Updated: 12/10/2021

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.


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Health Issues

The second of Dr. Stone's Health Issues sessions has now been rearranged. It will take place at 9.30am on Thursday November 18th, at Tawa Union Church.

Philosophy Impact

Cancelled for rest of 2021.  Possibly run next year.

The Joys of Joining the Gym


When you catch your reflection in a window do you groan?

D’you see a wrinkly pensioner whose energy has flown?

It’s time to join like-minded folk who’re full of optimism

Who run and row and lift and LAUGH to fight the rheumatism

There is no need for Lycra or expensive Nike shoes

We don’t aim to look fashionable; we wear just what we choose

If you have creaky knees and hips there’s no point being bitter

Just exercise for half an hour and go home feeling fitter

Kay Luck,  Write-it Group, U3A Tawa.

Gardening Group News

We have 28 active members. We will continue with our informal setup I think unless someone is prepared to step up as a president in February our first meeting after Christmas. We will probably do as we did in February this year when group members put their hands up to organise an event for a month. For this get together we sat in a circle which was very inclusive.

In the photo the member in the red hat is Gillian Prattley, the black hood is Jeanie Fyfe and the purple jacket Prue Theobald and me with the WCC council team demonstrating rose pruning for us at Grasslees Reserve. I have pruned roses for years but was interested in the instruction and learnt from it. 

September's activity at the church hall on the first Friday of the month will be a "Why we get into gardening"  discussion and a gardening quiz. 

We will continue to have a working bee for the Long View Gardens organised by Prue when she sees a need.

$2. Hall charge, 50c for a hot drink and biscuit and a bring and buy sales table.


U3A Scrabble

Most of us know quite a few four-letter words, including some that we don’t use in polite company.  But how about two-letter words?  Er….  Yes, “er” is one, as are “as” and “it”.  Have you ever heard of “Ba” or “Em”?  Apparently they are, respectively, the eternal spirit in Egyptian mythology and a printer’s measure (equal to twice an “En”).

What can you do with such two-letter words?  If you play Scrabble, the answer is you can score points with them.  I restarted playing the game a few months ago, after an absence of several years, and was surprised to find that serious players wouldn’t be seen at the board without their Scrabble Dictionary and list of two-letter words.  However they’re not so competitive that they won’t lend you their list if you ask nicely.

Tawa U3A has joined forces with its opposite number in Mana and set up a group of Scrabble players who meet once a month on a Friday morning  in someone’s home.  After some refreshments we get down to the serious stuff and split into groups for a game.  It’s good fun and we occasionally find time for a chat in between turns.  We may even learn some new words!

If you’ve played before or just want to have a go you’d be very welcome to join the group.  It’s a great way of exercising the brain rather than the usual one of trying to remember what you came into the kitchen for.

Ramblers Recent Walk

Eleven members of the Ramblers had a very enjoyable walk along Petone foreshore - it was chilly but not windy and the sun shone for a great deal of the time. Good weather for a good walk!

Report on Health Issues

Presented by Dr. Kathy Stone, a practising GP, who covers a wide range of topics, in entertaining and informative style:

covering both “public” and “personal” health. Dr. Stone enjoys questions from attendees, and invites topic suggestions for future sessions.

Her programme is usually two 1- hour talks each U3A Semester.

Latest Newsletter (May 2021) . Also 4 Page Summary of all Current Groups

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Cycle Rambling

Leading up to last Thursday (1st July) there was a question mark hanging over our first “cycle ramble”.

After a cold and frosty night Thursday dawned a beautifully sunny and windless day.  Lynne and I took the train to Mana and cycled along the walk/cycle track up to and through Plimmerton and out to the Marae.  We’d all endured some bleak days so it was very refreshing to smell the sea and soak up some vitamin D.   On the way back we stopped at the delicatessen in the main street for the inevitable drink and then biked down to Paremata to catch the train back to Redwood.

For those who like a challenge in their bike ride it may have been on the gentle side.  The challenge may have been Lynne’s in that she chose to ride without engaging the electrics but a lovely excursion.  Look forward to the 5th August.

U3A Ancestry Search

On 18 June 2021 the Ancestry Search group went to the Police Museum at Papakowhai for a guided tour.  We were met by the curator who took us through the current main exhibits that include the police roll of honour, the sinking of the Mikhail Lermontov, Women in policing, the Air New Zealand crash on Mt Erebus, and the Springbok tour of 1981.  After the formal part of the tour we could wander around the rest of the museum to see the exhibits relating to police dogs, criminals, and prisons.

This was a most interesting tour for the 16 of us and the Mt Erebus exhibit was particularly poignant.

The museum is open most days of the year and is free unless you would like a guided tour.  Also see History and Museum | New Zealand Police .  

Doug Miller

Botany Group

Members of the Tawa U3A Botany group recently explored a new reserve in Otaihanga.  Greendale Reserve has been planted by volunteer groups over the past two decades.  There were many plants,  mostly native but with some exotic species to practice our skills at identifying trees, shrubs and ferns.


Coming up in the next seven days...

Monday, 25 October 2021
12:00am - Keep-fit Classes [KFT] - Revolve Fitness, Tawa Mall
10:00am - Books2 [BK2] - Member's home
Tuesday, 26 October 2021
1:15pm - 2:45pm - Write It - Group 2 [WI 2] - Tawa Community Centre
Thursday, 28 October 2021
10:00am - New Books in the Library [NBL] - Tawa Library
10:00am - Ramblers [RBS] - Davies Street/Luckie Street car-park
12:00am - Keep-fit Classes [KFT] - Revolve Fitness, Tawa Mall
10:00am - Computer Chatter [CMP] - Emmaus Centre
10:00am - 12:00pm - Art Group [ART] - Tawa Community Centre
9:30am - Table Tennis [TTN] - Tawa Community Centre Hall
Friday, 29 October 2021
1:30pm - Ukulele [UKU] - Tawa Community Centre
10:00am - 12:00pm - Outdoor Games [OUG] - Aotea Lagoon
12:00am - Keep-fit Classes [KFT] - Revolve Fitness, Tawa Mall
9:30am - Scrap-Booking [SCB] - Tawa Commuity Centre
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