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 and courses include Tai Chi, Italian Singing, drawing etc.

Office Opening Hours are 9.30-3 Monday to Friday, possibly closed for 30 minutes at 12 midday for staff lunchtime, but feel free to phone on 366 0285 or email admin@cwea.org.nz,explore the Programmes link on this website or just contact us.

Latest News

            Course news 

            Social Issues Soap Box and POP UP SERIES.

            These sessions are one off discussions and talks. They are all noted on this website

            Topics and speakers vary including Sam Mahon,  Synthetic Biology, Unravelling US Politics, Social Housing, Volunteering in 2018 etc. Times also vary a bit to make it easier for a wider group of people to attend.    If you have any questions please get in touch with us via, phone, email, Facebook or this website.


            Enrol now for Term 1 2018 courses on the Programme pages.  

               Alice Burn

            Courses in Term 1 include Belly dancing, Poetry Appreciation and Writing, Japanese Art and Culture, Truth Belief and knowledge and many more. 

            Chamber Music at the CWEA.  

            We are  supporting a group who  wish to develop a place for amateur chamber musicians to play together and listen to each others music. For more details check here

            CWEA Membership - saves you money.

            Register as a member and receive $2 off each course registration fee. It means you can enrol for more courses without breaking the bank. We also post out a programme to you.  You may register  via the Join Us tab on this home page, by paying your membership fee as you enrol in a course - there is a special option available, by filling in a form at the office or send us a letter or email and we will help.


            Courses elsewhere: 

            We have a special focus and cannot offer courses in everything.

            Christchurch City Libraries CINCH pages collate a list of alternative providers in Christchurch. You can explore some of these here.



            Mural competition


            Some of our courses are being recorded by PlainsFM to be accessible later as podcasts. A wonderful collaboration.