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31 Jan 2019

Office 365 Service Degradation

Microsoft are currently having service degradation issues with Office 365. This is intermittently affecting both staff and students. Microsoft are actively investigating the issue and are working to resolve this.

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

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