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 proposed new group, with an October start date, please contact CeceliaYiannoutsos on 06 356 4877 or 027 564 8807.

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 vacancies

There are 2 vacancies in the Sketching Group which meets at 10am on the 3rd Monday each month.  If interested, please contact Pauline Wellwood on 356 1977 or

Call for expressions of interest: JAZZ and BIG BAND

Are you interested in Jazz and Big Band music? If you think you would like to join this proposed 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

For the Love of Plants

This group now has a new coordinator: Heather Martin
Phone 357 3125 or email
Note that the email address in the August 2020 newsletter was incorrect