Refresh your mind and rejuvenate your body, 21 July 2024

Woman in a hat admiring a Italian Renaissance-style garden

The Italian Renaissance “Destination Garden” in the Hamilton Gardens

Ever wish you could take time just for you to savour something new that will refresh your mind and rejuvenate your body? Definitely, and the wait is over.

Here’s your chance to treat yourself with a very special, fully-escorted, 1-day outing with gentle e-bike cycling and tai chi, and the opportunity to connect with nature in the peaceful beauty of Hamilton Gardens.

Date: Sunday 21 July, 9am to 5pm (The rain date will be Sunday 28 July)

All provided: E-bike and helmet hire, a tranquil tai chi lesson, and return transport to Hamilton Gardens from Auckland.

This fully-escorted event is for you if you’d love to experience the following:

Wellbeing on wheels: Te Awa, The Great New Zealand River Ride: You’ll gently pedal the remarkable Te Awa Trail on an e-bike. You’ll be gliding beside the majestic Waikato River for most of this 2-hour ride between Ngāruawāhia and the world-class Hamilton Gardens. There’ll be plenty of time for photos and to just soak in the scenery, while enjoying the quiet power of your e-bike as it softly purrs along this dedicated cycleway.

Tranquil tai chi: In the afternoon, you’re in for another treat in the serene and private Camellia Garden (within Hamilton Gardens). You’ll learn the flowing movements of tai chi from Jocelyn of Kia Ora Tai Chi. This ancient, restorative practice from China, which is gentle on joints, will re-energise you and nourish your own internal river of life – your mauri, your life force. Perfect for beginners.

The opportunity to nurture yourself in nature and to feed your soul: After tai chi, you could further uplift your wairua (your soul/spiritual wellbeing) with your own mindful walk to connect with te taiao (nature) in the wider garden area. Alternatively, you could explore a couple of the amazing and inspiring ‘destination’ gardens, where you might feel you have time-travelled to Renaissance-era Italy, or ancient Egypt, or to modernist, mid 20th-Century Californian Cool.

Trees surrounding a circular lawn

Our tranquil tai chi session will be held in the circle of peace in the secluded camellia garden (within Hamilton Gardens)

This event will start and finish at: Electrify NZ Botany – New Zealand’s e-bike specialists. Address: 12b Amera Place, Botany Downs, Auckland 2013

What you need to bring/wear:

  • Suitable, warm clothing and shoes for cycling in cooler weather, including gloves.
  • Waterproof jacket/coat and, if you have them, waterproof leggings.
  • It is advisable to bring a change of clothes in case we get an unexpected rain shower while cycling (these can be transported for you in the shuttle bus from Auckland).
  • Bring your own lunch, snacks and a filled water bottle.

Open to anyone aged 18+ who knows how to ride a bike. Places limited to 10 people.

Sponsors: This event is proudly sponsored by River Riders, Electrify NZ Botany and Jocelyn Watkin of Kia Ora Tai Chi as a fundraiser for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand during Mindfulness Month in July 2024.

Price: A donation/koha of $65 (or more) per person to the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand (please check the arrangements to pay this, which are detailed further below).

If you want to meet new friends, re-energise your body, reset your mind and renew your spirit then this event is for you.

RSVP/Reserving your place: Places are limited to just 10 people and we expect these will sell out quickly. Before you make your donation, please first RSVP and confirm your booking with Jocelyn using the contact form on the Kia Ora Tai Chi website or click on https://www.kiaorataichi.nz/contact-us/ or text her on 027 493 9851.

Programme for Sunday 21 July

  • Just before 9am: Arrive at Electrify NZ Botany. Address: 12b Amera Place, Botany Downs, Auckland 2013. Plenty of free parking available.
  • Just after 9am, your journey to the Waikato will begin with a comfortable shuttle ride to Ngāruawāhia. Once there, you’ll receive your helmet, e-bike and a full safety induction.
  • Wellbeing on wheels: At around 11am, you’ll set off on your e-bike on the remarkable Te Awa Trail. This will be fully escorted. On arrival at the River Riders base in the world-class Hamilton Gardens, you’ll be able to rest and eat your BYO lunch.
  • Tranquil tai chi: After lunch, you’re in for another treat with a tai chi lesson in the serene and private Camellia Garden.
  • Nurture yourself in nature – food for your soul. After tai chi, there’ll be free time for your own mindful walk in nature or to go exploring in a couple of the diverse and inspiring destination gardens (also called walled gardens) within Hamilton Gardens.
  • Return to Auckland. Just after 3pm, everyone gathers at the River Riders base in Hamilton Gardens for departure in the comfortable shuttle bus back to Auckland. You’ll arrive at Electrify NZ Botany at approximately 5pm.
Group of people standing in a park with ebikes

River Riders base at the Hamilton Gardens

Koha/donation

This outing/event is a fundraiser for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand (the Foundation) during Mindfulness Month in July 2024. Participants will need to make a donation/koha to take part in this event.

The e-bike and helmet hire cost, transport and tai chi lesson are sponsored by River Riders, Electrify NZ Botany and Jocelyn Watkin of Kia Ora Tai Chi. In addition to your koha, the only other cost is $10 for insurance on the e-bike hire. This is payable on the day of the ride.

To ensure that 100% of your donation will go directly to the Mental Health Foundation of NZ, the sponsors are also generously donating their own and their staff’s time for this event.

The ticket price of a 1-day event like this would be around $150 per person. As such, to participate in this event, you are invited to donate at least $65 per person to the Foundation.

How to make your donation

Places are limited to just 10 people. We expect these will sell out quickly, so your first step will be to contact Jocelyn of Kia Ora Tai Chi to ensure there is a place available for you. Or, you can text her on 027 493 9851.

Jocelyn will confirm your place and provide you with a unique payment link so you can arrange your donation/koha to the Mental Health Foundation of NZ. You will need to make a partial donation of around $30 to reserve your place. Please note that this amount is not refundable as it is paid directly to the Foundation through the unique payment link.

The rest of your donation can be made at any time up until the 20th July. You have the option to wait until the weather forecast is known for the 21st July. If the event is postponed due to the weather, it will be rescheduled for Sunday 28 July.

There is a limit of two people per booking. The recommended donation remains as per person.

Postponement/Cancellation

  • Early indication: On the evening of Friday 19 July and based on the weather forecast at that time, participants will be advised of the likelihood of going ahead on 21 July.
  • By 8pm on Saturday 20 July: The postponement decision will be made if rainy or inclement weather is forecast. Participants will all be advised by 8pm. If we do have to postpone, the rescheduled date will be Sunday 28 July. You won’t lose your place as it will be transferred to the 28th.

Refund policy

Participants will make their donation/koha directly to the Mental Health Foundation of NZ foundation through a special payment link that will be provided to them by Jocelyn. As advised, once this donation is made to the Foundation, it can’t be credited or refunded.

To help smooth the donation payment process, your koha can be made in 2-steps: a partial koha when you register for the event and then the balance donated no later than 20th July and once the weather forecast is known.

To RSVP, or if you have questions, please text Jocelyn on 027 493 9851 or use the contact form on the website: https://www.kiaorataichi.nz/contact-us/

Free tai chi for Matariki, Fri 28 June 2024, Manurewa

All ages and abilities welcome for FREE tai chi in the park for the official Matariki holiday.

When: Friday 28 June 2024, 11 – 11.45am

Where: Kauri Point Reserve in Wattle Downs, Manurewa, which is at the end of a street called “Moor Park”. Refer to map: https://goo.gl/maps/MZHeqttC5rBeL6mu9

This is an outdoor event so wrap up warm, pop on a beanie and join in.

Matariki is a time to focus on mindfulness, reflection, thankfulness, well-being and health. The three key principles are:

  • Matariki Hunga Nui. Remembrance. Honouring those we have lost since the last rising of Matariki.
  • Matariki Ahunga Nui. Celebrating the Present. Gathering together to give thanks for what we have.
  • Matariki Manako Nui. Looking to the Future. Looking forward to the promise of a new year.

The theme for 2024 is “Matariki heri kai” and comes from the Māori proverb ‘Matariki whetū heri kai’ meaning ‘Matariki, the bringer of food’.

To acknowledge Matariki and to celebrate life in the present moment, we will gather together for a shared morning tea after the tai chi session. All welcome and please bring some kai/food to share.

Cancellation notice: This session will need fine weather to go ahead. If the ground is too wet or the weather doesn’t co-operate, please look for the cancellation notice by 9am on 28 June on the Kia Ora Tai Chi facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kiaorataichi/

For more information, get in touch with Jocelyn through the Contact Us page on this website:  https://www.kiaorataichi.nz/contact-us/

Find out more about Matariki: https://www.matariki.com/about

Free tai chi for World of Cultures Festival, March & April 2024

Two women in red shirts doing holding red tai chi fans

A fusion of Chinese and Pākeha tai chi instructors, who are both Kiwis: Juliana (on the left) and Jocelyn

Embark on a tai chi adventure with us to experience Tai Chi for Fun and Energy. There’ll be six FREE opportunities to learn and these will happen across Ranui, Te Atatū and Manurewa for the 2024 World of Cultures Festival.

Tai chi is an ancient martial art from China, which you will learn from Jocelyn, Kia Ora Tai Chi and Juliana, Aroha Tai Chi. Together, we will provide an amazing teaching combo as we are an awesome fusion of Chinese and Pākeha Kiwis.

As well as health-boosting tai chi you will also experience the energy and exhilaration of the tai chi fan. This will be an unforgettable experience with the brilliant colour and movement of the fan, and the delightful snap of it opening. If you’re a seasoned practitioner this will add an extra layer of intrigue and excitement to your tai chi.

Adults of any age and ability will be welcome, especially newcomers, to learn this unique and fun form of tai chi. Children aged 5+ will be also be very welcome, if accompanied by an adult.

Group of smiling people holding brightly-coloured kung fu fans

Fun with tai chi fans,. Juliana is centre left (in black shirt) and Jocelyn is centre right (wearing red shoes)

Join Jocelyn and Juliana for one, two or all six of these 1-hour, FREE Tai Chi for Fun and Energy sessions. Ideal for beginners. Fans (free on loan) will be provided.

Friday 22 March, 2024: 9.15 – 10.15am, Ranui

  • Ranui Community Centre: 474 Swanson Road, Ranui, 0612
  • Places limited to maximum of 20. Children aged 5+ will be welcome if accompanied by an adult.
  • RSVP to: Juliana, Email: arohataichi@gmail.com or Ph/text: 021 905 742

Saturday 23 March, 2024: 10.15am – 11.15am, Te Atatū

  • Te Atatū Peninsula Community Centre: 595 Te Atatū Road, Te Atatū Peninsula, 0610
  • Places limited to maximum of 20. Children aged 5+ will be welcome if accompanied by an adult.
  • RSVP to: Juliana, Email: arohataichi@gmail.com or Ph/text: 021 905 742

 

***CANCELLED*** Good Friday 29 March 2024, 9.15am – 10.15am, Ranui Domain, ***CANCELLED***

 

Easter Saturday 30 March, 2024, 10.15am – 11.15am, Te Atatū

  • Te Atatū Peninsula Community Centre: 595 Te Atatū Road, Te Atatū Peninsula, 0610
  • Places limited to maximum of 20. Children aged 5+ will be welcome if accompanied by an adult.
  • RSVP to: Juliana, Email: arohataichi@gmail.com or Ph/text: 021 905 742

Easter Saturday 30 March, 2024, 2.30pm – 3.30pm, Manurewa

  • The Theatre, at Nathan Homestead, 70 Hill Road, Manurewa, 2102
  • Places limited to maximum of 35. Children aged 5+ will be welcome if accompanied by an adult.
  • RSVP to Jocelyn, Email: kiaorataichi@gmail.com or Ph/text: 027 493 9851

Friday 12 April, 2024: 9.15 – 10.15am, Ranui

  • Ranui Community Centre: 474 Swanson Road, Ranui, 0612
  • Places limited to maximum of 20. Children aged 5+ will be welcome if accompanied by an adult.
  • RSVP to: Juliana, Email: arohataichi@gmail.com or Ph/text: 021 905 742

Saturday 13 April, 2024, 2.30pm – 3.30pm, Manurewa

  • The Theatre, at Nathan Homestead, 70 Hill Road, Manurewa, 2102
  • Places limited to maximum of 35. Children aged 5+ will be welcome if accompanied by an adult.
  • RSVP to Jocelyn, Email: kiaorataichi@gmail.com or Ph/text: 027 493 9851
Grand mansion in an Elizabethan, half-timbered architectural style, surrounded by a colourful garden.

Nathan Homestead, Manurewa

What to wear: Loose comfortable clothing along with something warm like a hoodie, jumper, cardigan, etc. Please wear flat-soled shoes such as sneakers, trainers or tennis shoes. Please also bring a bottle of drinking water.

What to expect: All of the sessions will begin with a sequence of easy, flowing, warm-up exercises that will be low impact and gentle on your joints. These exercises are designed to improve your balance, overall health and core strength. You can use a fan for free on the day.

Jocelyn and Juliana will then guide you through health-boosting tai chi – a series of linked steps and movements that will be fun and easy-to-learn.

We will finish with the tai chi fan form – a captivating fusion of martial arts and grace, with vibrant sound effects and colour. We’ll teach you how to wield the fan with finesse and flair.

What is tai chi?

Often described as “moving meditation”, tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art and exercise programme that combines mental focus with relaxed movements. It is sometimes referred to as “taiji” or “tai chi chuan”.

Tai chi not just a physical exercise but a holistic journey towards balance, vitality and greater well-being.

Adults of any age and ability, and children aged 5+ (with an accompanying adult), are all welcome. Places are limited so please RSVP ahead of time.

Come join us, bring your smiles, and let’s make unforgettable memories together with tai chi.

Bright pink, purple and yellow and colourful logo for World of Cultures Festival

Our Tai Chi for Fun and Energy events are part of the official programme for Auckland Council’s 2024 World of Cultures Festival.

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Free tai chi, Huia Lodge Late event, Fri 22 Mar 2024

Beautiful Edwardian buildings in a park at sunset.

Huia Lodge Discovery Hub, Cornwall Park

The Huia Lodge Discovery Hub, in beautiful Cornwall Park, is staying open late on Friday 22 March 2024, and everyone is invited!

Energize your body and soul at this FREE Huia Lodge Late event from 5 – 7pm. I’ll be part of vibrancy with my rejuvenating, 15-minute tai chi drop-in sessions during the evening.

Join me on Friday 22 March to shake off the week’s stress so you can embrace a fun evening with lots of other activities, performances and exhibitions.

Location: Huia Lodge Discovery Hub next to the Cornwall Park Bistro (the old tea kiosk).

Address: Michael Horton Drive, Cornwall Park, Auckland 1051. Refer to Google street map: https://maps.app.goo.gl/m85TZUQmcFVPQVZC7

If you are coming to the park with a vehicle, the parking closest to the Huia Lodge Discovery Hub is ONLY accessible from the Greenlane Road West entrance to the park.

The event is organised by the park’s events team. You don’t need to book or register. This event is FREE. Just come, bring whānau and friends and enjoy the fun.

Find out more

Free summer tai chi from January to March 2024

FREE tai chi and qigong sessions with Jocelyn Watkin and/or another instructor from Kia Ora Tai Chi will be held (weather dependent) in Cornwall Park (in Auckland) every Sunday morning, 9am, and Tuesday evening, 6pm. Starting on Sunday 21 January and finishing on Tuesday 26 March 2022.

These sessions are free for anyone and are suitable for all ages and abilities. Beginners will be very welcome.

Dates and times:

  • Starting Sunday 21 January 2024, 9 – 9.45am and every Sunday morning until 24th March 2024 (weather permitting)
  • Starting Tuesday 23 January 2024, 6 – 6.45pm and every Tuesday evening until 26th March 2024 (weather permitting).

Location in the park: Same as in previous years. If coming into the park from Greenlane Road West, you’ll be on Pōhutukawa Drive (the main road into the park). The tai chi sessions will be under the trees on the left-hand-side about half-way up Pōhutukawa Drive. (If you get to the roundabout, you’ve gone too far.)

Registration is not required, just show up 5 -10 minutes before each session starts.

As all of the sessions are outdoors, the weather needs to be on our side to go ahead. If you are uncertain on whether the session will be held you can:

I can’t wait to see everyone again who attended in previous years and also to meet anyone new, who would love to try tai chi and qigong this summer.

Curious about tai chi and qigong? Find out more here: https://www.kiaorataichi.nz/tai-chi/

A big thank you to founder of the park, Sir John Logan Campbell, for his gift of Cornwall Park to the people of Auckland. Also, huge thanks to the Cornwall Park Trust Board, which administers his legacy and provides funding for these sessions so you can attend for free.