Acquiring and developing skills

Your committee is determined to develop and create more interest groups and to do this we have two Interest Group Coordinators.  They will work with members who have a passion or interest in a topic and who are keen to pass that knowledge on to others.   If you wish to participate in any of our Interest Groups, you must be a member of U3A Christchurch North West.

Groups are established to meet members' needs with the approval of the committee, so if you have expertise in any area, or if you want to develop that expertise, one of the best ways to accomplish this is by joining with other people in learning and teaching, and perhaps in doing something practical together.  Groups are financially self-sustaining and meet at times and venues suitable to their members.

At the moment, you  could try:


“ I love learning, with like-minded people, about the wealth of artwork scattered throughout our city ”

By attending this group you will be presented with an opportunity for a friendly social outing. Members meet at a cafe near an art gallery or other specified venue and explore a wide variety of art. Often there is input from curators or artists.  
Meets: 1st & 3rd Friday at 10.30 am. 


“I enjoy sharing and hearing thoughts on a variety of genres each month”

This group will interest those who love reading and sharing what they’ve read, whether it's a much loved or a much disliked book. It differs from our other book club in that you do not all read the same book at the same time.  
Meets: 2nd Friday at 10.30 am. Convenor: Adrienne, 351 5573


“It’s interesting to hear everyone’s viewpoints on plots, characters and writing styles, quite often very different to mine”

There are ten people in this group, which is run as part of the WEA book scheme, so there is an annual subscription of $60.  Everyone reads the same book over a month and then meets to discuss it in an enjoyable, social gathering. 
Meets: 3rd Thursday.  Convenor: Virginia, 351 6909


“It’s a game that can be played at any age; it’s always thought provoking ”

This is a great way of introducing aspiring players to the rudiments of bridge. It’s also an enjoyable way to learn or improve skills whilst having a nice afternoon with like-minded people.  
Meets: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays at 1.30 pm. Convenor: Graham, 355 7276


“It’s a great way to share our creative experiences whilst learning new skills”

This is a friendly easy group and members may choose to stay for as long as they wish and bring whatever craft they are working on.  Currently knitting, crocheting, mosaicing, sculpturing, card and gift making and quilting are being undertaken.  There's an opportunity for some additional members to join the activities.
Meets: 2nd Wednesday between 1 - 4 pm.  Convenor: Lorraine, 358 7211


“It’s interesting how the words that you learnt 50 years ago, suddenly pop up out of who knows where!”

We are an informal group, meeting in members house, keen to build on our school French and trying to improve our accents by taking turns in speaking.  We would love to welcome new members.  Meets: each Monday from 1.30 pm.  Convenor: Jill, 355 0205


“This is a great way to taste and try diverse types of food, often very different from our usual NZ fare”

This friendly group meets at an arranged venue for lunch, or sometimes for dinner.   A wide variety of restaurants are visited, so there is plenty of opportunity to discover many different cuisines.  
Meets: 4th Monday or, sometimes, on a Tuesday. Convenor: Margot, 351 6847


“I enjoy seeing a variety of different movies, perhaps something I wouldn’t normally go to”

Members choose newly-released films they want to see, then after purchasing tickets there’s a cup of coffee and a pre-movie discussion.  
Meets: 4th Tuesday.  Convenor:  Jo, 351 3949


“I love that within the group there is so much knowledge which everyone is happy to share”

We hear from invited outside speakers as well as some of our members on a wide range of historical topics.  
Meets at Papanui RSA, corner Main North & Harewood Roads: 2nd & 4th Wednesday between 10 & 12 pm.  


“If you can play Happy Families then you can play Mahjong.  It’s great for keeping the mind active.”

Currently we have four mahjong groups operating and we are always seeking new players to form another.  If you are interested in learning this fascinating game or can play already contact our Convenor, Gloria 359 9986 / 022 0872992


“Recently, we’ve been walking in the Basque region, to Cadiz and the cities of Southern Andalusia, on an Italian opera tour and travelling in Japan.”

For those interested in overseas travel and other cultures, this is a pleasant way, over afternoon tea, to enjoy hearing travel experiences from a variety of people from inside and outside U3A.  Now meeting  in a larger venue, there's a greater opportunity for new members.  Meets: Board Room, Fendalton Library on the last Friday, 1.30 pm. Convenor: Shona, 351 5520


“It’s important to keep up with what technology can do to get the best out of our new toys”

The convenors of this group are passing on their knowledge to enable you to gain confidence when using your  Ipad, Iphone or Samsung phone or tablet. The next course will start early 2018 for four days on 7, 14, 21 and 28th March between 10 am and noon with the location to be confirmed.  Register your interest with the Convenors: Pat, 358 4273 or Dorothy, 323 9801



“TED’s agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation”

TED is devoted to spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful talks.  At each meeting held in members' homes, two members will highlight a TED video that appeals to them, followed by a short discussion.    Meets: 1st & 3rd Tuesday at 10 am.  Convenor: John, 352 8372