Interest Groups

All Interest Group Members must be current financial members of Wellington City U3A

Two new U3A interest groups are commencing:

Cryptic Crosswords
We are looking for interested learners and for a tutor to host a Cryptic Crossword Interest Group.  If this takes your fancy please contact Lynda Young at


Smart Phone Photography
Would you be interested in taking better pictures with your Smart Phone?
As a photographic enthusiast, Roger Urlwin has established a Smart Phone Photography Special Interest Group of 11 U3A members who meet weekly and also connect online. This is a great way to discover what else your phone can do, expand your skills and (re)discover your local indoor and outdoor environment. New members are welcome. Please indicate your interest to Roger:


Current Groups:

Antiques Group
This group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 10 am mainly at Gaynor Stewart’s home on The Terrace, central Wellington.  We share an interest in old things, often family heirlooms and do this on a semi rotation basis. We often visit places such as Te Papa’s back of house collections and other places of interest. You are very welcome to join our group, even if you wish to come along on a “one off” basis to check us out. You would be made very welcome.
Contact: Doug Helps, Group Convenor, 232 4881 or

Art History Group
Meets on alternate Thursdays from 10.30 am to 12 noon at St Andrews Church on the Terrace in the Common Room.  This group is currently full.
Contact: Peter Stupples 021 059 4164 or

Book Group 1
Meets on the first Wednesday of each month on the Terrace at 10.30am. Membership of the group is limited to 10 and the group is currently full, however if you would like to go on a waiting list, please contact Jane on the details below.
Contact:  0212617080.

Book Group 2 – Northern and Western Suburbs
Meets on the first Thursday of each month at 10 am – 12 noon at members’ homes. The members are mainly from the Northern and Western suburbs.  This group is currently full.
Contact: Jenny Mainwaring  02102341636

Book Group 3 – Eastern Suburbs
Meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 2.00 pm in Oriental Bay. This group is currently full.
Contact: Pamela Jefferies 801 6620 or Contact Pamela if you wish to go on the waiting list or start another group in the Eastern suburbs.

Book Group 4 – Northern Suburbs
Meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 10 am – 12 noon at members’ homes. Members are mainly from the Northern Suburbs. Format: The host for the next meeting chooses a genre for that meeting. Each member reads any book they like in that genre, and reviews their book at the meeting for the other members. There are vacancies in this group so if you’re interested in joining, please get in touch with Sue Fish.
Contact: Sue Fish. Mobile: 027 327 3633 or email:

Current Issues
Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 10.00 am in the Burma Lounge, Malvina Major Village, 134 Burma Road, Johnsonville.
Contact: Michael Hodgen 478 6303 or

Film Group
Meets on the third Saturday of the month (daytime) at the Penthouse cinema with the film followed by a discussion at the café. New members welcome.
Contacts: Colleen McClymont 027 527 7202 or Bob McClymont 027 527 7203 or

Film Group – Mid-Week
Catches a film on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, usually at Lighthouse Cuba, but will go further afield to Penthouse or Roxy to catch a better film. Times vary but aim at early afternoon after the Tues lecture and with opportunity for discussion after each film. Members are notified before each, and are free to attend as many or few films as they wish.
Contacts: for the first Tuesday, Suzanne Blumhardt on 384 7046 or and for the third, Aidan Kay on or 021 0282 2082.

German Conversation
This friendly group meets at 10.30 am on the second and fourth Mondays of the month in members’ homes. New members welcome.
Contact: Diana Barnes 479-2947 or

Music Appreciation Group
We meet on alternate Thursdays from 10 am until 12 noon at St Ninians Church, Karori. All welcome and morning tea/coffee/biscuits provided. Each meeting a member presents music on a topic chosen by them. The music is mostly classical, but does not have to be. Doing a presentation is entirely voluntary, and it is not necessary to know lots about music, just to enjoy it.
Meeting dates for the first half of 2021:
Feb  11and 25; March 11 and 25; April 15 and 29; May 13 and 27; June 10 and 24.
Contact: David Barker, 021 376 660 or

Philosophy Group
Meets in the Common Room, St Andrew’s Church, The Terrace (outside ramp), twice a month on first and third Mondays at 2.30 pm. We are currently full.
Contact: Mark MacCallum, 022 582 3916 or

Shakespeare Studies
Meets on alternate Wednesdays at St Andrew’s Centre, 30 The Terrace from 10.30 am until 12 noon. Numbers are limited to 12, and there is a short waiting list, but please contact Roger if you are interested in joining this group.
Contact: Roger Chapman 021 037 5622 or

Walking Group One
Meets at the Wharewaka (beside the lagoon on the waterfront) at 9.45 am every Monday morning. All U3A members welcome, no need to call – we’d welcome you for a social walk and talk and, of course, coffee at the end. We explore historic, nature and cultural places around the city.
Contact: David Cropp 027 657 0666 or

Walking Group Two
Longer walks (Monday mornings 9.30 am to 12 noon approx.), around and about Wellington during the year. Walks usually end at a café for an optional coffee. On the second Monday of each month a longer walk of up to four hours is scheduled. As our members are all reasonably fit a good degree of fitness is expected. Transport is usually based around Gold Card times with carpooling when necessary. This group is currently full.
Contact: Paul Armstrong 476 6965 or

New Groups
Anyone interested in leading/forming a new group please contact Linda Beckett 027 417 5838 or