U3A Manawatū Incorporated

Established in the Manawatū in 2000. University of the Third Age (U3A): a community of older people who seek a greater understanding of life. Taps the reservoir of knowledge, skills and experience of older people through self-help learning. Provides opportunities for reading, research, discussions and field trips. The atmosphere for learning is informal and friendly. There are no compulsory activities or examinations. Costs are minimal.

We meet in small learning groups (usually less than 15 people). We currently have about 38 interest groups. Each group has a coordinator who organises and oversees the group. Groups meet in members’ homes, in libraries, art galleries, other spaces. We have also been meeting online (eg Zoom, email) under recent Covid restrictions. You may join as many groups as you like (there are waiting lists for some groups). Sometimes we go on visits, for example to art galleries, museums.

In addition to the groups we usually run two seminar series each year with themes of general interest.

How to Join

Options: Enrol online at www.u3amanawatu.org.nz. Email u3aman@gmail.com for a membership form. Phone our contact person, Graham Slater, on 353 0586 or email him at gandg@inspire.net.nz.

Membership Fees

Single: $15 per year
Couple: $25 per year

When and where we meet

Groups generally meet once (or twice) a month at a regular time and day of the week for about two hours.

The seminar series run for 4 weeks in each of Autumn and Spring. Each seminar (about 2 hours) on Wednesday afternoons.

Contact Details

Graham Slater



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Palmerston North Central