Guest blog by Jonathan Moake, Library

On the morning of 25th of April 1915, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed on the beaches of the Gallipoli Peninsula. Since that day, Australians and New Zealanders have gathered to remember and show gratitude to the men and women who fought, and in many cases died, far from home.

ANZAC Day however is about not only commemorating Gallipoli, World War One and World War Two. It also remembers New Zealand service members who have served in all the subsequent conflicts and peacekeeping efforts. It remembers those personnel who continue to serve in distant locations to this very day.

New Zealanders have taken part in over 50 different operations since the end of World War Two. These have ranged from large conflicts in Malaysia and Vietnam, peacekeeping in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Solomon Islands and Timor Este to individuals working as part of small multinational peacekeeping groups.

There are approximately 41,000 kiwi veterans, nearly 30,000 of these veterans have served as peacekeepers. New Zealand currently has over 250 service members in 11 different operations across the globe.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to these brave citizens who represented their country and strove to help others in often difficult and dangerous circumstances. This ANZAC Day I urge you to consider their sacrifice.

Lest we forget.

You may like to take this opportunity to spend some time in The Memorial Garden at Ara, which was opened by our CEO Tony Gray in February. “In the days ahead I hope all at Ara and our many visitors can experience this garden and reflect on the remembrance images and words inscribed on the pillars, recalling the sacrifice of all past students and staff in the service of their country, ” said Tony.

The chosen pillar designs are the work of our Ara Art and Design students – Abby Marriott, Madison McPherson and Grace Duval – along with Ara alumnus and artist Dallas Matoe.  Their designs are cut into the six weathered Corten steel pillars that mark out the garden, and at night they are lit internally from above.

Wanting to view some movies and documentaries about ANZAC forces, eTV has some resources available, such as Anzacs in the Face of War and The Dick Henderson Story for Ara students and staff to access.

Please also note that all Ara Libraries will be closed today, Wednesday 25th April but normal after hours access will apply to campuses.

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Minor changes to the APA guide – Ask at the Library for the new pages to add to your current APA guide.

Two minor changes have been made to APA Referencing: a guide for Ara Institute of Canterbury Students

  1. When referencing a typical web page, there is no need to include the format description [Website] after the web page title.  This is because the 6th edition of the APA manual  states that the format description is to be used only when the format is not ordinary e.g. [Video blog post]. This change has been reflected on pages 36-37 of the APA guide.
  2. Ebook Library (EBL) has been replaced by ProQuest Ebook Central.  therefore the retrieval statement for ebooks from Proquest Ebook Central is “Retrieved from ProQuest Ebook Central”. This change has been made on pages 19-20 of the APA guide.

If you recently purchased this year’s APA guide then come to the Service Desk in the Library at City and Timaru campuses and we will supply the pages you need to insert into your current guide and help you unbind and rebind your guide if needed.



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A day in the life of a vet nursing student

In celebration of international Pet Day, Charlotte, one of our dedicated Assistants in the Library, shares a typical 24 hours in the life of a vet nursing student at Ara.


Thursday is a ‘classes free day’ a.k.a no school today but work placement instead at my animal facility – Christchurch Bull Breed Rescue. I arrive at 10am for a quick brief with the manager on duty and the other volunteers, then it’s time for cleaning. And cleaning there is a lot of when you work as a vet nurse. We clean all the runs (poos, usually there is a lot of that but again it is all part of the job). We also refill water bowls, replace blankets and take the dirty ones to laundry. Afterwards, it’s exercise time. We take the dogs out for walks, play, training or a bit of all of these. Usually it is their favourite time as they get to go out and explore, sniff, roll in the grass and all sorts of fun stuff. Once they have all been exercised, it is always nice to have some cuddle time in their kennels. The more activities and interactions these dogs get, the better prepared they are for life in their forever homes.

Above: Cuddles with Sapphy and walking Bentley at Christchurch Bull Breed Rescue

Friday morning:

Wakey wakey. Three dogs lick your face as the alarm goes off. Always a cheerful way to start the day. After feed and breakfast time, I jump in the car with Bambi and Leo who, lucky for them, are coming with me today for our dog handling session. The purpose of this is to demonstrate and practice safe handling of small to large dogs for the veterinary practice. But before we head up to class, there’s a quick stop at the Library for some photos. It’s not every day we get fluffy visitors on campus.

Above: Dogs, Bambi and Leo visit the Library

We get to see how to properly and safely handle the dogs. Safety is always key when it comes to handling live animals! We see floor and table handling as demonstrated by our tutors and students who have already done the theory part of this course. Then it is time to put our skills to the test first with the stuffed toys (we have a pretty sweet collection of them) and then with our live “guinea pigs”. Pretty fun altogether and even more so, that we get to do it with actual dogs.

Above: Best class ever!

Typical day class:

Lucky for us, one of our tutors brings her own dog Poppy every day so we pretty much have an official ‘class dog’. Our main topics this term are Anatomy, Health Care, Parasites and Diseases and some introductory classes on Vet Practice and Clinical work. We often do group exercises which is a great way to develop our team work skills. We also use Moodle and online resources quite regularly so the classes are often very interactive as well. In addition to studying dogs and cats we also have access to small animals in the campus Animal Room and it is always pretty fun to do practicals with them.

No two days are ever the same in the VN classes that’s for sure!

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Get your boots on

boots autumn blog

It is darker in the mornings and the leaves are circling in the street and lying in gutters. This week every time I go out the front door in a mad rush I’m regretting not putting on an extra layer of clothing or a long scarf. Part of me is lamenting the end of summer and the lazy, warm T-shirt days. Never the less it is time that you and I face facts as Autumn has arrived and its time to get your boots on.

I love boots and I can never have enough of them. My first coveted boots were Converse All Star green basketball boots and my next were cherry red Doc Martin boots. I even owned (and loved immensely ) a tan vintage pair of cowboy boots purchased from K-Road in Auckland.

Boots are great you feel warmer, taller and stronger in them and they can give you heaps of confidence. Get your boots on today! and if you don’t have any boots check out some great op-shops that we have in Christchurch so you can save money and be more sustainable.

Christchurch City Libraries have a great online directory called Cinch. You can find the addresses of fabulous second hand clothes shops in Christchurch here;


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Over Easter all Ara Campuses are closed


All Ara libraries will be closed over the Easter break from Friday 30th March (Good Friday) until Tuesday 3rd April. We will re-open on Wednesday 4th April. Relax over the Easter break and attempt to go chocolate free (if you can). I know this is a very difficult thing to attempt when chocolate is everywhere. Fresh hot cross buns straight out of the oven are a good tasty alternative. If you need to study at Ara the POD at Christchurch City Campus has 24 hour access and TG01 block at Timaru campus is available from 7:30am until 10pm. You will need to swipe your student ID card to get into these study spaces.

Happy Easter everyone!


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eTV – free streaming TV for you from Ara

One of the many exciting databases that the Ara library offers is eTV. This service records and archives programming from over thirty domestic and international television and internet channels for your streaming pleasure. Basically eTV is the Ara version of Netflix – except free and more educational! Channels include:

  • Maori Television;
  • Rialto (Great for watching films in-between study!);
  • SoHo;
  • Arts Channel;
  • TV 1, 2 ,3 ;
  • Prime Television;
  • National Geographic;
  • Fashion TV.

This week Maori Television provides us with the documentary Mike King Talks to the Dalai Lama about finding a pathway to a peaceful mind, while National Geographic talks to Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban on what education means to her. For less intense viewing, there is Food Television’s Mexican Fiesta with renowned chef, Peter Kuruvita who embarks on a journey of culinary discovery through the vibrant world of Mexican cuisine. Prime meanwhile provides more local content with an interesting look at the role of construction in the Making of New Zealand.

There is something here for everyone whether you are a tutor wishing to embed some video into your Moodle course or a student wishing to explore educational topics from a more interactive source. Explore, stream and enjoy.

How to use eTV for students

Colleen Finnerty, Knowledge Advisor

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International Day of Happiness

What is the International Day of Happiness? It’s a day to be happy, of course! Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. The theme for 2018 is to share happiness.

Start your week off right – get a new happiness tip every Monday with a tutorial from (a Library database) to help you live a happier life. Over the year, discover 50 tips on topics such as understanding your options, focusing on the bigger picture, being grateful, savouring experiences, choosing how you spend your time and more. Actionable techniques are provided for finding more time for doing the things you love and maximising your day-to-day happiness.

The Library has many resources on happiness such as ebook Sustainable happiness live simply, live well, make a difference.

For more resources and videos on living a happy life you make like to try some of these links; 5 ways to wellbeing – Mental Health Foundation NZ, TED Talk – The Surprising science of happiness  , The School of Life – Why Small Pleasures Are a Big Deal.

Pharell Williams has shared a message for the International Day of Happiness. And now I can only sign off by wishing you all a happy International Day of Happiness and include Happy by Pharell Williams.



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