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All activities are planned by the members who act as planners, convenors, presenters and/or hosts for study groups.

There are no mandatory activities. However members are expected to participate in at least one study group. Members are also encouraged to attend the open meetings held at the Elim Christian Centre, 625 Main Road Stoke each second month.

All members are encouraged to take a turn at generating, convening, and/or hosting group(s).

Groups function in a variety of ways. Most operate through each member taking a turn to research and present their findings to the other members. Some groups have a facilitator who has the skills and knowledge to teach a specific subject. Other groups learn together using the available resources. There are variations to this but all members are strongly encouraged to contribute what they can towards the learning within the group.

New groups and vacancies within existing groups are published in the bi-monthly newsletters and all groups are listed on the study group page.

The Committee is elected each year. Committee members meet once every two months and have the responsibility of organising the general meetings, managing finances and ensuring that members are kept well informed about the activities of the organisation. Each Committee member has a specific area of responsibility.

Groups usually meet in member’s home. This may limit the numbers who can attend. If there is a cost to hiring facilities, the costs are met by the members. If more members wish to join a popular group than can be accommodated, the uncatered-for members are encouraged to start a second group at a different venue with a second convenor.

Most meetings are held during daylight hours.

A Committee member acts as Study Group Coordinator who maintains oversight of all the groups, advertises groups, and keeps a record of member participation.

Bills Gardening

Convenor: Bill Brett

Birds of the Nelson Region 2

Convenor: Trevor Lewis
Second Monday of the month, in the morning. Time dependant on season.

We are all amateurs interested in getting out in the fresh air and observing birds found in our area in there natural habitat. Places to visit vary depending on the season or on suggestions from individual members if the group. It provides a great opportunity for photographers too. If the weather is bad on the day, we sometimes meet in a member's house to discuss birds, watch relevant videos on YouTube or view photographs.


Convenor: Sally Mason
Various venues am, first Fridays am

This group meets at members' homes where the host discusses the books that he/she have found memorable in his/her lives.

Chess for Beginners

Convenor: Diane Thomsen
55 Panorama Drive Enner Glynn, @ 10 am, alternate Mondays

Largely for beginners, and priority will be given to beginners, but players with some experience are also welcome. You will be expected to mentor new players, as well as having opportunities to play other experienced opponents. This is very much a shared learning group.


Convenor: Paul Bieleski
10-12 2nd (and 4th?) Thursday each month at 44B Parkers Road Tahunanui

A look at real and
imaginary conspiracies for fun.

Creative Writing Group

Convenor: Les Cook
Alternate Wednesdays; 9 Valhalla Lane, Richmond at 10 am re starting January 26 2022

Short stories, 'Mega stories', essays, some poetry and even a book review feature as tasks throughout the year.

A task is set for each meeting, for example, 'Shades Of The Sea'. Members are free to explore the idea in any way they choose.

A word for the week and a writing style is also given for experimentation and inclusion in the writing.

We read our contributions to the group and expect feedback.

Dying in Good Old Age (90+)

Convenor: Phillipa Molloy
Every Monday for 4 weeks starting July 25 10-12 noon. 10 Ashdonleigh Grove

Short term study group(4 sessions in total meeting weekly)
What the end of a good "long long" life may look like....the choices you may make and how you may choose to communicate that. This group is not suitable for those - with a newly diagnosed condition
- who are recently bereaved
- still grieving from a previous loss


Convenor: David Turner
The first Monday of the month, 2:00 to 4:00 at the convenors' homes in Richmond.

This is a wide concept which can cover traditional European exploration, explorers from various civilisations, female explorers, exploration in medicine, technology, science, space etc. members will research topics of choice and present to the group

Exploring Nelson Walking Group

Convenor: Judy Pittman
Various 10-12am, weekly Thursdays

A regular walking group for those wanting to keep fit and get to know the Nelson area.

Each member of the group takes a turn to select an interesting route.

We walk for an hour or so at an intermediate level, then meet for a coffee at a local cafe.


Convenor: Gordon and Carol Suddaby
3rd Thursday of the month between 10.00 am and midday at 11 Hollybush Drive, Brightwater

To share knowledge and information about various galleries of the world. We would hope that some/most/all of the participants in the group will be able to share their experiences of having visited particular galleries as well as complementing their experience with the rich resources available online and from their own photographs. However, those who have not visited galleries, but who are interested in this group are also welcome to join.

Russia: Then and Now

Convenor: Susie Kirk
The first Thursday of the month, 1.30 pm, at various members' homes

Someone presents information on a Russia related subject and it may or may not be assisted by a YouTube documentary.

To get more details about any of these groups, please contact the SG Coordinator

21 Lessons for the 21st century

Convenor: Jenny Pullen
First Tuesday of the month at 2pm in the homes of members of the group.

What are today’s greatest challenges and choices? The 21 lessons are aimed to stimulate further thinking and help readers participate in some of the major discussions of our time."

Alternative Systems of Governing

Convenor: Kay Hunter
Kay's place in The Wood, 9.30 to 11.30, 1st and 3rd Friday

An exploration of differing political systems. We examine country by country, researching and presenting how each country elects their political leaders, discussing how the political landscape affects the people.

Antiques, Vintage & Retro

Convenor: Judy Pittmann
3rd Monday 2.00pm. Various venues.

Members will meet in various homes and discuss the antiques and curios that they have picked up over the years and the personal significance they may have

Anything But Classical

Convenor: Roger Haynes
Nelson pm. first Tuesdays @ 2.00 pm./ Venue is shared amongst group members.

As the title implies, this is a group that wishes to explore all sorts of music, other than classical, which is already explored by another group.

We are a lively group who are passionate about music and its impact upon us. Our interests are wide ranging and nothing is excluded.

As source materials we use our own collections, the library and the internet to research various artists, genres and periods to increase our knowledge, understanding, and enjoyment.

Apple Mac Enthusiasts

Convenor: Roger Pittman
21 Ledbury Road, Atawhai, Nelson. 3rd Wednesday of the month, 3.00 to 5.00pm starting May 18th.

To share knowledge and information about the Apple Mac computer and its companion devices: the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV.


Convenor: Jeff Sewell, Anne White
3 Leader Way Atawhai Timing 2nd Wednesday of the month, afternoons. Preliminary meeting March.

The concept ;
- To investigate building components and how they are used with site visits when allowed and practicable.
-Design process and how that evolves from initial client contact to final working drawings.
-The constraints the building industry face in terms of material supply and labour.
-The constraints the material suppliers find themselves dealing with.

Aspects of World History

Convenor: Tom Woodhouse/Paul Lunberg
47/16 Sargeson St, Stoke, 10-12am, fourth Thursdays

Usually we work through a series of DVDs on a specific subject area, for example the Normans. This may be a series of say 4 discs each of an hour. After tea we sit and discuss the issues associated with the DVD and that period of history.


Convenor: David Turner
Richmond am, second Wednesdays

Civilisations past and present, plus people from them, are studied usually through Youtube videos.

Classical Music Appreciation

Convenor: Roger Haynes
Summerset Village, Stoke 10-12am, second and fourth Mondays @ 2.00pm.

A group for those who enjoy listening to classical music or would like to find out more. We explore various themes such as music from a particular country and take it in turns to present our own choices to the group.

Finance and Investment

Convenor: Alec Waugh
Oakwoods, 4th Monday of the month, 9:45 - 11:45

Aims to increase understanding of topics as diverse as Inflation, Consumer Price Index, Bankruptcy, Taxation, Maori Economy.

Flat Earth Walking Group

Convenor: Rosemary Evatt


Convenor: Sally Warren
85 Cleveland Tce., Nelson 10-12am, fourth Tuesdays

Free discussion of current events

Genesis to Exodus

Convenor: David Wright
Enner Glyn: 2 + 4 Tuesdays, 2-4pm

Formation of the solar system/other known planetary systems, geological history of the Earth, Life on Earth, various extinctions + evolutionary leaps,current climate change and potential to mitigate it.

Great Britain

Convenor: Ngaire Birch
2nd Tuesday of the month, 10:00 to 12:00 starting 14 April.

This group will look at the history of Great Britain through architecture, language, customs, personalities etc over the centuries.

Great Discontinuity

Convenor: Brian Kepple
10am - noon. 1st and 3rd Fridays at 8 Austin Ward Heights, Enner Glynn

Viewing of selected documentary dvds with discussion about the environmental, energy, and economic crises facing the world, such as peak oil, global warming with climate change, overpopulation, and probable financial collapse.

Hands in the Garden

Convenor: Judy Pittman
Various venues am, second Wednesdays

A group for garden lovers and always lunch after a garden tour. Waiting list of 3 as at 20 Jan 2021

Visit gardens and nurseries and discover the secrets of gardening from those in the know.

Into The Wide BLUES Yonder

Convenor: Ian Macdougall
5 Golf Haven Way, Annesbrook, Nelson 2-4pm, second Mondays

This group will study the origins and evolution of the genre once known as 'race music' and which we now call the Blues from its earliest-known performers through to the present day.


Convenor: Liz Chinnery-Jack-Bowyer
Monthly, 4th Tuesday, 40 Ngawatu Road, Stoke, 2-4pm

We share readings from poetry, fiction, non-fiction,diary, speeches around a chosen theme.

Military History

Convenor: David Turner
Olive Estate Lifestyle Village, Richmond 10-12am, first and third Wednesdays

Military History from Ancient Egypt through to at least Vietnam.

Discussions under headings such as politics, personnel, material, strategy, tactics, successes, blunders and the overall effect on societies of the time.

There is a wealth of information online, both documentary and CGI and this is supplemented with literature, ie histories, biographies, autobiographies etc.

Nightingale Reading Group

Convenor: Averil Kepple
Tahuna Library pm, second and fourth Mondays except Public Hols

Discussion of books by members who love reading at the Tahunanui Library.


Convenor: David Turner
Second and fourth Fridays of the month, 9:45 - 12:30. At convenors' homes.

For opera lovers. DVDs of well-know opera performances will be shown and discussed.

Serious Discussions

Convenor: Liz Chinnery-jack-Bowyer
10.00 - noon, 1st Monday each month. 40 Ngawhatu Road, Stoke

A group for those who wish to spend time exercising their grey matter and exploring some of life's big issues.
This year we have covered
1.Liberal democracy as an appropriate political system for the 21st century
2. Information and news - sources and their accuracy
To come
Sexuality; Violence; Religion; Economics; Crime and Punishment; Population; Education; Racism; Morality...
Each members prepares a short statement setting out their understanding and views on the topic after which there is discussion and sometimes debate. Views may differ, debate can be fiery but no blows are exchanged

TED Talks 1

Convenor: Max Robertson
15 Forget-me-not Lane, Richmond 2-4pm, first and third Mondays

Members of this group watch 20 minute, cogent, persuasive speeches from some of the world's great thinkers.

Each talk is followed by a discussion on the ideas that are introduced.

Members of the group take turns to select and present the talks.

TED Talks 2

Convenor: Paul Lunberg
The group meets at the home of Brian Say,47/16 Sargeson St, Stoke, at 9.30 each 1st and 3rd Thursday

Viewing and discussion of presentations on various topics of interest from TED Talks on Youtube.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design.

WEA Book Discussion Group

Convenor: Frances Taylor
Various venues pm, first Mondays

A book discussion group that uses the WEA System.

NB: An annual membership subscription fee of $60 + postage to WEA applies to each member.

Write Your Life - 1

Convenor: Ian Macdougall
Villa 89 Summerset Village, Stoke, 2nd Wednesday @ 2pm

Creating a record of your life and times and sharing your writings with other members.

Write Your Life 6

Convenor: Angela Greig
1st Thursday of the month at the convenor's home in Stoke, from 2 - 4 pm.

This group follows the usual WYL format but with prompts and guidelines to help the novice writer.