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Main Speaker.

Main Speaker – Prof Paul Spoonley – A “New” New Zealand Emerges: Demographic Change in the 2020’s.


New Zealand began to change significantly after 2010 although these changes will be much more apparent in the 2020’s. These include declining fertility, the rapid ageing of the population, population stagnation or decline in some regions and growing diversity because of immigration. These demographic changes will be explained. Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley was the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Science at Massey University and is now the Co-Director of He Whenua Taurikura: The National Centre of Research Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism.


He is the author or editor of 29 books, including “The New, New Zealand: Demographic Disruption” and “History of Hate: The Far Right in Aotearoa New Zealand”. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and received the Science and Technology Medal

for his contributions to cultural understanding. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Germany and is a Fellow and Board member of Auckland Museum.

Study Group Presentations

Mini Speaker

Kitchen Duty

Sue Bhargav - Art History
Wendy Jeffrey - Book’s We’ve Read

Ashley Wilson – The Melanesian Missionaries and Eastern Suburbs’ Streets
Modern History &
Gallery Visits (1)

General Meeting – Wednesday  March 1st 9:30 a.m

St. Heliers Church Community Centre – Centennial Hall -  100 St Heliers Bay Road


President's Message.

What a period the last few years have been for groups, such as ours, to have gone through. Covid hit us, and is still with us, and then the violent weather in late January, that caused the cancellation of our February meeting hit Auckland. Fortunately, none of our members have reported on serious flood damage and hopefully our year can get underway on March 1st.  We have an outstanding speaker for our main address, and I am taking the Club Speaker’s role in speaking on the Melanesian Missionaries and the many Mission Bay and Kohimarama streets that are named after them.

We would love to see attendance numbers build up to pre-covid levels and do bring guests who could be interested in our speakers’ topics, especially if they are prospective members.

New Members.

Usha Sima

If you could place into you contacts, it would be appreciated.

Next Month.

Wednesday, 5th April 2023

Main speaker:  Hilary Sheppard, Senior Lecturer University of Auckland, School of Biological Sciences -- CPISR-gene editing

Mini Speaker:  Jill Thompson – Demon Spirits, Virgins and Confetti

Kitchen Duty:  Heritage Walks and Books We’ve Read

Study Group Presentations: Modern History and Photography for Fun

Study Groups.

Your Committee is always keen to learn of any subjects or topics for Study Groups that members would like to be considered for inclusion in our Schedule.  Please contact our Study Group Convener, Gary Preston


NOTE:- DEADLINE for March 2023 Newsletter & Study Groups Update:  email to Margaret Waters at  Sunday, March 26th or earlier which is my preference.


Almoner:  If you are aware of any member who is ill or incapacitated, or suffering bereavement, would you please contact our Almoner, Susan Soper,   email

Monthly Meeting Protocol.

Please ensure that you register at the Greeting Table when you arrive. 

OR       Unable to attend Please send any apologies to  Wendy Jeffrey 02102579792 or email 

Name Badge.

A reminder to all members, and especially our new members, that you should put the name and contact details of your preferred contact person on the back on your name badge in case of any emergency.  Please ensure that you wear your Name Badge to all U3A meetings.  

St. Heliers U3A Website.

Our website is updated every month by Kathy Slater.  Newsletters, relevant information on study groups and much more can be found on this interesting site.

U3A On-line Courses.

These are available to all members. The online contact details are: .   There is no requirement for payment to access the course content.  Access will enable a review of the study content and further details relating to independent or supervised study.  If you are interested in any of the papers, please let Kathy Slater know,   and she will download the material as Auckland U3A network has already been registered and paid.

U3A St. Heliers History Booklet.

This interesting booklet was updated and reprinted for our 25th Anniversary and is available for purchase for $10. Copies will be available at the next meeting.   Highly recommended especially for our new members.

U3A Lapel Badges.

We are now able to offer ‘pin’ as well as ‘magnet’ lapel badges.  These will be available for purchase ($5 each) at the next meeting.  See Heather Baigent.

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