U3A Network Canterbury

WELCOME to the homepage of the U3A Network Canterbury.

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The U3A movement aims to encourage an active retirement for women and men in their 'third age' by providing for their cultural, social, physical and intellectual interests. Members are people wanting to widen their interests by getting involved in life-long learning opportunities of all kinds and to share activities in an informal friendly atmosphere.

Network meetingThe U3A Network Canterbury is an assembly of representatives from most of the individual, autonomous U3A groups in Canterbury and has also co-opted members from various U3A groups to help with the expertise required to set up a Network.

U3A Network Canterbury, is now an incorporated society.

The individual U3A groups in Canterbury are/or can be, linked through this website. Users, should be able to access up to date information from the relevant webpages for each U3A group.

Links to the U3A Network NZ webpage and to some overseas U3A websites are also provided, using the menus on the left.

Full Day Seminar 21 August, 2017


New Zealand’s Global Connections “An armchair journey with an international focus”

Featuring Dr Adrian Macey - NZ Diplomat, Senior Associate at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies Victoria University, Adjunct Professor NZ Climate Change Research

And Dr Alex Tan - School of Social and Political Sciences University of Canterbury. Developments in the South China Seas, maritime disputes and US-China competition.

DATE: Monday 21 August 2017.        $25 for the day, including lunch and morning tea.
VENUE: Christchurch Chinese Methodist Church, 185 Papanui Road, Merivale, Christchurch (a superb new venue)

FULL PROGRAMME: Here. Registration is open to all Canterbury U3A Members and friends.

Registration and further information here.

Presented by U3A Christchurch North West.    Registrations CLOSE on 16th August, 2017.

The aims of U3A Canterbury Network are:

Help in the setting up of new U3A's

Publicise the U3A organisation to the Canterbury community

Supply information, provide stability and support, especially for new Presidents

Communicate and interchange, especially with those U3A's within NZ, and Australia

Develop U3A opportunities, eg joint ventures, Conferences

Share information on news from other U3A groups, travel, conferences, etc

Promote the 5 point aging model as advocated by current research

Promote the U3A-Online capabilities, and the GEMS Newsletter from Australia

Be a conduit of information/contact details/data base to the wider community, locally, other U3A groups nationally and internationally

The 5 Points of the Successful Ageing Model:

Past Event Report

Curious Minds Seminar - Friday 26th May, 2017 Attendance 260 U3A members.This was very successful, and we are doing a similar exercise again next year.

Each year the U3A Network hosts a stall at the Positive Aging Expo, at Papanui High School. That is a successful way of bringing U3A to a wider public.

Contact Us

To contact us, please send email to The President or The Secretary.