Are you looking for an activity to keep you and your children occupied over the summer break? Why not work your way through the Department of Conservations (DOC) ’50 things to do’ list…
I was recently in a DOC office and noticed this form….it is a list of 50 things to do with your children in the outdoors. It includes such things as swimming in the ocean, bird watching, stargazing right through to climbing hills, camping and staying in a backcountry hut. I think this is an excellent way to inspire young people to experience the outdoors on their own terms. It is equally useful for adults…
The form is available from all DOC offices and it is also available online at doc.govt.nz/50things. I recommend you get a form and begin working your way through it on your own or with your children today.
All branches of the library at Ara Institute of Canterbury will be closed on Friday 13th November 2020 for Canterbury Anniversary Day (Show Day). We will reopen at 10am on Saturday 14th November.
Show Day will be different this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The annual Agricultural Exhibition held at the show grounds in Hillmorton has been cancelled this year.
Given that 80 000-100 000 people visit the show over its three days this was the only possible outcome. This will be only the second time in its history that the Show has been cancelled. The other time was during the Second World War when it did not take place from 1939-1944.
While the Canterbury Agricultural Show is cancelled most of us will still have a day off work & study. Show Weekend is usually fine so some sort of outdoor activity would seem to be a good alternate. Picnics, barbeques, camping, beach walks and family get togethers are all good options…
Personally I will be spending the weekend tramping in Nelson Lakes National Park.
From all of us here at Ara Library I would like to wish you a safe Canterbury Anniversary Day and we look forward to seeing you soon.
While some people will still be working many of us will be able to spend time with family and friends. Great Labour Day activities include camping, walks, visits to the beach or your favorite park. It is usually a good day for a early summer barbeque or picnic. You might make a weekend of it and head off to some exotic location around New Zealand….
From all the staff here at Ara Library we hope you have a happy and restful Labour Day however you decide to spend it.
Ara’s (Timaru campus) retired tutor, Gail Tatham and Fashion & Art graduate, Sue Connolly have reconnected for “The Scottish Play”.
Gail Tatham’s connection with Ara is 20 years of teaching in the Art Department, mainly Art History and Theory. Sue Connolly studied in the Fashion Department and then went on to graduate from the Art Department as well. She is now a well-known local artist and President of the South Canterbury Arts Society.
Gail has now retired and is following on with her passion in theatre. She is directing this show while Sue has been helping with the design and making of the costumes. The Aidan Theatre is a local independent theatre company.
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Conservation Week 2020 is running from the 13th-23rd of August. It is a time to reflect and discuss matters pertaining to nature, the environment and our role within it.
I would like to take a moment to talk to all those people who are following the latest social media fad of stacking rocks. This is a world wide phenonium as rock stacks have started to appear on beaches, riverbeds and mountain areas right around the globe. The activity is strongly driven by social media usually with photos of the constructors standing with their work.
Some people see this as a form of art but this is not art! While it may be attractive to some people many others see it as a desecration of the natural world.
In their natural location and in their natural state rocks provide a complex eco-system for a multitude of species. When you disturb rocks, move them around and try to reorder them you destroy this fragile system. Rock stacks are also a very intrusive form of visual pollution. They look unnatural as you will rarely see perfect stacks of rocks in nature.
This Conservation Week I would like to ask everyone to stop building rock stacks and ask you to encourage other outdoor users in a polite way to cease this activity. If you encounter a field of rock stacks I would encourage you to dismantle the stacks and place the materials back into their original location.
Spread the dismantled stacks out over a wide area & try to make the result look as natural as possible.
Everyone should know and follow the Leave No Trace precepts when interacting with the natural world, the precepts are:
Leave No Trace means just that…leaving no trace of your presence after you are gone. I think you will agree with me that leaving a huge stack of rocks does not follow the LNT precepts.
Suppress your desire to leave your mark on the environment and just enjoy it on its own terms. Let others experience our iconic scenery as nature intended it to be seen.
The Ara Wellbeing Action Group is running their annual Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition at City Campus on Wednesday the 26th August. This event is open to both staff and students.
No prior registration is required to enter…you simply bring a batch of your favorite home baked chocolate chip cookies to the Atrium in the Rakaia Centre between 10 and 11 am on the day of the competition. Note: a batch is defined as at least 8 cookies.
There are two categories: Classic Chocolate Chip (standard recipe no extras added) and Freestyle (must have chocolate chips/chunks but other ingredients are allowed).
Entries will be judged from 11-12 noon after which the will be sold as a fund raising for the St John Ambulance Service. There will be prizes for 1st and 2nd place winners and also for the most “interesting” take on the main theme.
Why not get your bake on and show off your cookery skills while helping a worthy cause. See you there!!!
The 14th August, 2020 was the 75th anniversary of VJ Day marking the official end to World War II. A series of remembrance events had been planned right across the world but due to Covid-19 most of them have been cancelled.
New Zealand was a major combatant in the Pacific theater of operations in WW II with the 3rd Infantry Division, Coast Watchers, Royal New Zealand Navy and RNZAF forces all taking part in the Pacific War. Over 1000 New Zealand lives were lost during the four years of fighting.
In what later became known as VJ Day, an official announcement of Japan’s unconditional surrender. Even though Japan’s War Council, urged by Emperor Hirohito, had already submitted a formal declaration of surrender to the Allies, via ambassadors, on August 10, fighting continued between the Japanese and the Soviets in Manchuria and between the Japanese and the United States in the South Pacific.
On the afternoon of August 14 (August 15 in Japan, because of time-zone differences), Japanese radio announced that an Imperial Proclamation was soon to be made, accepting the terms of unconditional surrender drawn up by the Allied powers.
The news did not go over well, as more than 1,000 Japanese soldiers stormed the Imperial Palace in an attempt to find the proclamation and prevent its being transmitted to the Allies. Soldiers still loyal to Emperor Hirohito repulsed the attackers.
At the White House, U.S. president Harry S Truman relayed the news to the American people; spontaneous celebrations broke out in Washington, D.C. in the United States and right across the world as the news was relayed. After six savage years of fighting the war was finally over…
Here are some resources about New Zealand’s role in the Pacific theater:
Jill Milburn, Bakery Tutor, from Ara (Timaru Campus) has been working with a Timaru Boys’ High School, Yr 10 Food Technology class on their digital cake designs. This is part of the new school curriculum for Digital Technology and Ara jumped at the opportunity to support them in this new and revolutionary project.
Timaru Boys’ High School (TBHS) are the first in the country to attempt this new and innovative way of using digital technology within their Food Technology Department. Jill is helping to support the students and will be showing them cake decoration designs and techniques before their final presentation to the School in a few weeks’ time.