This year’s program highlights including lectures, luncheons, trips, and special events

SERIES 1 – 2023


February 23rd  A.G.M. & Lecture #1
The Revolving Door: The First 50 years of 20th Century Art Movements: Session One, Linda Hart

March 2nd   Lecture #2
The Revolving Door: The First 50 years of 20th Century Art Movements: Session Two, Linda Hart

March 9th  Lecture #3
Behind the Façade – Organs, Organists and Their Music, Martin Setchell

March 16th  Lecture #4
A History of Western Architecture as seen through New Zealand Buildings, Ian Lockhead

March 23rd  Lecture #5 followed by Lunch for all Members
Percussion Spheres: A Performer’s Reflection on Percussion since 1960, Justin DeHart

March 30st - Rest Day

SERIES 2 – 2023

Series 2: POT POURRI

April 6th  Lecture #1
2023 Census

April 13th  Lecture #2
History of Whaling, John Rogers

April 20th  Lecture #3
Patient Centred Surgical Orthopaedic Care, Ramez Ailabouni

April 27th  Lecture #4
Christchurch Cathedral Reinstatement Update, TBC

May 4th  Lecture #5
The Work of the Pacific Ocean Crisis Team, Christina Laalaai-Tausa

May 11th - Rest Day

SERIES 3 – 2023

Series 3: OUT of AFRICA and OUR DNA

May 18th  Lecture #1    

In the beginning…the world, creation myths, and Africa

May 25th  Lecture #2    
Homo Sapiens, early migration, and DNA

June 1st  Lecture #3    
Australia, The Americas, and the Asia -Pacific

June 8th  Lecture #4    
Indo-European studies

June 15th  Lecture #5

Implications and beyond the Horizon

June 22nd - Rest Day

SERIES 4 -2022

Series 4: POT POURRI

June 30th  Lecture #1    
The Pros and Cons of Moving to a Retirement Home or Staying in Your Own Home

July 7th  Lecture #2    
US Political Institution: Then and Now

July 14th  Lecture #3    
Friendship and Justice: US Politics Today

July 21st  Lecture #4    
The Past, the Present and the Future of the New Zealand Red Cross

July 28th  Lecture #5    

A Long Time Coming: Ngai Tahu’s Treaty Settlement Negotiations with the Crown

August 4 - Rest Day

SERIES 5 – 2022

Series 5: POT POURRI

August 11th  Lecture #1    
“Lie Detectors, Journalism in the Age of Distrust” & “The Future of Print”

August 18th  Lecture #2    
Frank Sinatra – His Life and His Music

August 25th  Lecture #3    

A Guide Dog’s Journey – From Puppy to Partnership   

September 1st  Lecture #4    

Material Feminisms and Contemporary Art Practice in Ōtautahi, Christchurch

September 8th  Lecture #5    
Should We Resurrect the Mammoth?

September 15th - Rest Day

SERIES 6 – 2022


September 22nd  Lecture #1    
From Boer Republics and British Colonies to the Union of South Africa

September 29th  Lecture #2    
Union and Division

October 6th  Lecture #3    
Apartheid Intensifies

October 13th  Lecture #4    
The People Rise Up

October 20th  Lecture #4    
The New South Africa

October 27th - Rest Day 

SERIES 7 – 2022


November 3rd Lecture #1    
Why Has Increased Provision of Psychiatric Treatment Not Reduced the Prevalence of Mental Disorder

November 11th Lecture #2
Trip to Heritage Canterbury Homebush and Terrace Stations, Hororata

November 17th - Rest Day 

November 25th
Christmas Lunch @ Redwood Hotel

Sample Topics

A sample of program topics covered in recent years includes:

  • An Interesting Variety of Writers and Books
  • Art
  • Birds and Bees and Biodiversity
  • Balance of Power
  • Books and Print
  • Books
  • Catching the Wave
  • Chocolate: Food of the Gods and Elixir of Empires
  • Christchurch - The Garden City?
  • Disabilities
  • Eco Architecture
  • Exploring the Cosmos
  • From Gold Card to the Grave
  • Getting Started in Canterbury
  • Happenings in Canterbury
  • Law and Disorder
  • London: From the Romans to The Fire
  • Matters of the Heart
  • Medical Research Foundation
  • Music
  • Music, Music, Music
  • People in Uniform
  • Pills, Patients & Problems
  • Pot Pourri
  • History Through the Lens of a Political Scientist
  • Travellers’ Tales
  • Water Hotspots
  • World Religions