Groups are meeting face-to-face again. U3A members should continue to observe social distancing and good hygiene practices.   For the latest information on COVID-19, visit

U3A Manawatu the first 20 years

This book, a history of U3A Manawatu researched and written by Carol Phillips, is available now for $10 a copy plus $4.50 pp. You can download further information and guidelines on how to purchase a copy here.

Collectors’ Circle

If you like collecting anything at all, please come along and share your passion and philosophy with like-minded people.  For more information on this new group please contact Stu Schwartz on 06 359 4423.

City Archives Time Capsule

To mark the 20th Anniversary of U3A Manawatu, a time capsule is to be placed in the City Archives.  Suggestions for physical objects to be placed in the box should be sent to Graham Slater on 027 441 4023 or at

Sketching Group

The Sketching Group now has its full quota of members for 2021, and is not taking any new members at this stage. Pauline Wellwood, group coordinator, 356 1977 or


Are you interested in Jazz and Big Band music? If you think you would like to join this new group, please contact John Ward by phone 358 7117 or email

ZOOM – video and audio conferencing, chat and webinars

Michael Lawrence is happy to help members one-on-one if they need help setting up or using Zoom. Please contact him by email preferably on or ring 323 2456.

Recording & Broadcast Group

Now has a weekly programme on Manawatu People’s Radio. It is called “Manawatu Conversations” and focuses primarily on oral history. It is broadcast on Tuesdays at 1pm on 999AM. You can also hear the station here, or follow the link on the station’s web page: Past episodes are available as podcasts here. Queries to