Library closed for Queens Birthday Holiday, Monday 3rd June 2019

All Ara library branches will be closed on Monday the 3rd June as we celebrate the Queens Birthday holiday. Here is some more information about the Queens Birthday celebration.

City Campus library will be closed on June the 3rd…


The official head of state of New Zealand is the Monarch of the Commonwealth Realms, Queen Elizabeth II. The monarch’s birthday is officially celebrated in New Zealand.

Queen Elizabeth II, Monarch of New Zealand

Her representative in New Zealand is the Governor General, who has symbolic and ceremonial roles but is not involved in the day-to-day running of the government.

The Queen’s actual birthday is April 21, but it is celebrated as a public holiday on the first Monday of June through an Act of Parliament.

Public Life

The Queen’s Birthday is a public holiday in New Zealand & many people will have the day off. Schools, government offices, and many businesses will be closed.

The Queen’s Honours list is released around the time of the Queen’s Birthday public holiday. This list has hundreds of recipients: from the military, emergency services, politics and civilian life who are honoured and recognized for their public service.


Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit, or CNZM. One of the Queens Birthday Honours

What Do People Do?

The Queen’s birthday holiday is held on the first Monday of June.

Those who have the day off will spend it with family or friends or will use the long weekend as a opportunity for a extended holiday away. It is an excellent opportunity to spend time in the outdoors before winter fully sets in. The Queens Birthday weekend also marks the official opening of the ski season in New Zealand.

I would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday from all of us in the Library.

Samoan Language Week

Mālō le soifua manuia,

Greetings & good health to all you beautiful people.

Many of you may know that it is that time of the year again where we raise the stakes and challenge ourselves by learning and supporting our first Pacific nations to become independent but also one of the first pacific language weeks to celebrate and embrace for 2019 which is……the Samoan Language or in the Samoan Language it is O le Gagana Sāmoa.

The country of Sāmoa was formally known as Western Sāmoa, however since the celebration of the independence for this country (plus the Americans keep trying to claim them as one of their states) Sāmoa has become a nation that has integrated and migrated not just in Aotearoa but the people of Samoa have Success spreading all over the world and globally making an impact because the ROCK Dwayne Johnson has exploded onto the big screen and producing block buster movie after movie. We also can’t forget our sport superheroes and legends just to name a few Ma’a Nonu(All Blacks) and Maria Tutaia(Silver Fern). However in the music world particularly here in Aotearoa our very own Chch girl Ladi6 and even the opera sensations SOLèMio. The list could go on. There are a few things that they all have in common are:

– All Proud Samoans

– All believe in themselves

– All love Samoan foods


In short, the Pacific & Sāmoa is all around us and we can all support them. Until next time….

Manuia lava

Toe feiloa’i

Bless you

See you again


This guest blog has been kindly contributed by Jason Tiatia


‘Kayaking the Antarctic Peninsula’ talk

Come and hear Ara Learning Advisor Georgie Archibald discuss growth mindset as inspired by her Antarctic Heritage Trust Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition. Hosted by Ara Library.

12.10pm-12.50pm, Wednesday 22 May
Imagitech Theatre, City campus
FREE, all welcome

Read more about Georgie’s intense and life changing experience here:

NZSL Week 2019 – Library event Wednesday 8 May, 12.30pm

This year to mark New Zealand Sign Language Week we are hosting a special event in the Library, Wednesday 8 May, 12.30 pm. A group of NASDA students will perform You Will Be Found, and the performance will be interpreted into NZSL by NZSL Interpreter Phoebe Leyten.

Join us for this fun event

NZSL Interpreter performing with NASDA – Ara autumn graduation 2019


Want to learn more about NZSL Week? Find out more here

Want to learn New Zealand sign language to a song by Tiki Taane No Place Like Home? See clip below from You might see a familiar spot in Christchurch in the background.