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.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, 4th May, 2017.

1pm, in the Christchurch City South library, 66 Colombo Street (corner Hunter Terrace and Colombo Street).

All Canterbury U3A's, including those who are not members, are invited to send two representatives.

Curious Minds Seminar - Friday 26th May, 2017

Presentation from FIVE top line speakers, led by Sir Ray Avery.

A chance to meet, and spend time with other U3A people, from all over Canterbury.

Starting 10am and finishing before 3pm. A light lunch included in the $25.00 price.
Draft Advertising Flyer Here (PDF).
Printable registration form here (PDF).

Online registration preferred here.

Two U3A's established:

U3A Christchurch Central
U3A Christchurch South West

Neither of these groups are yet registered on the New Zealand U3A website (Free registration folks).
Nor have they supplied any details to Network Canterbury. We understand that both groups have excellent membership.

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 in the process of becoming incorporated. All the documents are signed, the fees have been paid, there are some minor details to confirm before that process is complete.

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.

Our Aims

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

Six New Stories about the Christchurch City Rebuild, held on 19th July, 2016. Attendance 130 U3A members.This was very successful, and we are doing a similar exercise again this year, on the 26th of May. (See the Curious Minds Seminar, above.)

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.