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Singing group performs at festival opening

15 Jun, 2017

On the evening of 14 June the Italian Singing group, led by Claudia Lues, performed at The Colombo for the opening of Ciao Italia and the Cinema Italiano Festival. “Ciao Italia” is the first ever Italian festival held in Christchurch. It will be accompanied by an Italian theme running at The Colombo throughout June (with amazing decorations and displays), and by the Cinema Italiano Festival.

WEA administrator Christine captured a couple of glimpses of the choir's performance on her phone and they are on the CWEA YouTube channel.

Upcoming Events at the CWEA

10 Apr, 2017

Hi there

The programme for term two is now available online or in print, please get in touch with us if you have any questions or comments, we invite peoples ideas about courses or subjects that they think would be beneficial to themselves and wider community.

Our AGM is also fast approaching, Wednesday the 26th of April starts at 7.30pm everyone welcome, we have a variety of guest speakers as well as refreshments and biscuits. The same week is also our national AGM being held right here in Christchurch, if you would like to attend this please feel free to contact us via, phone or email and we can provide more details for you.

the team at the CWEA hope everyone has a safe and happy Easter holiday, we will be closed over this weekend period, the building will also be closed on Tuesday the 18th of April, sorry for any inconvenience.

Other events in the community

Candlelight Peace Vigil Bridge of Remembrance, Cashel St 6.00 – 7.00pm to remember all the casualties of war, to remember all who resisted war, to call for an end to war, to promote peace

Workers Memorial Day Friday 28th April 2017 11.30am – 12.30 pm At the Memorial Stone, Science Alive Reserve (Behind where Hoyts 8 Cinema Complex,Moorhouse Ave used to be - access via Gasson Street only and there is no car parking available on-site)

Upcoming Events at the CWEA

26 Mar, 2017

Hi there

I hope everyone is well and staying warm!

Term one is it's final weeks and we are hoping that the term two programme will go live this week on Arlo and that the printed programme will be available next week.

Here are a few of the lectures/courses coming up in term 2

The Lincoln Efford Memorial Lecture will be presented by Dr Christina Stringer, exploring Migrant Worker Exploitation, Alan Johnson reporting on his latest report, Getting the most out of your digital photos, English Country Dance, Painting Ruins and Feminist History to name a few.

Our regional AGM is also taking place on Wednesday the 26th of April at 7.30pm, everyone is welcome to this event, to hear about our last year, hear from some tutors and other involved groups and also about our upcoming year.

There are a few community events coming up that I would like to circulate, Dr Robert Howell is presenting tonight at the Quaker centre from 5.30pm on Investing in People and the Planet and next Monday Nicky Hager will be presenting at the Cardboard Cathedral from 7pm on his new book Hit & Run.

Have a great day


Another year of learning and my transistor radio.

22 Mar, 2017

So many places to go to  feel involved in learning but a worthwhile tool and an easy to access one is still Radio.One of my favourite "toys" is not my phone but an old transistor radio I won in a Plunket competition when my son was a baby. 34 years ago. It  comes into the garden, it does not receive FM but still works well anywhere in my garden. No internet access out there. 

 I learn things, listen to good music, although I have noted it is more modern than I remember it feeling when I was first listening years ago.

The good thing about Radio is once I have listened and want to listen again, I can, as  a lot of the programmes are available online or as podcasts.

So come back inside for a cuppa and listen via podcasts on my phone or watch/listen to videos of the programme  while seated in a comfy chair. I am very lucky. One of the  recent " listening/ learning experiences was  " Aftermath - what would we do without water?  Worth a listen. 

Radio and RNZ is a wonderful place to be.

"Learning is like opening a door - not filling a container"

21 Nov, 2015

Learning thoughts

“The value of adult education is not solely to be measured by direct increases in earning power or productive capacity, but by the quality of life it inspires in the individual and generates for the community at large. It is an agent changing and improving our society.” (preface to ‘The Russel Report’, 1973)”

1973 is 42 years ago but this statement is still completely valid. The CWEA has been involved in Adult Education for 100 years and we want to be effective in this area for a lot longer.

The Russel report statement encourages us to think beyond ourselves – beyond what we alone gain from education. It is a statement about thinking about the value to the whole community.

An Educated Community thinks beyond the obvious, is more discerning, is more likely to become involved in making their community work, challenges the things which need challenging, feels stronger and so much more. The problem is education is not as easily available to everyone as we would like and it never needs to stop.

We aim to make our courses accessible, affordable, stimulating and relevant to current issues.

The perfect blend for an alert, discerning and thinking population.

Some points to ponder as you attend a course anywhere?

  • Does the course you attended make you think more widely?
  • Does it encourage you to become more involved in your community?
  • Does it make you feel better about your particular space in the world?
  • Can you think of some people you know who may also value being involved?

What else would you like to learn about or have considered for our future programmes? Please let us know?

The WEA in the UK has a blog discussion on this area. Really worth a read. 

Wendy Butcher

Coordinator CWEA