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ANZAC Day 25 April 22/04/2024

ANZAC Day 25 April Photo by Bart Ros on Unsplash Blog contributed by Linda Hepburn, Learning and Disability Advisor Originally observed to mark the Gallipoli landings, ANZAC Day has been a focal point for remembrance…

Movies to catch up on over the holidays 09/04/2024

Why not catch a movie via our eTV database these coming holidays. See our Library blog post for more information

Movies to catch up on over the holidays Did you know as an Ara student or staff member that you can access lots of educational video and movies in our eTV database. The following two movies currently in eTV are based on true stories. Opp…

The 48 Hour Film Festival is nearly upon us…. 03/04/2024

Greta our subject librarian has written a post on the 48 hour film festival. Find out more in our Library Blog

The 48 Hour Film Festival is nearly upon us…. Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash The 48 Hour Film Festival is a frenetic New Zealand competition which begins In May and it is open to everyone all over Aotearoa and beyond. In 48 hours you and/or …


Badge Making for Trans Day of Visibility and Pride - 27 March 2024

Photos from Ara Library's post 27/03/2024

Library Hours - Closed Easter Weekend
The City Campus Library will be closed from 4pm this Thursday 28th of March and will reopen at 8am Wednesday 3rd of April.

Please note that the POD will also be closed during this time, along with all of Ara City Campus due to a power outage across the Campus this long weekend.

Manawa Library will be unattended from 4pm Thursday 28th of March until Monday 8.30am 8th April due to the Easter break and staff shortage.

Timaru Library will be closed for the Easter break.

We hope you have an enjoyable long weekend and look forward to seeing you soon.

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By Kirstie McHale, Learning Advisor.
Christchurch Pride is well underway – you might have caught the Rainbow Wrap-Up in the City Campus Student Lounge, and there are still more Ara events to come!

In the Library we’re celebrating with craft:
Badge Making for Trans Day of Visibility and Pride

We’ll have a crafting station set up for you to make your own pronoun badge, flag badge, or rainbow badge of your dreams. Join LGBTQIA+ folks and allies from across Ara for some chilled crafting, and badge to take away in the mix. Everyone welcome.

Wednesday 27th March, 12pm-1pm
City Campus Library AND Timaru Campus Library

And the Paxus house team are welcoming our community for a Rainbow friendly day:

Paxus House Pride Day

Get your Pride vibe on with free hair and beauty treatments for the Rainbow community, provided by Ara’s trainee barbers, stylists and beauty therapists at our central city salon!

Thursday 28 March, 10am-3pm

Paxus House, 144 High Street, Ōtautahi

(due to roadworks, please use Tuam Street entrance)

Free barber cuts
Look sharp with a stylish new do.
To book, email [email protected]

Free hair treatments
Choose from braiding, wash and blow dry
To book, email [email protected]

Free nail painting
No booking required, but you must arrive before 2pm

$5 conditioning treatments
Add shine and bounce to your locks.
To book, email [email protected]

Free hair removal talk and demonstration
Learn about hair removal with our specialist Larissa Whitman. Includes a demonstration with one of Larissa’s transgender clients.

10am and 1pm, no bookings required

You can see the full Christchurch Pride events schedule here: Chch Pride – All things LGBTQIA+ in Otautahi!

Photos from Ara Library's post 21/03/2024

ADHD - What are the positive characteristics?

• hyperfocus
• resilience
• creativity
• conversation skills
• spontaneity
• abundant energy

Remember - always bring your neuro-sparkle! :D

Photos from Ara Library's post 20/03/2024

At Ara there are 476 leaners who identify as having a Specific Learning Disability. People with SLD may struggle with listening, thinking, speaking, reading, hand-writing, written language, spelling and/or maths. Dyslexia is the most commonly known SLD but there are others that significantly interfere with a person’s capacity to learn such as dyspraxia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia.


Happy Neurodiversity Week!

What is neurodiversity you ask? Well, it is recognising that some brains work differently than others.
Neurodiversity is a broad term used to describe different thinking styles such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and Autism. Around 15-20% of people will have a neurological difference or be neurodiverse and that’s just the ones we know about.
However, that does not mean that those who are neurodiverse think the same. Each individual will have their own strengths and weaknesses, although they may be similar to others.
If everyone was the same, the world would be boring right?

Sadly, neurodiversity has been misunderstood or judged for a long time. Those who are neurodiverse have often had negative experiences at school, in study, and in jobs. When the world is designed for one way of thinking, it can be hard when your brain works differently.

So this is why we celebrate neurodiversity, because different brains, bring different ideas and perspectives. Some of the world’s most creative and innovative people are neurodiverse!

Have you used X (twitter) lately, seen Tesla’s driving around or noticed that strange line of lights in the sky? That’s all thanks to neurodiverse entrepreneur Elon Musk. He also happens to be the second richest man in the world! His autistic mind has allowed him to approach problems from different angles, and to create and develop innovative solutions never seen before.

Did you see the Barbie movie? Ken actor Ryan Gosling is neurodiverse, diagnosed with ADHD. Now recognised everywhere, once had no friends and was bullied due to his ADHD.

Neurodiversity can allow people to thrive in jobs where out-of-the-box thinking, problem-solving and thinking on your feet is needed. Think nurses, engineers, architects, midwives, the list goes on.

Chances are you know someone who is neurodiverse, or maybe you are yourself. Let’s celebrate our differences and unique ways of thinking.

A great way to do this is to come to our Neurospicy Party on Friday 22nd March 12pm in the library! Food, fun and goodie bags! See you there!

Ngā Taonga Māori o Ara – Māori Art Tour at Ara 12/03/2024

Download the app to do a walking tour of Māori art on Ara's Madras Street campus

Ngā Taonga Māori o Ara – Māori Art Tour at Ara Here’s a great walking tour you can take using this app which guides you on a tour of the pouwhenua (carved wooden posts) and taonga (artistic treasures) located around the Ara Madras Street …

Autumn is here 05/03/2024

Autumn is here! Visit our blog about this by our subject librarian Greta

Autumn is here Rug up Autumn has arrived. I know this, my head is suddenly cold. Don’t think about winter coming, just enjoy autumn. A great thing to do is to visit the Christchurch Botanic Gardens in Hagle…


Celebrating International Mother Language Day with flag bunting!


Our post-it board of greetings on our International Mother Language Day


Our World map pinned with ākonga and kaimahi mother language countries :-)


Kia ora to all our ākonga and kaimahi for their ongoing contributions to International Mother Language Day. And a shout out to Timaru for theirs!
Keep them coming :-)

Photos from Ara Library's post 20/02/2024

Kaimahi helping us to celebrate International Mother Language Day

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