Park Life event cancelled

Park life logo, yellow flowers and leaves on a turquoise backgroud

Cancellation: Park Life event in Cornwall Park on Sunday 29 March. (This includes the cancellation of the four free tai chi sessions.)

Due to recent Government initiatives to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19), one of which is cancelling large scale public events and with everyone’s health and safety as utmost priority, the Cornwall Park Trust Board have regrettably cancelled the Park Life event on Sunday 29 March 2020..

We know many of you were looking forward to the day, but please know that the decision wasn’t made lightly and with everyone’s best interests in mind. Thank you for your understanding and we will keep you informed of the status of future events.

At this stage, World Tai Chi & Qigong Day on Saturday 18 April will still go ahead. Any change to this will be advised when necessary.

Here’s to doing tai chi in Cornwall Park next summer (2021)

Group of people doing tai chi under beautiful green trees

 

Free summer tai chi in Cornwall Park

When: Sunday mornings, 9 – 9.45am, starting on Sunday 5 January 2020 and every Sunday morning in January and February (weather permitting).

When: Tuesday evenings, 6 – 6.45pm, starting on Tuesday 7 January 2020 and every Tuesday evening in January and February (weather permitting)

Where: Pohutukawa Drive in Cornwall Park, Auckland 1051. Refer to map: Tai chi will be under the trees to the left of Pohutukawa Drive, about half-way up this road (when entering Cornwall Park from Greenlane Road West). Look for the signs and your instructors in red Kia Ora Tai Chi shirts.  Details on how to get to Cornwall Park

What to wear: Loose, comfortable clothing, sun hat, sun block and flat shoes. Please bring insect repellent and a drink bottle of water.

Ideal for beginners. All ages welcome. Just come along. No need to RSVP.

What happens if it is wet? The cancellation notice will be posted on the Kia Ora Tai Chi facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/kiaorataichi/ Or you can ask Jocelyn by text on 027 493 9851.

Free World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 

Come along to the FREE World Tai Chi & Qigong Day in Cornwall park. You’ll learn easy, flowing steps of tai chi and the deep, healthy breathing of qigong (pronounced chee – gong).

Free, fun, family-friendly and ideal for all age groups. Complete beginners welcome.

When: Saturday 27 April 2019, 9.30 – 11.30am (The tai chi starts at 10am). (Rain date: Saturday 4 May)

Where: Cornwall Park, on the Big Lawn (Native Arboretum), near the large stone steps (called the Memorial Steps, which face Greenlane Road). There is free parking in the park.

A big, green grassy area in a park surrounded by trees

The Big Lawn (Native Arboretum),

How to get to Cornwall Park: Click on this link: http://cornwallpark.co.nz/visitor-info The main entrance to the park is from Greenlane Road West, Epsom, Auckland. Alternatively, you can get to Cornwall Park from Manukau Road, Epsom, by passing through Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill Domain.

Tens of thousands of people in 100’s of cities across the planet celebrate the wonder that is tai chi on the last Saturday in April at 10am local time. It is a world-wide wave of goodwill – a global tai chi whānau, breathing together as one. The event’s motto is, “One World – One Breath”

Join in with Kia Ora Tai Chi to be the first country in the world to start this celebration. All welcome, especially those who have never done tai chi before.

What to expect: At 10am, Jocelyn Watkin (founder and director of Kia Ora Tai Chi) and her team of instructors will begin with a sequence of easy, flowing, warm-up exercises which are low impact and gentle on your joints.

Then, they will guide you through a Tai Chi for Health form – a series of linked postures and steps, accompanied by deep breathing that will energise and give you a lift. In just under one hour you’ll be doing REAL tai chi. It’s easy, fun and really great exercise.

Gather from 9:30 am onwards and be ready to say Kia ora to tai chi at 10am.

Find out more:

People doint tai chi on green grass with lots of trees around them

Summer tai chi with Kia Ora Tai Chi in Cornwall Park   (January 2019)

Free tai chi at Cornwall Park’s “Park Life” event


Kia Ora Tai Chi has partnered with Cornwall Park to offer four FREE tai chi lessons at their Park Life event, which will be held on Saturday 30 March, 11am – 4pm.  (If wet, the event will be held on Saturday 6 April).

The tai chi sessions will be:

  • 11 – 11.45am: Tai chi for beginners – Learn easy, flowing steps of this ancient Chinese martial art. Low impact, fun, family-friendly and ideal for all age groups. (Note: This will be the same tai chi that we taught at the “Summer Tai Chi in Cornwall Park” sessions.)
  • 12 – 12.45pm: Yang-style tai chi – Join in to do the 24-step and combined 42-step forms.  It is fun to watch or jump in and have a go in the spirit of “Let’s play tai chi together”.
  • 2 – 2.45pm: Tai chi as moving meditation – Learn how to relax and de-stress with special tai chi movements. Once learned you can do these anytime, anywhere. Gentle on your joints and ideal for beginners of all ages.
  • 3 – 3.45pm: Tai chi for beginners – Learn easy, flowing steps of this ancient Chinese martial art. Low impact, fun, family-friendly and ideal for all age groups. (Note: This will be a repeat of the 11 – 11.45am session.)

Location: Same as for “Summer Tai Chi in Cornwall Park”. Under the big trees on the left-hand-side of Pohutukawa Drive (as you come up from Greenlane Road). Look for the tai chi signs and the Kia Ora Tai Chi team wearing red shirts.

What to wear:

  • Comfy clothes and shoes
  • A sun hat, sun block and insect repellent
  • Bring a sweatshirt or jacket in case of cool weather. Please bring a water bottle, too.

No need to RSVP. Just come along and join in with your friends and family. A big thank you to the Cornwall Park Trust Board for funding these sessions so everyone can enjoy learning tai chi for free.


Get that summery feeling back with tai chi in Cornwall Park

More about Park Life
This is a free event celebrating nature, exploration and all the things you can experience in the park, which will be closed for motorised traffic.  With no cars, you will be able to freely roam the 425 acres of land while discovering activities, games, performances, food and more that will be spread throughout the park!

When: Saturday 30 March, 11am – 4pm

Bring your friends, whānau, a picnic, and your walking shoes for a free fun-filled day in the park.

Find out more:

Free tai chi in Cornwall Park

The last summer tai chi session in Cornwall Park will be on Tuesday 29 January, 2019, 6 – 7pm. If you’ve always wanted to give tai chi a go then come along to Cornwall Park for this FREE session.

If you’re looking for more free tai chi sessions with Kia Ora Tai Chi then check out this link.

The Summer Tai Chi in Cornwall Park sessions began on Sunday mornings (9-10am) on the  2nd, 9th and 16th of December and Tuesday evenings (6-7pm) on 4th, 11th and 18th December. With the exception of New Year’s Day, the lessons continued on every Sunday morning and Tuesday evening in January. Classes were approximately 45 mins. Fun for all of the family, from children to grandparents. Ideal for beginners.

All of these sessions were led by Jocelyn Watkin, of Kia Ora Tai Chi. Jocelyn is a qualified and premier instructor for Tai Chi for Health Institute, who has over 20 years martial arts experience.  All of Jocelyn’s tai chi classes are also approved with the BIG TICK for the Community Group Strength and Balance Programme: “Live Stronger for Longer”.

Location: Under the big trees on the left-hand-side of Pohutukawa Drive (as you come up from Greenlane Road). Keep an eye out for the tai chi signs. Jocelyn and her fellow instructors will be wearing red Kia Ora Tai Chi polo shirts.

Summer tai chi in Cornwall Park is fun, free and suitable for all ages. You don’t need special clothes or equipment. A big thank you to the Cornwall Park Trust Board for funding these sessions so everyone can enjoy learning tai chi for free.

Please bring a bottle of water and insect repellent.

What to wear:

  • Comfy clothes and shoes
  • A sun hat and sun block
  • Bring a jersey/sweatshirt in case there is a breeze.

If wet, please check the Kia Ora Tai Chi facebook page for cancellation notices: https://www.facebook.com/kiaorataichi/

If fine, just come along to any session. There’s no need to RSVP as all will be welcome. Ideal for complete beginners.

Described as “moving meditation”, tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that combines mental focus and mindfulness with deliberate and relaxed movements that are gentle on the joints.

Find out more:

All of Jocelyn’s tai chi classes are approved for ACC’s Strength and Balance Programme.