New Zealand Community Education Centres

What You Need To Know

Where we are and when we’re open

We’re located at Wellington High School, 249 Taranaki Street, Mt Cook. The main entrance to the school is at the traffic lights at the intersection of Taranaki and Bidwill Streets.

When courses are running, our office is open on Mondays and Fridays from 9am to 4pm and Tuesdays to Thursdays from 9am to 7.45pm.

At other times, we’re open Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 4pm. We close on Wednesday 13 December for the holidays.

2017 Term Dates

  • Term 1 – Monday 13 February to Saturday 8 April
  • Term 2 – Saturday 6 May to Monday 3 July (No sessions on Queen’s Birthday Weekend: 3 to 5 June)
  • Term 3 – Monday 31 July to Saturday 23 September
  • Term 4 – Saturday 14 October to Monday 11 December (No sessions on Labour Weekend: 21 to 23 October)

Enrolment Info

You can enrol via this website, phone us on 04 385 8919 or register in person at our office at the High School. Some courses have pre-requisites that you need to do before you can enrol in the next level – check the course description.

All fees include GST and are paid when you enrol. You can do this online by credit card or internet banking – please make the bank transfer within three days. Some courses may have extra costs, which are listed on the course description and on your receipt.

We need a minimum number for courses to go ahead so enrol early to avoid disappointment. Receipts and course instructions are emailed to you when you pay, so a correct email address is essential. Please let us know if there are any mistakes or if you later change your contact details.

If a course is full, you can join the waiting list by clicking on the link next to the course info. We’ll contact you if a place comes up and, if we get enough interest, we can sometimes set up extra courses.

Refunds and Transfers (Cancellation Policy)

If a course doesn’t get enough enrolments to go ahead, we’ll let you know and will give you a full refund or suggest a transfer to another course.

If you find you can’t attend a course you’ve enrolled for, as long as you let us know before it starts, we may be able to transfer you to another one in that year. There’s no fee for transfers.

If you do have to cancel your registration and give us a week’s notice, you’ll get a 90% refund. If you cancel during the week before the course starts, it’s 50%. We’re sorry but there are no refunds or transfers after a course has started. Refunds go back to your credit card or if you paid by cash, EFTPOS or bank transfer, we’ll ask you for your bank account details.

If you have to miss a session, it’s not possible to catch up on another course (and you can’t send another person in your place). We reserve the right to refuse or cancel enrolments.

Government-subsidised Courses

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) supports our NZ Sign Language, te reo Māori and ESOL courses so fees are reduced for NZ citizens and residents (you have to provide proof e.g. a passport or residence visa). So we can meet our TEC funding requirements, you must attend at least 80% of the sessions.


Secondary school students can enrol in non-TEC courses but students in Years 9 and 10 have to come with a fee-paying adult. Primary and intermediate pupils can’t enrol. If a secondary school student wants to enrol in a TEC-supported course, please contact us first.


Fire - If the bell rings continuously, evacuate the buildings immediately. Follow your tutor’s instructions and assemble outside the CEC office.

Earthquake - “Drop, cover, hold” and follow your tutor’s instructions regarding evacuation.

Disability Access

We don’t want anything to get in the way of you enjoying your course. If you have any special requirements, please let us know in advance so we can make things as easy as possible.


You can park in the school car park on weekends and evenings (from 4.30pm), but space is often limited. There’s no parking for Monday to Friday day-time course English participants.

Public Transport

The nearest bus stop for Wellington High School is by the blue building on Wallace Street at Massey University. Buses from the city which use this route are numbers 10, 11, 18 and 21.

No Smoking

You can’t smoke anywhere at any time on the school premises.

Contact Details
Postal address:PO Box 4035 Wellington 6140
Telephone:04 385 8919

CEC Administration Staff

Director: Nigel Sutton
Deputy Director: Robyn Hambleton
Co-ordinator: Frances Poff
Enrolment and Financial Administrator: Karen Thompson
Caretaker: Leo Hambleton