Professional Development

Digital Boost

Anytime is a good time to add to your skillset - whether you want to change direction, prepare to re-enter the workforce, become more culturally competent or simply be more effective in your current job.

Our affordable and flexible professional development workshops and short courses are available to individuals and workplace groups. Please note that some may require a minimum number of participants to proceed.

Business

Accounting Principles and MYOB

Code: DBAM001

Manage your day-to-day bookwork and save time by gaining an understanding of basic accounting principles and becoming a confident MYOB user.

This non-assessed, 20-hour interactive workshop covers setting up a new business; setting up accounts, contacts and items; entering opening balances; recording sales and purchases; recording customer and supplier payments; recording money spent and received; paying staff; producing business reports; and end-of-year rollover.

Upcoming workshops

Select a six-hour workshop (available as a full-day workshop or two evening workshops) from the options below, or contact us for a quote to hold a group workshop at a time convenient to your team.

Register

2020 dates TimeLocationRoomCost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
Monday and Wednesdays - 27 July - 17 August5.30pm - 8.30pmBishopdaleTBC$580.00$667.00
Monday and Wednesday – 31 August – 29 September5.30pm – 8.30pmTimaruTBC$580.00$667.00
Monday and Wednesdays - 12 October - 2 November5.30pm - 8.30pmChristchurch - Madras StreetTBC$580.00$667.00

Please note: This workshop is subject to a minimum number of participants.

Budgets for Planning and Control

Code: AMBP524V1

Three hours onsite at Ara per week x 16 weeks plus additional self-directed learning.
Learn how to prepare budgets, monitor performance in a variety of business contexts and determine internal controls to minimise financial risk for a business entity.

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2020 datesTimeLocationRoom Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
TBC TBC Christchurch - Madras Street TBC $765.22 $880.00

Business Planning

Code: MPB512V1

Three hours onsite at Ara per week x 16 weeks plus additional self-directed learning.
Learn about business planning and how to develop a business plan, plus how to apply negotiation skills to positively influence others and organisational performance.

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2020 datesTimeLocationRoom Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
Monday 27 July TBC Christchurch - Madras Street TBC $765.22 $880.00

Conflict Management

Code: DBSC001

Learn strategies to manage conflict, increase organisational performance and enhance group outcomes.

This workshop covers the pros and cons of conflict, practical steps in analysing conflict (what is conflict, types of conflict, contributing factors), approaches to conflict management and strategies to resolve a conflict.

Upcoming workshops

Choose from a full-day workshop or an evening workshop across two weeks.

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2020 datesTimeLocationRoomCost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
Tuesday 13 October9am - 4pmChristchurch - Madras StreetTBC$349.00$401.35

Please note: This workshop is subject to a minimum number of participants.

Customer Service

Code: DBCS001

Impress your customers with outstanding customer skills.

This workshop covers: identifying your customers; what customer service is and isn’t; customer service in relation to internal and external customers; evaluating the customer service standards currently being practiced in the workplace; setting SMART goals to improve your customer’s service; applying customer service skills to generate business; identifying barriers to providing great customer service; understanding how attitude can affect the customer service experience; strategies to improve listening skills; strategies to manage difficult customer situations.

Upcoming workshops

Select a six-hour workshop from the dates below, or contact us for a quote have a group workshop delivered in your workplace* at a time convenient to your team.

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2020 dates TimeLocationRoom Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
Tuesday 20 October9am - 4pmChristchurch - Madras StreetTBC$349.00$401.35

Please note: This workshop is subject to a minimum number of participants.

Effective Business Writing

Code: SCBW001

Learn how to write a professional business document to get the right message across.

The skills you gain on this workshop will enable you to prepare business communications suitable for reports, emails, letters and presentations.

It covers basic grammar, sentence structure, spelling, content, formats and utilisation of correct conversation styles for a given audience. You’ll also learn the essential elements of language and the importance of proof reading and editing.

Upcoming workshops

Select a six-hour workshop from the dates below, or ask us for a quote to hold a group workshop at your workplace* at a time convenient to your team.

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2020 dates TimeLocationRoom Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
Tuesday 15 September9am - 4pmChristchurch - Madras StreetTBC$349.00$401.35
Tuesday 20 October9am - 4pmTimaruTBC$349.00$401.35

Please note: This workshop is subject to a minimum number of participants.

Effective Leadership

Code: DBEL001

Improve your leadership development and capabilities with practical tools and skills.

This workshop covers leadership and management responsibilities, solution-driven leadership styles, adapting your style for high performance, understanding emotional intelligence, empowerment and delegation for effective leadership, trust and followership - leadership by consent.

Upcoming workshops

Select a six-hour workshop (available as a full-day workshop or two evening workshops) from the options below, or contact us for a quote to hold a group workshop at a time convenient to your team.

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2020 dates TimeLocationRoom Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
Tuesday 22 September9am - 4pmChristchurch - Madras StreetTBC$349.00$401.35

Please note: This workshop is subject to a minimum number of participants.

First Line Management

Code: NZ2456

Learn how to lead teams to achieve objectives by equipping yourself with the skills you need to be effective and successful.

This programme is ideal if you’re new to first line management and/or you’d like to prepare to take on such a role. The focus is on: managing workflows; motivating and involving a team to achieve team objectives; communicating with team members and stakeholders; sustaining a productive workplace; leadership styles for effectiveness in different environments; and professional and ethical behaviour.

You will also learn about complying with internal policies, legislation and other external requirements, and how to promote an inclusive environment to value diversity.

This programme includes four workshops (Effective Leadership, Team Management and Motivation, Achieving Team Objectives, Performance and Variance Management. Each takes eight weeks with four, three-hour workshops per workshop held fortnightly.

Effective Leadership

This covers: key leadership theories and approaches; getting the most out of your teams and stakeholders through effective communication; and understanding how internal and external environmental factors influence the entity.

Team Management and Motivation

This covers: causes of conflict; conflict resolution strategies; motivational theories; organisational structures and functions; compliance.

Achieving Team Objectives

This covers: participating actively in a team to achieve objectives; assessing team objectives against operational goals, developing positive workplace relationships by applying professional and ethical behaviour.

Performance and Variance Management

This covers: reviewing team key performance indicators; performance review processes; allocating and managing workflows and resources within a team to achieve objectives.

Upcoming workshops

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2020 dates TimeLocationRoom Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
TBC 9am - 12pm Christchurch - Madras Street TBC $1695.00$1,949.25

Please note: Each intake includes all four workshops. Each workshop includes four workshops plus self-directed work. This programme is subject to a minimum number of participants.

Introduction to Health and Safety Management

Code: BHR502V1

Three hours onsite at Ara per week x 16 weeks plus additional self-directed learning.
Learn to develop health and safety compliant workplace policies and practices, and identify, manage and control hazards, risks and incidents.

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2020 datesTimeLocationRoom Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
TBC TBC Christchurch - Madras Street TBC $765.22 $880.00

Media Training

Learn how to communicate successfully with journalists.

The digital age has changed how you need to work with journalists; key messages are no longer enough. The skills and insight you gain on this workshop will enable you to plan for the unthinkable and come out the other side smiling. Featuring advice from some of New Zealand’s top journalists and broadcasters, this workshop will give you practical experience in front of a television camera and ensure you are well-equipped to deal with media and get results.

Upcoming workshops

This is a three-hour workshop, available on request.

Group discounts available please contact us for more information at engagement@ara.ac.nz.

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2020 datesTimeLocationRoom Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
Wednesday 19 August1pm - 4pmNew Zealand Broadcasting School, Christchurch - Madras StreetTBC$495.00$569.25
Wednesday 14 October1pm - 4pmNew Zealand Broadcasting School, Christchurch - Madras StreetTBC$495.00$569.25

Operations Management

Code: AMOM632V1

Three hours onsite at Ara per week x 16 weeks plus additional self-directed learning.

Learn how to identify and evaluate operational issues and challenges, and how to implement appropriate operational techniques for continuous improvement and organisational compliance.

Please note: Minimum entry requirements apply for some courses.

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2020 datesTimeLocationRoom Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
Monday 27 July TBC Christchurch - Madras Street TBC $765.22 $880.00

Project Management

Code: AMPM600V1

Three hours onsite at Ara per week x 16 weeks plus additional self-directed learning.
Learn how to effectively manage a project, including the effective management and monitoring of project scope, resources and time.

Please note: Minimum entry requirements apply for some courses.

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2020 datesTimeLocationRoom Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
Monday 27 July TBC Christchurch - Madras Street TBC $765.22 $880.00

Social Media Marketing: Planning for Success

How do you know where to begin on social media? And once you’re there, how do you know what will work for your business or club? This webinar starts with the basics of social media marketing: how to decide which social platforms to use, why, and setting goals for social media marketing. At the end of this workshop, you’ll be better equipped to ensure your investment in social media (and your time!) isn’t wasted.

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2020 datesTimeLocationRoom Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
Tuesday 8 September 1.30pm - 3pm Christchurch - Madras Street TBC $50.00 $57.50

Social Media Marketing: Getting Started on Different Platforms

This practical webinar demonstrates how to set up accounts on different social media platforms, how to schedule and target posts, and how to understand your social media analytics and insights. We’ll look at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and LinkedIn – and why you might pick one over the other. At the end of this workshop, you’ll be able to set up your own social media accounts for your business or club and assess their effectiveness.

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2020 datesTimeLocationRoom Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
Tuesday 15 September 1.30pm - 3pm Christchurch - Madras Street TBC $50.00 $57.50

Social Media Marketing: Creating Content

Content is king on social media – great posts and sharable content are vital to engage your audiences and build communities online. This workshop outlines how to plan your content and what makes great content. We’ll look at different content for different goals, audiences and platforms. At the end of this workshop, you’ll be able to assess what content you need and how to plan your content to build social media engagement.

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2020 datesTimeLocationRoom Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
Tuesday 22 September  1.30pm - 3pm Christchurch - Madras Street TBC $50.00 $57.50

Xero

Code: DBXE001

Increase efficiency and streamline the way you manage your business.

This workshop will teach you all about this accounting software platform designed specifically for small and medium-sized businesses. It covers invoicing, working with inventory, processing expenses, paying bills, accepting payments, quotes, reporting, purchase orders and managing contacts.

Upcoming workshops

Select a six-hour workshop (available as a full-day workshop or two evening workshops) from the options below, or contact us for a quote to hold a group workshop at a time convenient to your team.

Register

2020 dates TimeLocationRoom Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
Monday and Wednesday - 31 August to 2 September5.30pm - 8.30pmBishopdaleTBC$349.00$401.35
Monday and Wednesday - 9 November to 11 November5.30pm - 8.30pmChristchurch - Madras StreetTBC$349.00$401.35

Please note: This workshop is subject to a minimum number of participants.

Computing

Creating Effective Presentations

Code: DBEF10019

Learn how to use Microsoft PowerPoint to present any information creatively and professionally.

The workshop covers presentations, formatting and organising PowerPoint slides, inserting graphics, tables and charts, the use of SmartArt in presentations and adding hyperlinks to external sources of information.

Upcoming workshops

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2020 datesTimeLocationRoom Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
TBCTBCChristchurch - Madras StreetTBC$195.00$224.25

Please note: This workshop is subject to a minimum number of participants.

Excel Advanced Formulas

Code: DBEF100

Take Excel to the next level with more advanced formulas.

In this workshop you’ll learn about absolute references and look at many of the more commonly used financial, logical, math, text and look-up functions available in Excel.

Upcoming workshops

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2020 dates TimeLocationRoom Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
TBCTBCChristchurch - Madras StreetTBC$195.00$224.25

Please note: This workshop is subject to a minimum number of participants.

Managing Data with Excel

Code: DBED100

Learn how to get the most out of your spreadsheets and data.

This is a great workshop if you’re already using Excel regularly but want to gain more knowledge on how to navigate around large spreadsheets easily. It covers freezing rows, splitting data, adding conditional formatting, creating pivot tables and sorting and filtering data.

Upcoming workshops

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2020 dates TimeLocationRoom Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
TBC TBCChristchurch - Madras StreetTBC$195.00$224.25

Please note: This workshop is subject to a minimum number of participants.

Creating Reports

Code: DBCR100

Learn how to create, format and edit larger Word documents.

This workshop will give you the skills and confidence to work with and manage long documents. You’ll learn how to insert a table of contents or index, work with heading styles and multi-level numbering, insert clipart, charts and figures, headers and footers, and learn quick tips and keyboard shortcuts.

Upcoming workshops

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2020 datesTimeLocationRoom Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
TBCTBCChristchurch - Madras StreetTBC$195.00$224.25

Please note: This workshop is subject to a minimum number of participants.

Ara Digiboost Webinars

Our Digiboost webinars are an affordable and convenient way to enhance you and/or your staffs' computer skills to increase capability and productivity in the workplace.

Creating and Delivering Effective Presentations

Learn how to present any information creatively and professionally.

  • We will show you how to use the tools available in PowerPoint to create an interesting and effective presentation
  • Share tips and tricks on rehearsing and delivering your presentation
  • You will need a basic knowledge of PowerPoint to participate effectively

Register

2020 datesTimeLocation Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
Friday 28 August10am - 11:30amZoom$50$57.50
Monday 21 September10am - 11:30amZoom$50$57.50
Tuesday 20 October1pm - 2:30pmZoom$50$57.50
Monday 16 November10am - 11:30amZoom$50$57.50

Excel Basics

Become confident using Excel spreadsheets for everyday tasks.

This Webinar will introduce you to the key features and functions required to get you started using Microsoft Excel. It will cover basic spreadsheet construction including simple formatting and the use of some simple formulas.

Learn how to:

  • Navigate your way around a spreadsheet
  • Enter data
  • Use basic formatting including borders, column widths and number formats
  • Use some simple formulas
  • Use AutoSum

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2020 datesTimeLocation Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
Wednesday 26 August1pm - 2pmZoom$25$28.75
Wednesday 23 September1pm - 2pmZoom$25$28.75
Monday 19 October9am - 10amZoom$25$28.75
Wednesday 18 November1pm - 2pmZoom$25$28.75

Excel Commonly Used Features

Learn how to identify and manage data in your spreadsheets.

Do you have trouble finding specific information and sorting your data in Excel? Want to keep your top row of your spreadsheet fixed in place? This Webinar will show you how to use some of the commonly used features of Excel to identify and manage data within your spreadsheets.

Learn how to:

  • Keyboard Navigation
  • Freeze Panes
  • Sorting Data
  • Filtering Data
  • Using Find and Replace
  • Flash Fill
  • Conditional Formatting

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2020 datesTimeLocation Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
Thursday 27 August10am - 11amZoom$25$28.75
Monday 28 September9am - 10amZoom$25$28.75
Friday 23 October1pm - 2pmZoom$25$28.75
Monday 23 November9am - 10amZoom$25$28.75

Excel Commonly Used Formulas

Take your knowledge of Excel formulas to the next level.

Know the basics of creating formula in Excel but want to take it to the next step and explore some of the commonly used formulas? This webinar will introduce to some of the most commonly used formulas used in excel to perform calculations, alter text, lookup values and enter dates.

Learn how to:

  • Absolute and relative cell referencing
  • IF Function
  • VLOOKUP
  • UPPER/LOWER/PROPER text functions
  • Date functions

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2020 datesTimeLocation Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
Monday 3 August 9am -10am Zoom $25 $28.75
Tuesday 8 September1pm - 2pm Zoom $25 $28.75
Wednesday 30 September 1pm - 2pm Zoom $25 $28.75
Wednesday 28 October 1pm - 2pm Zoom $25 $28.75
Tuesday 24 November 1pm - 2pm Zoom $25 $28.75

Excel Creating Charts

Harness the power of charts to make your data easy to understand.

Graphs and charts help us understand data quickly. Whether you want to make a comparison, show a relationship or highlight a trend, a graph or chart can help your audience ‘see’ what you’re talking about. This webinar will show you how to insert charts and modify them so they communicate information effectively.

Learn how to:

  • Select the data for charts
  • Create a column, pie, bar and line chart
  • Use Chart tools to edit your chart
  • Resize, move and delete a chart

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2020 datesTimeLocation Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
Tuesday 11 August 9am -10am Zoom $25 $28.75
Tuesday 1 September 1pm - 2pm Zoom $25 $28.75
Tuesday 29 September 1pm - 2pm Zoom $25 $28.75
Wednesday 21 October 1pm - 2pm Zoom $25 $28.75
Friday 20 November 1pm - 2pm Zoom $25 $28.75

Excel Introduction to Pivot Tables

Take advantage of the powerful functions of Excel pivot tables.

The pivot table is one of Microsoft Excel's most powerful - and intimidating - functions. Powerful because it can help you summarise and make sense of large amounts of data. Intimidating because you're not exactly an Excel expert, and pivot tables have always had a reputation for being complicated. This webinar will show that creating a pivot table in Excel is much easier than you think.

Learn how to:

  • Create a pivot table
  • Pivot data to get the information you need
  • Create a pivot chart
  • Filter pivot table data

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2020 datesTimeLocation Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
Tuesday 4 August 1pm - 2pm Zoom $25 $28.75
Friday 4 September 1pm - 2pm Zoom $25 $28.75
Friday 2 October 1pm - 2pm Zoom $25 $28.75
Friday 30 October 1pm - 2pm Zoom $25 $28.75
Wednesday 25 November 1pm - 2pm Zoom $25 $28.75

Google Docs

Learn how to create, share and manage documents in Google.

Ever wanted to create a professional looking document using Google Docs or wanted a useful, free alternative to Microsoft Word? This webinar will set you up with a Google Account and show you what you need to know to get started using Google Drive and Docs.

Files are web-based so can be accessed from anywhere, using any device. You can also share your files, meaning multiple people can work on the same file. Whether you are a novice or an expert looking for a better way to collaborate, this course will help you create, share and manage your documents.

Learn how to:

  • Format text, fonts and alignments
  • Format paragraph, indents and spacing
  • Insert page breaks, headers and footers
  • Insert pictures, resize and place
  • Use templates

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2020 datesTimeLocation Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
Monday 24 August9am - 10amZoom$25$28.75
Friday 25 September1pm - 2pmZoom$25$28.75
Thursday 29 October10am - 11amZoom$25$28.75
Tuesday 17 November1pm - 2pmZoom$25$28.75

Google Slides

Harness the features of Google’s free alternative to PowerPoint.

Ever wanted to create a professional looking presentation using Google Slides or wanted a useful, free alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint? This webinar will set you up with a Google Account and show you what you need to know to get started using Google Drive and Slides.

Files are web-based so can be accessed from anywhere, using any device. You can also share your files, meaning multiple people can work on the same file. Whether you are a novice or an expert looking for a better way to collaborate, this course will help you create, share and manage your presentations.

Learn how to:

  • Create presentations
  • Insert images
  • Insert videos
  • Insert shapes
  • Change themes and animations
  • Share and collaborate with others

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2020 datesTimeLocation Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
Tuesday 25 August1pm - 2pmZoom$25$28.75
Thursday 24 September10am - 11amZoom$25$28.75
Thursday 22 October10am - 11amZoom$25$28.75
Thursday 19 November1pm - 2pmZoom$25$28.75

Outlook Mail and Calendar Tips

Learn tips and tricks to be more organised and effective.

Many people use Microsoft Outlook every day to organise and manage their email and appointments. Few of us really know how to make use of all of Outlook’s features and benefits. The good news is that by learning a few simple tricks you can save time and work more effectively and efficiently.

Learn how to:

  • Set up rules to organise incoming emails
  • Use keyboard shortcuts
  • Use different view options in Mail and Calendar
  • Categorise appointments and emails
  • Use Quicksteps to speed up everyday tasks
  • Do even more with the help of tips and tricks

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2020 datesTimeLocation Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
Wednesday 5 August 1pm - 2pm Zoom $25 $28.75
Wednesday 2 September 1pm - 2pm Zoom $25 $28.75
Thursday 1 October 1pm - 2pm Zoom $25 $28.75
Tuesday 27 October 1pm - 2pm Zoom $25 $28.75
Friday 27 November 1pm - 2pm Zoom $25 $28.75

Cultural Competency

Basic Japanese

Learn essential language skills and cultural protocols to when traveling in Japan.

If you’re planning a trip to Japan then basic language and cultural skills are crucial. Independent travel and business communication is so much more rewarding when you reach out and speak the language yourself. Learning the appropriate way to do things is also important when wanting to make a good impression.

Intended for people who are completely new to the language, this weekend workshop will give you the confidence to give it a go.

Upcoming workshops

This workshop is Six hours in total over three Saturday afternoons (two-hour sessions).

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2020 datesTimeLocationRoom Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
TBC TBC Christchurch - Madras Street TBC $117.39 $135.00

English for Work

In this course, you will study English to help you apply for a job and to work in a New Zealand workplace, including:

  • Looking for a job, preparing a CV and cover letter, and attending a job interview
  • Participating in a team meeting
  • Reading and writing emails
  • Listening for key information
  • Communicating with customers and workmates

Register

2020 datesTimeLocationRoom Cost (ex GST) Cost (incl GST)
Monday 8 June to Friday 3 July

Applications close on Tuesday 2 June
Monday to Thursday 9am - 3pm,

Friday 9am-11am (22 hours/week)
Christchurch - Madras Street TBC $397.80 $468 - Domestic for 4 weeks (course code SSEN101); pre-paid PELT funds can be used; full time enrolment only
----$335.75$395 - International students per week (programme code G21062) plus insurance and student levy; part-time enrolment of mornings only if visa allows: $251.36/week

Introduction to Te Reo and Tikanga

Code: MAOR103

Gain an understanding of basic Te Reo and Māori culture and learn how to use your new skills in the workplace and other settings. By arrangement, we can tailor the workshop to focus on the language you’ll most likely use and the situations you’ll use it in.

  • 10 hours duration
  • Timing of delivery by arrangement
  • Suitable for groups of up to 25 people
  • Available in Christchurch, Timaru and Ashburton, and at your place of business by arrangement
  • $155 per hour + GST for up to 20 people (additional $50 for up to five more attendees)
  • Participants receive a certificate upon completion

For more information and to make a booking, please email engagement@ara.ac.nz or call 0800 24 24 76

Everyday Te Reo

Code: MAOR102

A friendly introduction into Te Reo Māori pronunciation, greetings and farewells. This workshop will help you get your tongue around Māori names, phrases and vocabulary.

  • 3 hours duration
  • Suitable for groups of up to 25 people
  • $155 per hour + GST for up to 20 people (additional $50 for up to five more attendees)
  • Available in Christchurch, Timaru and Ashburton, and at your place of business by arrangement
  • Participants receive a certificate upon completion

For more information and to make a booking, please email engagement@ara.ac.nz or call 0800 24 24 76

Beginner Te Reo and Tikanga

Code: TREO201

Build on your existing skills by learning correct grammar and syntax so you can create wellformed sentences appropriate to the context
or situation. A special feature of this workshop is its live-in Wānanga, which are designed to let you experience Te Reo and Tikanga Māori in
authentic settings like Marae, so you ‘live’ the protocols rather than just learn about them.

  • 2 hours per week for 8 weeks (evenings), plus two weekend Wānanga
  • Suitable for groups of 15 or more we can create a bespoke experience at times other than the standard scheduled occurrences
  • $159 per person including Wānanga catering and transport to a Marae
  • Participants receive a certificate upon completion
  • Available in Christchurch, Timaru and Ashburton

For more information and to make a booking, please email engagement@ara.ac.nz or call 0800 24 24 76