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General Meeting – Wednesday Dec 6th 9:30 a.m

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

No Guest Speaker this meeting



Our Christmas end-of-year function entertainment by Kevin Field and Denis Hepi followed by morning tea. If you have not registered you only have until Friday 1st December.

Kevin Field - Pianist, Senior Lecturer Jazz Studies Auckland University. Recently recorded an album in NYC US alongside the City’s finest session musicians. Considered by his contemporaries as NZs finest Pianist.

Denis Hepi - Godin Guitar/Vocal. He has led Ensemble at all the major NZ Jazz Festivals, graduate of Stanford University Jazz Workshop under Singer Mark Murphy. We are currently part of the cities busiest Sunday residency “ Hoppers Garden Bar Ponsonby - Denis Hepi & FUNKORAMA ” 5 - 8PM. The 5 - Piece covers music Genres Jazz/Soul-RnB/Pop/Latino with its own reharmonised twist. We have a real following in 660 Group, and emerging Acts on the Auckland Scene.

Please join our committee in giving a big thank you to Amelia Dalzell of Barfoot and Thompson for their very generous contribution to towards our Christmas Function.


President's Message

The commencement of our term as the newly elected U3A St Heliers Committee, was tinged with a deep inner sadness as we were advised of the passing of our Past President Dr Ashley Wilson JP. It was opportune that our members were able to attend the funeral service or else to view it online.  We conveyed our condolences to the family of Ashley and sent a copy of the tributes prepared by our U3A Committee. Ashley’s amazing positive attitude and quiet acceptance of his terminal health context was remarkable until the end when he was still responding to our emails. It is a privilege to succeed him as your president and I thank you for your support.


We are fortunate to have a robust committee of ten in place with an excellent range of skills and abilities. Post the election, Helen Jakobi volunteered to serve on the committee and has been seconded. John Collins offered in our first meeting, to take on the role and responsibilities of the Vice President and this was well supported and formalized in a proposal by the President.


We hope to see you at our end of year Christmas function on Wednesday 6 December. Our committee joins me in wishing you all the best for the festive/holiday season. We trust that you will have time to relax with family and friends. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Josephine Howse President

This Month:
Study Group Presentations: 
Mini Speaker: 
Kitchen Duty:  
Next Meeting.

Wednesday, 7th February 2024


Please join our committee in giving a big thank you to Amelia Dalzell of Barfoot and Thompson for their very generous contribution to towards our Christmas Function.

New Members.

We welcome the following new members – Georgie Gould and Sue Burnett


If you could place into your contacts it would be appreciated

Study Groups.

Study Groups:-  Study Group registration sign-up sheets for 2024 will be available at the December meeting. Please take the time to check these out and see which are of interest to you.  Please note that you must sign up even if you are already a member of a 2023  group.

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



Almoner:  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 either by phone  021 169 4119 or email:-

Monthly Meeting Protocol.

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


Unable to attend  Please send any apologies to Jill Towers 0224149405 or email

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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