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 with courses on Tai Chi, DIY Play Reading, Italian Singing, Singing for Pleasure, Portrait Painting and many other topics  included in each term's programme. Most courses are offered in our rooms at 59 Gloucester Street but we include some at New Brighton and the North West Branch meet at Chapel Street Hall in Bishopdale.

We will be adding pages to this website over time and plan to include some connections to online learning as well as in-class learning. Some new ways to make the most of Lifelong Learning, may interest you.

Office Opening Hours are 9.30-3 Monday to Friday, but feel free to phone on 366 0285 or email ,explore the Programmes link on this website or just contact us

Latest News

 BLOG POSTS:   All Blog posts are available via the Blog tab.

Click on the Blog image on the right hand side of the Home page, just below " Join Us". 

Find out what is happening and some of the thinking behind what we offer as well as other events not in our programme.  You are welcome to join the discussion. 

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

Course news.  

Term 2 2017 programme is now included in the lists on the Programmes pages of this website.

Ensure your space and book early - Online via this website or contact us.

Payments by credit card are accepted via PayPal, the only economic solution open to us. You don't need to have a PayPal account, but you will be required to specify your billing address, email address and a phone number. PayPal sometimes rejects the payment for no apparent reason. If the credit card payment is cancelled by you, or somehow fails, you won't be able to enrol for that course until we manually cancel the internal order. Please phone the office on 366 0285 or email and we will attend to this. If payment via PayPal doesn't work for you we recommend paying by bank transfer. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

Heathcote river talk and tour   attracted a group of over 20 people.

The CWEA has long been involved in Adult Learning and Discussion

It's "Box and Books Schemes". - not e-books - but box-books or truck-books, were a predecessor of the Country Library service and of  the  WEA Book Discussion Scheme.

JAmes Shelleya dn Geoff Alley next to the first travelling Libarry vehicle in 1930.

VOLUNTEERS are a vital part of most community organisations. 

The CWEA  appreciate theirs but is always keen to involve more.   The   Volunteer newsletter  may give you some ideas of potential places for you.