ARA Fortnightly Newsletter

September 21, 2021

Holiday Time Again!


Well it has been a very strange term to say the least: Re-adjusting to life in lockdown and then re-adjusting to life in Level 2. The Youth and Community Development team here at Ara would like to wish everyone a happy ‘end of term’ and we hope you have a relaxing holiday break! Before you clock off – check out what’s happening at Ara in this latest newsletter.

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Scholarships for 2021


New Ara Advantage scholarships are available, and applications are open now.

Ara is proud to offer a wide range of scholarships which can save learners thousands of dollars. Some recognise academic excellence, community leadership and sporting achievements. Others are designed to help meet skills shortages in specific industries or to simply encourage individuals into tertiary education.

Our brand new Ara Advantage scholarships are divided into four categories: Equity, excellence, leadership and Māori and Pacific. More information can be found here. Ara Advantage scholarships close on the 31st of October, and the remainder of our scholarships have a wide range of closing dates.

These are cash scholarships that can be used alongside first year fees free for other study costs such as housing, childcare or required equipment.

If students meet the eligibility criteria, we encourage them to apply at the same time as applying for their programme of study.


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Application Closing Dates for 2022 Study


Some applications are closing soon and a new closing date added for Social Work.

Many of our courses at Ara do not have a specified closing date, so we always encourage students to apply early. For the programmes below, completed applications need to be submitted before the following dates.

If any of your students are having trouble with their application documents please contact your Youth & Community Development Representative or for assistance.


Performing Arts (NASDA)CLOSED

Medical Imaging: CLOSED

Midwifery: CLOSED

Nursing: 30th September

Broadcasting Communications (all specialisations): 30th September

Musculoskeletal Health: 1st October

Social Work: Closing Date Now Added, 31st October


Animal Management: 30th October

Animal Technology: 30th October

Te wiki o te reo Māori


Māori language week ran from the 13th to the 19th of September, but here are some ways to incorporate te reo into your day to day life for the rest of the month and beyond!

Here at Ara we are celebrating Mahura Māori (Māori language month) and thought we would share some of the ways we celebrate our indigenous language both this month and all year.

Pepeha: knowing how to introduce yourself in te reo is an awesome skill to have for meetings, presentations and introductions. This website makes it super easy to do so. Simply click on the ‘create pepeha’ button and get started!

Te reo o te Tari: here is a handy guide on how to incorporate more te reo into the workplace including ways to start and sign off emails.

Te reo Māori at Ara: we have a number of courses at Ara from beginners te reo, to advanced. From one-off 3 hour workshops to longer, fulltime programmes. Here is the link to our beginners course for those wanting to understand more about the basics and pronunciation. We also have a one-off course later this month and information can be found here. For a full list of Te Reo Māori courses that we offer please check our website.

Attached is also a fun challenge sheet with different activities to try each day, so feel free to give that a go!

Noho ora mai rā – look after yourself,

Ara Engagement Team


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Whai Wheako Ki Ara


An exciting event for Year 10 Māori students.

Year 10 Māori learners are invited to Whai Wheako Ki Ara at Ara in October.

Whai Wheako Ki Ara is an opportunity for Māori learners to experience “hands-on” activities at Ara, to demystify tertiary level study and to encourage learners to think about future study pathways. The day will begin with a whakatau (formal cultural welcome) and have a wonderful kaupapa Māori element.

Whai Wheako Ki Ara
Date: Thursday 28 October 2021
Arrival time: 8:30am
Departure time: 2:30pm
Venue: Wharenui

Kai (lunch) is provided.

Each student attending needs to be registered. Please register here.

PITCH Runway: Model Search


We are looking for people with style, personality and attitude to bring our fashion students’ creations to life on the catwalk!

Pitch is Ara’s annual fashion extravaganza showcasing the creations of our talented fashion design students. We need models who can show off these creations to their best advantage in front of an audience. You don’t need experience, but you do need confidence and sass.

If you have any students interested in fashion, modelling, or just want to put themselves out there then have them register here to audition.

NASDA Presents: Tiny Thunders


Feel that rumbling in the air? It’s NASDA’s brand new, all-original production.

NASDA Presents: Tiny Thunders

NASDA Theatre, Ara City campus. Tickets $15 / $10 from Eventbrite

Driven by the desire to explore, understand and change the world, Tiny Thunders investigates small decisions, big consequences, massive moments, huge mistakes, tiny fears, big laughs, giant starts and little loves with a focus on physical ensemble, live music and joy. Experience the breadth of talent within NASDA in this exciting new work by getting your tickets today!

New Zealand Broadcasting School presents: School Shorts Screen Competition 2021


Calling all aspiring young filmmakers – Ara’s School Shorts competition is back!

Students with cinematic ambitions are encouraged to create a short video with the chance to screen it to an audience at Reading Cinemas and win awards and cool prizes. Entries are due by 1 October, so please let your students know about this awesome opportunity and direct them here for more competition details.