U3A Manawatu offers a comprehensive programme of learning groups. Annual membership provides access to all groups, subject to the availability of places. Note that some groups incur small charges for venue hire, materials etc.

Click for the latest version of the detailed 2024 Programme (PDF) which shows the aims, venues, times, coordinators, and contact details for each group. The document is updated with changes as the year progresses. If you wish to join a group, you should contact the group coordinator.

Click for the latest 2024 Learning Groups Monthly Schedule.

New groups can be added at any time. Click for guidelines in setting up a U3A group. Venues for larger groups can also be found here:

COVID-19: Group participants must meet current social distancing and mask wearing requirements.

New Groups 2024

All About GardeningApproaching End of Life
Exploring ReligionEuropean Fascism to 1945
Friends of the ListenerFilm Group
Russia and the WestOpera
SCI-TECHSampler Short Course Humanism #101

Established Groups

10-Pin BowlingMusic Appreciation
Art AppreciationNew Zealand History
BiographyOral History (was Recording and Broadcasting)
Book Discussion GroupPhilosophy
Book Discussion Group (on-line enabled)Photography
Book Group 1Poetry for Pleasure
Book Group 2Railway Travel
Classic BalletSilver Screen Selections
Cryptic Crossword BeginningsTED (Technology, Entertainment and Design)
Cryptic Crosswords 1Travel
Cryptic Crosswords 2Travel Writing
Cryptic Crossword ChallengesUnderstanding Te Reo Māori
Current AffairsWFPB Lunch
For the Love of PlantsWrite our Memoirs Too
Hidden Memories: Writing our Memoirs 3