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A-Z of Courses

This is the complete list of courses currently available for you to select.  They are in alphabetical order. 

Courses generally start in February so make your selection from December to mid January. 

In the second half year, new courses are announced in June so make your selection in June.

At other times of the year you should contact the course coordinators (as some groups are limited in their numbers). IF YOU JUST WANT TO SEE WHAT COURSES ARE ON IN THE  REST OF THIS MONTH AND NEXT MONTH THEN CHOOSE "COURSES THIS MONTH." THAT IS THE LAST HEADING IN THIS COURSES FIELD.

Ancestry Search [ANS] RUNS ALL YEAR

For anyone searching for information about their family history or needing help recording, for our children, the stories of our lives. We sometimes have a speaker or make visits to aid our research. Come and be inspired.

Co-ordinator: Doug Miller, [email protected] (04 293 6624 / 020 464 5537)
3rd Friday of the month at 10.00am
Venue: Tawa Union Church


Calling all people in Tawa who are skilled in art, please come to share your skills and interests with the art group. You will be very welcome as we are a very sociable group. We want to encourage everyone with or without an ability to sketch or paint to come along to give art a go. We have a wide range of equipment, just bring paper. You may prefer to work on your own project which would be inspiring to the group.

Every Thursday 10.00 am to noon.

Leader: Maureen Johnston, [email protected] (232 4555 or 027 297 4392)
Co-ordinator: Alison Bayly, [email protected] (027 437 9215)
Every Thursday 10.00am till noon
Venue: Tawa Community Centre


Members talk about the books they have been reading. No set book. Books are frequently shared. The discussion about a book often triggers wider discussion on topical issues.

Leader: Faith Delaney (232 6730)
2nd Monday of the month at 10am
Venue: Member's home


Members talk about the books they have been reading. No set book. Books are often shared. The discussion about a book often triggers wider discussion on topical issues.

Leader: Diane Scott (232 6958)
4th Monday of the month at 10am
Venue: Member's home


The aim is to enable group members to study and learn about the many types of New Zealand flora, especially trees. The Botany group encompasses people with a wide variety of botanical skills and a wish to identify new specimens while exploring rich native ecosystems including native bush. These extend to swamp areas and coastal zones like estuaries. The Wellington area provides excellent opportunities for botany study both in the field and in imaginative indoor study facilities such as Te Papa. Every effort is made to balance out the more demanding outdoor venues with easier to visit ones. Bring lunch.

Leader: Gil Roper (897 0155)
Co-ordinator: Helen Roper, [email protected] (897 0155)
2nd Monday of the month, 9:30am
Venue: Davies Street/Luckie Street car-park

Choir [CHR] (U3A Singers) RUNS ALL YEAR

Over 50 voices sing a wide variety of music. Some popular songs arranged for mixed choir, some serious choral works like Opera Choruses. Folk Songs, songs from Musicals and Films. Some are challenging, others are really simple. There's always going to be a good selection that you will enjoy.

Resumes July 25th in Semester 2

Leader: Jancis Potter, [email protected] (232 3915 or 027 635 4733)
Co-ordinator: Gail Milner, [email protected] (027 417 4422)
Every Monday at 1:15pm
Venue: Tawa Union Church

Computer Chatter [CMP] RUNS ALL YEAR

Discussions about and keeping up to date with computers, smart phones & tablets (including iPhones & iPads) and software. We’ll announce by email the main topics for the next session. Please enrol now even if only some sessions might interest you.

Leader: John Baldwin, [email protected] (027 349 7777 or 237 6501)
4th Thursday of the month at 10am
Venue: Tawa Community Centre Drop-in Lounge


A “hands-on” session run by the Wellington Free Ambulance. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillator training.

Leader: Jan Jones, [email protected] (021 259 9797)
Tuesday 26th July at 10.30am (rescheduled from Semester 1)
Venue: Tawa Union Church Lounge

Current Affairs [CAF] RUNS ALL YEAR

This group examines and reflects on political events and social trends in NZ and around the world. Topics are chosen by the group and the leader then promotes discussion on each of those topics. Everyone who wishes to speak is always accorded the opportunity. Coffee and tea are served both before and after the session.

Leader: Dave Smith, [email protected] (232 5084 or 021 991 404)
Co-ordinator: Helen Roper, [email protected] (897 0155)
1st Wednesday of the month at 10am
Venue: Emmaus Centre

Discussion Group [DIS] RUNS ALL YEAR

A small group, meeting to have a discussion on proposed topics of community interest after enjoying a simple morning tea.

No April meeting

Leader: Digby Gudsell, [email protected] (232 6110)
Co-ordinator: Lola Gudsell, [email protected] (232 6110)
2nd Wednesday of the month at 10am
Venue: Member's home

Garden Group [GGP] RUNS ALL YEAR

We are looking for ideas of gardens to visit.

Contact Prue with any suggestions.

From March 4th meetings will be from 9.30am at the Emmaus Centre unless otherwise advised.

Leader: leader will change with each session
Co-ordinator: Prue Theobald, [email protected] (04 232 0241 or 021 234 5621 )
1st Friday of the month at 9.30am
Venue: Emmaus Centre

Growing Food [GFD] September only

These sessions will be at the Tawa Community Garden where you can get ideas and advice for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs. The garden is in Oxford Street which is easy to access. Various composting methods will be discussed.

Leader: Alison Bayly, [email protected] (027 437 9215)
Every Wednesday in September, 10.00 - 11.30am
Venue: Tawa Community Garden, Oxford Street

Health Issues [HLT]

We have still been unable to find a regular speaker for this course. However, we have had an offer of a speaker from Enliven, who provide support services for the disabled, but also for the more mature members of society. They will present two sessions, with the first being on the subject of dementia.

Co-ordinator: Pat Hammond, [email protected] (027 335 0038)
Tuesday August 2nd & Wednesday October 26th @ 10.30am
Venue: Tawa Union Church

History (HIS) 3 sessions

Migrant Misery, Madness and Glory to Whanganui-a-Tara, 1820-1850

Those with European ancestors arriving by ship 1840 onwards will probably know about their difficulties of travel. You may not be so aware of their multiplied frustration in Wellington in getting onto the land and clearing it to build on or work it; loneliness, isolation and fear haunted many. Their vigour and achievements were outstanding.

Just before these arrivals similar large numbers of Maori were internally dislocated and moved up to 1,000 kms basically on foot. Their arrival in Kapiti, Porirua and Whanganui-a-Tara, was difficult as land had to be wrested for many and tensions were rife. The arrival of thousands of European migrants shook their world. How they adjusted is stupendous.

Over 3 sessions I intend to share 7 stories from those two culture groups and their notable achievements as Migrants to our area. Come share with me.

Leader: Jonathan Boyes [email protected] (232 2815 / 027 232 2811)
Thursdays August 4th & 18th & September 1st, 10.30 - 11.30am
Venue: Tawa Library

Indoor Bowls [INB] 2nd Half of the Year

We have the use of sets of bowls and a mat to set up at the Community Centre. We will start small and see how popular this activity becomes.

Leader: Alison Bayly, [email protected] (027 437 9215)
Every Wednesday from 6th July, 8 sessions, 10.30 to 12.30pm
Venue: Tawa Union Church Hall

Indoor Games [ING] RUNS ALL YEAR

A variety of board and card games played by members.

Leader: David Parsons, [email protected].com (027 427 2094)
1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 1.30pm, starts 2nd February
Venue: Tawa Union Church

Keep-fit Classes [KFT]

Tutor Mark Anderson gives specific advice as required and leads members in exercises to improve cardio, strength and flexibility. Mark ensures the exercises are safe and tailored to your specific needs. Only U3A members are present during the agreed times so most attendees know each other well. A warm and supportive atmosphere is maintained at all times.

$7 per half hour.

Times available: Mondays 1-1:30pm; Thursdays 2-2:30pm; Fridays 1-1:30pm & 1.30-2.00pm

Leader: Mark Anderson (027 458 8674)
Co-ordinator: Brian Wilson, [email protected] (234 7085)
Every Monday, Thursday and Friday, times vary
Venue: Revolve Fitness, Tawa Mall

Knitting Together [KNT]

A friendly group who get together each month to knit, share knitting skills and patterns, and have a good chat!

Co-ordinator: Gillian George, [email protected] (021 231 4240)
1st Tuesday of the month at 2.00pm
Venue: Members' homes

Literature [LIT] October and November only

1. Mary-Lynn will present another of her favourite Katherine Mansfield Stories, "The Woman at the Store"

2. Have you a favourite poem to share?

Leader: Mary-Lynn Boyes (232 2815)
Co-ordinator: Valerie Saxton (232 7303 / 021 166 3373)
Two Wednesdays October 12th and November 16th at 1.30pm
Venue: Tawa Library

Lunch Group [LCH] Runs All Year

A group who meet once a month, not necessarily on the same day, to sample foods in cheap and cheerful local cafes.

Leader: Diane Scott (232 6958)
Dates are determined month by month as suits the group
Venue: Local Cafes


There was a time when Meccano was every boy’s dream. Meccano parts may have altered just a little over the years but the ability to use them to build innovative structures or machines is undimmed. This group is extremely popular, and it is not just restricted to the guys!

Leader: Max George, [email protected] (021 023 59955)
Co-ordinator: Gillian George, [email protected] (021 231 4240)
2nd and 4th Mondays from 9.30 – 11.30am, Starts 14th February
Venue: Member's home


This has proved to be a very popular group, and we have seen some wonderful films such as "The Duke", with Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent, and a French film called "The Rose Maker", which many said they would not normally go to see, but which proved to be an absolute gem. Suggestions of films you'd like to see are very welcome; we share transport to the cinema or you can meet us there.

Co-ordinator: Pat Hammond, [email protected] (027 335 0038)
3rd Wednesday of the month, 10:30 am, Starts 16th February
Venue: Lighthouse Cinema, Pauatahanui

Music Performance Group [MPG] RUNS ALL YEAR

Members perform short items to each other. You don't have to be a virtuoso – just interested in giving yourself a reason to practice something ready to perform for others to enjoy.

There is a wide range of abilities and everyone is very supportive of the other performers. Room for more if you'd like to join us.

Co-ordinator: Jancis Potter, [email protected] (232 3915 or 027 635 4733)
1st Thursday of the month at 2.00pm, Starts 3rd February
Venue: Member's home

New Books in the Library [NBL] RUNS ALL YEAR

U3A Tawa enjoys enormous cooperation from the Tawa Library staff. This course involves U3A receiving long term loans (six weeks) of books that are new to Tawa Library. Members then read and discuss the books. If a member of the group is impressed with the reports from the others they will usually be allowed to have that book next, provided there is no formal reserve on it in the general library system. Members of the group are encouraged to write reviews of their books and these reviews are featured on the library’s “New Books” shelves. Everyone is encouraged to widen their reading range by reading outside their personal comfort zones if possible. Tea and coffee are provided by the library.

(This New Books in the Library course could be split into two groups if there are too many for one).

Meets on the 2nd Thursdays in the Library at 10am.

Co-ordinator: Pauline Gallagher, [email protected] & Dave Smith, [email protected] (232 4653 - Pauline & 232 5084 / 021 991 404 - Dave)
2nd Thursday of the month at 10 am, Starts 10th February
Venue: Tawa Library


Players assemble at the Petanque Pit in Aotea Lagoon at 10am on a Friday. No need to have played before and when the weather is uncertain we confirm with an email on the day. Everything is provided including tea and coffee and biscuits and stimulating conversation. A thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a Friday morning.

Co-ordinator: Jenny Cullen, [email protected] (234 1767)
Every Friday, 10am - 12pm, Started 7th January
Venue: Aotea Lagoon


Philosophy is not a totally abstract subject running parallel to reality. Its very real impact on change can be seen in governments, laws, art, economies and other aspects of social organisation across time. The ancient thinkers are as relevant today as they ever were.

The world changes fast. Big new ideas take time to percolate through our lives before making a lasting mark. As one philosopher said recently “Few need to argue now that slavery or disemboweling is wrong yet exactly those debates took place centuries ago”. The session will seek to discern the ebb and flow of philosophy through all the above issues - right down to today where slogans have largely replaced thought.

Leader: Dave Smith, [email protected] (232 5084 / 021 991 404)
1st and 3rd Mondays of the month @10am, Starts 21st February
Venue: Tawa Union Church Lounge

PIANO RECITAL [PNO] One event each Half Year

Jancis and Chris will present another recital of piano music. Solos, duets and works for 2 pianos. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the recital.

Leader: Jancis Potter, [email protected]
Co-ordinator: Jancis Potter, [email protected] (232 3915 or 027 635 4733)
Tuesday September 20th, 10.00 - 12noon
Venue: Member's home


Try out a new sport. These sessions are run by Wellington North Badminton Club, at Taylor Park in Tawa. Sessions cost $5, a contribution to the running costs at the club.

Co-ordinator: Alison Bayly, [email protected] (027 437 9215)
Every Wednesday, starts 19th January, 9.30 to 11.00
Venue: Wellington North Badminton Club, Taylor Park, Tawa


We will read a selection of plays – mainly one-act – each person reading a part (and acting it out if we decide that would be a good idea). We can explore options with what we do further with the plays. The play-readings will probably take place in members’ homes, but, again, we can explore options with that. Please contact Barbara at 04 971 5464 if you are interested in taking part – and if you have contacted her previously about this, please confirm with her that you are still interested. Thank you.

Leader: Barbara Woods, [email protected] (O4 971 5464)
Last Tuesday of the month @ 11.00am, starting July 26th
Venue: Tawa Community Centre

Quiz [QUZ] 2nd Half Year

Come and test your general knowledge, and share a cuppa...if Covid allows! This is not a Mastermind or Brain of Britain quiz, more a means of testing your knowledge and memory over a wide range of subject areas - hopefully there'll be something there so everyone can shine, even if only briefly.

Co-ordinator: Pat Hammond, [email protected] (027 335 0038)
Tuesdays July 19th, August 16th & October 25th @ 1.30pm
Venue: Tawa Union Church Hall


A social walking group. Bring water and your lunch. Meet at Davies Street/Luckie Street car-park.

Co-ordinator: Shirley Williamson, [email protected] (232 6746)
Every Thursday at 10am, Starts 3rd February
Venue: Davies Street/Luckie Street car-park

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (RRR) 2ND HALF ONLY

Members enrolled may have ideas to share / discuss online before a meeting. I can circulate these ideas to the Group for "feed-back" and online brief discussion. This is an ideas sharing / discussing topic area - no presenter invited.

Leader: John Baldwin, [email protected] (237 6501 / 027 349 7777)
Wednesday August 31st @ 10.00am
Venue: Tawa Community Centre

Scrabble (jointly with Mana U3A)

We have been invited to join Mana U3A members in their Scrabble games. It’s good for keeping the brain active! As this is a group set up by Mana U3A you cannot enrol on this website - please contact John directly if you’re interested.

Co-ordinator: John Bolland, [email protected] (232 6126)
Monthly on Friday mornings
Venue: Members' homes

Scrap-Booking / Cards [SCB] RUNS ALL YEAR

Join our friendly group to learn techniques to display your photos in an interesting and lasting way. Numbers limited.

Co-ordinator: Barbara Russell, [email protected] (232 5831 / 021 049 3599)
Every Friday, 10.00 to 12.00am, Starts 4th February
Venue: Tawa Community Centre

Table Tennis [TTN] RUNS ALL YEAR

Join the group of enthusiastic players on a Thursday morning for your exercise for the day.

Leader: Jon Boland (021 264 0941)
Co-ordinator: Tim Davin, [email protected] (027 204 9536)
Every Thursday at 10:00am
Venue: Tawa Community Centre Hall


Brenda of Tawa Tai Chi will take you through some simple Tai Chi and Qigong exercises tailored for older adults. You can even practice while sitting in a chair. Regular Tai Chi practice has many proven health benefits including improving your balance, muscle strength and stamina.

Leader: Brenda Wordsworth, Tawa Tai Chi
Co-ordinator: Alison Bayly, [email protected] (027 437 9215)
Fridays, 1.00pm, $5.00 each session, started 21st January
Venue: Tawa Community Centre


Mercedes teaches contemporary forms using the Yang Style. All exercise movements done in a session have their Health Benefits. Repetitions are normal in TaiChi to improve movement. These are relaxed and controlled movements, which will help improve fitness and flexibility and reduce the risk of joint injury.

NB - This course needs at least 8 members to proceed.

Leader: Mercedes Godinez
Co-ordinator: Pat Hammond, [email protected] (027 335 0038)
2nd and 4th Fridays, 10 - 11am, Starts 11th February
Venue: Tawa Union Church


Course cancelled due to lack of participants

This is a very short course dedicated to the idea that basic amateurs can improve their pictures greatly just by following a few simple rules on how to compose their shots. You don’t have to have a flashy camera. It’s all about making sure your pictures both (a) tell recognizable stories and (b) are easy on the eye. You can use a very ordinary camera, including an android phone, and still get some superb shots.

The shape of the four-session course will be:

a. Explain the essential rules of composition.

b. Looking at good professional pics that illustrate what makes a photo special.

c. Field session (around Tawa) taking some pictures with the rule in mind.

d. Critiquing the output from the field session.

Leader: Dave Smith, [email protected]
Wednesdays October 12th & 19th & November 9th, 1.30 - 3.00pm
Venue: Tawa Community Centre Boardroom

Tawa- Linden Walkers [TLW]

A walking group that has a programme of weekly walks that are located as far away as Waikanae, Upper Hutt and the south coast of Wellington. The Walkers meet at 9:00am for a 9:15am start.

Walkers bring a drink and something to eat for morning tea and lunch on the days indicated on the program. We car pool transport at present. Wear walking shoes and bring a jacket for all walks.

Co-ordinator: Allan Johnson, [email protected]
Every Tuesday at 9:00 am
Venue: Meet at Tawa Junction, Wellington Beds end of car park

Theatre Visits [THV] RUNS ALL YEAR

Our local theatres offer a brilliant range of productions. Each month I email you with suggestions and ask for expressions of interest. After I've made a provisional booking I will ask you to pay into the U3A theatre account, which is then transferred to the appropriate theatre: Circa, Mana Little Theatre, Gryphon, Khandallah Arts Theatre, Kapiti Playhouse or Hutt Repertory.

Leader: Alison Bayly (027 437 9215)
Co-ordinator: Alison Bayly, [email protected] (027 437 9215)
Monthly, to be advised
Venue: Various

Travel Adventures [TRA] RUNS ALL YEAR

Each month a member shares a "slide show" of their holiday.

Friday 12 August Pilgrimages - Lisa Weber

Friday 9 September to be announced

Friday 14 October Coping with Disaster on our Egypt, Jordan & Israel Tour – Rob Julian and Larraine Talbot

Friday 11 November Thailand & Laos 2019 - Geoff Marshall

Co-ordinator: Carole Naylor, [email protected] ( 233 8032 )
2nd Friday of the month at 10am, Starts 11th February
Venue: Emmaus Centre


More songs with another chord to add to your repertoire. This is an immensely popular group who find it a most enjoyable way to make music together without needing a great deal of study.

Leader: Ann Haddon, [email protected] (027 230 8999 )
Co-ordinator: Malcolm Haddon, [email protected] (021 114 8852)
Every Friday, 1.00 to 2.30pm, Starts 4th February
Venue: Tawa Community Centre Drop-in Lounge

Write It - Group 1 [WI 1]

A meeting to share your writing with others. Be inspired to continue your Family History, Memoir, Short Story, Novel or Poem.

The first challenge for the year is to write about the process of writing: the rules or principles or steps that assist you to improve your own work. Keep it short; less than 500 words.

Co-ordinator: Alison Bayly [email protected] (027 437 9215)
Tuesdays fortnightly @ 1.30pm, Starts 8th February. First session is combined with Write it 2
Venue: Tawa Community Centre

Write It - Group 2 [WI 2]

A meeting to share your writing with others. Be inspired to continue your Family History, Memoir, Short Story, Novel or Poem.

The first challenge for the year is to write about the process of writing: the rules or principles or steps that assist you to improve your own work. Keep it short; less than 500 words.

We'll start with a combined session with Write it 1 on February 8th

Co-ordinator: Alison Bayly [email protected] (027 437 9215 )
Tuesdays fortnightly @ 1.15pm, Starts 15th February. First combined session on 8th February.
Venue: Tawa Community Centre
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