University of the Third Age (U3A)

Beginning in France in the mid seventies the U3A movement has now spread to most countries and has many hundreds of thousands of members.

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 to provide the greatest opportunities for learning and understanding because it is during this period of retirement that the idea of a University as a community of those who seek greater understanding through learning can be put into practice.

Central Otago is one of the many areas in the world in which a University of the Third Age has been founded. U3A courses run in Alexandra, Cromwell and Wanaka.

U3A Morning Tea gathering REAP



Morning Tea Gathering outside REAP offices


U3A Field Trip



Field trip to gold mining relics – Earnscleugh

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