Library Hours over the Christmas period

The Christmas holiday season and the end of the academic year are upoun us. As a part of the holiday break over December and January our hours of operation will be changing.

For the period Monday 10th December 2018 -Sunday 27th January 2019 the Library will observe the following hours:


Our normal hours of operation will resume on Monday 28th January 2019. Please note we will be closed on Wednesday the 6th February for Waitangi Day.


From all of us at the Library we wish you a safe and happy Summer break.





Introducing our new Disability Services Manager

Kia ora everyone

 My name is Pauline Melham and I started here at Ara on November 5th as the new manager of Disability Services.  I have twenty years’ experience of working with people with disabilities in both Polytechnics and Universities, both here and in the United Kingdom, where I spent the last eighteen years living and working.  I hope to bring my experience to Ara to ensure that students with disabilities keep receiving the highest levels and most advanced forms of support. 

 I’ve already started to meet a few students which has been great.  But you might be thinking that  Disability Services is not a place you need to visit.  But we have a very wide definition of disability and therefore, support people with a wide range of impairments and medical conditions. We support those with long term medical conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Crohn’s disease and Epilepsy (to name just a few).  We support students with mental health conditions such as depression, eating disorders, anxiety and personality disorders.  We support those with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and those on the autistic spectrum.  We also support people with sensory loss and those with physical disabilities.  So, we might just be able to support you to.   

If you think we can support you, please make an appointment to see us.  The best way to do this is to visit the Service Desk in the library at our Madras Street campus in Christchurch or our Timaru campus in Arthur Street and ask to book an appointment with one of the Disability staff.  You can also phone 03 940 8089 or e mail and a learning adviser will direct your e mail to us.  Remember, you are in charge of the information you share.  We won’t share information about you with other people outside the service unless you tell us we can. 

 I hope to meet a great many of you over the next few months.   

Pauline Melham

Disability Services Manager