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Main Monthly Meeting

Main Meeting - 6 February 2018

"Talks with a Focus on New Zealanders" 
On February 6 every year, New Zealanders celebrate Waitangi Day, a national holiday to commemorate the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document.
In 1840, representatives of the British Crown and over 500 Maori chiefs signed what is New Zealand’s founding document. The day was first officially commemorated in 1934, and it has been a public holiday since 1974.

Today we celebrate this occasion by acknowledging the New Zealanders that have made a significant contribution through a variety of formats via the generosity of some of our Small
Interest Groups.

Leading off is the Medical Science and History Group, presented by Geoff Haycock, entitled “Blue Bay Syndrome” – How NZ entered the world of open heart surgery.
Following on is the Creative Audio Visual Group (who are not deterred by the vagaries of computers) led by Roy Boston with the title of “Meeting the Challenge” and how two of the
members met the Christmas 2017 challenge.

Now it’s your turn fellow members, to be challenged with some trivia all about NZ! These twelve questions we will tackle with group support as Heather and Lucy lead us through. Your reward is a pleasant morning tea/coffee and cake after which we will provide you with the answers!!

The second half of our programme starts with the China Past and Present Group, co-led by Margaret Scrymgeour and Colin Tyndall titled “New Zealand’s Earliest Chinese and Gold Miners”. While immigrants from China have been so overwhelmingly visible in recent years it is easy to overlook the fact that the Chinese in our midst have been present in New Zealand since the signing of the Treaty. Today there are
many fourth generation Kiwis of Chinese descent and our presentation looks at some of the experiences of those earliest Chinese.

This will be followed by the Music, Mainly Classical Group with Terry Dale holding the baton for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra with their new Italian conductor, Giordano Bellincampi, and some surprises he may get in New Zealand!
Finally the Literature Group led by Glen Plaistowe entitled “New Zealand Revealed Through Literature”. The arrival of Europeans in Aoteaoa provided a unique written history of colonisation and a written language for Maori. A century and half later New Zealand writers are international award winners.

We trust you will enjoy this celebration on our special national day.


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
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" 

Apr 2017 Gary Higgins "Biosecurity in New Zealand"

Mar 2017 Dr Camille Nakhid "Fitting In and Meritocracy-Affirming Racism"

Feb 2017 Cam Moore "New Zealand’s first successful conviction for Trafficking in Persons"