We regret to advise that the following U3A Manawatu members have died since the start of the year (2023):

Peer BRANDT April 2023
May BUTLER March 2023
Margaret CANNON Feb 2023
John MACFARLANE Jan 2023
Mary ROBERTS Jan 2023

Please let us know of any other of our members who have died recently so we can acknowledge them here. Contact Rosemary Krsinich: phone 326 9598 or email


To be run at Square Edge Community Arts Centre. For more information and an indication of costs involved contact Averil Nasario at or phone 027 757 2959.

This group is likely to start around May.

Of possible interest to U3A Members:

A free Age Concern/Waka Kotahi course facilitated by U3A member Kathriona Benvie. Next offering 9.30 am to 1 pm on Wednesday 31st May. Register by 26th May. More information here.

Of possible interest to U3A Members:
Massey University
CHAMP (Collagen Hydrolysate and Milk Protein) study on women over 50 with knee pain.

Call for participants: Details

More information

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,

Oral History:

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 from the Heritage Desk in the PNCC Library for $10 a copy (cash only).

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

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

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.