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!


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

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 Lynda.com (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.



Get started with One Drive to get 1 TB of storage in the cloud

Did you know that you have 1 TB or 1000 GB of storage in the cloud while you are a student at Ara. This means you can access your word, photo, sound and video files on any device, anywhere – no need to worry about losing your USB pendrive anymore!

You can to sign into your Office 365 account by navigating to Campus Life:
https://campus.ara.ac.nz and clicking on Student Email in the top navigation bar.

  •  When prompted sign in with your Ara Email credentials.
    yourusername@arastudent.ac.nz , and your network password.
  • Once signed in, click on the icon in the top left corner of the webpage.

You can drag and drop your files here whether you are using an Ara computer or your own device and access your work

You can learn more about uploading and downloading your files in our handy handout called Getting Started with OneDrive

If you would like help with this ask staff in the Library.  We are here to help.

Enjoy the cloud.

International Women’s Day March 8

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

“Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world.”— UN Secretary-General, António Guterres

It is also an opportunity to consider how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal number 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and number 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

Some key targets of the 2030 Agenda are:

  • By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes.
  • By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.
  • End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.
  • Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking, sexual and other types of exploitation.
  • Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

On 8 March, join people from around the world and UN Women to seize the moment, celebrate, take action and transform women’s lives everywhere. The time is NOW.

Interested in finding out more about International Women’s Day?  #PressforProgress videos. Try these links for local events: UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand and International Women’s Day 2018 – Canterbury Events.

The library has many resources (electronic and physical) on women’s rights, equality and related issues for your use, Women experiencing discrimination, 2016: Aotearoa New Zealand non governmental organisations report, may be a place to start if you are looking for some local information.

At Ara we have the Next Step Centre for Women which  assists students to know themselves better, explore their options, update their skills and develop confidence in themselves. In 2012 they produced a book celebrating 25 years of the Next Step Centre for Women, Brave Enough to Wear Red Stockings. It is a moving read that tells the stories of 25 women who have been students here at Ara, where they have found support, gained self-esteem, and skills for employment.




World Wildlife Day

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Protecting big cats is the theme of World Wildlife Day this year which is celebrated on Saturday 3 March this year.

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. The UNGA resolution also designated the CITES Secretariat as the facilitator for the global observance of this special day for wildlife on the UN calendar. World Wildlife Day has now become the most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife.

World Wildlife Day will be celebrated in 2018 under the theme “Big cats: predators under threat”.  You can find out more at on the official website of World Wildlife Day.

Here are two new titles in our vet nursing collection on the care of wildlife.

BSAVA manual of exotic pet and wildlife nursing. (2012). Quedgeley: British Small Animal Veterinary Association.

Girling, S. (2013). Veterinary nursing of exotic pets (2nd ed.). Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Children’s Day on Sunday 4 March


Today we are celebrating Children’s Day in the Library, a little early,  with a storytelling session at 1.20pm. Our tamariki from the  Early Learning Centre will be attending the session. So if you happen to be studying in or visiting the library today with your children, feel free to drop in to our session where Rose and Tamara will share a story or two.

Here are a few parenting titles in our ebook collection. Use your Ara network username and password to read them online.

Sutton, C. (2016). Promoting child and parent wellbeing how to use evidence- and strengths-based strategies in practice. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Templar, R. (2015). The rules of parenting : a personal code for bringing up happy, confident children ([Third edition].). Harlow, England: Pearson Education.

Weiner, M. (2015). You and your child’s psychotherapy : the essential guide for parents and caregivers. Oxford ;: Oxford University Press.