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 admin@cwea.org.nz,explore the Programmes link on this website or just contact us.

Latest News



Election 2017

Its Election time in New Zealand and we are watching it with interest. Check our latest blog which has notes about our 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.  

POP UP SERIES. 

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.

The Term 3 series included the list below - for more details click on the blue link. 

 We are currently developing a series for Term 4  which we hope will include some focus on the Environment and Impacts  of the September election and  another topic.


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


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.