About U3A

University of the Third Age

The University of the Third Age (U3A) was founded in France in 1973 to provide continuing learning opportunities for retired people. By 1981 it was established in England and by 1989/90 branches were opening in New Zealand. Today there are branches world wide, but there is no official ruling body, each group operating independently according to its situation and facilities available.

The aims of U3A are:

  • to share knowledge and advance the education of people of the Third Age;
  • to provide facilities for leisure time and recreational activities of people of the Third Age in the interest of their social welfare;
  • to encourage members to form interactive groups, both to share knowledge and to pursue active study in new fields.

Membership is open to all people of the Third Age who support the objects of U3A, are not in full-time employment. are approved by the committee, pay the agreed annual subscription and who agree to abide by the constitution and any conditions imposed by the committee.

To find out more about the U3A movement worldwide, go to Links.

The U3A Paradigm

For a more detailed consideration of U3A, how it works and the part it can play in the lives of older people, download the paper “The U3A Paradigm: Past, Present and (possible) Future” (pdf) by Professor Rick Swindell, Griffiths University.

Prof. Swindell presented the paper at the U3A Conference held in Christchurch, November 2007.


About U3A Wellington City

U3A Wellington City (previously called U3A Ohariu) is a very active University of the Third Age based in Wellington, with a membership of over 1000.

Our activities include:

  • A programme of weekly lectures on Tuesdays and Fridays, held in central Wellington
  • Sixteen Interest Groups
  • An annual lunch, which takes place in winter and is the main social function of the year
  • Occasional visits to place of interest.

U3A Wellington City is a registered Charity. Click here to download the Rules of the Society

U3A Wellington City committee and members

For a list of committee members go to our Contact Us page.

The committee meets once a quarter, and members keep in regular contact by email. Each committee member has specific areas of responsibility.

Non-committee members help run the lectures – meeting, greeting, collecting donations and organising the lecture theatre under the supervision of a committee member. Speakers are sourced with a great deal of help from the general membership.

Special interest Study Groups are organised by convenors, whose role is to facilitate learning and research, not necessarily to ‘teach’. Groups usually meet in members’ homes. There are limits on the numbers attending these groups depending on the size of the convenor’s home or meeting place.

U3A Wellington City Inc. Privacy Statement

We collect personal information from you, including information about your:

  • name
  • contact information

We collect your personal information in order to:

  • maintain contact with you
  • collect subscriptions
  • facilitate our lecture programme

Providing some information is optional. If you choose not to enter your name and contact information, we’ll be unable to provide you with membership services.

We keep your information safe by storing it on a secure website and allowing only designated Committee members to view it.

You have the right to ask for a copy of any personal information we hold about you, and to ask for it to be corrected if you think it is wrong. If you’d like to ask for a copy of your information, or to have it corrected, please contact us at info@u3awellingtoncity.org.nz, or P O Box 24529, Manners Street, Wellington 6142.