Singing is done with both the body and the mind
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

Each week the group members learn about a feature of family history in more detail and share their knowledge when discussing any family history research challenges the members may have. We sometimes have a special guest speaker or have a field trip to aid our research. It is useful to record our family stories for the following generations. Come and be inspired.

Co-ordinator: Doug Miller, [email protected] (04 293 6624 / 020 464 5537)
3rd Friday of the month at 10.00am, starting February 17th
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.

Leader: Margaret Herbert, [email protected] (232 6828 / 027 232 6828)
Co-ordinator: Alison Bayly, [email protected] (027 437 9215)
Every Thursday 10.00am till noon, starting February 9th
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, starting February 13th
Venue: Member's home

Books2 [BK2] Course is Full - no new enrolments

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: Sally Horan, [email protected] (232 6006)
4th Monday of the month at 10am, starting February 27th
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, 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 at 9:30am, starting February 13th
Venue: Davies Street/Luckie Street car-park, Tawa

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.

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, starting January 30th
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, starting February 23rd
Venue: Tawa Community Centre Drop-in Lounge


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

Co-ordinator: Jan Jones, [email protected] (021 259 9797)
Date: TBA
Venue: TBA

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, starting February 1st
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.

Leader: Digby Gudsell, [email protected] (232 6110)
Co-ordinator: Lola Gudsell, [email protected] (232 6110)
2nd Wednesday of the month at 10am, starting February 8th
Venue: Member's home

Driving Skills (DSK) ONE SESSION

How up-to date are your driving skills? When did you last look at the road code? Come along to this one hour presentation - you’ll be surprised how much has changed since you took your driving test!

Leader: Wendy Betteridge
Co-ordinator: Pat Hammond, [email protected] (027 335 0038)
Monday April 17th at 10.00am
Venue: Tawa Union Church Lounge

Emergency Management Workshop (EMM) ONE SESSION

The course will cover hazards in the Wellington Region including fire and flood, the impacts of those hazards, how households can prepare for an emergency, and how people can get involved in the wider community's response. Lasts about one and a half hours.

Co-ordinator: Alison Bayly, [email protected] (027 437 9215)
Wednesday March 22nd at 10.00am
Venue: Emmaus Centre

Garden Group [GGP] RUNS ALL YEAR

Come along to see and talk about all things garden - plants, their care, where and when to plant, and many more topics.

Co-ordinator: Prue Theobald, [email protected] (04 232 0241 or 021 234 5621 )
1st Friday of the month at 10.00am, starting February 3rd
Venue: Emmaus Centre


Topical health issues, followed by your questions. Two talks per semester - the first will be on mental health, later topics TBA

Co-ordinator: Pat Hammond, [email protected] (027 335 0038)
March 14th & May 9th at 10.30am
Venue: Tawa Union Church


Come along and enjoy indoor bowling - a very enjoyable game.

Co-ordinator: John Woodward [email protected]
Every Wednesday from 3rd May, 9 sessions, 10.00 to 11.30am
Venue: Tawa Union Church Hall

Indoor Games [ING] IN RECESS

Indoor Games needs a new coordinator if it is to continue - is anyone willing to volunteer to take it on? If so, please contact Pat Hammond on 027 335 0038 or [email protected]

Investment (INV) ONE SESSION

The world's economic systems have taken a hammering over the last two years. Investment for the future is bedevilled with uncertainties. A representative from Jardens in Wellington will speak on the subject of how best to approach investing in the new and often confused investment climate.

Co-ordinator: Dave Smith, [email protected] (232 5084 / 021 991 404)
Wednesday 8th February at 10.00am
Venue: Emmaus Centre

Keep-fit Classes [KFT] RUNS ALL YEAR

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: Monday 1.30pm, Thursday 2.00pm Fridays 1.00pm

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] RUNS ALL YEAR

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, starting February 7th
Venue: Members' homes

Law and our Legal System (LAW) 2ND SEMESTER ONLY

The media gives a very selective and distorted view of our legal system. Here we look at how it evolved, what it seeks to protect and the breadth of its reach. It is a broadbrush approach that takes us from everyday criminal/civil law through to tax, family, Waitangi cases and international laws. 4 sessions.

Leader: Dave Smith, [email protected] (232 5084 / 021 991 404)
Dates: TBA
Venue: TBA


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


This group is extremely popular, and it is not just restricted to the guys! Novices are welcome as all models to build are provided whether they are large or small. Numbers are limited

2nd and 4th Mondays 9.30am – 11.30am

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, starting February 13th
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 at 10:30 am, starting February 15th
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, starting February 2nd
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.

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 10am, starting February 9th
Venue: Tawa Library


We play at the very pleasant Aotea Park by the Aotea lagoon. Hot drinks and biscuits are provided at half time. These games are somewhat weather-dependent but the hardy souls in this group turn out regardless of the weather! A minimum of 8 players is required to be viable.

Equipment is provided.

Co-ordinator: Annette Woods, [email protected] (027 327 1568)
Every Friday, 10am - 12pm, starting February 3rd
Venue: Aotea Lagoon

Philosophical Issues (PHI) RUNS ALL YEAR

Each monthly session will address a modern day issue as chosen by the group itself. Using the philosophies of mainly post- Enlightenment thinkers the issues will be clarified and addressed by the whole group. Participants will receive a 10 page booklet that clearly states each issue and refers to helpful websites or other sources. Discussion of upcoming issues, one on one, over a coffee is welcomed.

1st Monday of the month at 10.00am

Leader: Dave Smith, [email protected] (232 5084 / 021 991 404)
1st Monday of the month at 10am, starting February 6th
Venue: Tawa Union Church Lounge


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 18th April, 10.00 - 12noon
Venue: Member's home


We will read a selection of plays - mainly one-act - with each person reading a part. We may need to share parts at times, depending on numbers. Please contact Barbara if you are interested in taking part.

Leader: Barbara Woods, [email protected] (04 971 5464)
Last Tuesday of the month at 11.00am, starting 28th February
Venue: Tawa Community Centre


Come along and pit your wits against other quiz addicts. Sessions will be held on a Tuesday afternoon in March, June, August and October.

Co-ordinator: Pat Hammond, [email protected] (027 335 0038)
Tuesday March 28th & June 20th at 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, starting February 2nd
Venue: Davies Street/Luckie Street car-park

Reduce Rubbish, Reuse, Recycle (RRR) TWO SESSIONS

2 sessions on ways to reduce consumption by reusing and recycling possessions we no longer want or need. And how to encourage our children and grandchildren to do the same.

Leader: John Baldwin, [email protected] (237 6501 / 027 349 7777)
Wednesday April 19th at 2.00pm
Venue: Tawa Community Centre

Scrabble (jointly with Mana U3A) PLEASE DO NOT ENROL ONLINE

We have been invited to join Mana U3A members in their Scrabble games. It’s good for keeping the brain active! Held fortnightly on Friday mornings at a member’s home. Contact John for more details.

Starts: Feb 3rd at 10am, alternate Fridays

Venue: Members’ homes

Co-ordinator: John Bolland, [email protected] (232 6126)
Fortnightly on Friday mornings at 10.00am, starting January 27th
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, starting February 17th
Venue: Tawa Community Centre

Table Tennis [TTN] RUNS ALL YEAR

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

Leader: John Bolland, [email protected] (232 6126 / 021 264 0941)
Co-ordinator: Tim Davin, [email protected] (027 204 9536)
Every Thursday at 9:30am , starting February 2nd
Venue: Tawa Community Centre Hall

Tai Chi [TCM] Jointly with Mana U3A FIRST SEMESTER ONLY

Mercedes teaches contemporary forms using the Yang style. All exercise movements done in a session have health benefits. Repetitions are normal in Tai Chi to improve movement. These are relaxed, controlled movements which 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)
Every Friday, 10 - 11am, starting February 3rd
Venue: Tawa Union Church Hall

Taking Better Photographs [TBP] FIRST SEMESTER ONLY

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 rules in mind.

d. Critiquing the output from the field session.

Leader: Dave Smith, [email protected] (232 5084 / 021 991 404)
Wednesdays February 22nd, March 1st & 15th, 2.00 - 3.00pm
Venue: Tawa Community Centre Boardroom (TBC)

Tawa History [TWH] Cancelled but may be replaced

Bruce will give talks about two of Tawa’s significant early residents. The first will be about William Earp (and his family), the planter of the bucket tree on Boscobel Lane. The second will be about James Taylor of section 36. He lived/farmed opposite William Earp’s property for over 50 years.

Two Mondays at 10am

Leader: With the recent death of Bruce Murray, these talks are cancelled.
Co-ordinator: Gil Roper, [email protected] (897 0155 )
Two Mondays 3rd April & 16th October, at 10.00am
Venue: Emmaus Centre

Tawa- Linden Walkers [TLW] RUNS ALL YEAR

We are a friendly walking group who enjoy urban and bush walking. You will receive our programme of weekly walks in the Wellington region when you join the group. We meet on a Tuesday at Tawa Junction, Wellington Beds end of the car park, 9.00am for a 9.15am departure. We carpool, and a koha to the driver is indicated in the programme. You need to bring a drink (preferably water) and something to eat for morning tea and lunch on the lunch days which are indicated in the programme. Wear suitable clothing e.g. walking shoes or hiking boots, walking poles if required and a jacket for all walks.

Co-ordinator: Allan Johnson, [email protected] (021 138 1233)
Every Tuesday at 9:00 am, starting February 7th
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. Most months I’ll 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.

February 10th - Cuba - Lisa Webber

March 10th - TBA

April 14th - TBA

May 12th - Myanmar - Geoff Marshall

June 9th - India - Angela Ryan

Co-ordinator: Carole Naylor, [email protected] (233 8032 )
2nd Friday of the month at 10am, starting February 10th
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, starting January 27th
Venue: Tawa Community Centre (TBC)


A meeting to share your writing with others. Be inspired to continue your Family History, Memoir, Short Story, Novel or Poem. Usually one of the members suggests a theme for the following meeting for those willing to accept the challenge. Writing is limited to 500 words to allow reading time to be shared.

Co-ordinator: Lola Gudsell, [email protected] (232 6110 / 021 147 0133)
Tuesdays fortnightly @ 1.00pm, starting February 7th
Venue: Tawa Community Centre, Boardroom entrance (TBC)
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