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Ara is the largest vocational training institute in the South Island of New Zealand. Our practical, hands-on learning is provided in a supportive, welcoming environment. When you graduate from Ara you'll be work ready for your chosen industry or profession, with the skills employers need. 

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Canadian first nation group at Te Puna Wanaka

Canadian first nation group at Te Puna Wanaka

Indigenous students from opposite sides of the world are drawing parallels between their experiences, at...

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Whakatau sets the scene for 2018

Whakatau sets the scene for 2018

Some 200 students attended the Timaru Campus Whakatau this morning......

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Norwegian students to study at New Zealand’s world-class Health Precinct

Norwegian students to study at New Zealand’s world-class Health Precinct

A new partnership and a new state of the art facility presents a unique opportunity...

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Ara Timaru welcomes first Japanese study exchange

Ara Timaru welcomes first Japanese study exchange

The first Japanese students to visit the Ara Institute of Canterbury Timaru campus on study...

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IELTS testing increases four fold

IELTS testing increases four fold

The outstanding work of the IELTS Exam Centre team at Ara was recognised with a...

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Lights, camera, action! – NZBS backs youth film competition

Lights, camera, action! – NZBS backs youth film competition

Young Kiwi filmmakers have just a few days left to submit entries for the 2017...

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