Newsletter 56 September 2012

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Number 56


September 2012



September Special:

Spend over $50 on Tai Chi for Health products and the postage is free!  Not to be used with any other discount.  Offer expires 30th September.  As Dr Lam’s New Zealand Agent, I do have his entire range in stock, which you can view at the Products link on this site.



August saw the return of Dr Lam to New Zealand, to conduct two workshops, the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai Chi for Energy.  It was an amazing four days, and everyone left feeling inspired. 

We were delighted to present scholarships to Julie Powell of Waiuku (TCE) and Marjory Grenfell of Christchurch.  We also held our second Annual General Meeting with a very good attendance of Full Members.  Three new Committee members were elected, Aria Tauroa, Tim Baxter and Dr Joe Rosenwajg, and Dr Lam was unanimously elected as a Life Member.

There was a little confusion about the role of TCHCNZ in arranging the workshop, but the organiser was Chris Hattle, Master Trainer.  Naturally your Committee was there in force to assist in any way they could.  TCHCNZ did not employ Dr Lam, nor provide the 10% member discount – this was enabled by Dr Lam’s personal generosity.




LEADER:  CHRIS HATTLE  Master Trainer Tai Chi for Health Institute

Student Participants are welcome (ie. Instructor certification not being applied for)


Schedule of Tai Chi for Osteoporosis Instructor Training workshops

TCO Instructor Training is a two day course 9am – 5pm

Three TCO workshops to choose from

  1. 1.   Palmerston North                    6th / 7th   October 2012                               Register asap
  2. 2.   Pukekohe, Auckland            26th / 27th January 2013                                Registrations now open
  3. 3.   South Island NZ 2013             to be scheduled in 2013.                                  Please register interest



Course. Member TCHC NZ Inc discounted price    $270.oo  incl gst                                                                                                            

Course. Full price                                                                               $300.oo  incl gst                                          .                 

To register refer contact details for Chris Hattle below.                                     

TCO DVD                                                                                                 $39.00  + p&p                                     

TCO DVD when course payment received                                   27.30  + p&p                                                .                 

 To purchase DVD contact Hazel Thompson

Course fee includes

  • Resource booklet TCO
  • Light refreshments morning and afternoon teas. Participants with dietary requirements please provide your own refreshments.

Venues       “to be advised”

 Preparation for TCO course

  • Study TCO DVD
  • Know TCO forms

To register contact … 

            Chris Hattle


            postal              28 Wikiriwhi Cr., Palmerston North, 4412

            phone              06  3564332  

In your message include, name, phone, e-mail & the course you are registering for.





When                                  Saturday  September 22nd   2012                         10am-1pm   3 hours  
Where                                Palmerston North                                              Guide Hall,  2 Panako Place (off College Street), Awapuni,           
What / content       Tai Chi for Arthritis (TCA) & Tai Chi for Arthritis 2 (TCA2)  (41 forms)      Tai Chi for Energy   (TCE)      Tai Chi for Osteoporosis (TCO) 
Refreshments:              bring your own picnic 
Costs:  (gst incl)              $40 OR  $35 for TCHC NZ members (Tai Chi for Health Community NZ Inc)

Payment                            in advance will ensure your place as there are limited numbers

                                                Pay by cheque: post to address below

                                     or       Bank: Chris Hattle Physio  010745 – 0238443 – 00

                                                Enter your name and date of practice session as the banking reference


To register contact … 

            Chris Hattle


            postal              28 Wikiriwhi Cr., Palmerston North, 4412

            phone              06  3564332  

In your message include, name, phone, e-mail & the course you are registering for. 




Tai Chi for Health Practice Sessions…coming up with Senior Trainer Tamara Bennett

Contact Tamara

Sunday 23 September 2012  1-4pm (Sun Style 73 practice session, forms 58-73)

Venue: Franklin: The Centre, 12 Massey Ave, Pukekohe (next to Town Hall, parking in the back)

Saturday 17th November 2012  1-4pm (General practice session of TCA, TCE, TCD, TCK or TCO)

Venue: Leicester Hall, corner Findlay & Ramsgate Streets, Ellerslie

 Investment $35 for the 3 hour practice session.

TCHCNZ member price of $30 (if you are a current financial member of TCHCNZ)

If you are not a member yet, please visit , you will find information and an application form on the TCHC NZ section of this Tai Chi Productions NZ website.

 Payment by internet: Tamara Bennett – Westpac #03 0406 0739577 00 (please use your name as reference)

 Or  Payment by Post: Tamara Bennett, 996 Waiuku Road, RD1 Pukeoware, Waiuku 2681

*Please email me to confirm you have made a payment

The Tai Chi for Health practice sessions will run for 3 hours with a tea/biscuit break (provided). There will be time to ask questions regarding the form, tai chi principles and teaching methods.



TCHC NZ Tuition Scholarship to Sydney One Week Workshop

9-14 January 2013 @ St Vincent College, Sydney, Australia

*One TCHC NZ member will be chosen from the completed applications received by the deadline date.

Deadline: 8 September 2012



TCHCNZ  Pins $4 members,  $5 non-members

TCHCNZ  Bags $5 members, $6 non members

Please add $2 for postage.

Contact Ferne McKenzie  at or 04-3891-433.


2012 World Tai Chi & Qigong Day purple T-shirts available @$35 each plus P&P (various sizes first come first served)

For more information Contact Tamara:



Our Secretary Tamara Bennett has successfully campaigned to have a “quick link” for New Zealand on Dr Lam’s Instructor list, based on the fact that the number of TCH instructors in New Zealand is growing.  If you are a qualified TCH instructor, do visit Dr Lam’s website to check that your profile is up to date, as many pupils search the list looking for a local instructor.  If you have qualified recently and your name does not appear on the list, please immediately contact the Master Trainer who certified you, copying in Secretary Tamara Bennett.  Please include the date and location of your training/update.



It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our first Full Member, Rob Condliffe from Christchurch, in August.

Initially Rob decided to try tai chi to help manage his heart condition, and to build up his strength.  Not only did he improve his own health very significantly but that of his pupils. Every one of them can tell you a positive story about the improvement in their mobility, health and general wellbeing since they began attending Rob’s classes.

Rob was very enthusiastic about the Tai Chi for Health program and his energy will be sadly missed.  We send our sympathies to his widow, Annette.



“Big Class”

(From Ferne McKenzie)

In July, The Wellington Tai Chi Associates held its fourth “big class” event in Wellington.  Every year, we get as many Tai Chi for Arthritis instructors and students together as possible.  Then we go through all the forms taught by the various teachers and have refreshments afterwards.  Andy Hardwick was our MC and each instructor led one of the forms.  This year, we invited Sifus’ Cynthia Shaw and Suzanne Jungersen, who teach Wild Goose Qi gong to provide us with a mini-workshop on Healthy Living Gong part one, which everyone enjoyed.  It was a great day and about 35 people attended.


A letter to you from Chris Hattle

It was a true privilege to be involved in Dr Lam’s recent workshop to achieve Master Training in Tai Chi for Osteoporosis (TCO)… and I am now able to bring TCO Instructor training to New Zealand for the first time

 Having submitted pre-assignments already, I must confess to being grateful that the flight to Melbourne was not fully booked and final review of TCO studies could be spread out across aircraft seating.

 Melbourne weather was cool and very damp with the occasional spectacular downpour.   Melbourne’s friendly hospitality was at its very warmest.  As a billet in an Australian home the welcome I received was superb, offering a home away from home with great company.

 Mostly from Australia, also from NZ and Singapore, eight Master Trainers (MT) supported by two Senior Trainers (ST) worked intently with Dr Lam for the full three days.  This included an actual TCO Instructor workshop with 23 participants mostly from Victoria and Tasmania.

 What a good experience it was to be included in a Tai Chi for Health Institute (TCHI) workshop which had been organized by Arthritis Victoria and supported by Osteoporosis Australia. I have for many years appreciated that preventing falls is a mutual goal shared by TCHI and ACC in NZ.  For this workshop, with TCHI, Arthritis Victoria and Osteoporosis Australia, I found it encouraging and enabling, in a different way, being involved with organizations working to support mutual causes.

Two of the Master Trainers I had not previously met.  With staff from Arthritis Victoria, and these two MTs I met colleagues who will prove to be invaluable in my ever growing network of people to share ideas and support each other in our tai chi journeys.

My enthusiasm for the Tai Chi for Osteoporosis program was already well established before the MT course.  As a physiotherapist I identify many aspects of the movements which benefit people managing osteoporosis. Preventing falls is a necessary part of life for people living with osteoporosis and preventing falls is a primary purpose for the TCO program.  I love the inclusion of the sustained differing directions of stepping and movements which offer progressive balance skills.  TCO is a wonderful program to introduce to tai chi participants after Tai Chi for Arthritis. 

I return to NZ, very grateful that TCHCNZ has been supportive of my attendance at the MT workshop and with enthusiasm boosted by more knowledge and experience of the TCO program.


Link to YouTube

We are all part of the global TCH family, and I think you would enjoy listening to both Jef Morris’s heartfelt words about Dr Lam, and Master Trainer’s Sheila Rae’s lovely and funny welcome at the US One Week Workshop, it is relevant to us all!   Click on this link to watch the video:


That’s all for this month.  I look forward to meeting you at a future Tai Chi for Osteoporosis training workshop!