Canterbury WEA

Welcome to the Canterbury Workers’ Educational Association, the CWEA. We were established in 1915 and are active members of the Federation of WEA’s in Aotearoa.

We believe in lifelong learning for all so offer courses in a wide range of interest areas with a special focus on Social Justice and Democracy. Recreation and relaxation are also catered for with courses on Tai Chi, DIY Play Reading, Italian Singing, Singing for Pleasure, Portrait Painting and many other topics  included in each term's programme. Most courses are offered in our rooms at 59 Gloucester Street but we include some at New Brighton and the North West Branch meet at St Margaret’s church hall in Bishopdale.

Latest News

The Canterbury WEA is 100 years old. In that 100 years it has had many success stories as it has helped ordinary New Zealanders learn more about a wide range of topics and make the most of that learning.  In its hundred and first year the CWEA is launching this new website and an easy Online  Enrolment option. We hope to make it easier for people to both find us and to become involved in the programmes we are offering. We will be adding pages to the website over time and plan to include some connections to online learning as well as in-class learning. There are so many  new ways to make the most of Lifelong Learning, the only problem is finding the time.

**New Website

We apologise for any inconvenience as we settle into the new website and ask for your patience as we sort out the teething problems. 

Please do keep coming back to check on us. If you have any questions please email or call us on 03 3660285

**The CWEA  has long been involved in Adult Education.  

It's "Box and Books Schemes". - not e-books - but box-books or truck-books, were a predecessor of the Country Library service and of  the  WEA Book Discussion Scheme.

JAmes Shelleya dn Geoff Alley next to the first travelling Libarry vehicle in 1930.

VOLUNTEERS are a vital part of most community Organisations. 

The CWEA  appreciate theirs but is always keen to involve more.   The   Volunteer newsletter  may give you some ideas of potential places for you. 



Term 2 programme now listed on the Programmes pages of this website. 

Tess McClure's article in the Press is worth  reading again.    

Why we left; refugees tell the stories of why they left their countries .