Welcome to Tawa U3A

Tawa U3A is a group of people who are free during the day to gather for activities of interest.

We organise courses to teach subjects of interest like Art , Ancestry or Ukulele.

There are Discussion groups where you can express your point of view, and games both indoor and outdoor.

Talks are arranged on topics of interest like Health, History or Travel. We cooperate with other U3A groups and share sessions.

All up, we offer more than 50 learning and social opportunities at minimal cost.

You are certain to find some things that are of interest to you.  


You can email us - [email protected]

How to join U3A

Joining U3A Tawa can be done with a minimum of fuss. An easy way is to ring or email one of our Committee members whose names and contacts appear in the 'Contact Us' page of this site.  You can also use our 'ENROL' page or contact info email at the bottom of this page. The bank account numbers for paying the annual sub are also in the 'Contact Us' page or you can pay to a Committee member. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Welcome to U3A Tawa.

Newsletter October 2020

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Invitation from Mana U3A

U3A Tawa members are invited to this talk by Mana U3A member, Irene Swadling, who has just published a book “Crying Trees. A Bushman story set in King Country in the Depression”. She will be talking about the book at a meeting of Kapiti U3A’s Kaleidoscope group on Monday 2 November.

Here’s a Stuff article in which Irene talks about her love of writing https://www.stuff.co.nz/.../the-joys-of-writing-in-ones...

Details of Irene’s talk are: Monday 2 November at 9.45

Venue: Parklands Social Centre, Waikanae (at the bottom of Sylvan Avenue).

People are asked to be seated by 9.30. Visitors (those who are not members of Kapiti U3A) pay an entry fee of $4.  Note: Parklands parking is for residents only unless you have a walking difficulty.

Uncertain Times

Now that we are at Level 1 most groups will be back to normal. Please check with the co-ordinator if you are not sure.

Arthritis Discussion Group.

 Next session on Wednesday 4th November at 1:30 pm at Tawa Community Centre.

Current Health Issues.

 Dr. Stone was able to set a date for her next session: Thursday 19th November.

If you would like to join this group for her talk please contact the Coordinator.

Ethics and Faith in Practice

On Tuesday 27th October about 35 people braved the cold and wet to hear Ian Harris speak in the final talk of this well attended series. Ian is a journalist and author, his new book “New World  New God” was available for purchase at the talk.

Ian led us through four views of how humans relate and have related to the natural world - from the Biblical view of having dominion over creation, through the medieval age of being “in the pits” and the need to escape from that world, onto the modern economic world of exploiting resources regardless of the consequences, to the fourth view that requires a paradigm shift - a world where we relate positively to the Earth - we belong to the Earth - we are all connected.  

We’ve been enhancing ourselves, not the Earth. As Christians we need to consider stewardship (a change of theology and doctrine) and value “who we are over what we have”.

Ian left us with a question to ponder:
“How should we humans live upon the earth so that our presence enhances not just ourselves, but the planet?”


Garden Group

We had a very successful meeting with an Ikebana demonstration by Sandra Hurnard of the Sugetsu School in Wellington.
Attached are photos of the members attending and some of the flower arrangements.


Bus trip to  “Crosshills” Feilding. Would member’s email me [email protected] if interested or ring Sally (232-6006) or me (232-6746) ASAP. The cost will be known when I know the numbers.

TED Talks

TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

Coordinator of the Tawa U3A  TED Talks group, John Baldwin,  has recommended the following TED talks as ones that members might like to watch, especially during this lockdown period where some regular groups have had to be cancelled.

They can be accessed by searching for TED talks on your computer and adding the title of each talk.                    

  1. Rocket Lab NZ
  2. A precise, three-word address for every place on earth.
  3. Is Hypnosis fake?
  4. Let’s not use Mars as a back-up planet.
  5. How to talk so that people want to listen.
  6. Strategies for fuel efficient space travel.
  7. How did the 1918 flu pandemic start and could we have another? (this was presented before 2020).

Coming up in the next seven days...

Friday, 30 October 2020
1:30pm - Ukulele [UK] - Tawa Community Centre
9:30am - Scrap-Booking [SB] - Tawa Commuity Centre
Monday, 2 November 2020
10:30am - 1:30pm - Music and Lunch [ML] - Member's homes
1:15pm - 2:30pm - U3A Singers [SS] - Stephen's Lounge, Tawa Union Church
Tuesday, 3 November 2020
2:00pm - Films [FW] - Member's home
10:00am - TED Talks [TD] -
Wednesday, 4 November 2020
1:30pm - Indoor Games [IG] - Tawa Union Church
10:00am - Current Affairs [CA] - Doris Mills Lounge
Thursday, 5 November 2020
10:00am - Ramblers [RB] - Davies Street/Luckie Street car-park
2:00pm - 3:30pm - MUSIC PERFORMANCE GROUP [MP] - Member's home
10:00am - 12:00pm - Art Group [AG] - Tawa Community Centre
9:30am - Table Tennis [TT] - Tawa Community Centre Hall
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