The Canterbury Workers Association

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Happy New Year, we hope that everyone has had an enjoyable and safe holiday period, unfortunately there have been some delays with the building and we will not be back on site until the 15th of February, we look forward to seeing you all then.

You can still enrol via the website or by mail.

Our Term 1 2016 programme is now available on this website and is also in the City Libraries.

  • 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

    We are at 59 Gloucester street, near the Art Gallery.
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PARKING. 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 Riccarton Avenue.

  • Free parking also 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 come into the bus exchange.
    We support discussion about better parking in the central city.

Some new courses beginning soon. Check for details on the Courses page or call us on 03 366 0285 for details.

From Scribble to Script: the Italics Way with Ross Gray. Starts Tuesday 23 February 10-12 noon. 6 Sessions. $50. Link Title

Nordic Walking with Frances Young. Starts Tuesday 23rd February 10-12 noon. 6 Sessions. $50. Poles are provided. Link Title

Sleeping Well with Veronika Gabel at St Faiths in New Brighton. Starts Thursday 25th February 1.45-3.45. 5 sessions. $41Link Title

Term 1 2016 Programme is now available and we are taking bookings for the classes. Call us on 03 3660285, email: or enrol online.
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It takes real courage to be different and this article by Margaret Lovell Smith in the Press reflects on some who had that courage.

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Christchurch City Libraries is always worth watching and this is an excellent blog post.

A movie we should all watch
An absolutely stunning film which every New Zealander should watch. We are so lucky to live in a country where people can forgive and apologise and talk about major issues not just simmer and fight about them.
The Price of Peace

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We are the Canterbury WEA and want Christchurch to be the best place to live. So does this group and they are the future workers and leaders in this city.

Link TitleEducation is such a powerful tool and such a treasure to experience at all ages. The children in this video know that. Do those who have an easier road feel the same?
On the way to school.

Books worth reading

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How Propaganda Works by Jason Stanley. Discussed on Radio NZ Nights.

A series of 4 books of James K Baxters literature was launched in Wellington. As Garry Moore reflected "this was the culmination of 50 years work by
Christchurchs John Weir and they are magnificent. It was wonderful to attend a function which was dedicated to social justice and to recording the writings and
thoughts of a social commentator who held up a mirror to our society so that we could see ourselves as he saw us."
The Complete Prose of James K Baxter edited by Dr John Weir.

Listened to Sunday morning on National Radio this morning and moved on to exploring and revelling in the wonderful statements in the videos in Talk Treaty. So worth spending time with.
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Te Wiki o te Maori is everywhere including in cricket.

This video produced by the NZ Black Caps. As they say give it a go!!

The " People's University" is being discussed internationally. Dr Rajesh Tandon UNESCO Co-Chair was the keynote speaker at the recent ACE (Adult Community Education ) conference recently.
As he says " Democracy is a set of attitudes, values, principles, ethics and behaviours, yes institutions too,that is learnt in everyday life at home, community, school and work places."

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A very clever and to the point story about privilege.


We are very grateful to Mayor Lianne Dalziel for launching the Centennial History the "The People's University".
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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

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 Rata Foundation/Canterbury Community Trust and the Christchurch City Council for their support.

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