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NZ Election 2017

04 Sep, 2017

In the last 2 weeks we have had 4 election related speakers come to talk. Each had a different focus but all ensured anyone listening left thinking and being more aware of why it is so important we do not waste our chance to have a say.

Eugenie Sage talked about 100% Pure NZ and the health of our environment for us and our children and grandchildren? She speaks about this same issue to Hilary Barry

Raf Manji discussed the importance of being a citizen and the responsibilities that holds and why Christchurch needs a special focus and some ideas of what it could be.Is being an MP an ordinary kind of job or the kind of role you take on because you want to do something – make a difference? What about a Universal Basic income -- find out more here?

Philip Bagshaw from the Charity Hospital reinforced the fact that the health budget is not adequate and the resources being allocated are being allocated in an inappropriate way. He speaks about some of his concerns here

Bryan Bruce discussed who you should vote for and why ----MMP allows tactical voting so in some cases it may be best to vote for someone you do not want to get rid of the someone you really do not want. He also made those listening very aware of the huge disparities there are in this country and why it is important to pay attention to what the various groups are promising --- are they honest or realistic. Minding the gap. Bryan has produced a number of documentaries including Child Poverty an done to come out soon on Housing in NZ. Mind the Gap is worth watching.

 Our thanks to all of them for revving some of us up.

 Explore some of the tools these speakers have suggested  including 

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.