General Interest

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Current Affairs
The group meets and discusses local, national and world issues. Sometimes a visitor with special knowledge is invited to attend and assist with the discussion. At most other times, discussion is initiated by members of the group. This has proven to be highly successful. It is the format most meetings will follow in 2020.
Leader: Fred McCausland 293 6271
Convenor: Alex MacDonald 905 5291
Timing: 10:00 to 11:30 on the 2nd Wed of each month from March – November
Updated 1/2/2020

Have Your Say
A friendly discussion group airing views on matters local, national, international and ethical.
Leader & Convenor: Anne Wall 293 5000
Timing 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month 10:00 to 12:00 First meeting is Thursday 20th Feb 2020
Location: Waikanae
Currently no vacancies but there is a waiting list.
Updated 1/2/2020

This group meets on a Monday morning and has a programme of speakers through out the year. For all the details about what Kaleidoscope is and how to enrol go to this link.

New Zealand Constitutional Affairs
New group in 2021
A discussion group that will discuss constitutional  issues in NZ. Topics will include

  • The Treaty of Waitangi in historical context. The meanings and significance of the two versions of the treaty. (English and Maori language)
  • What does the Treaty mean for New Zealanders today as a multi-cultural nation?
  • Honouring the Treaty in the 21st century.
  • The special status of the Tangata Whenua.
  • Future possible changes in NZ Constitutional arrangements
  • Should we remain a Constitutional Monarchy or become a Republic?
  • NZ’s place in the world given the geo-political changes since World War Two
  • Challenges NZ may face in the future with its alliances as a trading nation, its foreign policy and defence arrangements.
  • Further topics arising and generated by from the above discussion.

Leader & Convenor: Peter Hodgson ph 293 1191 email:
Timing: 3rd Thursday of the month (March to July inclusive) 2:00pm to 4:00pm First meeting is Thursday 18 March 2021
Location: 2 Parawai Grove, Waikanae
Updated 22/10/2020

Philosophical Discussion
We look at questions which have interested thinkers throughout the ages. While we will be looking at some of their thoughts, the main thrust of this course is to discuss the questions ourselves. Members suggest topics and briefly introduce them, if necessary, with the help of the leader.

Topics for discussion from July
• Works of Rene Descartes
• Capitalism
• Social Structure/Biculturalism
• Sentience
• Existence
• Silence
• Basic Terms of Social Science
• Philosophy of Music
• Language
• What is Fact?
• Persuasion

Leader & Convenor: Pat Belgrave: 022 302 1006 or 04 212 5606
or email
Timing: Second Thursday of the month, 2:00 to 4:00, but this can vary to suit the wishes of the leader and group members.
Location: Member’s homes where possible.
Limit 10. There are still some places available in this group.
Cost: Afternoon tea $2 and occasional photocopying costs.
Updated 10/7/2020

T4U – Time to Get to Know Your U3A Neighbours
Can’t find a course for this semester? Maybe the one you wanted was full, or the wrong day for you? Then T4U could be the option you might enjoy. T4U are meetings to meet your U3A neighbour, following a successful format based on “Have Your Say”. Members bring topics and the host of the venue leads discussions.
The venue moves weekly to members’ homes and the host becomes the leader for that session – having learned the “how to” at an earlier meeting. With no obligation to go to every meeting, these will be your U3A neighbours and you can keep in touch with visits that suit your diary. The first group Paraparaumu/ Raumati is ongoing and others can grow in your area if there is interest.

Leader: Lyn Bennett 904 1170
Timing: Weekly on a Tuesday at 2pm
Location: Contact Lyn for details of next meeting and other info.
Cost $1 to cover morning or afternoon tea.
Updated 1/2/2020

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