Endnote – A smart way to store your references

What is Endnote?

Endnote is special software you can download at Ara to help you collect, use and re-use a large number of references.

Who should use Endnote?

Endnote is mainly useful for postgraduate students or students who are embarking on indepth research over an extended period of time. If you only need a small number of references for your assignments then it might be more useful to use the APA referencing guide for Ara students

Where can I find Endnote?

You can find where to download Endnote to your own device on the Library website at https://www.ara.ac.nz/services-and-support/library/endnote

How do I use Endnote?

You can watch this 5 minute video to get you started quickly.

For those who want to know more, this 25 minute video gives more in depth information.

Where can I use Endnote on Ara computers?

If you want to use Endnote on an Ara computer, it is installed on computers in the Library on City campus, Madras St. Christchurch in L130 (the Pod), L131, L247, L248 and L249.

See staff in the Library if you have any questions.

The FIFA World Cup is on!

Guest blog by Silvia Santos (Mathematics Learning Advisor)

Quick FIFA facts

  • This football tournament of men’s national teams takes place every 4 years.
  • The FIFA World Cup 2018 is taking place in Russia.
  • It started on 14 June and goes on for a whole month.
  • The 11 cities where the matches are taking place are Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Ekaterinburg, Saransk, Kazan, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-don and Sochi.
  • Russia is nine hours behind New Zealand, which means most matches are overnight for us here.
  • The final match will be played on 15 July in Moscow.
  • Thirty-two teams are playing in 12 different venues across Russia.
  • Four years ago, 3.2 billion people watched the FIFA World Cup Brazil, and one billion people watched the final.
  • The current champion is Germany.

Unfortunately, the All Whites (New Zealand national team) missed out. They lost to Peru last November, so did not qualify to go to Russia. But we are represented in the team of  36 officials by Matthew Conger who is refereeing the Iceland / Nigeria clash.

The teams with most victories so far are Brazil (5), Italy (4), Germany (4), Uruguay (2), Argentina (2), England (1), Spain (1), and France (1).


Academic Support at Ara celebrated the start of the World Cup on the 14 June with international food, and a light competition: we created a board with the flags of nations we are supporting. The team with the most picks is Brazil, followed by England, Germany, Argentina, Australia and Portugal.

For more information check out the site https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/



International Day of Yoga, 21 June


Guest blog courtesy of Kotte

If you practice yoga often, you may agree with me on these five reasons we love yoga!

The number of reasons of why you should give yoga a go are endless. I hope that at least one of these five inspires you.

1- Breath; our breath is the fuel for our body to work, food is also, but breath…breath is the key for your systems to work in a harmonious way. By practicing yoga, you are teaching your body awareness of the breath, a lesson that you will eventually take with you everywhere.

2-Body; inflexibility is the most common reason people tell me as to why they have not tried yoga, however this should be one of the reasons you practice yoga. Whether you run, swim, do other sports, yoga will complement everything! It is the balance that your body needs for both, strength and restoration processes.

3- Mind; once you are aware of your thoughts you have the power to change them. Some of us have been victims of our thoughts and prisoners’ of our minds. From the process of discovering my body and breath through yoga, I also was also discovering the mind and learning to take control back. Bad thoughts do come but I am now aware and I can choose what is true and right and what is not, before I had zero control. Yoga teaches you to know yourself, it forces you, there is no other way, facing yourself is the way.

4- Union; the word yoga means Union. Practicing yoga will allow you to explore the Union of mind body and breath, but also of community. There is a reason why we practice yoga together – we build global consciousness. Whilst we live the process individually, we also do it collectively, which brings more empathy and kindness, and when we learn individual kindness we are able to spread it like a cold!

5- Practice; yoga is not a sport, or a game. Yoga is a practice. This means that every day will be different. Are you able to detach from the expectation that because you touched your toes on Tuesday it must happen today, Friday? Let that go! Yoga is not about that! Yoga is about finding kindness and acceptance and that today your fingers do not need to touch your toes. That is your yoga.

Read more about the International Day of Yoga and this years’ theme – yoga for peace.

Kotte runs some yoga classes here at Ara, to learn more follow this link.

Cat yoga




Matariki – Celebrate the Māori New Year at Ara – 11-15 June 2018

Matariki is a traditional time for many iwi (Māori tribes) to celebrate the beginning of each new year. The Matariki star cluster is more commonly known throughout the world as Pleiades or Messier 45 (M45). In Hawaii, it is known as Makali’i and in Japan it is called Subaru. Eventhough Matariki is close to Earth it is still 440 light years away. According to Te Papa’s website, this means that, if you could drive a car at a speed of 100 kilometres an hour, you would arrive at Matariki in 4.8 billion years!

Many iwi talk about the seven Matariki stars being Matariki, the mother and her six daughters, Tupu-a-nuku, Tupu-ā-rangi, Waipunarangi, Waitī, Waitā and Ururangi. Te Papa has information on one of the most popular legends of Matariki and the six sisters.

You can see Matariki from early June before sunrise. Why not come along to the Dawn rising – Celestial observation on Friday 15 June and join other Ara students and staff on top of the Port Hills to see Matariki rising on the eastern horizon.

In the Library on Wednesday 13 June look out for our Matariki star making   lunchtime activities.

See Ara’s schedule of events for more Matariki magic on our campuses. For events in the wider community see Christchurch City Libraries Matariki blogpost.

Resources on Matariki in our library include:

Hakaraia, L. (2006). Celebrating Matariki . Auckland [N.Z.]: Reed.

Hakaraia, L. (2004). Matariki : the Māori New Year . Auckland [N.Z.]: Reed Pub.

Hakaraia, L. (2008). Te kāhui o Matariki : contemporary Māori art of Matariki. North Shore, N.Z.: Raupo.

Matamua, R. (2017). Matariki : the star of the year. Wellington: Huia.

Rolleston-Cummins, T. (2008). The seven stars of Matariki. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia.


World Environment Day – 4 June 2018


By Jon Moake, Librarian

June the 5th is World Environment Day 2018. This is a UN sponsored day for thought and action about environment issues. The theme for this year is “Beat Plastic Pollution”


The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) would like us to limit our use of single use plastics. By following their slogan “…if you can’t reuse it, then refuse it” we can all play a small part in making our world a cleaner more healthy place.

Single use plastic makes up a major part of worldwide waste at this time. It is particularly damaging in an aquatic setting where it can harm wildlife and leech harmful chemicals like oils and dioxins into the environment. Some of these plastics take up to 1000 years to degrade, causing massive harm to the environment in the interim.

Plastic Pollution facts:

  • Every year the world uses 500 billion plastic bags
  • Each year, at least 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans, the equivalent of a full garbage truck every minute.
  • In the last decade, we produced more plastic than in the whole last century
  • 50 percent of the plastic we use is single-use or disposable
  • We buy 1 million plastic bottles every minute
  • Plastic makes up 10% of all of the waste we generate

 Make a concerted effort to limit single use plastic by refusing to utilise this type of packaging. A good place to start is plastic supermarket bags, of which 500 billion are used worldwide every year. Why not use a more environmentally sound alternative.

If you would like information about World Environment Day 2018 and how you can participate please check the following links:

UN World Environment Day website: http://www.un.org/en/events/environmentday/

UN Environment Day host nation: India: http://worldenvironmentday.global/en/about/india-land-unity-diversity

Ministry of the Environment: http://www.mfe.govt.nz/more/community-and-public/world-environment-day


Queen’s Birthday Holiday – Library closed today, Monday 4 June

Ara Library is closed today as Queen’s Birthday is a statuatory holiday, however if you are wanting to study Ara will be open (swipe access only), including the Pod which is open 24/7 as usual.

New Zealand has ten statutory holidays, of which Queen’s Birthday is one, and whilst a lot of  businesses will be closed, such as Ara, you may however find many shops are open.

The Queen’s birthday is actually on 21 April, but it is celebrated on various dates across the Commonwealth of Nations (of which there are sixteen), to fit with each country’s spread of public holidays.

Queen’s Birthday also sees the announcement of the Honours’ List where the Queen makes appointments to the Order of New Zealand, which includes Orders, Orders of Merit, Dames, Knights, Companions, Officers and more. These appointments are nearly always based on a person’s services to the community or the nation.

We will resume our usual hours from Tuesday 5 June, 7am on.

We hope you have a safe and relaxing long weekend.