U3A Browns Bay Inc formed in June 2000

Guest Speakers

Our focus is on Exceptional New Zealanders doing exceptional things

Paul Hickford Genealogist

November Speaker: Paul Hickford

How he discovered his half brother through DNA
and his Mum’s cryptic clue that was missed.

Genealogist Paul Hickford gave a presentation on highlights and processes undertaken in identifying relatives through DNA matches."

Paul belongs to the NZ Society of Genealogists, and has had thirty  years of genealogical experience and been awarded several awards for his research into family histories, as well as having had numerous articles published in genealogical magazines in New Zealand, Australia and England. He is also a member of Hobsonville U3A.


They Marched to War: a Tribute to Officers of the Bank of New Zealand Who Enlisted for Service in the First World War 1914-1918

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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.

Sometimes the sessions are reversed to suit the Guest Speaker.