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Warkworth U3A

U3A Warkworth was established in 1996 and has steadily increased its membership to over 190.

Our General Meetings are usually held on the second Monday of February, April, June, August, October and December.
These meetings feature a guest speaker, morning tea, a short study group presentation and any business items that need attention.
The meetings, which are informal and convivial are held in the Recreation Hall at Totara Park Retirement Village, 5 Melwood Drive, Warkworth at 10 am.

Click here for our meeting location map

Interest Groups

Our Special Interest Group meetings help bring people together to embark on a learning adventure with like-minded people.
The Group Meetings which members consider to be the heart of U3A are held monthly at different times as arranged by each group.
The venues and topics usually vary with each meeting.

Comments from members about groups

"Being part of a group makes me happy...learning and interacting with others gives me a lot of satisfaction......."

"It provides opportunities to use skills acquired in earlier life in ways that are useful and does wonders for one's self esteem......."

"It's never too late to learn something new, make friends and have fun......."

Join one of our groups

    • Ancient & Modern History
    • Music Appreciation
    • Art Appreciation
    • Book Talk
    • Developments in Medicine
    • Current Affairs
    • Jazz Listening
    • Poetry Reading
    • Local History
    • Science & Climate
    • Geology
    • Ornithology - Bird Watching
    • Architecture & Design
    • Te Ao Maori
    • ....or start a new group yourself on any topic

Here's the Ancient History Group on study tour to Ruapekapeka Pa.
Ruapekapeka Local History

   Committee 2022

President/Speakers/Auckland Network Ken Cutforth
Secretary Jim Flewitt
Treasurer Dianne Knight
Hospitality Kristin Price
Hospitality Jean Mason
Membership Alison Coates
Almoner Prue Dray
Publicity -
Groups Convenor/Archivist Nigel Swaffield
Bulletin Editor/IT Equipment
Steve Goldthorpe
Website/Database/Grapevine/IT Alan Spicer

Meetings Schedule 2022

Committee & Convenors
February Annual General (For 2021 year)
March Committee
April11th General
May Committee
June13th Mid-winter Lunch
July Committee
August 8th General
September Committee
October10th General
December 12th Annual General

Photo to come

Our Committee for 2022

 Current members: 192

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Warkworth is located in the north-eastern edge Auckland city,
Warkworth map

Pre-European Warkworth.

The area was known by the Ngati Manuhiri iwi, the original people, as Puhinui.
For them,Te Awa Waihe (the Mahurangi River) was a very important waterway. They established convenient waka (canoe) landing sites along its course, serving the numerous settlements along the river, harbour and further inland.
In addition to providing water transport, the river was an important source of food such as tuna (eels), koura (freshwater crayfish), kakahi (freshwater mussels) and waterfowl. There were also flax and other weaving resources and plants and fruit for kai (food) and orongoa (medicine). The large mature trees in the once dense surrounding bush were felled for waka and building materials.

Modern era Warkworth.

The present town was founded in the 1830s by English settlers from Northumberland, England, and many of its streets are named after towns in the 'home' County, Northumberland.
Over the years, Warkworth has grown steadily, based on an agricultural and horticultural economy plus the  local administrative centre.
Before the days of reliable all-weather roads, it was an important maritime transport base, linking the surrounding area to the fast-growing town of Auckland and areas further north.
The town is presently experiencing a period of rapid growth promoted by tourism, numerous new commercial enterprises and housing development for Auckland's expanding population.
Warkworth is now the retail, commercial, and education centre of the northern area of the Rodney District serving approximately 12,000 residents.
Warkworth has often been called one of the loveliest small towns in New Zealand.

Jane Gifford

Jane Gifford at Warkworth Town Wharf

New Members are always welcome.
At U3A Warkworth you will meet familiar faces plus a new group of friendly people with similar interests. If you have just moved to the area, or recently retired and are looking for new horizons, this is a pleasant and stimulating way to extend your circle of friends

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To email the Treasurer, click here

Phone contacts:
☎ 09-973-3130 - President
☎ 09-425-6408 - Members

Bank Account: 02-0480-0133880-00 (U3A Warkworth)

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