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Summer Learning at Otago - Continuing Education

Through a poet's eyes: Dunedin, City of Literature

Sue Wootton 21 -25 January

Three days of inspirational fieldwork are followed by two days poetry workshop. This course will nurture your muse and exercise your writing muscles, combining workshop sessions with inspirational fieldwork tracing Dunedin poets through the city and environs.

Course fee: $300

Dear Essayist, I Like Your Style

Dr Lynn Jenner 21 -25 January

This intensive reading and writing opportunity can jumpstart or extend your essay writing with practical support. Essays can be personal, theoretical, political, satirical or light-hearted, and about something you know a lot about or want to understand. You will make links between aesthetics and technique, and experiment in a workshop setting.

Course fee: $280

Wordsmith: Radio Writing

Caroline Lark 28 January –1 February

Create or adapt a play, monologue, poem, short fiction or memoir for radio or other audio forms. The sessions provide examples and exercises as learning tools plus time to workshop ideas, helping you bring plot to life, convey context, build tension, and more. Otago Access Radio will consider completed drafts for production and broadcast.

Course fee: $280

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Parkinson Diagnostic Tool - Research Volunteers Needed

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2018 McKinlay Oration available on line

Professor Ken Brown's address from 28th November 2018

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Medical Marvels

Exhibition at Special Collections - de Beer Gallery from 14th December

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Seven Myths of Memory - Seminar - All Welcome

Moot Court - Friday 25th January 2019

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Otago Future Fuels workshop

7th and 8th February 2019

Registration has opened for the workshop which Prof Sally Brooker (Chemistry) is organising.

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Christmas Cracker Jokes (found in a free Tauranga newspaper)

Who is a Christmas Tree’s favourite singer?

Spruce Springsteen

How is the alphabet different on Christmas Dad than any other day?

On Christmas Day it has Noel

How did the ornament get addicted to Christmas?

He was hooked on trees his whole life

What do you call and elf that sings?

A wrapper

What do you call a kid who doesn’t believe in Santa?

A rebel without a Claus

Why was Santa’s little helper feeling depressed?

Because he had low elf-esteem

What do the elves call Santa when he goes to the beach?

Sandy Claus

Where does Santa stay when he is on holiday?

At a ho-ho-ho-tel

Who says oh, oh, oh?

Santa walking backwards

Which of Santa’s reindeer has to mind his manners?


Who hides in the bakery at Christmas?

A mince-spy

What do angry mice send at Christmas?

Cross mouse cards

What type of car do elves drive?


Why is everyone so thirsty at the north pole?

No well, no well

What is every parent’s favourite Christmas Carol

Silent Night

What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations?

Tinsel-it is

Why did no-one bid for Rudolph and Blitzen on TradeMe?

They were two deer

What’s red, white and blue at Christmas time?

A sad candy cane

What does Rudolph want for Christmas?

A pony sleigh station

What did Santa say to Mrs Claus when he looked out the window?

It looks like rain, dear

What do you call a blind reindeer?

No eye deer

What do you get when you cross a Christmas tree and an iPad?

A pine apple

What do the royal family play at Christmas instead of musical chairs?

Game of Thrones

What do you give a dog for Christmas?

A mobile bone

Volunteers Wanted - Brain Blood Flow Research

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2019 UK Universities Tour

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University of Otago - Alumni Events

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University of Otago - Magazine

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University of Otago - Continuing Education

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University of Otago - Foundation Trust

The Foundation Trust receives and administers donations and bequests made to help advance the interests of the University, its staff and its students. Please click here for the link

University of Otago - Open Lectures

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Dunedin Public Art Gallery

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Otago Museum

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Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

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Otago Decorative & Fine Arts Society

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Golf club car park

PLEASE be very careful when driving through the car parks at the Golf Club and follow the arrows to avoid head-on confrontations.


Leith Valley is a popular parking spot for people who used to park on the road now taken over by the cycle way. That doesn’t leave a lot of spaces for U3A — especially for our big courses. You can help the situation by car pooling.

People who park on the clearway, opposite the Bowling Club, will likely be ticketed by DCC.