Tuesday 20 June    MIDWINTER LUNCHEON 



 ‘While I don’t agree with everything you write…’

Dave Armstrong talks about his life as a freelance writer, including his weekly Dominion Post column, plays and television. Dave’s plays include Anzac Eve, Central, Niu Sila (with Oscar Kightley), The Tutor, King and Country, The Motor Camp, Rita and Douglas, Where We Once Belonged (with Sia Figiel), Kings of the Gym, and the children’s opera Kia Ora Khalid (with Gareth Farr). His television credits include Billy, about legendary comedian Billy T James, Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby, Shortland Street, Spies and Lies, and Spin Doctors. Dave also wrote the National Radio political satire Down the List, and co-wrote the TV series Hope and Wire, set in the aftermath of the Christchurch quakes, with director Gaylene Preston.

Venue: Whitby Room, 17th Floor, James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, The Terrace.

Access also available through James Cook Arcade, Lambton Quay. It is strongly recommended that public transport is used to access the venue.

Time:  11.30 am for 12 noon (ending 2.30 pm).

Cost: $45. Registration fee includes smorgasbord and one drink. Further drinks may be purchased. Dietary requirements catered for.

Dietary requirements for Midwinter Luncheon: Notify by email to

Registration and payment: via Internet Banking. U3A Ac No. 03-1540-0009019-01 with identification of surname and event. Anyone unfamiliar with Internet Banking will find a teller at their own Bank happy to oblige.

Registration confirmed by Aidan on notification of payment.

Email:  Mob: 021 0282 2082

Participants needed for research survey on housing for the ageing population in New Zealand

Research title: Housing alternatives for an ageing population in New Zealand: a resource assessment

My name is Faeze (Fatemeh) Yavari, PhD student at Victoria University of Wellington. I am looking for volunteers to complete a computer-based survey. This topic may be of particular interest to those of you who intend to downsize in the near future.

As a participant in this survey, you would be asked to look at a number of proposed floor plans and comment on these. The study will take 15-30 minutes for you to complete. In appreciation of your time, five grocery vouchers with the value of $30 each will be offered through a lottery to participants of this study. Participants must be 55-85 years old. If you do not fall into this category, I would appreciate you sending this through your networks as appropriate.

If you are eligible and interested, please click on the link below:

The study has been reviewed and approved by Victoria University Human Ethics Committee.

Further information about the survey can be found by clicking here.

Please, if you change your email address, let the Membership Secretary know promptly to avoid missing out on notices. Send your new address to:

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The University of Otago in Wellington would like help in finding people to assist with their teaching programme run by the University in Wellington, in which patients from the community go to the school and under the supervision of medical teachers participate in teaching sessions with their medical students.

The University is searching for patients with interesting and common medical signs who would be available to help in these teaching sessions. These sessions are supervised by a senior lecturer/doctor but no diagnosis or treatment is offered. The sessions will be purely for student education. This project has been reviewed and approved by the Department of Surgery and Anaesthesia, University of Otago, Wellington.

You do not need to be currently ill to help. The students would benefit from talking to anyone with any chronic complaint such as problems with the heart or breathing, diabetes, joints, skin, liver or kidney complaints. It would be especially helpful to find people with medical conditions that students can see, hear or measure such as a heart murmur, high blood pressure, a rash, joint swellings, or an irregular pulse.

Patients are not paid for their time, but the University does contribute towards any transport costs and parking.

If anyone requires further information or a brochure please contact Susan Kiddle on 04 806 1896 or

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The fund shall be known as the “Wellington City U3A Award”. It shall be used to assist students, 55 years of age or more, for expenses incurred during their studies. These students should not be in full-time employment.

Selection criteria

Candidates must be enrolled in a course of study at Victoria University of Wellington in the year of application. The Award will be made on the basis of the academic costs to be incurred by the student in the year of application. A brief supporting statement with this information must be included in the application.

This Award can be held concurrently with other prizes and scholarships.

Number of awards offered: One per year

Value: $2,000 each year

Tenure:One year

Closing date:1 October each year


Students will apply using the application form available. The Award will be made on the basis of the academic costs to be incurred by the student in the year of application. A brief supporting statement with this information must be included in the application.


The Award shall be made on the recommendation of the Scholarships Committee or, in the case of a postgraduate student, the Research Scholarships Committee. The nomination of the student will then be approved by the Wellington City U3A.


The successful applicant will be required to speak at a meeting of the Wellington City U3A about their research or course of study during the second semester of the year at a mutually agreed date.

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Dr Heidi Thomson (VUW) draws U3A members’ attention to the Graduate Diploma in Arts programme at Victoria University of Wellington. Further information about the programme can found in the brochure that can be viewed and downloaded here.

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