The Canterbury Workers Association

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Welcome to the WEA for 2015! It's not too late to enrol: we have a number of courses and seminars happening in March. We look forward to seeing you.

  • Courses starting in March:
    Monday 9 March: The British Invasion: Contemporary British Art & NZ Modernism
    Monday 9 March: Bohemian Journey: A Musical Heritage in Colonial New Zealand
    Thursday 12 March: The Historical Background to the WEA's 100 years in Education
    Saturday 14 March: The Art of Listening; Monetary Systems (seminar)
    Saturday 21 March: (seminar) Saudi Arabia: Past and Present
    Friday 27 March: (seminar) the United Nations Organisation

    Wednesday 4 March, 6 pm: Launch of The Peoples University: A centennial history of the CWEA by Ian Dougherty, published by Canterbury University Press. The book was officially launched by Mayor Lianne Dalziel at the WEA.
    Thursday 5 March, 7 to 9 pm: Community Night with presentations from groups that use the WEA rooms.
    Friday 6 March, 12 to 2 pm: Shared lunch and items from WEA classes, clubs and groups.
    All welcome!
    Saturday 7 March 6.30 pm: Dinner at Hagley Community College, with after dinner speaker Garry Moore. BYO. Cost $35. Numbers limited to 100 so early booking is advised.
    The registration form can be downloaded here:
    CWEA Centenary Registration Form

  • Getting to the WEA: Bussing to the WEA is a good solution to the parking problem. Some buses come into the city along Durham Street, and leave the city via Montreal Street, with bus-stops very close to the WEA.


About Us

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2015 Centennial Year

The WEA was highlighted on CTV last week. 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.

Bohemian Journey: A musical heritage in Colonial New Zealand with Roger Buckton. Start Monday March 9th 1-2.30 pm for 4 weeks. Contact us for booking.
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Italian Singing class with Claudia Lues begins on Thursday 19th February from 12-1 pm.

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New Art Classes in our new programme begin soon'



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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