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Guest Speakers

Our focus is on Exceptional New Zealanders doing exceptional things

Paul Spooley

Main Meeting: 3  July 2018

Guest Speaker:  Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley 
The “New” New Zealand: A Super Diverse Auckland

Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley is the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University.

He has been involved in some major research projects on immigration and diversity in New Zealand, including Capturing the Diversity Dividend of Aotearoa New Zealand (2014-2020).

He is the author or editor of 27 books ranging from political extremism to the nature of work, and he was Ranginui Walker’s biographer (Mata Toa, Penguin).
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Auckland War Memorial Museum. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California Berkeley.


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 Michael Wynd "Torpedo Bay – the Navy Museum

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"