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Below are our up-coming courses.  The full list is under the "News" tab.

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Our next courses are:

A Bloody Road Home – The New Zealand Second Division in WWII

With Christopher Pugsley, on Saturday 26 August, 10am–4pm at the Kapiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu

Cost: $40 members $50 non-members

New Zealand military historian Dr Christopher Pugsley reviews the trials and achievements of Freyberg's Second New Zealand Division in a day seminar that will cover the raising of the Division and its campaigns in Greece, Crete, North Africa and Italy from 1939 to 1945.


Preserving Sound Media

With Graeme Joyes, on Saturday 2 September, 10 am – 12 noon at Coast Access Radio studios, Mahara Place, Waikanae

Cost: $20 members $30 non-members

Do you have treasured recordings on media that you can no longer listen to, or would like to retain these for another generation? Graeme Joyes will discuss what the options are for enjoying and preserving theseat the Coast Access Radio studio. Includes practical examples showing what can be achieved. If you wish, bring along items for consideration.


Animals in Art

With Pamela Gerrish-Nunn; occurs over 5 Wednesdays: 6 Sept – 4 October, 10am–noon, at the Kapiti Community Centre

Cost: $100 members $110 non-members

This course investigates the use that Western art has made of animals as subjects and symbols. Cats, dogs, horses, sheep, snakes and monsters: what have they meant to artists, sitters and viewers over the centuries? The celebrated animal painters of the past such as George Stubbs, Edwin Landseer, Rosa Bonheur and Lucy Kemp-Welch as well as contemporary artists like Joanna Braithwaite will be showcased in a fascinating range of examples past and present.


Vatican Art

With Christopher Longhurst on Saturday 9 September, 10am–4pm, at the Kapiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu

Cost: $40 members $50 non-members

The history and major artworks at the Vatican's St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel and papal art galleries at the Vatican Museums. Dr Longhurst has held university posts in Morocco and Italy.


Pompeii - Life in a Roman Provincial Town, frozen in time

With Chris Dearden on Saturday 16 September, 2 pm – 4 pm, at the Kapiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu

Cost: $20 members $30 non-members

This illustrated lecture will look at the historical background of the town and its surroundings, the eruption of Vesuvius and its consequences, and how our knowledge of life in a relatively unimportant town is growing and changing.


And our remaining second semester courses are:

Course Date
Gold Card Pick’n Mix Various – 1 day each month
Shakespeare – Twelfth Night Tuesday 26 September (4 weeks)
Marine Conservation Saturday 7 October
Ancient Egypt - Prehistory Wednesday 18 October (4 weeks)
Geology Saturday 11 November
Astronomy Saturday TBA


Kapiti WEA - Learning for Life

The WEA (Workers Educational Association) was set up in 1915 and is the longest-serving provider of adult education in New Zealand. Our aim is to provide community based, stimulating and varied educational activities that develop knowledge, skills, creativity, understanding and enjoyment of life. We offer courses in relaxed, non-threatening environments, using the best tutors available from Wellington and the Kapiti Coast.