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 2023 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 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 in 2023

  • BBC Radio Comedy
  • Humanism #101
  • Moral Questions
  • Pre-Industrial Transport
  • Understanding Te Reo Maori
  • Established Groups

  • 10-Pin Bowling
  • Music Appreciation
  • Art Appreciation
  • New Zealand History
  • Biography
  • Oral History
  • Book Discussion Group
  • Philosophy
  • Book Discussion Group 2 (on-line enabled)
  • Photography
  • Book Group 1
  • Poetry for Pleasure
  • Book Group 2
  • Railway Travel
  • Comedy
  • Science, Technology & Environment
  • Classic Ballet
  • Silver Screen Selections
  • Collectors' Circle
  • Sketching
  • Conversation Pieces (on-line enabled)
  • TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design)
  • Cryptic Crossword Beginnings
  • Travel
  • Cryptic Crosswords 1
  • Travel Writing
  • Cryptic Crosswords 2
  • TV Drama Series
  • Cryptic Crossword Challenges
  • WFPB Lunch
  • Current Affairs
  • Write Your Memoirs
  • For the Love of Plants
  • Write Our Memoirs Too
  • Hidden Memories: Writing our Memoirs 3