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 somethings that are of interest to you.  Like the rest of New Zealand we are suffering through the current unpleasant situation with Covid19. We are trying to carry on learning and to hold U3A together. Please do contribute something whether you are a member or not.


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.

Government Policy is now changing so please consult following item on courses on this page

Latest indication about Term1 U3A courses (to be updated from time to time)

U3A Courses Update for the Remainder of Semester One


AS AT 28 MAY 2020

U3A Courses Update for the Remainder of Semester One


ANC  ANCESTRY SEARCH               Continues with Zoom.

ART ART GROUP                 Will continue from July 2nd

BK1   BOOKS 1                                 Will resume June 8th

BK2   BOOKS 2                                 Continues from Monday June 22nd

BOT   BOTANY                                 

Is doing "virtual walks".  June walk is Willowbank Reserve.

MEC  MECCANO (building with it)

Will resume when social distancing rules can be met.

COM  COMPUTING CHATTER Resumes Friday June 5th

CAF   CURRENT AFFAIRS                Is continuing on Zoom.

DIS   DISCUSSION GROUP            Continues on Zoom

DIP   DROP-IN PHILOSOPHY         Resumes in July 5th Venue: Sprig and Fern.

FIL    FILMS                                     Will resume when social distancing is relaxed.

GAR  GARDEN GROUP                    Will resume mid-October-ish.

IND   INDOOR GAMES                    Resumes when the venue is available.

IPA   IPADS & IPHONES                 Resumes Friday June 5th.

KPF   KEEP FIT                                 Resumes – probably early June.

MAL  MUSIC AND LUNCH               Waiting for Level One

MPR  MUSIC PERFORMANCE          Resumes June 4th.

NBK  NEW BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY       Continues on Zoom

QUZ  QUIZ                                       Resumes when social distancing allows.

RAM  RAMBLERS                             Resumes July unless otherwise advised.

SCR   SCRAPBOOKING          Resumes June 5th

TTS   TABLE TENNIS                       Resumes in July.

TED   TED TALKS                             Next meeting Tuesday June 2nd. 

          New coordinator:  John Baldwin: 237 6501/027 349 7777                               [email protected]

THV   THEATRE VISITS                    No visits in semester two.

TRA   TRAVEL ADVENTURES Resumes July 10th.

          New Coordinator:  Carole Naylor 233 8033/021 9086 16626

                             [email protected]

U3A  U3A SINGERS                        Resumes Monday July 20th

UKU  UKULELE                                Resumes when distancing rules in the Library allow.

VIS    VISITS                                    Will resume in 2021


Will resume Friday 24th July.  Venue:   Sprig and Fern Tavern.

WR1 & WR2        WRITE IT 1 & 2           

Will resume when meetings in the Library are permitted


      Rescheduling of ethical and spiritual courses -This page

      Courses in remainder of Semester one - This page

      Don's thoughts as lockdown recedes - Philosophy page

      The walking philosopher - Philosophy page

      Haiku and other poems from Write-it group - Literary page

      Beauty is all around - Botany page

      Philosphy courses coming up - Philosophy page

      Story of friend in need by Jasmine - Literary page






Rescheduling several ethical and spiritual courses

The Covid situation has thrown many U3A topics and courses into disarray, no more so than the courses originally advertised under ‘A World on the Brink’, Jesus’ Last Week in Jerusalem’ and ‘Considering Ethical and Social Situations’. The broad intention is now to list these under one Course title for the second half.

Please enrol even though you may not be able to come to all talks.

Dates and times are to be advised, but likely to be on either a Tuesday or Thursday morning depending on the speaker’s availability.


Helen Bichan -“We could –but should we? Scientific developments that may have unexpected or unwanted outcomes”. Helen is a retired medical practitioner who has a long involvement with medical research ethics and bioethics.

Jim Cunningham –“Exile, Plagues, and Covid19!” How can we cope during times of major upheavals? Are there any clues in the Biblical material? Jim is a retired Presbyterian minister and was minister at Tawa Union Church.

Bruce Hamill – Bruce is a community minister in Island Bay. He and his team support their neighbours in social housing complexes. Their outreach focus includes sharing food and building relationships. (This session may be via Zoom)

Ian Harris (journalist) Facing a World on the Brink. Advances in almost every field of human endeavour are beginning to have unintended consequences for the planet. Currently, climate warnings stir fears for the future. Ian will sketch four views of how humans relate to the natural world and, as a secular Christian, he proposes a paradigm shift that draws on ancient wisdom and religion to cast a radically new light on our relationship with the earth.

John Howell “A discussion on the ethics of climate change”. John is a retired Presbyterian minister who has a long involvement in environmental ethics.

Venue with be Tawa Union Church

Coordinator: Karen Harris - 232 3436 or 027 230 706 [email protected]


The Covid 19 situation offers hope in the longer term but is such that it would not be appropriate to confirm the mid-year meeting. For now it is CANCELLED  (as long as current distancing rules and gatherings numbers apply.) However, if the situation radically changes, the position might be reconsidered with perhaps a short postponement to a later date.  

To Open the Botany Page

To Keep Fit pages

To Open Current Affairs page

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To Open Philosophy page

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To Open Literary page

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To Open Computer Ideas page

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To Open Member News page

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Coming up in the next seven days...

Wednesday, 3 June 2020
2:00pm - An Introduction to Western Philosophy [WP] - The former Roundabout now called "Sprig & Fern"
1:30pm - Indoor Games [IG] - Tawa Union Church
10:00am - Current Affairs [CA] - Doris Mills Lounge
Thursday, 4 June 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm - Art Group [AG] - Tawa Community Centre
9:30am - Table Tennis [TT] - Tawa Community Centre Hall
1:30pm - 3:30pm - MUSIC PERFORMANCE GROUP [MP] - Member's home
10:00am - Ramblers [RB] - Davies Street/Luckie Street car-park
Friday, 5 June 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm - Outdoor Games [OG] - Aotea Lagoon
1:30pm - Ukulele [UK] - Tawa Library
9:30am - Garden Group [GG] -
9:30am - Scrap-Booking [SB] - Tawa Commuity Centre
Monday, 8 June 2020
1:15pm - 2:30pm - U3A Singers [SS] - Stephen's Lounge, Tawa Union Church
10:00am - Books1 [BK1] - Member's home
9:30am - Building with Meccano [BM] - Member's home
9:30am - Botany [BY] - Davies Street/Luckie Street car-park
Tuesday, 9 June 2020
2:00pm - Classic UK Television [CT] - Member's home
1:30pm - Write It - Group 2 [WI 2] - Tawa Library
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