The Canterbury Workers Association

Notice Board


Happy Christmas to all members, participants and friends of the WEA. Our office is now closed until 12 January, when we look forward to hearing from you with enrolments for Term 1 courses.

  • The Term 1 2015 programme is available on this website,from our front porch at 59 Gloucester Street, and from city libraries.

  • CWEAs CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS, 4 to 7 MARCH 2015
    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 will be officially launched by Mayor Lianne Dalziel at the WEA. (Please advise the WEA if youd like to receive an invitation to this event.)
    Thursday 5 March, 7 to 9 pm: Community Night with presentations from groups that use the WEA rooms. All welcome!
    Friday 6 March, 12 to 2 pm: Shared lunch and items from WEA classes.
    All welcome!
    Saturday 7 March: Unveil plaque at site of first WEA classes, Hereford Street. 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

  • 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.

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About Us


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2015 Centennial Year

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.

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Nordic walking on Tuesdays.

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
Christchurch
New Zealand

Phone: 03 366 0285
Fax: 03 366 4530
Email: admin@cwea.org.nz

The Canterbury WEA wishes to thank the Canterbury Community Trust and the Christchurch City Council for their support.