Our new name is Ara Institute of Canterbury


Today we are now called Ara : Institute of Canterbury. Ara means arise or pathway in te Reo Māori.  Our Ara logo represents the upward journey of learning, while also drawing inspiration from Māori tukutuku panelling, which was traditionally used to decorate meeting houses. For more information on this next stage in our history see the news release on our website.

Find our main website at http://www.ara.ac.nz/

Find Campus Life your gateway to Moodle, Student Portal, Student Email and Library at http://campus.ara.ac.nz/

Find our Library homepage at http://www.ara.ac.nz/library

Enter our Edible Books Competition


Get your thinking caps on and dream up a creation or two, for Friday April 1, to enter in our annual Edible Books festival. Fill in the entry form on our website for a chance to win in the following categories:

  • People’s Choice
  • Best Interpretation of a Book
  • Funniest Entry
  • Most Delectable Entry
  • Most Imaginative Entry

Remember this delectable winner for The Color Purple back in 2014 by one of our very own librarians!

color purple

See some of our former entries on Christchurch City Libraries Flickr.

Thanks City Libraries! Look forward to seeing you again this year!


Study skills sessions on Oamaru and Ashburton campuses


Oamaru Campus Study Skills Session


Tuesday 8th Mar 2016 10:00am-12:00pm

Ashburton Campus Study Skills Session


Tuesday 16th Mar 2016 10:00am-12:00pm

Student Support Staff will be visiting Ashburton and Oamaru to meet with students and to provide a learning styles session – to encourage students to think explicitly about how they learn and what strategies will work for them. The programme for both campuses is as follows:

•10:00am – introduction to student support (including Māori and Pasifika support)

•10:00am to 12:00pm – Learning styles session

Visit our Study and Learning Seminars page for this information for all campuses.

Visit our opening hours page for all campuses to find when we offer our services.