COVID-19: Alert Level 1

Groups are meeting face-to-face again. Planning has commenced for a Spring Seminar Series.  See the separate notice about the 20th Anniversary Lunch.  U3A members should continue to observe good hygiene practices at Alert Level 1.   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.

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

20th Anniversary Lunch

Come and celebrate our 20th Anniversary!
WHEN: 1 pm on 16th September
WHERE: Silks Lounge, Awapuni Racecourse
Speakers, entertainment and book launch included!
You need to book by 9th September

Click for more details.

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