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Student Stories


“I loved all of it.”

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Ally Ealam, graduate, New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing

They really believe in my potential and they’ve encouraged me to aim high.

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Mena Petaia

After completing a Bachelor of Applied Science in nutrition at Ara, Olivia Knowles wasn’t quite done with study.

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Olivia Knowles

In a strange twist of fate, nursing graduate Daniel Prior has started his nursing career in the very same hospital ward that inspired him to become a nurse in the first place.

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Daniel Prior

After 20 years as a massage therapist, Maarie Hutana retrained at Ara and is now a registered nurse working at Hagley Outpatients.

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Maarie Hutana

Ashleigh House chose nursing as a career because it offered global opportunities. Since graduating, she’s worked in New Zealand and now Peru.

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Ashleigh House

Ara graduate Hannah Farrow is a registered nurse, working at Christchurch Hospital's Intensive Care Unit.

Hannah Farrow

Nursing graduate Olivia Sanders works at Christchurch Hospital, specialising in pediatric nursing.

Olivia Sanders

Charlotte Harrison's nursing career has taken her to Melbourne, Australia, where she is a Clinical Trial Co-ordinator at the Skin and Cancer foundation.

Charlotte Harrison

Zoe Liu graduated from university in China with a degree in Japanese before moving to New Zealand. She is studying the Bachelor of Nursing at Ara's Timaru Campus.

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Zoe Liu


Ara midwifery graduate Helen Turner believes midwifery can be as individual as the midwife.

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Helen Turner

Ara graduate Grace Godinet says the work placements she undertook as part of her studies gave her a greater understanding of what to expect in the workplace. She is now a midwife in Queenstown.

Grace Godinet

Medical imaging

Well before he finished high school, Henri Nelis knew he wanted a health-related career.

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Henri Nelis

Medical imaging graduate Becky Bell is about to embark on a long-held dream of working with Mercy Ships.

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Becky Bell


Samantha wanted to become an osteopath after her Mum had an injury, and is now in her fourth year, studying the Postgraduate Diploma in Osteopathy, one step closer to becoming a fully registered Osteopath.

Samantha Slatem

With an interest in healthy living and a desire to help people, Keren Wright decided after finishing high school to study towards a health-related career.

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Keren Wright

Professional supervision

Professional supervision is an approach used in many sectors - such as health, education and social services - to foster reflective practice and support professional practice relationships.

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Amy Lawson