May 16 and 23
The Greeks and Democracy
Dr Matthew Trundle, lecturer in Classics, VUW.
Ursula Bethell, New Zealand poet
Peter Whiteford, Lecturer in English Literature, VUW.
From Observation to Fiction, N.Z. in some 19th century French fictional works
Christiane Mortelier, Retired Lecturer in French Language, VUW.
The Work of the Chief Censor
Bill Hastings, Chief Censor.
The International Whaling Commission and New Zealand
Sir Geoffrey Palmer.
The Road to Stonehenge
Richard Hall, Phoenix Trust.
Krystine Tomaszyk, author and member of U3A Ohariu will talk on her book Essence. The story of an amazing voyage from her home in Poland, to her arrival in New Zealand, in the 1950’s.
The Colonial Player: professional theatre in New Zealand in the 19th century
The French Republican Heritage and recent events in France
Philip Knight, retired Professor of French, VUW.
Myanmar/Burma, the sick man of Asia
Peter Coates, N.Z. film producer.
Constable and New Zealand Art History
Jonathan Mane Wheoki, Director, Art and Collection Services, Te Papa.
How Dealer Galleries operate and trends in contemporary New Zealand art
Marcia Page, Director, Tinakori Gallery.
The establishment and development of the NZ Portrait Gallery, portraiture in general and overseas portrait galleries
Avenal McKinnon, Director, New Zealand Portrait Gallery.
Libraries, Festivals and Research Centres – the working life of a reader
Lydia Wevers, Associate Professor, VUW, Director, Stout Research Centre.
Harvey McQueen, writer and political adviser on education, will speak on books and writing.
C.S. Lewis: his Life and Influences
Harry Ricketts and Kathryn Walls, Associate Professors, VUW.
The Teaching of Creative Writing
Professor Bill Manhire, Director, Institute of Modern Letters, VUW.
Document and handwriting examinations for the Police, Government Departments and various fields in the business sector
Sergeant David Boot, New Zealand Police.
A full life in Valuation
John Gibson, Chief Executive, Age Concern.
The scientific study of prehistoric time in relation to rocks and New Zealand’s oldest fossils
Dr Roger Cooper, GNS Gracefield.
The Undersea Phenomenon
Dr Cornel de Ronde, GNS Gracefield.
Engineering Solutions: Wellington Inner City Bypass
Jonnette Adams, Transit NZ and Keith Atkinson, Opus International.
Bird Song: themes and variations
Associate Professor Ben Bell, School of Biological Sciences, VUW, and Director, Centre for Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology.
A rational and informed approach to the problems of motor vehicles fuel cost increases, taking into account expected technological developments
John Leighton, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Motors N.Z.
From Bean Counting to Controlling an Epidemic: The Meningococcal Story
Dr Diana Martin, Environmental Science Research.
Work at the Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Unit at Keneperu Hospital
Dr Geoff Robinson, Drug and Alcohol Addiction.
Te Ara: the online Encyclopaedia of New Zealand
Jock Phillips, Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
Chatham Islands Explored
Dr Hamish Campbell.
Biomineralisation: what it is in the history of the earth and why it is an active area in current research
Dr Kathryn McGrath, Associate Professor, Chemical and Physical Sciences, VUW.
An overview of the work trained volunteers do to help people tackle serious financial problems
Peggy Upfold, Coordinator, Lower Hutt Budget Advisory Service.
The Utilization of Electric Vehicles to benefit the New Zealand economy
Andrew Clark, NZ Water Environment Research Foundation.
Talking about Nuclear Power: is it time?
Dr Rodger Sparks, recently retired from the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences.
Annual General Meeting
Our speaker will be Mr Alan Royal of Senior Net. His topic will be: “Getting the Net Under Control.”
The history of New Zealand’s fauna and flora: revealing our past animals and plants from the fossil record – it’s more informative than you thought
Dr George Gibbs, Research Associate, VUW.
The history of New Zealand’s fauna and flora: the rise of the Southern Alps and its influence on our animals and plants
Dr George Gibbs, Research Associate, VUW.
The phenomenon of global warming on climate change, its significance and the scientific evidence on which it is based
Dr Vincent Gray, Climate Consultant and Physicist.