The establishment of Ara 2016

On 30 March CPIT and Aoraki Polytechnic announced a new name, Ara Institute of Canterbury, and our vision at official dawn ceremonies and lunchtime concerts for staff and students in Christchurch and Timaru.

In late 2015, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce considered our vision for change and approved CPIT and Aoraki Polytechnic's proposal to jointly create a new organisation to provide accessible and innovative vocational training for the entire Canterbury region.

Our vision is to be an exciting, relevant, contemporary, vibrant and viable contributor to individual and community prosperity throughout Canterbury by improving access, extending the range of programmes and services and by becoming a destination for national and international students.  The new organisation will respond to Canterbury's exceptional expansion as the Christchurch earthquake rebuild matures, and as sustained growth in primary production continues to underpin demographic and economic growth. It will support the need for continued diversification, particularly in such areas as health, ICT, tourism, and sustainability.

As we now begin to implement the new organisation, our commitment to our students remains the same – to deliver innovative, industry-relevant programmes and to provide qualifications that open doors here and overseas.

Read the report to staff, students and stakeholders (PDF: 0.1 Mb) on the options explored and the preferred option.