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.
Entries are placed in chronological order.
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)
Heidi Thomson (24/10/2017)
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Justin Lester (20/2/2018)
Wellington Most Liveable City
Richard Hall (6/3/2018)
The Road to Stonehenge
Adrian Macey (27/4/2018)
Climate SCOREcard 2018
Bernardine Reid (25/5/2018)
Physical Health or Mental Health?
Jonathon Boston (12/6/2018)
Challenge of governing
Doug Webb (22/6/2018)
Bob Kerr (26/6/2018)
Cameron Smart (20/7/2018)
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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.
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
Here is a website devoted to Microsoft Excel that provides an easy way to learn how to use Excel: https://www.excel-easy.com
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.
News and Notices
Newsletter 106: May 2018 (Newsletter 107 due August 10)
Iran Tour – U3A discount
* Smart – Base Isolation
Lecture programme archive
Links to slides etc. from lectures