The U3A movement in New Zealand is a collection of local U3A organisations who all support the general aims and directions of providing life-long learning opportunities for their members in their ‘third age’ using the skills of their members gained during their ’second age’.

U3A Port Hills was established in 2006 and had been an outstanding success ever since. The group is designed to appeal to those over 55 and there is no upper age limit for membership.

Over 80 people attend our Monthly Meetings and value this meeting and our Interest Groups which vary in size from 4 to 22 members per session.  





Please note that we are now at  ALERT LEVEL 2 LOCKDOWN 

 This means that U3A Port Hills interest and study groups can meet provided that the new Covid Level 2 health safety requirements are met. This will be at the discretion of the group coordinator. Members should consult with their coordinators. 

The full October Wednesday  meeting at St Martins Presbyterian Church will proceed but with some modifications to comply with Level 2 guidelines:-

- The number of attendies will be restricted to 80 people to allow 2 metre social distancing. Those wishing to attend should contact our Treasurer, Graeme,  by the end of the week preceeding the meeting in order to register,

- There will be no morning tea or sales table or Creative Junk collection and the meeting will start promptly at 10.00am.

- You must wear a facemask!

Watch this space for updates!

From December 3rd we will be moving out of the Alert Level System and into the Traffic Light System for managing Covid. A graphic that explains this can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

In order to enter some premises and  participate in many social activities you will need to have a Vaccination Pass. This can be obtained online or by phoning the Covid Help Line. You can get it directly yourself online or apply for it by phone. In addition, some pharmacies may be able to help you obtain the Vaccination Pass and Age Concern (Canterbury) will also organise a pass for you (Ph 3660903). If you want to do it yourself online (the fastest option) then you can download a step by step DYI help sheet HERE.    


This can still be a very difficult time for us all, so don't feel that you are alone! Help is at the other end of a phone!

  • The dedicated Covid helpline can be reached on 0800 355 5453 or for general health concerns 0800 611 116. All medical services are still operating so if you need them - ring them.
  • For Lifeline ring 0800 543 354
  • Need to talk to a professional? Dial 1737 for free counselling services.
  • Aged Concern (Canterbury) offer a number of support services and they can be reached on 366 0903

Or If you just want a friendly person for a chat then some of our committee members can be reached on their numbers published in the September Newsletter available on this website. 




This is an ever-evolving situation and you would be wise to check this website regularly for updates.