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Dunedin Workers’ Educational Association Te Wāhi Ākoranga o Ōtepoti Incorporated (DWEA)

The WEA (Workers’ Educational Association), set up in 1915, is the longest established provider of adult education in New Zealand.

Dunedin Workers’ Educational Association Te Wāhi Ākoranga o Ōtepoti Incorporated (DWEA) is a non-profit incorporated society, and is a member of the Federation of WEAs in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The principal objective of the society is the advancement, encouragement, provision and community education that promotes a just and equitable society, in accordance with Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

DWEA operates from the South Dunedin Community Network rooms at 278a King Edward Street, South Dunedin.

How We Started

A group of local people got together in late 2019, following the Dunedin Art Show, to discuss the possibility of establishing a group that would advance, encourage and promote the provision of adult and community education in Dunedin.

Southland Education (WEA) was originally the umbrella organisation but Dunedin Workers’ Educational Association Te Wāhi Ākoranga o Ōtepoti Inc, is now an autonomous independent organisation, registered with the Charities Commission.

The current committee include:

President: Mary Geary
Secretary: Nancy McLennan Hughes
Treasurer: Lesley du Mez
Committee members: Sue Cheer, Ron Esplin, Nick Orbell, Nicola Pye

Pilot Programme

In 2020 five tutors offered a range of classes. The popular classes included:

How to Paint: Anneloes Douglas & Nancy McLennan Hughes
Watercolour: Ron Esplin
Art Journaling: Sue Cheer
Drawing: Nancy McLennan Hughes
Patchwork: Mary Geary

The initial classes were fully subscribed, which has prompted us to continue….. Watch this space!