Spring into Spring

We may not know who will be our next Prime Minister yet but at least we know for sure that spring has sprung its glorious head and we can all be positive about the glowing feeling of the new spring sunshine on our backs.

The joy of spring is a subject that has been written about for centuries and Poet William Blake sums the spring feeling up nicely in the first stanza of his 1789 poem.





Why not celebrate the arrival of spring by dancing up a storm at the upcoming Ara Spring Ball.

This event is be held at Christchurch campus on October 21.


By Greta Christie

Kia ora te reo Māori

The theme Kia ora te reo Māori was chosen for Te wiki o te reo Māori 2017 to celebrate New Zealand’s indigenous greeting.

I am Dora Roimata Langsbury and I am the Learning Advisor – Māori here at Ara. You will find me in the Library at our Madras Street City Campus.

I am of Ngai Tahu, Ngati Mamoe and Waitaha descent. I was born and raised at Otakou Marae on the Otago Peninsula, near to the Albatross Colony. My family all live in Otepoti (Dunedin).

As Māori, when we greet people for the first time, we always like to share with people, where we come from, and which families we are related to. We also like to find out from you, where you are from and who your family is.  When we greet you and share these details with each other, we call this a mihi. This helps us, as Māori, to establish an actual connection with each other.

When you come to work with the Learning Advisors at Ara, we will always want to know your name, your student ID# and your course code. However, as the Māori Learning Advisor I also like to know who your family is and where you and your family come from, originally. I have had the opportunity to live and work all over the world, so I enjoy meeting students and finding out which cities or countries they have come from originally.

Two of the posters that have been developed for Te wiki o te reo Māori this year will help you to greet us in Maori and also help you to tell us where you are from. (See Below) Te Puna Wanaka will be offering a pronunciation workshop on Friday 15th September from 12pm-1pm at Te Puna Wanaka. Practise some common greetings  from Te Taurawhiri website.

Why not come to as many of our Ara Institute Te Wiki o te Reo Māori activities as you can. They are great fun and they will help you to build your confidence to use Māori greetings, everyday.

The Library has two fun events for you to join in during Te wiki o te reo Māori language week.


Ngā whakaahua ō te wiki o te reo Māori

Celebrating Māori language week with photobooth fun. Bring your friends, have some fun with our props and have your photo taken.


Wednesday September 13th 11.30am – 1.30pm, at the City Campus Library

Macron Workshop – The difference a macron makes
Ko te reo kia tika, kia rere, kia Māori

Join us to learn about macrons, plus how to macronise your computer, whilst creating and consuming a yummy macronised biscuit.

E.g. He keke rā whānau          A birthday cake

       He kēkē rā whanau          A birthday armpit

Friday September 15th 12-1pm, at the Timaru Campus Library