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General Meeting – Wednesday June 5th 9:30 a.m

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




President’s Message:  

We had a record attendance of 116 U3A members at our last meeting that required a quick response to bring in more chairs. We also welcomed many guests, several of whom have already joined as members.


Clare de Lore shared with us her personal insights of Rwanda in her current role as Rwanda Honorary Consul General to New Zealand. Clare also shared personal anecdotes during her time in the UK with Sir Don McKinnon a former Commonwealth Secretary General.


We are looking forward to seeing you at our June meeting when Harry Allen will talk on Australian Aboriginal Art, both ancient and modern.

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Harry Allen - Australian Aboriginal Art – Ancient & Modern


Harry Allen is an Australian trained archaeologist who taught in the Anthropology Department, University of Auckland until his retirement. He has carried out archaeological research in New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia. In Australia he has worked on some of its oldest archaeological sites including surveying rock art in Kakadu National Park. In 2008, he was awarded an ONZM for services to New Zealand heritage.


Aboriginal art has its roots in tribal traditions and ceremonies. Since the 1980's Aboriginal art has been recognised internationally as an exciting modern form. This lecture will show examples of Aboriginal rock paintings, some dated as old as 25,000 years ago, and of modern Aboriginal artists who transcend traditional art forms while maintaining connection with country and its stories.


This Month:

Study Group Presentations: Art History (Sue Bhargav)

Mini Speaker: Kay Eady – Preludes and Feuds, the Lewis Eady Story

Kitchen Duty: Global Issues (John Hole & Hugh Campbell) & Famous & Infamous (Gary Preston) 

Next Month:
Study Group Presentations: Classic Films (Katherine Swift) 
Mini Speaker:  Richard Hall - Wine, Whiskey and Walnuts with the Kalash (the last Kafirs of Pakistan)
Kitchen Duty:  Book Review (Claire Relph) & Countries of the World (Heather Baigent)

                                                                            ANYONE FOR A CUPPA?

After 5 years, the Refreshment Team will be retiring at the end of this year.




Four friends or two couples (who are still friends) to take over the morning tea routine from 2025.

A team of four means only two people are on duty at each meeting giving flexibility to swap to accommodate holidays etc.

You don’t have to make the tea/coffee as this is done by the Study Group volunteers - just help them set up before the meeting starts.

Each month’s team buys milk and biscuits (reimbursed by the Treasurer) and ensures there are adequate supplies (tea, coffee etc) in the U3A box held on site.

The current team will show the new team how it’s done at the October meeting at the latest.




Come put the kettle on and brew up some new friendships as part of this socially important volunteer group, even just for a year or two.

NB: The refreshment team is not part of the Committee and doesn’t attend committee meetings.

Contact: Lynne Olson


                                                                               NO TEAM  NO TEA

                                             Future Events for you Diary



A visit to Crown Lynn, New Lynn at 10.30am to learn about the West Auckland clay industry and then on to Titirangi for lunch at the Deco Café. 


After lunch a visit   Te Uru, the Waitakere Contemporary Gallery  to view two exhibitions – ‘Making Do Rhymes with Poo’ and ‘Eternally Temporary.’  Further details please visit

A Curator from Te Uru will discuss the exhibitions and explain the works.


Car-pooling will be used and the cost will be $10.00 per person, numbers will be restricted and bookings will close 13 June.

Please contact me by email for further information and bookings.


U3A Network

U3A Auckland Network welcomes you to a day of celebration, Saturday 27th July 2024.

Guest Speakers – Professor Emeritus Paul Spoonley & Sir Ashley Bloomfield

Next Meeting Guest Speaker
Wednesday 3rd July



Gary Cameron -The Pitcairn Trials

New Members.

We welcome the following new members:-

Diane Hankins, Lorraine Lawrence, Jim Sheffield, Lesley Skilton, Sandy Carden

Study Groups.

If you have any suggestions/topics for new Study Groups for next year – and are prepared to help set it up – or wish to know contact details of a Study Group Convenor then please contact our Study Group Co-Ordinator Gary Preston  or Margaret Waters: with your ideas.



Please note we rely on our members to advise our Almoner if you are aware of any member who is ill or incapacitated, or suffering bereavement. Pamela would appreciate you contacting her by email:-

Monthly Meeting Protocol.

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

Monthly Meeting Protocol: 

Please note sending an apology for non-attendance of the monthly meeting is no long a requirement.

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.

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.

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