The University of the Third Age

U3A Okeover

Programme for Term 2, 2021

A The Politics of Regional Relations: Understanding Our Own Neighbourhood

Dates: Thursdays 27 May, 3, 10, 17, 24 June

B Genealogy

Dates: Thursdays 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 July

Times: 10.30 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.

Enrolments for this term closed on Thursday 29 Jul 2021.


Chairman:Peter Moody3517448
Secretary:Yvonne Evans027 4766531
Treasurer:Colin Freeman027 2369476
Please hand your enrolment form to the treasurer at the desk.

Course A

The Politics of Regional Relations: Understanding Our Own Neighbourhood

Course organiser:Kathryn Ell and Alan Blackburn


27 May:
Kendra Roddis has a Masters in Defence and Security with an Honours Degree in International Relations. She will present 'An Examination of Defence Relations in the Pacific: Small Islands and Big Waves'.Kendra is a Freyburg Defence Scholar with research interests in the Asia-Pacific, political science, disaster relief and humanitarianism. Previously, Kendra served in the Royal New Zealand Navy as a Navigation and Warfare Officer. She was deployed to Haiti in 2010 to conduct disaster relief after the country’s 7.0 earthquake. This ignited her passion for improving civil-military coordination at the international level.

3 Jun:
Mariana Cifuentes is a development practitioner with 15 years’ of international experience. Her topic is 'From a Flawed Democracy to Military Rule: The Impact of Myanmar’s Recent Military Coup and Predictions About Its Future Through the Lens of Art'.After 7 years of living in Myanmar, and following the military coup d'état on 1st February 2021, Mariana relocated to Christchurch where she continues her work as part of the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

10 Jun:
Prof. Alex Tan, Head of Dept. Political Science and International Relations, UC, Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha, on 'Demystifying the China-Taiwan Relations'. On the UC website Alex defines the study of Political Science and International Relations as “the study of power”- who gets what, where and when? Current events in our neighbourhood may well have posed a question for us all: “Are you concerned about international politics and international security?” With this question in mind, Alex will explore, examine and assess the relationships of key players in our vicinity.

17 Jun:
Professor Alex Tan on 'Taiwan: Why it Matters'.

24 Jun:
Professor Alex Tan on 'The China-Taiwan-US Triangular Relations: Challenges and Opportunities'.

Course B


Course organiser:Nina Mogridge


Genealogy? Family History? – It’s more than you think
Over the next five weeks we will discover that often what starts out to be simple, curious research leads one on to many unexpected and exciting pathways.

1 Jul:
Librarians Lyn Gifford and Trudy Henry on 'Resources at Tūranga'.They will speak about the resources available in the Family History Section of the library, plus other resources available for historical research.

8 Jul:
Fiona Lees, Convenor Canterbury Genealogy on 'What About DNA?'Over the years there has been a rise in people wanting to learn more about where they came from through the avenue of DNA testing. But, does DNA testing always have the most desirable results?

15 Jul:
Kath Woodley on 'How Family Researchers Think'.Family research is not just linking up trees but understanding how they fit into the history around them. Kath will use photographs for you to study but also encourage you to bring some of your own ‘unidentified’ or puzzling photographs.

22 Jul:
Kath Woodley on 'Exciting Stories from Family Research'.Family research can lead you to many unexpected places and people. Kath will talk about some of the exciting stories she has found along with ideas for how to take your stories further.

29 Jul:
Andrew Watkins (Partner, Wynn Williams) on 'The Unintended Consequences of Wills'.Andrew will talk about serious and sometimes humorous consequences that arise from executing wills.