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Clubs & discussion groups

February 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Join like-minded people in exciting activities, debate and study in all areas of recreational, political and academic pursuits. WEA Ramblers A walking group that meets and walks on various bush tracks in the Wellington and Hutt Valley area. We meet on a Sunday fortnightly.  For more information, call Lena on (04) 938-1908, or Maureen on (04) 388-1340. Enrol now Contemporary social issues Discuss current events and culture with people of all backgrounds. For more information, contact Mr N. Harris by e-mail at Enrol now Start your own club! WEA members are welcome to start their own club or discussion group. The WEA can provide support and promotion for groups of all kinds. Previous groups have included: Field Group Action for the Environment Playreading and Theatre Club Women Into […]

Educating the people on political and social issues

February 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Through its regular discussion forums, the Workers’ Educational Association has long contributed to the political and social education of the working people in Wellington. For decades, invited speakers have delivered regular lectures on topical issues, raising the social consciousness of the people and encouraging their active participation in public affairs. The lectures are delivered by notable academics, labour leaders and community organisers. Originally held on weekday lunchtimes, such forums are now held on evenings and weekends to better fit around the busy work and family schedules of members.

Study support for workers

February 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

More and more workers are returning to study as employers demand new formal qualifications. This can be exciting and satisfying, but navigating the complex language and discourses of graduate and postgraduate study can be challenging after many years out of the classroom. The WEA offers one-on-one tuition and support to develop academic literacy skills in preparation for formal studies. Topics covered include: academic referencing, identifying marking criteria, developing critical thinking skills, and advanced reading and writing skills. For more information, e-mail Enrol now

Workers’ radio: Educating for social change

December 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

The WEA provides a progressive view on world affairs to radio listeners in Wellington through its weekly radio programme. The show, entitled ‘Educating for Social Change’, is aired on Wellington Access Radio 783AM every Sunday at 4pm.  Produced by trade union activists, the programme provides a working-class view of current events, while simultaneously training working people in radio production. Announcer Mr Russell Pierce said working on the programme has allowed him to develop many new technical skills. He said: “I deal with the issues that confront workers from day-to-day, nationally and internationally. The aim of the show is to encourage education and social change amongst the workers of New Zealand. “I see our show as a small beacon of resistance to the informational lobotomy being […]

Video: Mike Chungu on fighting poverty in Zambia

November 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

Mike Chungu, Executive Secretary of WEA Zambia, describes how the WEA is fighting poverty and inequality in the Southern African nation. Interviewed by Peter Templeton, Director of Membership, Volunteering & Marketing, WEA England & Scotland. From the WEA New Zealand channel.

Developing NZ-China relations through cultural exchange

July 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

The WEA hosted a Chinese-themed forum in Wellington today. The meeting, sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), provided introductory instruction in the Chinese language and culture. Contemporary social issues in the People’s Republic were discussed, and the audience heard a traditional musical performance by Pipa player Mr Jingyuan Kong. The lecture was given by Mr Yaru Liu, teacher at the Confucius Institute at VUW.

WEA national body meets in Christchurch

April 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

The New Zealand Federation of Workers’ Educational Associations (NZWEA) council met in Christchurch for its annual conference on Friday. The meeting discussed the continuing government austerity measures and attacks upon the people’s standard of living, and the response of the WEA. The council reaffirmed its membership of the International Federation of WEAs, and discussed how to better integrate itself in the people’s movement and local communities. The conference also passed resolutions addressing the effects of the scientific and technological revolution upon education, and plans were made for computerised course delivery in local branches and by correspondence. President Mr J. B. Walker and vice-president Mr. J. S. Eilken were both unanimously reelected to their positions. Ms L. Dumez was reappointed as Treasurer. The leadership group laid […]

Wellington WEA participates in online education research

March 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

Mr Pat Bolster, President of the Wellington WEA, today met with trade union leaders in Melbourne to discuss the research of online workers’ education. Present at the meetings were Mr Manrico Moro and Mr Andrew Irving, executive members of Australia-Asia Worker Links; Ms Romina Beitseen, President of the Campaign for International Cooperation and Disarmament; Mr Colin Long, Victorian State Secretary of the National Tertiary Education Union, and Mr J. S. Eilken, vice-president of the New Zealand Federation of Workers’ Educational Assciations. The experience of workers’ educators locally and abroad was compared in a written report prepared and discussed by the Wellington WEA branch. The Workers’ Educational Association operated a national correspondence course scheme, the Trade Union Postal Education Service, in Australia and New Zealand for […]

WEA hosts electricity consumer rights forum

November 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

  The WEA hosted a consumer rights forum on the electricity industry in Wellington today. The meeting, chaired by former Consumer Institute CEO David Russell, featured leading industry experts and government officials. The full audience heard of the continually rising prices of domestic electricity, and the role played by monopolies and privatisation. Speakers included:  Dr Geoff Bertram, senior associate of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies (IGPS), Victoria University of Wellington; Ian McChesney, co-founder of Community Energy Action and contract analyst for the IGPS; Carl Hansen, CEO of the Electricity Authority; and Mike Underhill, CEO of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority. Representatives of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and the Ministry of Social Development also spoke. The meeting was organised by […]

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