Material from lectures
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.
Peter Ryan (19/8/2016)
Work of a Coroner
Ken MacKenzie (26/8/2016)
From Mull to Mongolia
Julian Raphael (30/8/2016)
Hugh Tennent (2/9/2016)
Creating New Futures
Suzi Kerr (9/9/2016)
Emissions Trading Systems
Mike Naylor (13/9/2016)
UnionAID – Cycling Solo in Myanmar
Reg Harris (16/9/2016)
Botanic Intrigues – From g-Forces to Agincourt
Phyllis Mossman (20/9/2016)
Renaissance Art and Science
Bryce Wilkinson (11/10/2016)
Poverty and Inequality in New Zealand (Lecture notes & charts)
John Townend (21/10/2016)
Alpine Fault Drilling Project
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
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?
U3A Web Sites
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 http://vu3a.org/
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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New Zealand U3A websites
Here is a link to help locate a U3A anywhere in New Zealand: www.u3a.nz . 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 http://www.librarything.com/ and then on the ‘take the tour’ link.
Grownups.co: 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.
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 www.corpus.cam.ac.uk/lifelong-learning.
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 www.OnlineCourses.com
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: www.wcl.govt.nz/popular/senior.html
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
Useful computer stuff
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 http://inpics.net/
http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html 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.
Adobe Acrobat Reader & Foxit Reader
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.
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.
A popular alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader is Foxit Reader, also free. Download Foxit Reader by clicking on this link.
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News and Notices
Committee nominations wanted
AGM 2017 documents
McIntosh – Sustainable future in NZ
Isaacs – What’s wrong with my house?
Tour of Iran in 2018
Lecture programme archive
Links to slides etc. from lectures