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

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Our 2017 first semester programme contained 16 courses ... our next courses are:


Political Cartooning in NZ

With Bob Brockie on Saturday 27 May, 10 am – 12.30 pm at the Kapiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu

Cost: $30 (members)

Bob Brockie is a cartoonist, scientist, columnist and graphic artist, and has sketched nearly 2000 political cartoons for the National Business Review since 1975. He will present a magic picture show of techniques and methods of caricature, speech balloons, political insights, midnight inspirations, whizz lines, cartooning hassles, political incorrectness, and a cavalcade of New Zealand politicians over the last 60 years.


War Poets and their stories

With Harry Ricketts on Saturday 24 June, 10 am – 3 pm at Kapiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu

Cost: $50 (members)

Since the 1960s, Wilfred Owen has been enshrined as the ‘poet of pity’, the pre-eminent poet of the First World War and by extension of war itself. For many, his ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’, recreating the horrific effects of a gas attack, has become the defining war poem. But there were many other memorable WWI poets, including some from New Zealand and Australia. Come and discover (or rediscover) these with Professor Harry Ricketts of Victoria University of Wellington, author of Strange Meetings: The Lives of the Poets of the Great War


Eastern Philosophy

With Jay Shaw; 2 sessions on Saturday 10 June and 5 August, 10 am – 3 pm, at the Presbyterian Church Hall, Ngaio Road, Waikanae

Cost: $50 per session (members)

Philosophy is the study of knowledge, reality, and existence, and Religion is a systematic belief and worship of a philosophy. 

This series of lectures will explore the religions based around Eastern philosophies

Saturday 10 June

Concepts of Harmony: Comparative philosophy. Non western philosophy with an emphasis on Indian topics. Religion, cultural harmony and peace

Saturday 5 August

Freedom – East and West. Do we have control over our own lives or is everything predetermined? Our actions are affected by our beliefs. The discussion will consider different points on the continuum between free will and determinism form both a Western and Eastern point of view.

A supporting paper will be provided for each session.

Dr Shaw has a Ph.D. from Rice University, and has taught philosophy for 51 years: including 42 years at Victoria University, 3 years at the University of Hawaii, 1 year at Alabama University, and 5 years at Jadavpur University, Calcutta.

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.