From time to time speakers provide material relevant to their lectures that can be posted on our web site. Links to such material are placed here. Presentations will be available for about 12 months before being removed.



Dr Alan Bollard (25/02/20)
NZ’s Infrastructure Challenge
Lecture Notes

Prof James Renwick (28/02/20)
The Climate Emergency and the Climate Change Commission
Lecture Notes

Marnie Karmelita (03/03/20)
NZ Festival of Arts
Lecture Notes

Mayor Andy Foster (06/03/20)
A Vision for Wellington
Lecture Notes

John Downie (10/03/20)
The Only Time We Have
Lecture Notes

Kura Moeahu (13/03/20)
Te Pahuatanga tonu o tōku mana
Lecture Notes


Lance Walker (5/3/2019)
Wellington WREDA

Sir Kim Workman (15/3/2019)
Journey Towards Justice

Keitha Booth (29/3/2019)
Open Government
Lecture notes

Murdoch Stephen (02/04/19)
Campaign to Double Refugee Quota
Lecture Notes

Leon Perrie (05/14019)
Discovering Ferns
Lecture Notes

Gill Greer (09/04/19)
What Gender Equality Means
Lecture Notes

Rob Keyzers (12/04/19)
Superlures (Trapping pests in Wellington)
Lecture Notes

Jaenine Parkinson (30/04/19)
NZ Portrait Gallery
Lecture Notes

Andre de Groot (03/05/19)
My vision for Kiwibuild
Lecture Notes

Duncan Campbell (07/05/19)
Qin Empire and First Emperor
Lecture Notes

Koenraad Kuiper (10/05/19)
Sports Commentaries and Linguistics
Lecture Notes

Ian Goodwin (14/05/19)
Lecture Notes

Barbara Mulligan (17/05/19)
Karori Cemetery
Lecture Notes

Linda Beckett (21/05/19)
Impacts of Sexual Violence
Lecture Notes

David Ackerley (24/05/19)
Genes, Gene Therapy and Patents
Lecture Notes

Max Rashbrooke (28/05/19)
Government for the Public Good
Lecture Notes

Geoff Bertram (31/05/19)
Electricity Pricing and Profits
Lecture Notes

Anne Meade (07/06/19)
Children’s Education
Lecture Notes 

Judge Andrew Becroft (11/06/19)
Better Outcomes for NZ’s Youth
Lecture Notes

Prof Anne La Flamme (14/06/19)
Immunity and Losing Your Balance
Lecture Notes

Girol Karacaoglu (18/06/19)
Intergenerational Wellbeing and Public Policy
Lecture Notes

Rob McIntosh (28/06/19)
Future Directions in NZ Schooling
Lecture Notes

Holona Lui (02/07/19)
Changing Face of Pasifika
Lecture Notes 

Emeritus Prof Rob Rabel (12/07/19)
Trump, Populism and American Foreign Policy
Lecture Notes

Dr Kennedy Graham (16/07/19)
Existential Risk in the 21st Century
Lecture Notes

Dr Lara Shepherd (19/07/19)
DNA and NZ Plants and Animals
Lecture Notes

Dame Catherine Healy (20/08/19)
Sex Workers Stepping Forward
Lecture Notes 

Prof Richard Beasley (23/08/19)
Challenging Dogma in Clinical Research
Lecture Notes

Richard Keller (27/08/19)
A Multiplicity of Rhapsodies
Lecture Notes

Assoc Prof Bronwyn Kivell (30/08/19)
Pain, Opioids and the Gobal Addiction Crisis
Lecture Notes

Deirdre Tarrant (03/09/19)
Dance Teacher Taonga
Lecture Notes

Prof Rawinia Higgins (06/09/19)
Should we all have some knowledge of Te Reo?
Lecture Notes

Craig Nicholson (10/09/19)
Transmission Gully – from Concept to Construction
Lecture Notes 

Redmer Yska (13/09/19)
Meandering with Mansfield
Lecture Notes 

Anne Else (20/09/19)
NZ’s Adoption Laws
Lecture Notes

Thomas Nash (24/09/19)
Progressive Leadership 
Lecture Notes

Colin James (27/09/19)
After Jacinda
Lecture Notes

Paul Dunham (15/10/19)
Sound Sculptures
Lecture Notes

Kirsten Mason (22/10/19)
Orchestra Wellington
Lecture Notes
Lecture Images

Dr Alastair McDonald (25/10/19)
The Sustainability of Our Publicly Funded Health System
Lecture Notes

Brigadier Roger Mortlock (29/10/19)
Bougainville Conflict 20 Years On
Lecture Notes

Dr Wendy Nolan Joyce (01/11/19)
Scandalous Past-times of the Parisian Belle Epoque
Lecture Notes 


Prof James Renwick (28/02/20)
The Climate Emergency and the Climate Change Commission
Lecture Notes



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U3A – The Third Age Trust: UK U3A National Website
This is a comprehensive U3A site, with interesting information about the origins of the U3A movement and its philosophy of ‘self-help’ lifelong learning.

The Virtual U3A of the United Kingdom is now available at


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Here is a link to help locate a U3A anywhere in New Zealand: . Click on the ‘Find a U3A’ heading.


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Victoria Continuing Education
Victoria University’s Continuing Education provides a wide range of seminars, courses and study tours of interest to U3A members. U3A members are entitled to a 10% discount on fee-bearing seminars and courses. Some activities are developed in partnership with U3A Wellington City.

On Line Opinion is Australia’s free internet journal of social and political opinion

Bookworms amongst us can catalogue their libraries on line and, if they wish, interact with other readers with the same taste. Definitely worth a look – click on and then on the ‘take the tour’ link. Here is an interesting website aimed at the 50+ generation in New Zealand.

Arts and Letters Daily was created by the late Dennis Dutton (Otago University) and gives access to current reviews, articles and essays on the arts, science, literature, philosophy and politics, as well as to major world newspapers and periodicals. Always fascinating reading, addictive and highly recommended.

Kitchen Mishaps is a blog created by Roger Chapman:
I hope you enjoy what you read.  If so, I’d be delighted for you to share it with your friends (and please let me know, by emailing me, using the website contact form, or posting a comment).  To get updates on new postings, either click the email link on the website, or follow the Erratic Cook on Twitter @RogerCh56942040.
Best wishes
Roger Chapman

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Online College Courses is a database of open courseware from the world’s leading universities. The site allows anyone interested in these courses to create their own course list and the ability to track their progress; it provides students with access to free, high-quality, college-level classes, across many subjects giving them the opportunity to explore different areas of study to supplement their education. It is noncommercial and available for anyone, there are no involved costs, and will be updated yearly.

The link to Online College Courses is

Some examples of pages that are available are:


Book Discussion Scheme: The Book Discussion Scheme is a nationwide not-for-profit organisation and a member of the Federation of Workers Educational Associations (FWEA). Established in 1973, the Book Discussion Scheme modelled itself on a similar membership scheme in Australia (operated by the Victoria Council of Adult Education). The BDS has since developed into a unique organisation and provider of quality books to book lovers throughout New Zealand.

Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand A comprehensive guide to New Zealand’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy and society.
Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand

This 12 lesson course in Latin suitable for people who learned at school and since forgotten it:

Over 90 science programmes and free educational resources for teachers, students and the general public:

A BBC site which helps you to brush up your basic English and maths skills

We have been advised by the Customer Specialist at the Wellington City Libraries of the following website address which may be of interest to you:

The Modern Antiquarian is a massive resource for news, information, images, folklore & weblinks on many ancient sites across the UK & Ireland.

History Groups: The Old Bailey Online project is complete.
200,000 trials from 1674 to 1913 fully searchable can be found

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Here is a website devoted to Microsoft Excel that provides an easy way to learn how to use Excel:

Want to learn more about Seniornet? Visit their web site at

Here is a useful site that gives free computer tutorials for computer beginners

Tutorials based on pictures, not words. They’re the easiest way to learn computer subjects. There’s no complicated multimedia, just pictures that show exactly what to do.  Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007, Access, Excel,  PowerPoint, Publisher, Word The Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, and displays the results in your Web browser. All of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC.

A lightning strike has fried your computer. It’s a comparatively simple job to replace your mother board according to Bob Rankin.

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