The Canterbury Workers Association

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Welcome to the WEA for 2015! Our Term 2 programme has been posted to members, is available on this website, and should also be in the city libraries. It can also be collected from our front porch at 59 Gloucester Street.

  • Enrolments can be done on-line from this website.
    Please note: If you are paying via the internet it is important we still receive an enrolment form for us to be able to record your enrolment

  • Our Branches also have regular activities. The details are listed at the bottom of the programme page


Courses starting this week at the WEA. Enrol soon to avoid disappointment

Some courses have limited numbers; others may be cancelled if there are insufficient enrolments.

  • Monday 4 May: The Artist as Outsider; Exercise Dancing; Musical Instruments, Familiar and Rare

  • Wednesday 6 May: Drawing; Creative Writing; Israeli Dancing

  • Thursday 7 May: Armchair Travel; Rhythm Guitar; Italian Singing

  • Friday 8 May: Portrait Drawing

  • Saturday 9 May: The Road to Selma

At New Brighton: Sit & Be Fit starts Monday 4 May
Te Reo Maori for Beginners starts Thursday 7 May

Courses starting next week at the WEA:
Monday 11 May: More Moroccan
Tuesday 12 May: Women, War & Peace; Nordic Walking; From Shanks Pony to Skateboards; Behind the Headlines
Wednesday 13 May: Organic Gardening
Friday 15 May: Introductory Latin Stage 2 (Morning and afternoon classes)
Saturday 16 May: History Repeats and Tells Us the Future

At New Brighton: Ukulele Beginners starts Tuesday 12 May

The Centennial has been launched and was enjoyed by a wide range of people - young and old and recent and older WEA members. The rest of the year is about building WEA programmes, Celebrating the old and working very hard at ensuring the WEA is still doing what is needed over the next decades.
Thank you to those who supported the centennial events including Mayor Lianne Dalziel, Garry Moore and all the participants.
The Centennial history "The People's University" is available at bookshops.

  • Here are some suggestions for parking near the WEA!
    City Council Carpark at 69 Armagh Street, $2 per hour, 38 spaces.
    Aldersgate car park, at 309 Durham Street, across the road from the District Court, $2 per hour , 70 spaces
    Chester Street West car park, at 55 Chester Street, (on the corner of Chester St West and Durham St) $2 per hour ,
    55 spaces
    Rolleston Avenue Car Park: $3.10 per hour, 30 spaces
    Free parking for up to 3 hours is available in the Botanic Gardens Car Park accessed from the Armagh Street bridge.
    There is free parking on the west side of Cranmer Square, likely to be available when attending weekend or evening courses.
    Another idea: park outside the four avenues and catch one of the buses that go along Durham Street and Montreal Street.

More programmes beginning soon.

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1 day left to make submissions to the review of Environment Canterbury.

The details are all in the link below but as Bronwyn Hayward said last night " you do not need to fill in the ----form provided as it is but we do all need to say something. An email statement or a few sentences at the bottom of the submission form is still making a point. We are concerned!!

New Programmes starting soon --- including
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=We are very grateful to Mayor Lianne Dalziel for launching the Centennial History the "The People's University".


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Term 2 programme is now out.
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Please note: If you are paying via the internet it is important we still receive an Enrolment Form to register your enrolment

Enrol on line, or email or send in form or call us at 3660285

The WEA was highlighted on CTV recently . The interview can be watched here.

Established in 1915, the Canterbury WEA is a voluntary non-profit, community, adult education association. The WEA aims to provide education for personal growth and towards the establishment of a just and equitable society. Here in Christchurch, WEA strives to provide affordable courses of a high standard that encourage discussion and respond to ideas and events in the local community.


WEA Term Dates 2015.

Term 1: 9th February -3rd April
Term 2: 4th May - 26th June
Term 3: 27th July - 18th September
Term 4: 19th October - 11th December


WEA Membership is not required to attend courses but members receive the quarterly programme and newsletter by post and can obtain a $2 discount on all courses. Membership, on calendar year basis, is $15 for individuals, $25 for family, $30 for organisations and $200 for life.

The programme of about 30 courses and events is updated on this web-site each term. The noticeboard is updated weekly.
Inquiries to office phone, fax or e-mail address, below or fill out the on-line enrolment form on this web-site.
No unsolicited commercial material please.

Contact Details

Canterbury WEA
59 Gloucester Street,
P.O. Box 1796
New Zealand

Phone: 03 366 0285
Fax: 03 366 4530

The Canterbury WEA wishes to thank the Canterbury Community Trust and the Christchurch City Council for their support.

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