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    MAY 2020



    As at the time of going to print,

    we would like to welcome the

    following new members: Adriana

    van Ameslfort (Janneke), Chris

    Channing, Bob and Margot

    Greenway, Elizabeth Halford,

    Susan Lane, Jean Lloyd, John

    McCartin, Mourne Pearson, Kevin

    and Margot Petersen, Sally Reed

    IN THIS ISSUE . . . . . . . . . . . Coronavirus COVID-19 1

    From the Chair 2 Upcoming Events 2

    Archives 2 Around the Groups 3-4

    Zoom 4

    Surviving the pandemic...

    Coronavirus COVID-19

    By the time you receive this newsletter we are likely

    to have moved from almost five weeks at Alert Level

    4 to Level 3. We will still be self-isolating!

    It has been helpful to see, on a day-to-day basis, via

    the internet and other media, how we and other

    countries around the world are faring.

    To those members who usually receive printed newsletters:

    As this newsletter has had to be printed on a home printer we have made the decision to circulate it by

    email to all members with an email address. We apologize if this causes you any inconvenience.

    There were reports of people hoarding toilet rolls

    Our own government, led by Jacinda Ardern, has

    used the approach of “going hard and going early”.

    NZ’s goal, unlike that of some other countries, has

    been not to just flatten the curve of coronavirus cases,

    but to eliminate the virus altogether. We seem to be

    on track to achieve this. It helps that we are a

    relatively isolated country on the “periphery” of the

    world and have had time to prepare a strategy.

    New Zealand imposed a national lockdown much

    earlier in its outbreak than other countries did.

    Travellers from China were banned in early

    February, before New Zealand had registered a

    single case of the virus. And it closed its borders to all

    non-residents in mid-March, when it had only a

    handful of cases. Testing and contact tracing has been

    extensive. And we have been kept informed.

    What has this self-isolation meant for us at home in

    our “bubbles”? Among other things, we are walking

    around the neighbourhood, online shopping,

    reading, watching television, trying out new recipes,

    gardening and generally getting on to those projects

    we have been putting off! As you will see on Pages 3

    and 4, some U3A groups have managed to keep going

    in some form or another. Throughout all this, we have

    been using phone and social media to keep in touch

    with family and friends.

    It will be interesting to see, when we finally emerge

    from all this, how the world has changed.

    Going hard and going early

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    Graham Slater


    I hope you are all safe and

    well in your bubbles. This is

    an extraordinary event and I hope, not a repeated

    one. It has been a tough time for us all and I hope we

    see the end of it in the not too distant future.

    I feel privileged to live in a country which consists of

    a series of islands in a remote corner of the planet.

    Also, to have leadership which seems to be leading

    us in a sensible direction through this very difficult


    Easter was a particularly difficult time to be in

    lockdown. Missing contact with families and

    especially grandchildren really focused the issue for


    Our U3A activities have been in lockdown due to

    restrictions placed on us. We also suspended our

    seminar series and the 20th birthday celebrations,

    both of which we will restart once we get clear of


    I am aware of a number of U3A learning groups who

    have managed to maintain some creative methods of

    contact and activities. Email has been a saviour. We

    are in some ways fortunate to face this crisis at a

    time when communication technologies are at such

    an accessible level. Imagine, if we were all still on

    dial-up internet connections, what difficulties we

    would be facing.

    I am aware that not everyone has the same level of

    IT available to them, but I am thankful we are not

    facing this during an era when radio and telephones

    were in their infancy, such as the 1918 Flu pandemic.

    Online shopping, films and TV On Demand, Skype

    and Zoom have all made this a little easier.

    I look forward to getting through this so we can

    recommence group activities. I did not realise quite

    how much I looked forward to our activities.

    There is little doubt that this won’t be over quickly.

    We need to drop back through the lower levels of

    lockdown before life will return to “normal”.

    The world that comes through this crisis will be

    different to the one that went into it. Part of the

    recovery will involve trying to reinstate some of

    what we had before. We will get through this so stay

    strong, well and in your bubble at home.

    I would like to take this opportunity to remember a

    long time U3A member and recent committee

    member, Cherry Gordon, who passed away on 16th

    Cherry Gordon

    Photograph by Michael Lawrence


    Both the 20th Anniversary Celebration and the

    Autumn Seminar Series have been postponed until

    further notice.

    February. Cherry worked tirelessly for U3A as she

    did wherever she was involved. Her input will be

    sadly missed.

    Your committee will endeavour to keep you up to

    date on the future as soon as we know anything


    (14th April)


    Further to Chris Phillips’ work on the electronic

    archives, hardcopy archives have now been set up.

    We have three 2005 newsletters missing from our

    collection, i.e. issues 2/05, 3/05 and 5/05. If you have

    any of these please would you get in touch with

    Rosemary Krsinich (contact details on page 4).

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    Although some groups have gone into abeyance until

    further notice, others are continuing as follows:

    Brian Finch: This month’s online session of the Art

    Appreciation 1 group involved members choosing

    from three art museum websites (The Getty, Musée

    d’Orsay and Te Papa) and taking a virtual tour to

    choose a piece or pieces of art to discuss. We used

    email to exchange choices and comments. About half

    the group contributed to the lively and stimulating

    comments and responses. As a positive but

    unintended consequence we have two potential

    future session offerings sparked by interest in a

    theme and an artist. It looks likely that we’ll run

    some variation of this activity for our May meeting.

    Anne Cameron: Art Appreciation 2 is on hold at the

    moment but I did forward to the group a link to a

    range of websites which give virtual tours or curator

    led talks round some of the great art galleries

    overseas and our own Te Papa. A member also sent

    me a link to a very funny website where people are

    asked to recreate famous paintings with stuff they

    find at home. Very funny and clever. I am hoping the

    website approach will catch on as humour at the

    moment is important!

    Alan Martin: The Biography group is maintaining

    contact by members continuing to read biographies

    and submitting their reviews to the group for

    discussion and comment.

    Carol Phillips: Book Group 1 had its first meeting by

    email on 14th April. We are reading to the monthly

    theme where we are able. We are each providing

    written reviews and comments which are shared and

    commented on by other group members.

    Merle Smillie: Book Group 2 would have been

    reading a favourite magazine for April and I would

    suggest there would have been more than one read

    in the current state of affairs we find ourselves in.

    We are keeping in touch with each other. What

    better opportunity than the lockdown to do lots of

    reading. I suggested to our group we have a post

    lockdown meeting (what we did in the lockdown) to

    let off steam.

    Graham Slater: The NZ History group has received

    an article about the 1918 flu epidemic to read and

    hopefully interact with. To date I have had feedback

    from numerous members and have also received a

    number of other articles expanding the topic. These I

    have subsequently recirculated to the rest of the

    group. The discussion is ongoing and I hope to

    provide a new topic each month while we are in


    Michael Lawrence: As of mid-April, the Apple iPad

    interest group has had two Zoom meetings, the first

    with five members plus myself. Most of the meeting

    was setting up and getting used to using Zoom. At