Lec­tures cover myr­iad of topics

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

For the past 20 years, the Mata­mata Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion Group has been pro­vid­ing a monthly lec­ture, open to any­one, on a topic of in­ter­est.

Orig­i­nally, the group was spon­sored by the Cen­tre for Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion at the Univer­sity of Waikato, but re­or­gan­i­sa­tion at the univer­sity late in 2012 re­sulted in this spon­sor­ship be­ing with­drawn, and the group de­cided to carry on un­aided.

The group’s aim is to pro­vide a monthly lec­ture of sub­stance by a speaker who is an ex­pert in his or her field.

This year’s pro­gramme, which be­gins shortly with a lec­ture by Pro­fes­sor Natalie Jack­son, of the Na­tional In­sti­tute of De­mo­graphic and Eco­nomic Anal­y­sis at the Uni- ver­sity of Waikato, has an im­pres­sive range of speak­ers in­clud­ing Peter Ot­way (Antarc­tic map- maker), Judge Rose­mary Rid­dell ( District Court Judge), Dr Mal­colm McLeod (soil sci­en­tist), Dr Liz Car­pen­ter ( ge­neti­cist), and Mal­colm Tay­lor ( Con­tact En­ergy).

The group is fairly in­for­mal. There is no an­nual sub­scrip- tion, just a $2 con­tri­bu­tion for each lec­ture at­tended. This in­cludes morn­ing tea. The group is not as­so­ci­ated with any other or­gan­i­sa­tion, there are no obli­ga­tions or pres­sure to join a com­mit­tee, and any­one is wel­come to at­tend.

For de­tails of this month’s meet­ing see the advertisement in this week’s pub­lic notices col­umn.

Pho­tos: MATA­MATA PO­LICE

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