Ara (Aoraki)


Staff, students and members of the local community will come together tomorrow to call on the government to change its tertiary education funding model to better meet the needs of rural areas. The event at the Ara’s Institute of Canterbury’s Timaru campus will focus attention on how competitive funding is impacting people’s ability to access learning opportunities in regional communities. Over the last five years, National...

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Diane McCarthy, a TEU member from the Ara Institute of Canterbury, shares what it was like submitting oral evidence to the Education and Science Select Committee on the tertiary education bill. Speaking from Christchurch by teleconference to the select committee on behalf of our TEU branch Executive Committee was an exciting experience. As a state house girl from 1950s Naenae, having access to quality public education is what has made...

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Tertiary education is the opportunity to pick up students the mainstream has ignored, says award-winning teacher Michael Armstrong from Ara Institute of Canterbury. Armstrong received a TEU award of excellence on Monday night for his contribution to teaching fine arts to his South Canterbury students. He says his job is to help students who have never before had their views validated or their learning supported. “To undertake the...

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I support regional education

I support regional education


Posted By on Nov 20, 2015

Aoraki Polytechnic and CPIT are merging to create a new polytechnic. It’s crucial that this new polytechnic doesn’t cut costs, cut courses or cut jobs. It’s crucial that it delivers the best high-quality education to all our students in Canterbury, South Canterbury and North Otago. We’re campaigning for that goal.  And we want you to support us. I support regional education Read the petition First Name Last...

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The tertiary education minister’s decision this week to merge Aoraki and CPIT looks like a rushed takeover, says TEU national president Sandra Grey. The minister, Steven Joyce, announced this week that Aoraki Polytechnic will merge with Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT). Joyce says the new organisation will launch at the start of 2016 and initially trade under the name CPIT Aoraki, but will have a new name in the...

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The tertiary education minister’s decision today to merge Aoraki and CPIT looks like a rushed takeover, says TEU national president Sandra Grey. Grey says, now that the merger is going ahead, CPIT management need to voice their support for high-quality face-to-face tertiary education in Canterbury, South Canterbury and North Otago’s regions and small towns. “People in Timaru, Oamaru and Ashburton need to hear that CPIT management...

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