Here is a somewhat random collection of information and events that may be of interest to members. 
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Hunger Summit
Terry Waite address
3rd Age Holidays
NZIAHS Canterbury Forum
Lincoln & Districts Historical Society AGM
Citizen’s Advice looking for volunteers
Lincoln University courses


Hunger Summit 2020

February 11th, 2020 at St Christopher’s Avonhead, Christchurch from 9am to 4pm.

Download details of the Hunger Summit

Community Solutions for Fighting Hunger … … during 2019 FBC together with our Agency partners provided resources for over 1.8 million meals to the needy and at risk in our communities! This almost doubled numbers for the whole of 2018 – sad in many respects, but alleviating hunger where it is needed.

The Social Impact Value to our region was $14.7 million!

2020 will be even more challenging, putting a strain on all our resources in working to have an impact amongst our communities.

The inaugural Hunger Summit for Canterbury will be the first of its kind in our region and maybe, New Zealand … … and you’re invited to be part of this exciting event! We are expecting 120-200 attendees.

Our agency leaders will come together early in the New Year to identify and discuss the unique challenges we face and the solutions we can work on together to meet the needs of the food insecure, provide the ability to turn even just one life around and reduce food loss and waste.
If we can reduce food waste by around 25% in Aotearoa, we can virtually eliminate hunger – what a goal!

The Summit will involve a look at the Food Banking sector; experts from manufacturers and retailers explaining the importance of food safety; participate in a free flow of ideas, success stories and learning experiences while pointing us toward a better and more sustainable future. Something we can all strive to do!

And we’ll be introducing the launching of the Foodbank Canterbury lead Hunger Report.

Angie Warren-Clarke MP will be presenting details on her government Briefing Paper on food waste; Dr Craig Nemitz, International Field Director, The Global Foodbanking Network – FBC is the NZ food rescue accreditation member; Sarah Pennell, GM Foodbank Australia as well as industry leaders will be participating. Our mayor has been invited to open this exciting and vital event.

So put the date in your calendar, please RSVP to or register for event and we’ll send more details later in the month and look forward to meeting with you when we all get together on February 11th, 2020.


Terry Waite address

Terry Waite MBE CBE will give a public address in Rangiora: Captivity-Survival and Rehabilitation on Tuesday 25 February 2020 at 9:50am for 10:00am at the Baptist Church, East Belt, Rangiora.

Entry by ticket only. Tickets available at $10.30 from

U3A North Canterbury, Bob Gumbrell, secretary
Contact 03 312 8933,

Download flyer


3rd Age Holidays
This website is an easy and economical way for seniors (aged 50 plus) to holiday in the UK and other countries and experience something new and hopefully forge new friendships.

They are also seeking listings from New Zealand.

It is independent of any U3A organisation although many participants may be members.


NZIAHS Canterbury Forum

New Zealand Institute of Agricultural & Horticultural Science Canterbury Forum will be on Wednesday 23 October 2019 at Lincoln University. The hours are 9am to 3:30pm, but you can attend the afternoon only after the U3A Ellesmere meeting in the morning.

U3A Ellesmere members may enroll for the retired fee of $60, including lunch. Our members have attended previous forums and have found them very interesting.

Full details and enrollment form is here (PDF).


Lincoln and Districts Historical Society AGM

You are warmly invited to our AGM on Sunday 18 August 2019, to hear our guest speaker, Dr. Christine Whybrew, Heritage New Zealand, who has researched a local case study for her presentation: How to research your house: Lincoln

We are looking forward to it and we would love to see you there! Download poster (PDF)

And also happening in August – Family History month 🙂
10-11 August Prebbleton Heritage
Presents TOP 30 – a display of 30 enlarged photos to show the history of Prebbleton village, and photos of more recent times, at Prebbleton Hall, 10am-4pm. Free entry but donation welcome to cover costs.

And keep 8 September free for the LDHS afternoon trip to Selwyn Huts and Waihora homestead – more details to follow soon.


Citizen’s Advice looking for volunteers

Want to Help?



For many volunteers like Bruce volunteering has created a sense of purpose after having been forced to take early retirement due to health reasons. “I was looking for a way to be of help 

to other people. A lot of volunteer work is physical whereas Citizens Advice gave me a chance to work in an office environment and use my intellect”.

On any given day, a volunteer working their shift might be approached about a whole range of questions, from tenancy rights, requests for directions, or needing documents signed by a Justice of the Peace, to helping someone deal with redundancy.

Citizens Advice Bureau volunteers support clients through interviewing them to find out what is at the heart of an issue provide, them with personalised information and discuss with them strategies for addressing a particular issue or a problem. The focus is on helping clients to make informed decisions about their lives and increasing the clients’ connection to local community-based resources.

“One of the things I have really enjoyed is you don’t have to know everything. It’s about listening to our clients’ stories, looking up information and finding options for them, so they are empowered to do something about their situation” Bruce.

Volunteers are fully supported with Induction training and ongoing development as they move from being observers through to probationary interviewers to, finally, accredited bureau workers.

Email: to help someone in your community or phone 0800 367 222 to talk to one of our caring and supportive volunteers.


Further Lincoln University Courses offered to U3A members (updated 7 Aug 2019)

After the successful offering of the course LINC101 in semester 1 of 2019 to U3A Ellesmere members, Lincoln University is offering two further courses for semester 2 from mid-July to mid October.

Just head to the Student Administration area and to complete an “occasional enrolment” and pay for your course(s).

The courses offered this semester are:

SOCI 219, Themes in New Zealand History
An examination of key social, political, environmental and economic developments in Aotearoa/New Zealand history from Polynesian settlement to the late twentieth century. Download course details, including a list of all lectures (PDF).

ECOL 103, New Zealand Ecology and Conservation
An introduction to the sciences of ecology and conservation biology, with an emphasis on New Zealand ecosystems and their plants, animals and fungi. Download course details, including a list of all lectures (PDF). (updated 7 August 2019).