Waitangi day – all Ara campuses will be closed

Tuesday Feburary 6th is Waitangi day. This significant day marks the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, which occurred in 1840 between over 500 Maori chiefs and representatives of the British crown. Waitangi day has been a public holiday since 1974, and it has been recognised by some as New Zealand’s national day. All Ara campuses are closed on Waitangi day, and will reopen on Wednesday 7th Feburary.

To learn more about the Treaty of Waitangi, this site is useful.


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Te Whare Rūnanga at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Waitangi, New Zealand.  Photo by Graham Cairns https://www.flickr.com/photos/graham-and-shirley/






















Summer Festival Fun in the City

Looking for something to do over the next ten days? Well you won’t have to look far as the World Buskers Festival is coming to Christchurch, commencing January 18th. The Festival attracts entertainers from around the world and is a whole lot of fun!

Performances are scheduled throughout the days and evenings and can be viewed from various points around the city. Details can be found at their site World Buskers Festival

So what not get out in that summer sun (with your sunscreen on) and be “entertained and delighted” by these daring, funny and sometimes outrageous acts? I know I will.