About Us

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

Southland Education is a non-profit incorporated society, which is a member of the Federation of WEAs in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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

On 6 March 1969 the current building at 100 Esk Street, Invercargill, was officially opened as the home of the organisation. Formerly Strangs’ Coffee House the building was a structure of character and tradition and is now classified as an Historic building. In 2007 a total interior re-furbishment was completed, to include a lift for access by elderly and disabled persons.

We cordially invite you to attend our courses, to enjoy our facilities and the opportunities we offer.

We are dependent for funds on the goodwill of our benefactors:
• The NZ Lottery Grants Board
• The Community Trust of Southland
• The ILT Foundation
• COGS

The restoration of the historic WEA building was funded by:
• NZ Lottery Grants Board - Heritage
• The Community Trust of Southland
• The Invercargill Licensing Trust
• PH Vickery Trust
• SBS
• Southland Heritage Building Preservation Trust
• Southland Regional Heritage Development Fund

Our thanks to all of these organisations for their support.

Code of Conduct


The code of student conduct is established to foster and protect the core missions of the organisation.

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

Code of Conduct
• Students and staff should be treated with respect at all times
• Students are expected to co-operate with the tutor
• It is expected that students arrive on time
• Students shall not attend Southland Education courses while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
• Students accept responsibility for their own actions
• Cell phones must be turned off or silent during class

Any concerns regarding the programme should be addressed in writing to:

The Manager
Southland Education
100 Esk Street
Invercargill 9810

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