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 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.  

Term 3 2017 programme will be on the Programmes pages of this website shortly.

Explore  those pages now and register your interest or just have a look at what is coming up.


All Blog posts are available via the Blog tab 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.


VOLUNTEERS are a vital part of most community organisations. 

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