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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: 


Hilary Sheppard, Senior Lecturer University of Auckland, School of Biological Sciences -- CPISR-gene editing


Hilary obtained a BSc (Hons) from the University of Bath, UK and a PhD in Molecular Biology at the John Innes Institute, UK. Following post-doctoral studies at the University of California, Riverside, USA and University of Leicester, UK she moved to NZ to work in industry with Genesis R and D prior to her current academic role. As well as running a research lab she teaches Developmental Biology and Biomed Molecular Biology to undergraduate and postgraduate students.


She will be speaking on – Human gene editing – are we ready?

There are more than 5,000 diseases, affecting over 250 million people globally, that are caused by changes in just one gene. In her talk Hilary will describe what gene editing is and how it can be used to fix disease-causing broken genes. She will also talk about some of the ethical considerations of this revolutionary new approach to personalised medicine.

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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