20 years of U3A Manawatū

Next year it will be twenty years since U3A Manawatū came into being.  To celebrate the anniversary, I am putting together a history of the first twenty years.  If you have any archival material, particularly photographs, which you would like to share, please contact Carol Phillips on 358 1991 or

Retirement village contacts

If you live in a retirement village or rest home, and would be willing to act as the contact person for information on U3A seminars, please contact Graham Slater on 353-0586 or

Write Our Memoirs Too

This second Write your Memoirs group is now full and has closed off its membership.  If you would like a place on a waiting list for a possible third iteration, please contact Arne Evans at

U3A Spring Seminar Series

The Spring Seminar Series will take place at Crossroads Church on four Wednesdays at 2.15pm, from October 23rd to November 13th. The title of the series is ‘Misinformation and Fake News’.  Click here for the flyer.

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

NZ Institute of International Affairs (PN)

The NZIIA holds events and seminars to encourage understanding and dialogue about the importance of global affairs. Many are free and open to the public. If you are interested go to their web site. Click Branches or Events for more information.

Start a learning group!

New groups can be started at any time. The possibilities are endless – you never know until you try!  If you are interested in coordinating a group, please contact Chris Phillips at or 358-1991.