Book Discussion Scheme

July 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Book Discussion Scheme is a nationwide not-for-profit organisation. We are a member of the Federation of Workers Educational Associations (FWEA). Established in 1973, the Book Discussion Scheme modelled itself on a similar membership scheme in Australia (operated by the Victoria Council of Adult Education). The BDS has since developed into a unique organisation and provider of quality books to book lovers throughout New Zealand. Today we have more than 1200 groups representing more than 11,000 individual members. The Book Discussion Scheme lends books & professionally prepared discussion notes to self-directed book groups. We cater to adults and to high school and tertiary students. We also run a programme for ESOL (English as second language speakers) and migrants. We deliver anywhere in New Zealand. Delivery is included in membership. We […]

New courses: Register your interest

March 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Register your interest for possible new courses, including music, computing, knitting and 3D printing.  Or what else you would like to see as a adult education course or workshop.

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 […]

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 […]

CTU president addresses People’s Expo

August 25, 2012 // 0 Comments

President of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Helen Kelly delivered a keynote address at the 2nd People’s Expo in Wellington today. Exhibitors from thirteen community organisations and four political parties took part in lectures and discussion on political and social issues facing working people today. Lectures were also given by Mr Rory McCourt, Vice-President of the Victoria University Students’ Association, and Rev. Karen Dyhrberg of the St Cuthberts Anglican parish in Berhampore. Organisations in attendance were: the Labour, Greens, Mana and Workers’ parties; Living Wage Campaign, Unions Wellington (regional trades and labour council), New Zealand Educational Institute, Labour History Project NZ, Community Law Wellington, Benefits Rights Service, Wellington Residents’ Coalition, United Community Action Newtown, Share International, Compassionate Communication, The City is Ours and […]

MP Delahunty addresses People’s Expo

August 23, 2011 // 0 Comments

Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty delivered a keynote address to the inaugural WEA People’s Expo, held in Wellington on October 8th. The meeting brought together ten of the leading community groups in the region for a day of political lectures and discussion. Ms Delahunty delivered a tribute to her late father Jim Delahunty, a character ingrained in the Wellington political scene, to which the expo was dedicated. She addressed many important issues facing the working people of New Zealand.Participating organisations included the Unions Wellington (regional Trades and Labour Council), Public Service Association community sector division, MMP Campaign, Wellington People’s Centre, The Futures Trust, Tax Justice Campaign, Electoral Enrolment Centre, Residents’ Coalition, October 15th Raids Support Group, and Freedom Shop. Musical performances included folk musician Don […]