rich ways of cooking that fits into a busy modern family.

The goal is to provide educational and practical knowledge that is easy to implement. During the course different healthy aspects will be covered through guest presenters, and practical teaching of relaxation techniques. This will enable participants to make healthy lifestyle choices, which greatly contribute to balanced bodily functions and stable mental/emotional health. Promoting healthy lifestyles in the home and bringing up healthy children ensures positive happy attitudes that encourages all to actively contribute to our communities.

At the end of the course, the participants will understand the human body and its function, and the connection between physical and mental health. It will enable the participants to apply and integrate the learned knowledge into their daily lives with the practical tools taught during the eight weeks.

Shiloh trustees are collaborating with CIDANZ (Cook Island Development Agency NZ) to bring this progamme to their community and it is supported by MPP (Ministry of Pacifica People)

Date: Mondays May 17, thru July 12, 2021

Time: 9:30am – 2:30 pm

Location: Strive Mangere East – Southern Cross Campus – 253 Buckland Road, Māngere East

Women’s Support Circle

Women’s Support Circle is a space for women who have experienced family abuse. It is a 12-week programme that allows women of different cultures to sit in circle and safely share their stories and support a healing journey in the process. Our weekly contact will consist of nine on-line two-hour zoom calls and three face to face sessions which allows the women to intermingle and have that physical interaction with the group.

Throughout the program women will be encouraged and coached on life issues that support their well-being and their children’s well-being. When women come together in a safe space, they experience a sense of belonging within a community that enhances their lives and their children’s lives.

Key circle outcomes

-To help rebuild lives, give encouragement, strengthen futures, support and to help challenge childhood messages. Encouraging change in their stories will uncover new pathways for their families.

-For women to believe in themselves and believe that they can make life changing decisions that benefits and enhances their lives.

-Women become more resilient, gain self-belief, have courage to speak up and make a difference in their families and community.

Certified Counsellor and Family Therapist Christine Burch has assisted families in the South Auckland region for the past 12 years. She has worked in the youth justice system as a Family Therapist and recognizes and identifies the need to support women and children with the difficulties they face.

Dee Petit, director of Sassy Red Ltd is a certified life coach, mediation teacher and facilitator of young and mature women’s empowerment workshops. Dee assists women in re-discovering their strengths and confidence to enhance and transform the quality of their personal, family and professional lives.

If you are interested in joining us in circle and share space with women who have experienced abuse and want to make changes in your life, register today.

Christine and Dee will be contacting all registrants to have a private zoom call meeting to discuss the circle outline and their answers to the registration questions.  We are looking for twelve women who want to step up with courage to make changes in their lives. You will need access to the internet.

Date: Wednesday’s starting May 19 thru August 4, 2021

Time: Wednesdays 6:30pm -8:30pm

Location: Nine On-Line Zoom meetings & Three Face to Face meetings

Free participation for 10 women this term

Sponsored by Auckland Foundation Women’s Fund & Department of Internal Affairs


The Women’s Support Circle is very heart touching as it is a group of women that come from all parts of New Zealand, from all walks of life and there is no judgment amongst us. The women who run the group, Christine Burch and Dee Petit are so lovely and kind-hearted. Each woman has a chance to speak their truth in the circle. The course offers major support as well as the women participants. I recommend this circle to women who are trying to find a place to belong for its okay to be yourself. In doing the course I suggest to the women not to miss any of the sessions as they roll into the next week, but Christine and Dee do not hold it over you, but they do encourage you to attend each week and be open and honest with them. – Ruth

I have found it very healing and empowering to take part in the Women’s Support Circle. Being able to connect with other women in circle who have been through a similar situation to me and are going on a similar journey to heal has been invaluable. The facilitators Christine and Dee gently encourage us to expand our consciousness and have wonderfully woven some creative play into the learning material to help us connect with our emotions on a different level to the way I normally do. Christine and Dee have put together and delivered an amazing programme – Rebecca

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