Call for expressions of interest:

Understanding Te Reo Māori

If you are interested, contact Claire Barrett 021 379 035 or to let her know what you would like covered, e.g. pronunciation, origin of words, place names. It is envisaged this group will commence in 2023 with venue, dates and times to be advised.

24th Annual Celebration – John Ward’s Gramophone Room FM Radio Station

From 10 am on Monday 23rd January 2023
Tea/coffee, cake, discussion… click for details
Contact John by phone 358 7117 or 027 4455299, or email for more information.

Call for expressions of interest:

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Talks

This group will enable non-physically active members to keep connected. Download more information here.

Email Graham Slater at


Conversation Pieces (on-line enabled)

Small group discussions based around selected short articles from or similar website. Attendance is a mix of in-person and via Google Meet. Meets third Thursday each month, 2pm.

Coordinator: Stuart Birks, ph. 021 204 7903.

Call for expressions of interest:

‘Music that gentlier on the spirit lies’ (Choric Song)

Are you interested to be in a new U3A group to learn and enjoy the performances of famous musicians?

For example, have you heard (i) Beethoven’s Tenth Symphony – recently discovered and realised? (ii) Two piano concertos and orchestral work composed circa 1830-50 by Mozart’s son, Xaver (b.1791)?

Arrange a time to meet: day or evening. Phone John Ward 358 7117 or 027 4455 299


Book Discussion Group 2 (on-line enabled)

This group will discuss a chapter a month from Yuval Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. This is an opportunity for relaxed, small group, speculative conversation. Attendance is a mix of in-person and via Google Meet. Meets first Friday each month, 2 pm.

Coordinator: Stuart Birks, Ph 021 204 7903,

Recording & Broadcast Group

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 3pm and Saturdays 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

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.

John Ward is looking for a keen musician who is interested in listening to, and discussing, classical music with him. Please ring him on 0274 455 299.