The ’50 things to do’ list from the Department of Conservation

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…

The Department of Conservations ’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…

Reverse of the DOC ’50 things to do’ list…how many have you completed?

The form is available from all DOC offices and it is also available online at I recommend you get a form and begin working your way through it on your own or with your children today. 

See you out there…

Library opening hours for Christmas 2020/2021

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

For the period Monday 7th December 2019 -Tuesday the 9th February 2021 the Library will observe the following hours:

Library opening hours for December 2020-February 2021

Please note we will be closed on Monday the 8th February for the Waitangi Day celebration. Our normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday 9th February 2020

From all of us at the Library we wish you a safe and happy Summer break and we look forward to seeing you in the new year.

Tokelau Language Week 2020

Mālo ni! 

The Tokelau Language Week is on! Let us remind everyone a wee bit about Tokelau: this New Zealand dependent territory is located about 500 km north of Samoa. It consists of 3 atolls with the population around 1500 Tokelauans.

There are over 7000 Tokelau peoples living in New Zealand with over half of the country’s Tokelau community living in the Porirua and Hutt Valley areas of Wellington.

Flag of Tokelau

Tokelau Language week is an opportunity to celebrate the unique culture of Tokelau and its people.

The 2020 Tokelau Language theme is ‘Apoapo tau foe, i nā tāfea i te galutau. Ke mau mai, ke mau mai’ which in English translates to, ‘Never give up hope, even amidst chaos and much uncertainty. Stay united, stay strong’.

Poster for Tokelau Language Week 2020

Get a sense of how Tokelau language sounds like in the following video:

And if you want, you can learn a phrase or two from the following table:

Mālō ni = Hello
E ā mai koe? = How are you?
Ko au e mālohi, Fakafetai = I am well, thank you
Tulou = Excuse me
Ulu tonu mai = Welcome
Tōfā = Good bye
Fakafetai lahi lele = Thank you very much
Ke manuia koe i te Alofa o te Atua = May you be blessed in God’s love
Ke fakamanuia e te Atua ia = Tokelau May God bless Tokelau

We’ll putting some useful links below where you can learn more about Tokelau, it’s peoples and its language.

Tofa ni!

Looking for a place to use te reo Māori on campus?

Kōrero mai, kōrero atu ki te Whare Pukapuka ki Ara

To acknowledge the Māori Language Moment on September 14th at 12 noon the Ara Academic Support team (Library, Disability and Learning Services) will all be using Te Reo Māori to greet students and staff. This will also signify the launch of the Ara Libraries as Māori Talk Zones.

Due to New Zealand being at COVID-19 Alert Level 2, many of the traditional celebrations for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori have been cancelled for 2020. Today at noon, our nation is coming together for a Māori Language Moment. This is to honour the presentation of a petition to parliament on this day, 30 years ago, asking for Te Reo Māori to be taught in Aotearoa New Zealand schools.

There are many ways for you to participate in the Māori Language Moment. Click on this link to find out how https://www.tewikiotereoMā and also remember to register online, so that we can reach our national goal of one million people engaging with Te Reo Māori during our Māori Language Moment.

When:             from Monday 14th September

Time:              12.00pm (midday)

Location:        Madras Library

Cost:               Free

On Monday 14th September

Greetings:           Ata marie – Good morning

Ahiahi marie – Good afternoon

Pō mārie – Good evening

Phrase:                 He āwhina māu Can I help?

Phrase:                 Ka pai! Well done

On Monday 21st September

Phrase:                 Kei te pai? Are you ok?

Phrase:                 Tino pai That’s great

There will be resources in the library to support staff and students, also on My Ara there is a link to the pronunciation of our 2019 Kupu Kards.

Our Ara Academic Support team are planning to have their Māori Language Moment last a whole year, and to add new greetings and phrases each year.

Festival of Adult Learning

What do Zoom meetings and the NZ Sharemarket have in common? These are two things I’ve learnt a lot more about in 2020.

What do kimchi and quilting have in common? Well, they are two things you can learn more about during this year’s Festival of Adult Learning!

The Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga (formerly Adult Learners’ Week/He Tangata Mātauranga) runs from 7-13 September, 2020. It celebrates the endless possibilities and opportunities to take part in adult learning in Aotearoa New Zealand, which don’t necessarily take place in classrooms, require enrolment, assignments or assessments.

The Festival of Adult Learning also celebrates the achievements of everyone participating in Adult Community Education (ACE), both providers/educators and learners. With around half a million adult New Zealanders participating in community learning programmes each year, there is much to celebrate.

This year the Festival marks the culmination of a year-long celebration of Lifelong Learning. The Year of Lifelong Learning has included a symposium and other regular events to raise awareness of the benefits and outcomes of lifelong learning. Some key messages that resonate with me include:

  • Lifelong learning is one of four pillars identified as vital for wellbeing and positive ageing
  • Lifelong learning empowers adults by giving them the knowledge and skills to better their lives, their families and communities

So, would you like to learn how to quilt or make kimchi? They are just two of the 16 learning events taking place in Canterbury during the Festival of Adult Learning. Pop  into the Ara Madras campus Library for more information, or check out the Festival of Adult Learning website at

One final message about lifelong learning: Me ako inaianei – Learn Now!

Tongan Language Week 2020

Mālō e lelei! New Zealand celebrates Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga – Tonga Language Week this year from Sunday 6 September – Saturday 12 September. It’s an opportunity for us to connect with the language and culture of more than 80,000 people of Tongan heritage who live in Aotearoa.

This year’s theme is “Fakakoloa ‘o Aotearoa aki ‘a e Lotu Mo’oni – Enriching Aotearoa New Zealand through prayer and faith.” This theme is particularly timely as it drives our Tongan community’s response to the challenges of Covid19, with faith the foundation of much of the work occurring to persevere through these changing times. Our belief systems are helping us to connect and support one another in new ways, and churches are leading much of the recovery efforts, including creating and distributing masks, and addressing urgent food and housing needs.

The Pacific Island Students of Ara (PISA are marking Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga with a performance for students and staff by the Canterbury University Tongan Student Association. To join the celebrations, head to the Rakaia Centre at City Campus on Monday 7th September 12noon.

‘Oua lau e kafo kae lau e lava – Stay positive and count your blessings

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition 2020

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.

Bake a batch of your most tasty chocolate chip 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.

Proceeds go to St Johns Ambulance Service, Christchurch

Why not get your bake on and show off your cookery skills while helping a worthy cause. See you there!!!

Ara Library Edible Book Competition

Yesterday the Library held its annual Edible Book Competition. If you passed through the Rakaia Centre during the morning you may have noticed the entries on display, and possibly have voted for the ‘People’s Choice, or devoured some of the delicious baking.

Sofia Nygren and her winning entry We’re off to see the Wizard

The winning entries:

People’s Choice & Best in Show – We’re off to see the Wizard

Most Imaginative – Big Little Lies

Most Delectable – I Spy

Funniest – Handmaid’s Tale

For pictures of the 21 entries go to the Library Facebook page




International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

“Indigenous peoples have rich and ancient cultures, and view their social, economic, environmental and spiritual systems as interdependent, and have beliefs that are crucial to the sustainable development of the Earth.”

Selwyn Katene and Rawiri Taonui
Image by rmadison from Pixabay

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples seeks to raise awareness of the indigenous peoples’ fight for recognition and justice across the globe. Throughout colonisation processes, indigenous peoples experienced different levels of physical and symbolic violence, land dispossession, cultural assimilation and a loss of language. The legacy of colonialism, however, is not restricted to the past. Today many groups still struggle with persisting inequality. Supporting indigenous peoples’ rights and valuing indigenous peoples’ knowledge and culture is the responsibility of all of us.

You can learn about this year’s theme “COVID-19 and indigenous peoples’ resilience” and the history of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2020 on the United Nations website.

If you would like to know more about indigenous peoples’ rights and the impacts of colonialism, here are some of the resources available in the library:

Cant, G., Goodall, A., & Inns, J. (Eds.) (2005). Discourses and silences: Indigenous peoples, risks and resistance. Christchurch, New Zealand: University of Canterbury.

Consedine, B., & Consedine, J. (2012). Healing our history: The challenge of the Treaty of Waitangi (Rev. ed.). Auckland, New Zealand: Penguin.

Cooper, F. (2005). Colonialism in question: Theory, knowledge, history. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Hokowhitu, B., Kermoal, N., Andersen, C., Petersen, A., Reilly, M., Altamirano-Jiménez, I., & Rewi, P. (Eds.) (2010). Indigenous identity and resistance: Researching the diversity of knowledge. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Katene, S., & Taonui, R. (Eds.) (2018). Conversations about Indigenous rights: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press.

Sorrenson, M. (2014). Ko te whenua te utu = Land is the price: Essays on Māori history, land and politics. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press.

Tidwell, A., & Zellen, B. (Eds.) (2016). Land, indigenous peoples and conflict. London, England: Routledge.

Whitt, L. (2009). Science, colonialism, and indigenous peoples: The cultural politics of law and knowledge. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Matariki – week three: favourite local Māori food

This blog is brought to you by Dora Langsbury, Māori Learning Advisor. Content for this blog was provided by the CCC library website.

Kai (food) was an important part of Māori events such as Matariki festivals or tangi (funerals). Different rohe (regions) had their speciality foods. These were always served at such special occasions to show manaakitanga (hospitality) to their guests and to uphold the mana (status) of the mana whenua (hosts). Most hapū (subtribe) in the Ngai Tahu rohe have their marae near the coastline and kai moana (sea food) is usually considered their speciality food. There are six Ngāi Tahu hapu marae nearby to Christchurch, Rapaki, Onuku, Wairewa, Koukourarata, Taumutu and Ngā Tuahuriri.

Below is a list of their specialities:

  • paki – pioke (lemon fish)
  • Ōnuku – hoka (red cod)
  • Wairewa – tuna & hāpuka (eel & grouper)
  • Koukourārata – kuku (mussels)
  • Taumutu – tuna & pātaki (eel & flounder)
  • Ngā Tūāhuriri – kōura & tuatua (mollusc)







If you are interested in some of the food gathering practices (mahinga kai) of Ngāi Tahu, then this link will take you to 12 ten-minute videos which describe these processes which have been handed down through the generations.

Kupu o te rā o Ara whare pukapuka

  • pioke (lemon fish) 
  • hoka (red cod) 
  • kuku (mussels) 
  • tuna (eel) 
  • kōura (crayfish) 

Waiata mō te kai moana

Kina, kina (sea eggs)

Wheke, wheke (octopus)

Ika, ika (scaly fish)

Tuna, tuna (slimy eel)

Pipi, pipi (sandy white shell fish)

Paua, paua (abalone)

Kai moana e (they are all food from the sea)