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

Note: The files are in pdf format and require software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader or Foxit Reader to be installed on your computer. Generally, a broadband internet connection is recommended for downloading these files.

Entries are placed in chronological order.

Lisa Marriott (7/3/2017)
All New Zealanders are Equal…

Sister Josephine (17/3/2017)
The Life and Work of Suzanne Aubert

Roger Ridley-Smith (28/3/2017)
A Very General Practice

Peter Hatfield (4/4/2017)
The Kidney: Medical History

Julie Howe (7/4/2017)
Researching the Everyday Life of NZ Women Who Self-Identify as “Fat”

Cam Smart (5/5/2017)
NZ Radar, Raiders and Speed Cops

Jackie Blue (9/5/2017)
The Role of Business in Achieving Gender Equality

Mark McGuinness (12/5/2017)
Applied Mathematics: Problem Solved

Mike Mendonca (23/5/2017)
Preparing Wellington for the Shocks and Stresses of the 21st Century

Nancy Bertler (26/5/2017)
60 Years of NZ Science Endeavour in Antarctica: Why it is important

Colin Peacock (30/5/2017)
The State of Play in Our Media

Marjan van den Belt (2/6/2017)
VUW: A true-blue green university

Neville Jordan (6/6/2017)
Victoria University: Past, Present & Future

Marco Sonzogni (13/6/2017)
Slides: Heaney and History
YouTube links (Microsoft Word file)

Win Clark (16/6/2017)
Stone Rubble Masonry Buildings

Neil Dodgson (23/6/2017)
Links related to The Past & Future of Virtual Reality

Siah Hwee Ang (30/6/2017)
Economic Developments in China and Asia

Paul Morris (4/7/2017)
New Zealand’s religious diversity

Peter Boshier (25/7/2017)
The office of the Ombudsman – democratic watchdog

Claudia Geiringer (2/8/2017)
Our elusive constitution

Prof. Anne Niemetz (4/8/2017)
Digital media design & wearable technology

Prof. Jim McAloon (8/8/2017)
Brexit & New Zealand

Rosalind McIntosh (11/8/2017)
Sustainable future in NZ

Derek Fry (15/8/2017)
Wellington – Magnet City

Nigel Isaacs (18/8/2017)
What’s wrong with my house?

Rob Keyzers (25/8/2017)
Upping the ante on antibiotics

Christine Bogle (5/9/2017)
Prospects for democracy in Asia-Pacific monarchies

Nigel Isaacs (15/9/2017)
Home Insulation in NZ

Sue Kedgley (19/9/2017)
Womens’ Suffrage

Heidi Thomson (24/10/2017)
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Bill Mansfield (31/10/2017)
Who owns the sea & seabed?
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

U3A Online

U3A Online is a ‘virtual’ University of the Third Age delivering online learning via the Internet. Courses are open to people anywhere in the world. They are especially suited to older members of the community who are isolated either geographically, or through physical or social circumstances (including carers).

This site is also the major ‘portal’ website for Australian U3As. It has been developed by Griffith University and is kept up to date to provide Australian and New Zealand U3As with valuable links, contacts and resources.


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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.

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Lifelong Learning Summer School

The lifelong learning summer school at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge enables participants take some academic courses for the love of learning, live and take meals in the College (founded in 1352), and have a pretty full and exciting social programme to get the most out of being in Cambridge. In sum it is a fantastic opportunity to spend one or two weeks experiencing the highlights of Cambridge college life in the company of other lifelong learners from around the world!

More information, including reviews written by previous participants, is available on our website at


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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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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To download and read pdf files (Portable Document Format) you need to have suitable software installed on your computer. Two common examples are Adobe Acrobat Reader and Foxit Reader.

Many computers will have Adobe Acrobat Reader already installed, but if it is an old version you may still have difficulty reading the pdf files available from the U3A website.

You can download and install an up-to-date copy by clicking on the button below. Note: The Adobe Acrobat Reader is a large file (over 20 megabytes), and is not really suitable for dial-up modem connections.

The download is free, and you need do it only once.

Get Adobe Reader

Note: Adobe Acrobat Reader is the only software that you need to download. You do not need to download the extra software that is offered to you on the Adobe download page.


Foxit Reader

A popular alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader is Foxit Reader, also free. Download Foxit Reader by clicking on this link.

You need to install the reader by double-clicking on the downloaded file.

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