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, DIY Play Reading, Italian Singing, drawing etc.

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

Latest News

ECAN Long Term Plan 2018-2028 - Have your say until 20th October 2017.

Election 2017 -  The decision has been made and now we watch as roles are allocated and priorities confirmed.

Jacinda Ardern will keep her core group of MPs and advisers close as Labour heads into its first 100 days.

There is still a lot of discussion happening.

Public address is ...

Radio NZ is ...

The Spinoff is ...

Maori TV is ...

Check our latest blog which has notes about some recent speakers and explore our Facebook page.

Bryan Bruce has a new documentary which was screened on TV3. It is still available on demand.

Course news 


The CWEA is proud to host a series of ‘pop up’ classes.  If you have any questions please get in touch with us via, phone, email, Facebook or this website.

  • First new popup is the  recorder class on November 23rd. from 1.30-3.30. Details here

Enrol now for Term 4 2017 courses on the Programme pages.  

Coming up ...

Systems Science: Science with a heart. Tutor Is Dr Victor MacGill. Begins Monday 16th October  at 7.30 pm

Creative writing begins on Wednesday  18th October at 10 am 

English Country Dancing  begins  Tuesday 17th  October at  10.30 am

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.

Interested in learning Sign Language? We do not offer it but information about who does is available here

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