About Manawa

“Developing our health future together”

Manawa is the exciting new health research and education facility, in the new Te Papa Hauora/Health Precinct. Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB), University of Canterbury (UC) and Ara Institute of Canterbury will share the facility to encourage greater collaboration and innovation.

Manawa Health Campus

Manawa: 276 Antigua Street, Christchurch

1800 Ara nursing, midwifery and medical imaging students will be trained in Manawa. CDHB will use the facility to provide specialist training for their health professionals and UC will bring in top health researchers.

Manawa enables Ara to build on existing health sector relationships and expand the current nursing and allied health programmes, taking full advantage of innovations in health and education. Students will have access to high tech simulation environments and facilities and will work alongside professionals and potential employers.

With Manawa, Ara will lead New Zealand in the provision of nursing and allied health training.

Manawa means heart, patience or breath in Te Reo Maori and was gifted to the partnership as a reflection of the proverb “Manawa whenua, manawa tangata”, which describes the intimate connection between human health and the health of our environment.

The aging population and healthcare workforce creates a demand for high-quality graduate health professionals, and by working together we can ensure our graduates are work ready and highly competent to serve all the communities of Canterbury.

Studying at Manawa Campus

As a Manawa-based student you’ll learn from leading health professionals in a purpose built facility, right next Christchurch Hospital. You’ll have access to high-tech simulation environments and facilities, and work alongside professionals and potential employers. You’ll also have numerous opportunities to innovate and collaborate with individuals from Canterbury District Health Board and the University of Canterbury, who also occupy Manawa.

Manawa is serviced by several city bus routes and is just a short walk from the main bus exchange. Ara student services available at Manawa include:

  • Admissions and enrolments
  • International enrolments and international student help
  • Learning services
  • Library support
  • Career advice and planning
  • Wellbeing events
  • Student group activities
  • Student advocacy
  • Café
  • Bike lock-up

Manawa-based students can access all student services at the City campus on Madras Street.

Blessing of Manawa

Manawa, the state-of-the-art hub for health research and education in Christchurch’s Health Precinct, held a short blessing ceremony on Friday 6 July, ahead of opening its doors to health students, researchers, educators and technical staff in the weeks to follow.

Manawa building blessing ceremony - Facebook

Healthcare training at Ara

Ara is home to one of New Zealand’s largest nursing and allied health departments with students across a range of programmes at diploma, degree, graduate and postgraduate levels.

Ara nursing graduates regularly top the employment rates for the country with over 90% finding work after graduation (compared to the national average of 73.6%). Close connection with the sector, ongoing demand for nurses and innovative clinical education are the factors attributed with Ara's success.

Bachelor of Midwifery and Bachelor of Medical Imaging programmes at Ara are also highly regarded by the health care sector. Ara graduates from these programmes are well prepared for employment in the community and in health facilities.

“Ara is moving the nursing courses to the Health Precinct and that makes so much sense. It means nursing students will be interacting with other health professionals much earlier and that will just accelerate the shift to working collaboratively,” Ruth Johnson, newly qualified Bachelor of Nursing graduate from Ara, says.