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.

Uncertain Times

Several U3A sessions have been deferred because of the covid-19 situation. Here are updates for several groups.

Garden Group

This Friday – to meet at Emmaus at 9.30am and the subject – the Chelsea garden show. For more information see a further note below...

Music Performance Group

has been cancelled for the month of September. If we are back to Level 1 the October meeting will go ahead.

Piano Recital

This was scheduled for Tuesday 15th September, however, as we are still in Level 2 until at least Thursday 17th, this recital has been re-scheduled for Tuesday 13th October.  Enquiries:  Jancis Potter 232 3915 or 0276354733 or email: [email protected]gmail.com

Current Affairs

The U3A Current Affairs sessions have been deferred because of the covid-19 situation.

Philosophy Groups.

 Both Western and Drop-In groups are deferred until further notice.

Arthritis Discussion Group.

 We have regretfully  decided to  defer  the arthritis session.

Ethics and Social Situations [ES] has been postponed. See further note below...

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.

Write It

The library has requested that no groups should attend. Write It is therefore cancelled until further notice.

Ramblers !

Through rain hail and snow the ramblers always get through

On the 27th of August our walk was the pathways around Whitby.

The weather forecast was for the potential to get hail and after a very pleasant walk along the pedestrian pathways we stopped off at a cafe for lunch.
The sky was getting darker but it looked like it was heading up the Hutt Valley.
Five minutes into the return journey to the cars the heavens opened up to a massive hail storm, with no shelter we carried on and got back to the cars about 15 minutes later.
All you could hear over the hail was the squishing of water in our shoes, and we were completely wet through.
It wasn't cold but unpleasant sitting in wet clothes for the return journey to Tawa.It most definitely was a character building walk, and since then we have had some very pleasant outings.

If you're interested in easy-going walks, good company and seeing beautiful locations come and join us.

Travel Adventures

Despite all the cold and the wind and the rain 22 members of the U3A Travel Adventures Club turned up at the Emmaus Centre on Friday 11 September to watch a presentation of a 1999 holiday in Singapore and another brief one on Elvis’s Graceland (2012).  We were able to arrange seating to practice social distancing and sanitiser was available.  It was good to meet up again and to take our minds off the weather outside for an hour or so.

Do You Use QR Codes with Your Phone?

If you watch or listen to Ashley Bloomfield on the 1 pm Covid update, he is encouraging all of us to use the QR Codes (Quick Response) every time you enter a business or shop. This is great and quick if you have a smart phone with the Covid-19 Apps loaded.

John, the coordinator of U3A’s Computer Chatter group thought it could be handy for all U3A Members (as yet without a phone) if comments were listed about available phones, their cost and the monthly running cost. He sent out an email to members of his groups and here are three responses so far.

The more costly the Phone the better  camera (more features) and more data storage.  All these phones are good for website searching as well as voice calls.

1    iPhone 6S $499, bought 21 months ago, $16 / 28 days Skinny plan, 1.25 monthly GB Rollover data, 200 monthly Rollover minutes, Unlimited texts , easy use for Covid-19 QR Code. Good camera, Good storage 

2    Huawei Nova 2 lite $250 bought 18 months ago, Vodafone Pay as you go plan, data used where wi-fi is free, texts, easy use for Covid-19 QR Code, Camera fine, storage fine.

3    iPhoneX $1,200, bought 27 months ago,$19/month 2degrees plan 1.25 monthly GB Rollover data, 200 monthly Rollover minutes, Unlimited texts, easy use for Covid-19 QR Code. V Good camera, V Good storage. Extra features.

Interested in contributing to this survey? Email John at [email protected]

Ethics and Faith in Practice

We have been very fortunate to have held four of the five talks so far this year. We have had excellent numbers attending, between 30-45.
John Howell​ discussed the ethics of climate change, highlighting current issues and our moral and ethical choices and responses to them. Jim Cunningham ​spoke on how we cope with major upheavals in our lives, referring to the Biblical exile,plagues and now Covid-19. Bruce Hamill​ described his busy role as a community minister where he is involved supporting “vulnerable” people living in social housing. Helen Bichan​ described the process of making an ethical choice, then spoke on aspects of the End of Life Choice Act, with reference to information prepared by the Interchurch Bioethics Council.
I plan to re-schedule the final talk by author and journalist ​Ian Harris ​entitled “Facing a World on the Brink '' when the Wellington region is at level 1. Any enquiries please contact Karen Harris 04 232 3436, or email to [email protected]

Garden Group

Due to Covid-19, our trip to the glasshouses at the Botanical Gardens is cancelled.
Instead please meet at the Emmaus Centre at 9.30am for a DVD on Chelsea Flower Show - we have still to complete the discs!!
Sanitizer will be available as well as chairs set a meter apart. I fully understand if you do not wish to attend.
Tea ladies: Gillian George, Helen Roper, Shirley Taylor. We now have disposables cups.

FRIDAY 2 OCTOBER  Tawa  Bowling Club (9.30am - School holidays hence change of



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.

Shirley Williamson.

Meccano Group

The Tawa U3A Meccano building group restarted this year when at level 1 and have kept going through level 2. The meeting place at the leader’s home has space for social distancing. We have 5 regular members.

Three of the members have been coming since the group started in June 3 years ago and are very enthusiastic and always want a more difficult model each time they start one. There are plenty of Meccano sets to choose from, some are small and easy to build while others are quite complicated taking up to half the year to complete. There is always a choice of model and sometimes a member will bring along a set they have bought and build with that.

Leader Max belongs to the Wellington Meccano Club and takes the models that the U3A group have built along to the club meeting. Photos of these models are included in a national Meccano magazine with the acknowledgement  that these models were built by members of the Tawa U3A Meccano building group.

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).

If you have enrolled for these Courses earlier in the year there is no need to enrol again. Now is the time to enrol for any courses that you have not enrolled for. All the courses are now back to normal but if you are in doubt you should check with THE COORDINATOR of each course especially if you have not been advised of the next meeting. 

Coming up in the next seven days...

Tuesday, 22 September 2020
2:00pm - Films [FW] - Member's home
1:30pm - 2:30pm - Write It - Group 2 [WI 2] - Tawa Library
Thursday, 24 September 2020
10:00am - Ramblers [RB] - Davies Street/Luckie Street car-park
10:00am - 12:00pm - Art Group [AG] - Tawa Community Centre
9:30am - Table Tennis [TT] - Tawa Community Centre Hall
10:00am - Computing Chatter [CC] - Tawa Community Centre
Friday, 25 September 2020
10:00am - IPads and Phones [AM] - Tawa Community Centre (Old Police Office)
1:30pm - Ukulele [UK] - Tawa Community Centre
9:30am - Scrap-Booking [SB] - Tawa Commuity Centre
Monday, 28 September 2020
10:00am - Books2 [BK2] - Member's home
9:30am - Building with Meccano [BM] - Member's home
1:15pm - 2:30pm - U3A Singers [SS] - Stephen's Lounge, Tawa Union Church
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