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23 Nov 2018

City campus landscaping dangers

Please do not move the barriers blocking access between E Block and Kahukura – or any other barriers erected to protect staff and students from hazards associated with the current landscaping work. Even when there is no visible activity happening, there are still hazards onsite such as holes and uneven ground. There are signs directing people to avoid the off-limits areas so please do stay safe and use the detours.

23 Nov 2018

Ara carpark fee update for 2019

Ara carpark fee update for 2019

Fees for car parking at Ara City Campus Christchurch will increase from 1 January 2019.

We understand that ease and cost of transport is important for Ara staff and students. However, Ara provided low cost car parks at the City Campus for many years and our Council made the decision in 2016 to adopt a user-pays strategy for providing car parking at our inner city Christchurch location. Progressive fee increases were planned for 2017, 2018 and 2019.

New Parking fees:



Please, if you can, consider alternative transport options such as biking, bussing or ridesharing. You could improve your fitness, save money, catch up on reading, make some new friends and help to reduce congestion in Christchurch. For more information on all of these options see the transport page on Campus Life.

23 Nov 2018

Ara graduates are feeling satisfied

Ara graduates have spoken and they are very satisfied with their qualifications! The national MyQ online survey results are in and Ara graduates who responded are 97% satisfied overall (national average 93%) and 94% satisfied that their qualification prepared them for work (national average 86%).

So if you are deep into exams and assessments at this time, keep studying – it will be worth it!

MyQ results will be published on the Careers NZ website to help future students make informed choices about their study options.

21 Nov 2018

Campus closures for staff end of year events

Ara is holding a series of end of year staff events which will see our various campuses closed for a short period as follows:

Timaru Campus Friday 30 November Noon – 5.00pm. Normal access to TG 101 for students will be available.

Christchurch Campuses and Community Hubs - Friday 7 December Noon – 5.00pm. After-hours  access for students will operate during this time and normal weekend hours resume on Saturday 8 December. All exams and classes scheduled for this time will be held. The Early Learning Centre will be closed all day and Te Waka Huruhurumanu will continue to operate as usual.

Ashburton Campus Friday 7 December 12.30pm – 5.00pm

Oamaru Campus and Face and Space Monday 17 December 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Thank you on behalf of the staff, in anticipation of your support over these short closures.

Linda Reed

Communications and Events Manager

14 Nov 2018

Ara Foundation Student Entrepreneur Awards 2018

Ara Foundation provides a Grant to Ara students ($600/week) to allow them to develop their ideas as start-up businesses. The UC Innovators’ Summer Start-Up Programme runs from November 2018 - February 2019, and is supported by experienced mentors and local industry experts. Your venture may be commercial, not for profit or a social enterprise.  

The programme uses Lean Business Model methodology in conjunction with supportive mentoring to experience what is involved in starting a new venture. You will also benefit from engaging workshops and seminars delivered by UCE staff and experts from Christchurch’s local innovation ecosystem. You will be expected to carry out most of your work in Christchurch and you’ll be provided with a dedicated workspace at the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship. You will be required to give a five-minute presentation at the end of the programme, from which the top 10 present at our Annual Presentation evening in February. 

Detailed information on the programme can be found on the web site:


  • Ara students may start later, but you must be able to attend for a minimum of 6 weeks.
  • The maximum period for the grant is 8 weeks and is apportioned based on the time at which you start the programme
  • You must be available for at least 6 weeks.
  • DOWNLOAD the application form here
  • SUBMIT your application on the form to Margaret Leonard, Manager Research by 5pm Monday 19 November – extended date (note this differs from the date on the University of Canterbury web page).


  • Students must be currently enrolled when they submit their application.
  • Students who apply must show:
    • personal commitment to developing a start-up venture towards providing a real and viable product or service and
    • that they will make the most of the opportunity provided to them.

Successful Applicants

  • Acknowledgement of the support of Ara Foundation is expected in any written or other visual material. Each recipient will give a five minute presentation at an Ara foundation meeting and provide photographs which capture your project.

If you have any questions contact Dr Margaret Leonard, 021 281 8229;

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