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A vibrant place to learn, make friends & participate.

Welcome to U3A St Heliers.

U3A St Heliers is a vibrant and interactive group of people who enjoy sharing ideas, increasing our knowledge, and contributing through participation in  study/interest groups.   


Our Monthly General Meetings have speakers who provide thoughtful and discerning  presentations  that encourage thinking and critique so enabling our members to be conversant with a wide range of both local and global activities and events.  Our meetings also provide the opportunity for social interaction with others in your community.

We welcome visitors to our meetings.

Our Study Groups

U3A St Heliers offers lifelong learning in an informal way. Our members are in the ‘third age’ of life – having finished working full-time or raising a family, we have time to pursue our interests, or try something new. We thrive on educational, recreational and social activities. Groups meet fortnightly or monthly. There are no qualification requirements – and no exams!


Inspiring Guest Speakers.

Next upcoming speaker: 


Main Speaker –

Prof Paul Spoonley –


A “New” New Zealand Emerges: Demographic Change in the 2020’s.


New Zealand began to change significantly after 2010 although these changes will be much more apparent in the 2020’s. These include declining fertility, the rapid ageing of the population, population stagnation or decline in some regions and growing diversity because of immigration. These demographic changes will be explained. Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley was the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Science at Massey University and is now the Co-Director of

He Whenua Taurikura: The National Centre of Research Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism.


He is the author or editor of 29 books, including “The New, New Zealand: Demographic Disruption” and “History of Hate: The Far Right in Aotearoa New Zealand”. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and received the Science and Technology Medal for his contributions to cultural understanding. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Germany and is a Fellow and Board member of Auckland Museum.


Join us for our next Monthly Meeting.

First Wednesday of every month: Starts 9.30am

St Heliers Bay Community Centre - 100 St Heliers Bay Rd. 

U3A St Heliers welcomes new members as you bring new thoughts and ideas to our group.


Our Monthly Meetings have a variety of ingredients certain to meet your taste! A warm welcome (and a few notices) from the President; a mini-talk by one of our members; a biscuit break for friendly chatter and meeting new friends; and a main speaker of note in the community.


A sure recipe for success and enjoyment - "Do try it!"

USt Heliers U3A is grateful for the support of the Orakei Local Board in the development of the website.
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