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Rob Julian - Experiences in Burma (Myanmar)

New Courses

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: TBA

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: TBA

PLAY-READING [PLR] SECOND SEMESTER ONLY

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: TBA

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

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 Lounge (TBC)

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

Tai Chi [TCB] RUNS ALL YEAR

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

TAKING BETTER PHOTOGRAPHS [TBP]

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

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