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

             THIS WEEK : DR SYLVIA NISSEN  - 5.30-7.30  pm.  Voting Systems and Young Peoples Politics

            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.

            • Grant Pheloung - Unravelling of US Politics.. Wednesday 14th February 6.30-8 pm
            • Dr Sylvia Nissen -Department of Political Science and IR, University of Canterbury, NZ,& Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), UK - The impact on voting systems and young people's politics. Wednesday 21st February 5.30-7.30 pm.
            • Glenda Martin - Volunteering - what why, who and how? Wednesday 28th February 2-4 pm
            • Sam Mahon- Artist, Environmentalist and Citizen.. Wednesday 7th March 5.30-7p
            • Dr Susanna Finlay and Dr Libby Caygill--New Biology- 14th March 6.30-8 pm
            • Dan Bartlett -- History of housing in Aotearoa New Zealand, and in particular the race and class factors that intersect with unhealthy housing 28th March 6.30-8 pm


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

            Belly Dancing   Alice Burn

            Sign Language for beginners

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

             Sign Language for Beginners starts an 8 week series at 10 am on Friday 16th February.

            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.