Queen’s Birthday Weekend 2020

Both branches of Ara Library will be closed from 5 pm on Friday 29th May –  8am on Tuesday 2nd June as it is the Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

The Queen’s Birthday public holiday is held on the first Monday in June. New Zealand has ten statutory holidays, of which Queen’s Birthday is one.

Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday is actually on 21 April, but it is celebrated on various dates across the Commonwealth of Nations to fit with each country’s roster of public holidays.

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Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II – Queen of New Zealand

 

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.

Queen’s Birthday also sees the announcement of the Honours’ List where the Queen makes appointments to the Order of New Zealand including 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 in sport, business, charity, the uniformed services and arts.

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The New Zealand Order of Merit

 

We will resume our usual hours from 8 am on Tuesday 2nd June.

We hope you have a safe and relaxing long weekend.

 

 

 

Anzac Day 2020: #Stand at Dawn

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This Saturday the 25th of April, 2020 is ANZAC Day.

ANZAC Day is the public holiday we have in New Zealand to honor those women and men both past and present who have served in the military services of our nation. Many did not return home so it only right that we remember them.

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A large crowd in the Strand, London on the first official Anzac Day in April 1916. (Getty Images)

ANZAC Day 2020 will be very strange indeed…because of the Covid 19 outbreak and subsequent lock-down this will be the first time since 1916 when there will be no public celebrations of the day anywhere in New Zealand or Australia.

The New Zealand Returned Services Association (RSA), Australian Returned Service League (RSL) in concert with both local and national authorities are promoting an alternative to the usual Dawn Service.RSALogo

This commemoration is titled:  #Stand at Dawn- apart but together as one. 

At 0600 hours on Saturday the 25th April they would like all New Zealanders & Australians to stand at their letterbox, at the end of their driveway, in their front yard or in their lounge as a way to commemorate the day.RSL-ColourGoldprint-Official

 

 

A national remembrance service will be broadcast by Radio New Zealand online and on the radio for those who wish to listen in.

This will truly be in the spirit of the ANZAC tradition as this event will be happening in Australia with the exact same format.

Join myself and the many millions of other Australians and New Zealanders both at home and around the world who will Stand at Dawn this Saturday.

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Lest we forget…..

Please note that as ANZAC Day falls in the weekend this year Ara Library will be closed on Monday the 27th April but will be back from 8 am on Tuesday the 28th.

Waitangi Day 2020…

Thursday February 6th 2020 is a public holiday in New Zealand…it is the day we celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

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The meeting house at Waitangi

The Treaty was signed in 1840 by representatives of the Crown and 45 Maori chiefs at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands. Copies of the Treaty were then taken around the country and signed by various chiefs and sub chiefs.

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The actual Treaty of Waitangi

Waitangi Day was officially commemorated for the first time in 1934, and became a public holiday in 1974

If you would like to know more about the history of the Treaty, and the social, legal, and political impact the Treaty has had on life in Aotearoa, there many resources available in the library & online. Here are a few examples:

WishartbookWishart, Ian. (2012) The Great divide: the story of New Zealand & its treaty

Claudia Orange    Orange, C. (1989). The story of a Treaty

Vincent O'Malley   O’Malley, V. (2010). The Treaty of Waitangi companion

The Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti O Waitangi, from the Waitangi Tribunal website

If you are planning on staying home on Thursday then tune into Maori TV . There will be extensive coverage of Waitangi Day celebrations from around the country.

Whatever you do on February the 6th, enjoy the day, and celebrate the uniqueness that is Aotearoa New Zealand.

 

Ara closed for Canterbury Anniversary Day, Friday the 15th November

Canterbury Anniversary Day (Show Day) is on Friday the 15th November so Ara Institute of Canterbury (Christchurch and Ashburton campuses only) will be closed for the day. Canterbury Anniversary Day commemorates the founding of Canterbury Province in the 1850’s.

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Emily Harper Christchurch from near the Gloucester Street Bridge 1857. Watercolour. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū,

If you have no plans for the public holiday why not take a break and immerse yourself in all things rural by heading to the New Zealand Agricultural Show at their Canterbury Agricultural Park near Halswell.

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Approximately 100,000 people visit the show which runs from 13th-15th November and there is something for everyone to enjoy. Attractions in 2019 include; food, drink, live music performances, circus acts, equestrian events, carnival rides, wood chopping and livestock competitions.

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The 2018 Agricultural Show, New Zealand Agricultural Show website

 

A visit to the Show is a great day out for both adults and children…

 

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New Zealand Agricultural Show: map of the Addington Grounds

For more information about the show go to the New Zealand Agricultural Show website.

The Library will be open as usual on Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th of November. Have a great break on Friday…..

Labour Day Holiday: Monday 28th October 2019

Monday the 28th October 2019 is Labour Day. All Ara library branches will be closed on Monday. We will reopen at 8am on Tuesday the 29th October.

Labour Day has been a public holiday in New Zealand since 1900 and commemorates the struggle for the 8-hour working day and worker’s rights.

 

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Slogan of the early Labour movement..8 hours labour, 8 hours recreation, 8 hours rest….

While many people will still be working the day can also be used for a multitude of alternate things. If the weather is pleasant, it can become a day of family outings and impromptu sporting events. You could stroll around the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, go to a cafe for a meal, have a picnic or spend time in the outdoors.

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The Christchurch Botanic Gardens…lovely at this time of the year

 

From all of us here at Ara Library we hope you have a calm & restful holiday.

 

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.

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

Background

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.

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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.

 

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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.

Waitangi Day 2019: all campuses are closed

Wednesday February 6th is Waitangi Day. This significant day marks the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, which occurred in 1840 between over 500 Maori chiefs and representatives of the British crown. Waitangi Day has been a public holiday since 1974, and it has been recognised by some as New Zealand’s national day.

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Arrival of traditional war canoes at the Waitangi Treaty grounds

All Ara campuses are closed on Waitangi Day, we will reopen at 7am on the 7th February 2019. From all of us in the Library have an excellent day off and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

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.

 

 

Waitangi day – all Ara campuses will be closed

Tuesday Feburary 6th is Waitangi day. This significant day marks the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, which occurred in 1840 between over 500 Maori chiefs and representatives of the British crown. Waitangi day has been a public holiday since 1974, and it has been recognised by some as New Zealand’s national day. All Ara campuses are closed on Waitangi day, and will reopen on Wednesday 7th Feburary.

To learn more about the Treaty of Waitangi, this site is useful.

https://nzhistory.govt.nz/politics/treaty/waitangi-day

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Te Whare Rūnanga at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Waitangi, New Zealand.  Photo by Graham Cairns https://www.flickr.com/photos/graham-and-shirley/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NZ Cup and A&P Show week 11-18th November 2017

Ara Institute of Canterbury (Christchurch and Ashburton campuses only)  will be closed on Friday 17th November as this is a public holiday for Canterbury. Take a break from your studies and immerse yourself in all things rural by heading to the Canterbury A&P show. Approximately 100,000 people visit the show which runs from 15th-17th November and there is something for everyone to enjoy eg; equestrian events, live music, carnival rides, woodchopping and livestock competitions.

http://www.nzcupandshow.co.nz/

If you would rather dress up in your finest attire and bet on horses then head to the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day on Tuesday 14th November.

http://www.nzcupandshow.co.nz/events/christchurch-casino-nz-trotting-cup-day/

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