The 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.
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. The principal objectives of the society now are the advancement, encouragement, provision and community education that promotes a just and equitable society, in accordance with Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
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. Since our small beginnings with 5 classes, we now offer up to 15 classes each term, in subjects as varied as raranga, acrylic painting, cookie decorating, photography, drawing, Te Reo, art journaling, crochet and slow cooking.
DWEA operates our classes from the South Dunedin Community Network rooms at 278a King Edward Street, South Dunedin.