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Guest Speakers

Our focus is on Exceptional New Zealanders doing exceptional things

Allie Downing

Main Meeting - 1  May 2018

Guest Speaker:  Michael Wynd 

TITLE: Torpedo Bay – The Home of the Navy Museum
The Navy Museum at Torpedo Bay is one of the three service museums in New Zealand and the only institution dedicated to the preservation of our navy’s and our nation’s naval and military history. As guardian of the institutional memory the museum plays an important role for the RNZN. The site has important naval connections to New Zealand’s history and the history of Devonport.
Michael Wynd has been the Navy Museum’s Researcher since 2007. He is responsible for conducting historical research for the Navy, the wider New Zealand Defence Force and the public. He looks after the Research Library which contains the largest collection of naval history in New Zealand and manages an archive. As a military historian, Michael’s research interests include naval history, the First World War and 19th century warfare.
He has a BA, BA Hons and MA history from Massey University.  


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.

Previous Speakers
1 May 2018

4 April 2018 Allie Downing "Hibiscus Hospice"

6 March 2018 Ros Giffney "An Orchestra for Social Change" 

6 Feb 2018 Special Interest Groups "Celebrating NZders"

5 Dec 2017 Colin McColl "Directing - The Invisible ART"

7 Nov 2017 Dr Stephen Hoadley "TRUMP in New Zealand"

3 Oct 2017 Karen Blake “How the Starship Foundation supports our Nation’s Children’s Hospital”

5 Sept 2017 Linda Vagana "Duffy Books in Homes – More than just Books"

1 Aug 2017 David Boyle "You can’t always get what you want
- but we keep trying"

4 Jul 2017 Celia Caughey "Enlightening Experiences from Vietnam"

Jun 2017 Jo Lloyd "My Journey with Autism"

May 2017 Alex Wilson "How Old is Civilisation"