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.  


 U3A Port Hills Committee is planning to restart our regular U3A monthly meetings from Wednesday 1st July provided that the country is in Alert Level 1 by that time and that the government health guidelines  allow for this. Many of our small interest groups are now able to function within the distancing and group size guidelines and have resumed their activities. Members should check with their interest group convenors. 

This is still an ever-evolving situation and you should check this website regularly for information. 

Whilst many of you will already have support plans and networks in place, Port Hills U3A would like to reach out to those of you who may feel scared, isolated or deeply distressed. To these ends a list of willing members who have offered to be the listening support at the end of the phone is as follows:-

Bev Kenny 3380527 :       Vivienne Boyd 9436299:         Bob Richardson 3325735          Graeme Ell 3385116:       Wendy Gallagher 3375962             Amama Thornley 9425608


In addition to this, Age Concern Canterbury can provide you with help and support through this difficult time. From advice through to practical assistance phone 366 0903

There is also a very good paper providing some execellent advice from The New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience. To read this click HERE.