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Study Groups Study Groups
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Antiques and Collectables
Convener - Jill Brewis-Henroid and Katharine Hanning
We meet on the second Thursday of the month in the Kohimarama Presbyterian Church Hall at 2.00 pm.
Each meeting will have a chosen topic and members will bring along an example, if they have one,
and discuss the background. One or two members be will nominated to research the topic in more
depth and present to the group. We also have visits to places of interest to view collections of
Antiques or represent ‘times gone by’.
Convener - Sue Bhargav
We meet in the Kohimarama Presbyterian Church Lounge on the third Tuesday of the month at 2.00 p.m.
Art History is the study of both the “major” arts of painting, sculpture and architecture as well as the
“minor” arts of ceramics, furniture and other decorative objects taking in their stylistic context and
historical development, i.e. genre, design, format and style. This year we will be studying the
Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque and Neoclassical periods. Group members take turns in
researching and making a presentation of about 20-25 minutes on a given topic.
Convener - Claire Relph
We meet in members’ homes on the first Thursday of the month at 10 am.
This group is in its 17th year and must have already discussed about 150 books, but the members
never run short of more books to study. Each month we all read the same book and share our often
varied opinions of the book. The membership of the group is kept at about 12/13, in order to give
everyone a chance to contribute. At present we have room for one or two more.
Classic Films – Thursday
Convener - Riva Chapman
We meet at the Media Room in the St Andrews Community Centre on the 4th Thursday of the month at
We watch a selection of films that are considered classic - the criteria is quite wide. These are chosen
by members of the group and an in depth critique discussion following the viewing of the film covers a
range of aspects - scenery, plot, acting performance etc.
Countries of the World (1) – What makes them Tick”
Convener - Heather Baigent
We meet on the second Tuesday of each month, in the Kohi Presbyterian Church Lounge at 2pm.
Members take turns at researching and presenting on a country or region that interests them.
Presentations are an overview covering the history, economy, culture and political situation of the
chosen country. We try to have two 40-minute presentations per meeting, but more complex
topics may take a double session.
Convener - Bryan Nicholson
The Current Affairs Group meets on the third Monday of the month at Grace Joel Retirement Village
third floor lounge at 10 am. Each member brings news items from newspapers, periodicals or the
internet on national or international topics of interest which are presented and discussed.
The interchange is stimulating and the morning tea is provided gratis courtesy of the village.
Conveners - Lawre Taylor and Janet Barnard
The Earth science group is looking at any things within geology chemistry, prehistory and astronomy.
This year the focus is on the geological timescale and we are working through what is known about
each from the Precambrian to the present-day. We supplement this with lectures from DVDs to
broaden the scope of what we can speak about. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month
Famous and Infamous
Convener - Gary Preston
We meet in the Kohi Presbyterian Lounge at 10.00 am on the second Thursday of each month. We
have a short quiz to start, with each member contributing a question, and much discussion about
the answers. This is followed usually with two presentations by members, discussing the lives of
famous or infamous people, and further discussion. We have ten members at present and new
members are welcome.
Gallery Visits 1
Convener - Cheryl Ellis
Gallery Visits1-meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month. We visit a range of current art exhibitions
in Auckland. These vary from the traditional to the ultra modern. Usually we have some guidance
and explanation from the gallery to extend our knowledge and hopefully widen our horizons. We try
to keep an open mind!.
Gallery Visits 2
Convener - Margaret Bell
We are an enthusiastic bunch who meet on the third Friday of each month at 10am. Each member
takes a turn to search out a gallery or exhibition that they think the group would be interested in and
then organise a tour either with a tour director from the gallery or exhibition or research the
information themselves. The morning finishes with a cup of coffee and maybe lunch at the
nearest cafe. We have seen a wide variety of “art” in all forms.
Convener - Janice Figge
We meet on the fourth Monday of the month with the objective of exploring Auckland’s heritage
and social history through research by members of our group. Our walks has found our group
in Onehunga, Devonport, Ponsonby and Mount Eden but with many more places on our list –
provided there is a coffee shop!
Convener - John Hole
We meet on the first Tuesday of the month in the Kohi Presbyterian Church lounge at 1.30 pm.
We discuss the big issues facing the World at the present time, taking turns at preparing and
presenting short talks on the issue under discussion. If you wish to develop a better understanding
of the complex and challenging issues the world is facing this is the group for you.
At present we have 15 members and have room for several more.
Poetry and Prose
Convener: Sue Youens
"The Poetry and Prose group is a small group meeting at Grace Joel Retirement Village on the
first Monday of the month at 1000am. We are a very informal group and sit around a table
sharing a love of poetry and prose. As a group we select a subject for each month of the year,
and each read out our choice of literature - whether it be funny or serious, modern or traditional,
of New Zealand or overseas origin. We have light discussions on the subjects read, and share
a delicious morning tea provided by Grace Joel! We are always very happy to welcome new members.
Convener - Gary Preston
We meet in the Kohi Presbyterian Lounge at 1.30 pm on the third Thursday of each month. We
study the history of various countries, mainly focused on the last 300 years. Members volunteer
to research a topic and prepare a talk, and we would usually have two or three presentations,
with much discussion, at each meeting. We are concluding our study of Korea, and will soon be
making a start on the history of Italy. This is a very popular group and membership is presently
at the maximum limit of 24 .Vacancies may arise during the year.
Convener - Kathy Slater
The members of this group attend a range of music presentations. Each month a member identifies
and advises of a selection of music presentations and then arranges care pooling and ticketing.
There is also the opportunity to join as a group and listen or watch musical performances at
members homes. The overall objective is to enjoy a wide selection of music which leads to
discussion relating to the composer, the influences that existed at various times and how these
factors may may have been a factor in the compositions that resulted
Convener - Julie Thompson and Inie Kroef
“The Stepping Out Group meets on the 2nd Monday of every month. Our objective is to have
walks in various parks or places of interest around Auckland such as Murwai Beach or the
Domain or Cornwall Park. Information about the walking areas is presented by members of the
group. The walk are generally not strenuous and would suit a moderately fit person. Currently
we have 17 members and new members are welcome”
Convener - Robin Nicholson
The Theatre Visits Group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the Community Centre
St. Andrews Village, 207 Riddell Road ,Glendowie. Our aim is to support and study live theatre
and we usually visit one performance each month. We particularly like Community Theatres
which are more affordable, with an occasional School Productions or a special film. At our
meetings we discuss productions we have seen and decide on our future programme.
Convener - Anne Rattray
Meets on the second Wednesday of the month in members’ homes at 1.30pm. Our main interest
is solving cryptic crosswords but we also include other word puzzles. We set homework for
members and discuss the answers at our next meeting. Conveners – This is shared. The host
acts as convener for that meeting and supplies afternoon tea. We do have room for a few more
members at this stage. If interested please contact the acting convener. See the details of the
name of the host and where the meeting will be held in the monthly newsletter