Ara Institute of Canterbury

Kia ora. This is the official page of Ara Institute of Canterbury. Ara is a Business Division of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology.

Ara was created in 2016 when CPIT and Aoraki Polytechnic merged. We’re one of the South Island’s largest tertiary institutes, offering practical, industry recognised qualifications.

Operating as usual


From today, we’re celebrating the start of the Māori New Year! 🎉✨

We have lots of events planned. Look out for our opening ceremony on Monday and check out the events calendar for details on what’s happening and how you can get involved. Join us in honouring this special occasion and enjoy the festivities!


Malo e lelei and warm kind Pacific greetings!
Semester 2 at Ara Institute of Canterbury is upon us and we invite you to a last chance enrolment evening. Drop in between 6pm & 8pm and speak to one of our advisors and we can help you get your application and enrolment sorted and enjoy some freshly made pineapple pie! Young adults, parents & professionals - we have professional development options as well as study options that can suit you part time and full time.

For more info:


If you need money for study, be sure to explore the wide range of scholarships available on our website. Applications for three scholarships close in June and several others close in the coming months, so check out your eligibility and apply for one when you enroll to study with us, link in below:

Photos from Ara Institute of Canterbury's post 14/06/2024

🔥Wow!! We were thrilled to help out the hundreds who turned out in Ōtautahi and Timaru for study info and inspo at our Open Days. Can you spot yourself in the crowd?

Photos from Ara Institute of Canterbury's post 06/06/2024

Fancy a facial or manicure? How about a haircut? Treat yourself without busting the budget by taking advantage of the affordable treatments available at Ara. Let our talented hairdressing, barbering, and beauty therapy students make you look and feel great with treatments performed under the supervision of qualified experts.

You’ll be surprised at how affordable it is. Book your appointment today! Link in below:

Photos from Ara Institute of Canterbury's post 03/06/2024

We’re so proud of our Pacific Island Students of Ara (PISA) supported by the Pacific Achievement team
for their fun and engaging events for Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - Samoa Language Week!! From motivational sessions to Talanoa and worship, you really pulled out the stops 😊🌺❤️ Friday’s celebration in the Rakaia Centre was next level!! A Siva Samoa workshop, delicious panikeke and then the incredible traditional Taualuga brought to us with the help of the Ata Mai Creative team!! Thank you for expressing the theme of the week 'Tautua i le alofa, manuia le lumana’i - Serve in love for a blessed future' in so many ways. Fa’afetai everyone.


Urgent notice to students and staff – our MyAra website and app are down unexpectedly. Our tech team are working hard to address the issue, but in the meantime you can access Moodle via We apologise for any inconvenience and hope to have MyAra up and running again as soon as possible.


Learn how fostering wellbeing at work can lead to a healthier, more productive workforce. At our next Breakfast + Upskill event, we'll explore the important link between work and mental health and share proactive strategies for creating supportive, resilient, and mentally healthy work cultures.
Join us at 7.30am on Wednesday 29 May at Visions Restaurant, City campus for a tasty free breakfast and some food for thought!

Register now:

Photos from Ara Institute of Canterbury's post 28/04/2024

🥰🍔💻🏀Manaakitanga, whakawhanaungatanga (oh and a bit of mahi) all came together in three awesome days for rangatahi at Ara over the holidays. Thanks to those who came to our Te Ara Pūtahi event to try some subject tasters, give it heaps at workshops, jump into some study with our tutors and enjoy some relaxed holiday time out. We hope to see you back soon!!

Photos from Ara Institute of Canterbury's post 24/04/2024

❤️🎖️Anzac Day falls during our term break this year but when you're next on City campus you may want to stop by The Memorial Garden on our North Green. Installed in 2017 to honour of the memory of past students and staff members who gave their lives in the service of their country, the work was created by Art & Design students, with Ara graduate and artist Dallas Matoe contributing the designs. Find out more through the wonderful new Ngā Taonga o Māori app.
Apple store:
Android store:
Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou. We will remember them.

Photos from Ara Institute of Canterbury's post 22/04/2024

🌺🌺How do we make the most of school holidays? By combining subject tasters, giveaways, expert tutors, and workshops with a whole lot of fun!! Seeing Pacific students thrive is what our three-day, completely free Pacific Bloom event is all about. The spaces were snapped up quickly by ākonga from across the region this time. So next time? You'll want to sign up early!! Contact [email protected] to register your interest.

Photos from Ara Institute of Canterbury's post 22/04/2024

Did you know... our City campus is blessed with a beautiful array of pouwhenua (carved wooden posts) and taonga (artistic treasures). Did you also know... you can discover the rich histories and meanings of these on-campus treasures via a self-guided tour using the brand new Ngā Taonga Māori o Ara app.

Developed by Ara ākonga and kaimahi from the Department of Creative Arts and Digital Information, Te Puna Wānaka and other areas, the free app is available now.

Apple store:

Android store:

Photos from Ara Institute of Canterbury's post 11/04/2024

👷🛠️🏆ANOTHER outstanding result for our Ara Managed Carpentry Apprentices with 3rd year Nico Portland taking out the Canterbury regional title at the 2024 New Zealand Certified Builders Association Apprentice Challenge sponsored by ITM!! Nico worked against the clock and the craftmanship of 12 other skilled competitors to complete a well-finished BBQ table at the recent event. “Nico’s employed by the excellent team at bespoke building company Craft Limited and it’s an absolute pleasure to work together to bring young apprentices like him on,” tutor Ron Bedyn said after watching the event unfold. “He’s certainly honing his skills and brought his methodical approach, accuracy and attention to detail to the competition.”
The grand final is at the NZCB national conference in June with a $50,000 prize pack up for grabs. Ron Bedyn said Ara carpentry apprentices had taken out overall top honours twice in the last three years and Nico’s natural ability and commitment could see him go the distance.


What’s in a perfect "Tradie Breakfast"? Yes, a good feed!! But also giveaways, tool deals, a few laughs and great contacts for suppliers across a range of industries. Congrats to everyone at Ara behind the Woolston campus-wide 2024 Tradie Breakfast event - and to the amazing suppliers who provided freebies and special deals for our ākonga 🛠🌭👷


🐰 Wishing everyone a happy Easter weekend! 🐣 Please note that our campuses will be closed from 9pm Thursday 28th March through to 5am Wednesday 3rd April. Enjoy the break!!


🔌💡Please be aware there will be a partial power outage at our City (Madras) campus over the Easter break for urgent maintenance on our high voltage network.
As a result, the city campus will be shutdown from 9pm Thursday 28 March to 5am Wednesday 3 April. There'll be no access and no power during this time.
All online facilities (Moodle, One Note, My Ara, etc.) will continue as normal but all on-campus library services, gym, meeting rooms, computer labs, and public areas will be closed. See for more info.


🌈✂️🥰Get your Pride vibe on with FREE hair and beauty treatments at our central city salon! Between 10am and 3pm on Thursday 28 March our trainee barbers, stylists and beauty therapists will be offering the Rainbow community free barber cuts, braiding, nail painting, wash and blow drying and $5 conditioning treatments. Plus, our hair removal specialist Larissa Whitman will give a talk and demonstration on banishing unwanted body hair with one of her transgender clients (at 10am and 1pm). Bookings essential – check out our webpage for all the details. We’ll see y’all on the 28th!


📷😃The on-stage presentation photos from the Ara Autumn Graduation ceremonies are now available from Linton Photography! The direct link to the galleries is:
If you are searching via the website, the code you need is araaut24
Any questions, get in touch with Linton Photography. ❤️⭐️🎓

Photos from Ara Institute of Canterbury's post 11/03/2024

Enjoy some of the magic from Graduation Friday!! Enormous thanks go to the Ara Music Arts performers, NASDA singers, representatives from Te Puna Wānaka and Te Whānau o Te Mātuaranga Māori, our kaimahi and of course the almost 1000 graduates who crossed the stage. We couldn't be prouder!! Shout out to our student speakers Sioeli Ofa and Josephine Mavaega and to whānau and friends there to tautoko thier loved ones - we hope you left buzzing!! 🥰🎓🙌


Mark your calendar now!! ‘Night to Morning’ is the stirring final thesis work of Ara Institute of Canterbury Master of Creative Practice ākonga Tahlia King.
An art project seeking to explore the emotional impact of the cost of living crisis in Christchurch, King uses photography to capture nocturnal scenes in supermarket carparks and late-night petrol stations where the insomniac effects of poverty are most evident. Using the photographs for reference she then produces works that combine drawing with mixed media to extract the emotional core from ‘everyday’ locations.
Art Hole Gallery, 336 St Asaph Street, Christchurch. 5 days only. Don't miss it!
Gallery Hours: Tues - Fri : 11 am - 3 pm and Sat : 10 am - 3 pm (Opening event Tuesday 27 February 5.30-7.30pm)

Photos from Ara Institute of Canterbury's post 21/02/2024

Nau mai, tauti mai!! The warmest welcome to our new trades ākonga and kaimahi!! Great to see you all at our Woolston campus whakatau. We wish each and every one of you a successful year ahead in all that you do.


Calling all Ara nursing students! Come along to our Nursing Employment Fair to talk directly with employers about the exciting job opportunities and pathways available to you once you graduate. We’d love to see you at Manawa campus for this exciting annual event.


🙌Ten bucks!! If you’re an Ara student, that’s all it costs to get relief from aches, pains and injuries at our on-campus osteopathy clinic. For that you’ll receive a 45-90 minute treatment performed by a 3rd or 4th year student, under the supervision of a registered osteopath. Appointments are available NOW so book online here: or phone 940 8856.

Photos from Ara Institute of Canterbury's post 18/02/2024

⭐Into star-spotting? You can count on it at New Zealand Broadcasting School orientation events!! It was great to have One News presenter and correspondent (and NZBS alumni🤩) Daniel Faitaua, veteran screen producer John Barnett and star of all-things-media, te reo Māori advocate Stacey Morrison as our opening industry guests for 2024. Huge thanks for popping in or beaming in to share your valuable insights with our ākonga studying their Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications degree.

Smoke from Fire at Worsleys Road near Cracroft, Christchurch – Public Health Warning 14/02/2024

Port Hills Fire – a message for the Ara community.
Operations lead Darren Mitchell is expressing concern and support for anyone in the Ara whānau who may be directly affected by the unfolding Port Hills fire and has provided the following information. “Staff – please contact your line manager if the event is impacting on your work at this unsettling time. Students - please be assured that any disruption to your learning will be accommodated and remedied when you return.”
Any further important information will be shared – but for now, keep the following top of mind:
• Please stay away from the area so that emergency services can work at pace
• The fire affected power to more than 30,000 homes in Christchurch yesterday. As of this morning, there remain some outages. Latest information here:
• A public health warning for smoke from the fire has been issued by Te Whatu Ora.Find it here:

Smoke from Fire at Worsleys Road near Cracroft, Christchurch – Public Health Warning Te Whatu Ora has issued a public health warning for smoke from the fire located near Cracroft, Christchurch.


Join family, friends and the Ara | Te Pūkenga community as we celebrate the achievements of our graduating ākonga at the 2024 Timaru Graduation.


🥳👏👩‍🎓Congratulations to our ākonga graduating in Timaru today!! Whānau, friends and supporters unable to make it can tune into the livestream here from 1.45pm

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Ara Institute of Canterbury Autumn Graduations 2024 .. enjoy!!
Fun and great energy at our Reheko our orientation event for Māori akonga - here at Ara.
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Ara | Te Pūkenga Spring Graduation Livestream
😍👋We're into our second semester now, and the wheels will be in motion for our new ākonga (students) and kaimahi (staff)...
🎓🎥⭐Thanks to those who stopped to chat at our Open Day! Such a huge success, with ākonga and their whānau travelling fro...
Ara Institute of Canterbury | Te Pūkenga Autumn Graduation Afternoon Livestream
Ara is now part of Te Pūkenga, but as you can see not all that much is changing!




130 Madras Street

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Tuesday 8am - 6pm
Wednesday 8am - 6pm
Thursday 8am - 6pm
Friday 9am - 4:30pm
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