Judy has a background in education, research and community organisations. As a member of the inaugural and subsequent Auckland Council Seniors Advisory, Judy was a vocal advocate for the potential community benefits associated with Auckland Council joining the World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities. In 2018 the elected councillors and mayor voted unanimously to create an Age-friendly Action Plan for the City, prior to applying formally to the WHO to join their network at the end of 2020. Judy is also a member of AUT’s Centre for Active Ageing Seniors’ Reference Group, which provides collaborative perspectives about ageing well. In 2018 Judy was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours List for her services to seniors, and is a Life Member of the NZ Association of Gerontology
Overview of our Monthly Meetings
The two hour meeting is held on the first Tuesday morning of each month in Browns Bay. An invited speaker, expert in the field, informs, educates and entertains us. Our focus is Exceptional New Zealanders doing Exceptional Things in New Zealand. A wide range of current topics is covered and we are sometimes privy to information not yet released by the researchers to the public.
The second part of the meeting is provided by our U3A Special Interest Groups whose presentations have been identified as being of interest for the whole membership. A tea break provides the opportunity for members to mix and chat. Attendance at the main monthly meetings is optional. Members are required to attend one or more Special Interest Groups as this is where the active learning focus of the U3A philosophy occurs and long last friendships are made.