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The name U3A is derived from "University of the Third Age".
The U3A movement began in France in the mid-1970s and has now spread to many countries and has hundreds of thousands of members throughout the world.


U3A is a response to the idea that human life is divided into three periods: firstly, childhood and schooling, secondly, child rearing and work and thirdly, retirement.


The Third Age is seen as an important opportunity for listening, learning and understanding.
It is during retirement that people can put into practice the idea of a "university" as a community of like-minded people who seek a greater understanding of life.

Unique characteristics of U3A.
  • U3A taps the great reservoir of knowledge, skills and experience of older people.
  • A range of subjects is decided upon from time-to-time and any member may suggest a new study group.
  • The learning topics are selected and planned by members.
  • Convenors for the discussion and study groups are appointed by each group.
  • There are opportunities for reading, research, discussions and field trips.
  • The atmosphere for learning is informal and friendly.
  • There are no compulsory activities.
  • There are no examinations.
  • Costs are minimal to suit everyone.
  • Meetings are held during the daytime.

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Warkworth is situated on the banks of the Mahurangi River which flows into the Mahurangi Harbour in the Rodney District, in the northern part Auckland City, New Zealand.

The town was founded in the 1830s by English settlers from Northumberland, England and many of it's streets are named after towns in the 'home' County.

Warkworth has often been called one of the loveliest small towns in New Zealand.


Warkworth U3A was established in 1996 and has steadily increased membership to 160.

Our General Meetings are usually held on the second Monday of February, April, June, August, October and December.
The meetings are held in the Korowai Room, Warkworth/Wellsford Hospice, 47 Morrison Drive, Warkworth at 10 a.m.

These meetings feature a guest speaker, morning tea, a short study group presentation and any business items that need attention.

The meetings are informal and convivial.


Our Special Interest Group meetings are held monthly at different times as arranged by each group. The venues and topics usually vary with each meeting.

We always welcome new members.

U3A Warkworth is a great organisation where you can meet a new and interesting group of people, especially if you have recently moved to the area.

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President: Mary Miller - Secretary: Diane Parton

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