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For those with free time and a desire to learn. U3A provides an ideal environment in which to pursue new or existing interests. Visit our monthly meeting to see if you would like to join this friendly group. A full list of  interest groups is available on this site under Menu item Groups
Meeting on Wednesday
3 March 2021 at 9.45am
Citizens’ Centre,
College Road, Northcote
Guest Speaker: David Hansen
Topic: Plastic Free Oceans

Many people worry about global warming and what sort of legacy we are leaving our children and grand children. Meanwhile we are polluting our oceans with plastic, which affects marine life and is now in our sea food. This also affects the functioning of our planet. While our waters look relatively clean what is happening will affect all mankind – the facts are real cause for concern. So what can each of us do about this?

David was born in Kawakawa and grew up on a dairy farm in the Bay of Plenty. Attended Palmerston North Boys High School as a boarder and graduated from Auckland University as a Mechanical Engineer. Between school and university did a trade apprenticeship at NZ Forest Products in Penrose and obtained a technicians qualification. Worked for Beca Carter Hollings and Ferner Consulting Engineers for 16 years, spending 9 of these working in Indonesia and Singapore. Became a Director of the firm before moving to the Auckland Airport Company as a member of the Executive Team. Headed up engineering for 8 years and then retired after being GM Operations for 8 years. Currently a Rotarian and soon to become the International Commodore of the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians (3600 members around the world), a member of St Aidans Church and currently Chairman of the Presbyterian Support Northern Board of Trustees. Has two married daughters and 3 grandsons.

Mini Speaker: Geoff Sheehan
Athenian Democracy and the Death of Socrates


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