Up and Running

By Basil Pritchett
27th July 2012

Basil Pritchett, long-time administrator, treasurer ,and committee member of W.E.A.( locally and nationally) has rejoined a new committee dedicated to pushing the Kapiti  W.E.A forward despite recent cutbacks in funding.

“The Kapiti W.E.A has a proud history of setting up major organisations in the district, such as the Kapiti Genealogy Group which has over 250 members and is still growing,” he says.

New learning opoortunities

“It is vital for the W.E.A to continue its core business of providing new learning opportunities and mental stimulation for all of us. We all need to find new interests and paths to follow, whatever our age or previous learning experiences. The new committee will be exploring new possibilities and directions so that W.E.A can continue to contribute to a community for whose needs it was set up in 1978.”

The Kapiti W.E.A. has now got its new website up and running at www.kapitiwea.org.nz. with the help of kapiticoast.co.nz, after a period of re-development, and there are some exciting new courses. 

A new committee is pledged to put W.E.A back on its feet after the stress of funding cutbacks.

Of particular interest to many will be Dr Hamish Campbell’s talk on Zealandia and how this will affect New Zealand’s economic potential. He has new views on the Alpine fault, the Kapiti-Horowhenua region and the reasons for the severity of the Christchurch quakes, all to be published in a book being written with colleague Nick Mortimer. Dr Campbell is Senior scientist at GNS.

Wide range of courses

There are courses on music, psychology, language and literature, (“Troilus and Cressida”) cosmology, and family history.

On a slightly less serious note, there is a very good introduction to Bridge by a very experienced player and tutor, Brian Moakes. And if you just want to use your Gold Card more productively, there are inexpensive “field trips” to Wellington that have proved very popular.

W.E.A’s new committee has launched a small programme of some of its most popular courses for the rest of the year and is working hard to overcome funding reductions. Members will be exploring new perspectives and new possibilities over coming months.

If you want to know more or just make a contribution to the cause of continuing education on the Coast, you can contact W.E.A via Kapiti Coast WEA, P.O.Box 446, Waikanae, or contact W.E.A’s administrator, Kathy Livingstone (06 364 7252), or its new President, Sheila Jolley (04 298 9371).

W.E.A  is also very keen to hear the ideas of the public in the process of re-building so feedback is welcomed and very important.

Current brochures are available in libraries and community centres. The first course is “Spanish for Beginners” starting on August 6 on Monday afternoons in the Kapiti Community Centre.

Basel comments: “It’s a fascinating language, not difficult to learn and invaluable for those thinking of travelling to South America and the Mediterranean sometime.”



This article was second under a Google search on Kapiti WEA (following that organisation’s own website.). So I’m pleased to say that WEA is still going from strength to strength. Brochures are in the libraries and on our website. I’ll write an article very soon.