Interest Groups

All Interest Group members must be current financial members of Wellington City U3A

New Groups
Anyone interested in leading/forming a new group please contact Linda Beckett 027 417 5838 or lbeckett0106@gmail.com

Click here to see the Special Interest Groups Timetable at a glance

Current Groups:

Antiques Group
This group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 10am mainly at KARORI ARTS & CRAFT CENTRE at 7 Beauchamp Street behind the Karori Library on Main Road Karori.

We share an interest in “Old Things”, often family heirlooms and each of us does this on a semi rotational basis. We often visit places such as Te Papa back of house collections and other places of interest.

You are welcome to join our group even if you wish to come along on a “one off” basis to check us out. You would be made very welcome.
Contact: Doug Helps, Group Convenor, 232 4881 or dougyvonne1@gmail.com


Art History Group
In 2022, we will meet on alternate Thursdays from 10.00am to 12 noon at the Hearing Association Premises, 16 Kent Terrace. Tea/coffee/conversation available from 10.00am prior to presentation which starts at 10.30am. This group is currently full, but you are very welcome to contact Peter to make an enquiry or to go onto our waiting list.
Contact: Peter Stupples 021 059 4164 or pams@actrix.co.nz


Book Group 1
Meets on the first Wednesday of each month on the Terrace at 10.30am. Membership of the group is limited to 10 and the group is currently full, however if you would like to go on a waiting list, please contact Jane on the details below.
Contact: jane.ireland06@gmail.com    0212617080.


Book Group 2 – Northern and Western Suburbs
Meets on the first Thursday of each month from 10am -12noon at members’ homes.  The members are mainly from the Northern and Western suburbs.
Contact: Colleen McClymont: 0275277202 or email: colleen.in.ngaio@gmail.com


Book Group 3 – Eastern Suburbs
Meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 2.00 pm in Oriental Bay. This group is currently full but please contact Diana Duff-Staniland if you wish to go on the waiting list or to start another group in the Eastern suburbs.
Contact: Diana Duff-Staniland: 385 8590 or email: dduff.staniland@xtra.co.nz


Book Group 4 – Northern Suburbs
Meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 10.30am – 12 noon at members’ homes. Members are mainly from the Northern Suburbs. Format: The host for the next meeting chooses a topic for that meeting. Each member reads any book they like in that topic, and reviews their book at the meeting for the other members. There are vacancies in this group so if you’re interested in joining, please get in touch with Sue Fish.
Contact: Sue Fish. Mobile: 027 327 3633 or email: suef365@gmail.com

 

Cryptic Crosswords
The Cryptic Crosswords Special Interest Group is meeting monthly, on the last Friday at 12pm following the U3A lecture, learning to unravel the styles of various cryptics by discussion. A smaller group is meeting mid-month to tackle some more difficult cryptics. U3A members are very welcome to join in, please be in touch to learn more about our group.
Contact:  Lynda Young email: rby@actrix.co.nz; 027 4428 394


Current Issues

Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 10.00 am in the Burma Lounge, Malvina Major Village, 134 Burma Road, Johnsonville.
Contact: Michael Hodgen 478 6303 or michael.hodgen@xtra.co.nz


Film Group
Meets on the third Saturday of the month (daytime) at the Penthouse cinema with the film followed by a discussion at the café. New members welcome.
Please Contact: Marcia Isles marcia.inz@outlook.com if you wish to make enquiries or join this group.


Film Group – Mid-Week
Catches a film on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, usually at Lighthouse Cuba, but will go further afield to Penthouse or Roxy to catch a better film. Times vary but aim at early afternoon after the Tues lecture and with opportunity for discussion after each film. Members are notified before each, and are free to attend as many or few films as they wish. This group is currently full, but if you wish to go on our waiting list, please email either Suzanne or Aidan whose contact details are below.
Contacts:
Suzanne Blumhardt: hatblum@xtra.co.nz  or 384 7046
Aidan Kay: aidankaynz@gmail.com  or 021 0282 2082


German Conversation
This friendly group meets at 10.30 am on the second and fourth Mondays of the month in members’ homes. New members welcome.
Contact: Diana Barnes 479-2947 or dgbarnes@xtra.co.nz

 

Handcrafts Group
This group is about enjoying the companionship, and sharing of the knowledge and inspiration of others, in accomplishing sewing or other handicraft projects. The group meets between 0930-1300 on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Bowling Club rooms of the Hataitai Community Centre (accessed by a few steps down from 157 Hataitai Rd).

Equipment required: Just whatever you need for working on your current project. An iron will be available on site.

All are welcome to join us, and for all or just some of the time, during the morning. If you are interested or would like to make further enquiries please contact: Diane Morgan 027 672 9060 or email: diane.morgan@xtra.co.nz


Music Appreciation Group
We meet on alternate Thursdays from 10 am until 12 noon at St Ninians Church, Karori. All welcome and morning tea/coffee/biscuits provided. Each meeting a member presents music on a topic chosen by them. The music is mostly classical, but does not have to be. Doing a presentation is entirely voluntary, and it is not necessary to know lots about music, just to enjoy it.
You can access some recent Music Appreciation programmes here.

Meeting dates for the remainder of 2022: November 3 & 17, December 1.

Contact: David Barker, 021 376 660 or u3a.wlg.musicapp@gmail.com


Philosophy Group
We meet at the Hearing Association Premises, Ground Floor, 16 Kent Terrace on the first, third and fifth Mondays (where applicable) each month from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm, with a coffee/tea break partway through. No prior formal study of philosophy is necessary – what’s desirable is an openness to new ideas. We’re a friendly, welcoming group who enjoy each others’ company. Presentations/discussions on philosophical topics are run by group members and qualified outsiders. We welcome enquiries about our group:
Contact: Mark MacCallum, markmaccalm@gmail.com


Shakespeare Studies
Meets on alternate Wednesdays at St Andrew’s Centre, 30 The Terrace from 10.30 am until 12 noon. Numbers are limited to 12, and there is a short waiting list, but please contact Roger if you are interested in joining this group.
Contact: Roger Chapman 021 037 5622 or chaplaw42@gmail.com


Smart Phone Photography

Would you be interested in taking better pictures with your Smart Phone?
As a photographic enthusiast, Roger Urlwin has established a Smart Phone Photography Special Interest Group of 11 U3A members who meet weekly and also connect online. This is a great way to discover what else your phone can do, expand your skills and (re)discover your local indoor and outdoor environment. New members are welcome. Contact: Roger Urlwin: roger.urlwin@gmail.com


Te Reo Māori Beginners’ Group
The third group has now completed six weeks of wananga (learning). The next group will begin on February 28, 2023, running to the end of March. Those already on the waiting list will have priority for this series, as the group size is limited to 12.

The sessions will be held on Tuesdays at 12.30, lasting about 1 ½ hours each. The venue will be advised closer to the starting date.

As places are limited, Libby (the convenor) expects that members are able and willing to commit to the full 5-6 weeks’ participation – barring exceptional circumstances.

Email Libby if you have questions about this group:
Libbyclark3@gmail.com


Walking Group One
Meets at the Wharewaka (beside the lagoon on the waterfront) at 9.45 am every Monday morning. All U3A members welcome, no need to call – we’d welcome you for a social walk and talk and, of course, coffee at the end. We explore historic, nature and cultural places around the city.
Contact: David Cropp 027 657 0666 or cropp.david@gmail.com


Walking Group Two
Walking Group Two does a variety of Monday morning walks usually lasting 2 to 4 hours. Our members take it in turn to plan and lead these outings, notifying members of the detail in the week prior. We explore tracks, and sometimes streets, in and around Wellington – locations range from the south coast to Waikanae and from Eastbourne to Cannon’s Point. Our walks often end at a café for an optional coffee.

As our members are all reasonably fit a good degree of fitness is expected. Transport to the starting points is usually based around Gold Card times with carpooling when necessary.

Please contact Alistair Beckett if you wish to join us or to make an enquiry about our group: ollybeckett13@gmail.com


Walking Group Three
A medium paced group, focusing on Wellington’s great coastal and bush tracks, and calling ourselves Five Senses to remind us to use more than just our legs!  We listen to the birds, smell the flowers, and learn to recognise the trees – but still get enough exercise to make it all worth while!  Presently totalling about 30 members, we walk on a Monday and Wednesday morning with the 2 to 6 members on a Wednesday acting as a Recce for the following week’s larger (presently up to 15) Monday group.
Contact: aidankaynz@gmail.com

 

New Groups
Anyone interested in leading/forming a new group please contact Linda Beckett 027 417 5838 or lbeckett0106@gmail.com

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