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Successful Graduates


Engineering graduate Richard Ofa works for Skope as a design engineer. Richard enjoyed being able to study in the evenings while working part time, and the support from his tutors.

Richard Ofa


Carpentry graduate Jo enjoyed the hands-on nature of her studies, and the support from her tutors and fellow students.


Civil Skills graduate Charity Lerone is a site traffic management supervisor for City Care, Christchurch. She enjoyed her studies at Ara, and the support given by He Toki.

Charity Lerone

Blair Chamberlain says doing a pre-trade course at Ara helped him get an apprenticeship.

Blair Chamberlain


Human resources graduate Amanda Hogan is the store manager for Timaru's New World Supermarket.

Amanda Hogan

Business graduate Scotty Jenkin is an accountant at Noone Plus in Timaru. He enjoyed the flexibility of his study at Ara, including the ability to study online.

Scotty Jenkin

Danielle studied agribusiness at Ara. The papers studied gave her a skill base that she is applying to the business aspects of her dairying work.

Danielle Bosch

Agribusiness graduate Daniel Holden works on a cropping farm outside of Timaru. He enjoyed the flexibility of study while working, and the topics covered relating directly to his work.

Daniel Holden

Food and Hospitality

Hospitality graduate Lauri Brouwer credits her time at Ara with giving her the skills and confidence to work anywhere in the world.

Lauri Brouwer

Cookery graduate Ryan Prouting says Ara gave him ‘so many opportunities’. A chef at Chillingworth Road bistro in Christchurch, his ambition is to work at top restaurants overseas.

Ryan Prouting

Malaya Hooper says the café, barista and bakery skills she gained at Ara helped her walk straight into a job as a baker at Café Time in Timaru.

Malaya Hooper

Art and Design

Fashion graduate Melissa McIndoe is the sampling co-ordinator at Taylor Boutique where she applies the garment design and technical skills she learned at Ara.

Melissa McIndoe

Louis found that the practical skills gained out in the field on assignments while studying at Ara were beneficial for his professional photography career.

Louis Trerise

Robyn White enjoyed the practical nature of the art and design programme she studied at Ara in Timaru.

Robyn White

Hair and Beauty

Aniwa Irvine is making the most of her hairdressing qualification. She liked the practical nature of her studies, and the supportiveness of her tutors at Ara.

Aniwa Irvine

Annica Myburgh-Joubert loves to make people feel beautiful and good about themselves. After studying beauty therapy at Ara, it’s something she gets to do every day at Shine Salon and Day Spa in Timaru.

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Annica Myburgh-Joubert


After graduating from Ara, Jo Beck scored her dream job as a software tester for a company that makes 3D modelling software.

Jo Beck

Animal and Laboratory Science

Originally from Afghanistan, Zahra Hussaini has followed her lifelong passion of science, studying for a career in laboratory science at Ara.

Zahra Hussaini

Michelle Knowler loves the amount of hands-on time she has during her laboratory science course.

Michelle Knowler

Veterinary nurse Marysha Campbell loved the practical clinic-based experience she gained during her Ara studies.

Marysha Campbell

Nursing, Midwifery and Medical Imaging

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

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

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Henri Nelis

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

Hannah Farrow

Music Arts

After completing a Bachelor of Music Arts at Ara, Josiah Daya applied his passion for music and youth to create Amplify School of Music.

Josiah Dayo

Music theatre (NASDA)

Emily Burns has enjoyed a successful and busy career as a professional actor since graduating from Ara in 2014.

Emily Burns

Language and Education

Japanese language graduate Aaron Clark is a vehicle importer, liaising with dealers in Japan and New Zealand. He enjoyed the small class sizes at Ara and the one-on-one learning.

Aaron Clark

Nicole Wareham enjoyed the support and inspiration she received from her tutors while studying early childhood education at Ara.

Nicole Wareham

Although she had “all the experience in the world”, Vanessa Hutchins recognised that her lack of a tertiary academic qualification was holding her career back. “It was the only thing that I was missing to be formally accepted in a modern business world at a higher level,” she says.

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Vanessa Hutchins

Early childhood education graduate Breanna Cook says the work placements she undertook while studying at Ara helped her gain employment.

Breanna Cook

Architectural Studies

After studying architectural technology at Ara, Kate Matson is working as an architectural designer and aims to be the best she can possibly be.

Kate Matson

Sustainability and Outdoor Education

Sustainability graduate Rachel Pelvin is a Park Ranger for the Christchurch City Council, based in the Port Hills.

Rachel Pelvin

Social Work and Human Services

Ara graduate Antonio Filimoehala works at Etu Pasifika, often assisting vulnerable families in need.

Antonio Filimoehala


Megan Annear’s career goes from strength to strength; currently she’s a co-host on The Edge’s breakfast show and a presenter on The Edge TV.

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Megan Annear