U3A Browns Bay Inc formed in June 2000

Guest Speakers

Our focus is on Exceptional New Zealanders doing exceptional things

Richard Adams - Taskforce Kiwi

October  Meeting : Richard Adams
"Taskforce Kiwi response to Auckland floods & Cyclone Gabrielle"

Richard Adams is the Founder, and National Operations Director, of Taskforce Kiwi, a veteran-led, not-for-profit New Zealand disaster relief organisation consisting primarily of former armed service, police and emergency service members.

Richard will briefly discuss the history of Taskforce Kiwi before focusing on how Taskforce Kiwi has assisted in disaster relief and recovery responses to the recent Auckland and Hawkes Bay flooding. Mission-focussed, task-oriented, Taskforce Kiwi provides a skilled, and motivated, resource pool to emergency management authorities while also working directly with communities to understand and address the community's needs in order to help them get back on their feet sooner.

Born and raised in New Zealand, Richard is a British Army veteran whose leadership during the Australian Black Summer Fires culminated in him being awarded the National Emergency Medal by the Australian Government

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Overview of our Monthly Meetings
The two hour meeting is held on the first Tuesday morning of each month. 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.