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

Don ESSLEMONT June 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


We need a volunteer to provide backup technical assistance (Android platform) to Graham Slater at our Spring and Autumn seminar series (4 seminars each at Crossroads Church, 220 Church St, on Wednesday afternoons). If you think you may be able to help please contact Stuart Birks (Seminar Organiser) phone 021 204 7903 or email

Vehicle Insurance

Please note that if you use a private vehicle for U3A business, e.g., for a group trip, that vehicle is not covered by U3A’s insurance policy.


Larry Haist, a long-term U3A Manawatu member, has an extensive and wide-ranging collection of books, the majority of which he would now like to re-home. He is offering these free to any U3A members who would appreciate them.

Please contact him if you would like to see the books: email or phone 06 280 4471.

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,

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.

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

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

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).