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New Courses

An Introduction to Western Philosophy [WP]

We are never too old to learn. Aristotle maintains that philosophy is best taken up at fifty years or on, so we are well placed at U3A. We are given comprehensive notes, introduced to philosophy websites, read a few philosophy texts (not difficult) and have eight sessions at which we discuss such topics as: theories of knowledge, the question of identity (who am I), the philosophy of religion, ethics, the meaning of life; all at a laypersons level.


Co-ordinator: Don Hunter, [email protected] (232 9633)
Fridays fortnightly at 2pm. Starts 7th February
Venue: The Roundabout

Arthritis Discussion Group [AD]

Two sessions. A group meeting to exchange experience in: managing pain, treatments, operations, activities, support.

Thursday 27th August and 26th November

Leader: Marina Fabris, [email protected] (232 7007)
Co-ordinator: Don Hunter, [email protected] (232 9633)
Thursday 27th August and 26th November 2020, 2pm.
Venue: Tawa Community Centre

Aspects of Literature [AL]

Mary-Lynn will present another one or two explorations into poetry or some other aspect of her favourite literature. Her presentations are semi-dramatised readings and well worth spending an hour.


Dates will be advised in the June supplement.

Aspects of Tawa's History [TH]

This time Bruce's focus will be on the Takapu Valley. Far from being the “add-on” to the Tawa Village, Takapu Valley has its own fascinating stories, and interesting possible projections in the future. Bruce lived in the Valley with his family for 14 years, in fact one of the early “life-stylers” - today he has sobering reflections on such a “waste of productive land”. The Tawa Historical Society's new book on the Takapu Valley may be available for you to buy.

Leader: Bruce Murray
Co-ordinator: Jancis Potter, [email protected] (232 3915 or 027 635 4733)
Monday 16th March 10 am
Venue: Emmaus Centre

Christianity and Islam [CI]

Four sessions of one hour of video talks by an international speaker from UK, entitled “The Challenge of Islam to Christians”.

THESE TALKS ARE SPECIFICALLY FOR CHRISTIANS.

Talk 1: “Sounding the Alarm”. This is the clearest understanding of Islam that I have found. What are Islam’s goals? Islam and Muslims are not our enemy.

Talk 2: Compare Reality

Talk 3: Compare Relationship

Talk 4: Compare Righteousness

Leader: Digby Gudsell, [email protected] (232 6110)
Four consecutive Wednesdays, Starts 5th February,1.30 pm
Venue: Emmaus Centre

Climate Change [CL]

David has a PhD in Atmospheric Physics and has worked in the USA, Australia and New Zealand on climate and meteorology. He is a Companion of the Royal Society, A member of the society's New Zealand Climate Expert Panel, and a member of the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

We anticipate David will convene a panel to lead a discussion in 3 or 4 sessions.

Leader: Dr. David Wratt (NIWA's chief climate scientist)
Co-ordinator: Dave Smith, [email protected] (232 5084 or 021 991 404 )
Dates, time and venue to be advised in the June supplement

Dressmaking [DM]

Bring along your current projects for guidance. Or just bring your machine and sew in companionship.

Leader: Pat Hammond
Start date in 2nd term, to be advised. Fortnightly on alternate week to Indoor Games
Venue: Tawa Union Church

Films [FW]

[WOODY ALLEN & THE COENS]

Between them these filmmakers have some wonderfully anarchic comedy movies to their names. They have also turned out some very innovative serious dramas that have garnered a total of eight Oscars with 38 nominations. The variety and power of these creative visual artists is worth celebrating. Films include: Manhattan, Annie Hall, Interiors, Midnight in Paris, Fargo, Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, No Country for Old Men, A Serious Man and Bananas.

Leader: Dave Smith, [email protected] (232 5084 or 021 991 404)
Tuesday fortnightly, 2 pm. Starts 12th February
Venue: Member's home

My Future Health Care [FH]

We need to plan for our Future Health Care in case we are in a situation where we cannot speak for ourselves. That could be because of an Accident, severe Stroke, Heart failure or Dementia. If we talk things over and make plans now, after discussions with our family and Doctor then write that down, people know what you want. A Future Health Plan is not binding like a will. It's a guide.

Two events planned, one in May, other in September.

Leader: Maxine Paterson
Co-ordinator: John Baldwin, [email protected] (237 6501 or 027 349 7777)
Friday 15th May, 18th September
Venue: Tawa Community Centre (Old Police Office)

Reading Shakespeare [RS]

Carolyn will present another series reading one or more of the Bard's works.


Dates will be advised in the June supplement.

The Drones Club [TD]

Mana U3A are invited to join us.

The session will be in two parts:

a. We will look at videos previously taken over Kapiti using drones. Three types of drone will be actually examined and their costs and capabilities analysed. The legal rules about how drones must be flown will also feature.

b. We will go out to Redwood Park and fly the drones all of which have quite different features and purposes.

Leader: William Bryson
Co-ordinator: Dave Smith, [email protected] (232 5084 or 021 991 404 )
Sunday 16th February
Venue: Member's home and Redwood Park

Shared Seminar Series

The Drones Club [TD]

Mana U3A are invited to join us.

The session will be in two parts:

a. We will look at videos previously taken over Kapiti using drones. Three types of drone will be actually examined and their costs and capabilities analysed. The legal rules about how drones must be flown will also feature.

b. We will go out to Redwood Park and fly the drones all of which have quite different features and purposes.

Leader: William Bryson
Co-ordinator: Dave Smith, [email protected] (232 5084 or 021 991 404 )
Sunday 16th February
Venue: Member's home and Redwood Park
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