The University of the Third Age

U3A Okeover

Programme for Term 4, 2017

A Passchendaele: Mud, Muddle and Massacre

Dates: 26 October

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

B NZ’s Biosecurity

Dates: 2 November

Time: 10.00 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.

C The Earth Beneath Our Feet: Canterbury Geology

Dates: 9 November

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

D Will We Survive Trump and Vice Versa?

Dates: 16 November

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Enrolments for this term closed on Thursday 16 Nov 2017.


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

Course A

Passchendaele: Mud, Muddle and Massacre

Course organiser:Neil Fleming

Presenter:Garry Jeffrey, Life Member, U3A Okeover

26 Oct:
How did the formidable New Zealand Division, having taken all its objectives on the 4 October 1917, suffer such a costly defeat just 8 days later on 12 October 1917? Who was to blame and what happened to them? How much did readers of “The Press” know about what was going on? Why do we remember Passchendaele above all other World War 1 battles, including Gallipoli?

Course B

NZ’s Biosecurity

Course organiser:Peter Moody

Presenter:Dr. Tara Murray, lecturer, School of Forestry, UC.

2 Nov:
New Zealand's stringent biosecurity regulations are pertinent to both our economy and the natural environment. Tara will give an overview of the biosecurity system, how it works and its objectives with examples drawn from agriculture, forests and waterways. Social and cultural values will be included.

Course C

The Earth Beneath Our Feet: Canterbury Geology

Course organiser:Peter Braithwaite

Presenter:Dr. Kate Pedley, Lecturer (Teaching & Admin), UC Dept. of Geological Sciences.

9 Nov:
A brief geological history of the rocks of the Canterbury region and how plate tectonics have shaped and influenced this land we call home. Where did the volcanoes of Banks Peninsula come from? Why is North Canterbury a good wine growing region? Why are there so many hills in North Canterbury and where do they come from? Why do we experience frequent earthquakes?

Course D

Will We Survive Trump and Vice Versa?

Course organiser:Neil Fleming

Presenter:Peter S. Field, Dean of Research and Assoc. Prof. of History, College of Arts, University of Canterbury

16 Nov:
The results of the election of 2016 surprised just about everyone. Few expected Donald Trump to become the American President. Nine months down the track from his inauguration, it’s high time to inquire into how the political ground has shifted.