Higher Education

Options for higher learning

The Timaru District is very fortunate to have quality higher education providers as detailed below. The interaction between these providers, secondary schools, local business and community and social organisations is pro-actively open and transparent. The over-riding approach of all is a collective focus on what's right for the student.

Ara | Te Pūkenga

In 2022 - along with all other polytechnics and industry training organisations in Aotearoa - Ara Institute of Canterbury joined Te Pūkenga, New Zealand’s Institute of Skills and Technology. This new national network brings together on-the-job, on campus and online learning to better meet the needs of learners, their whānau, employers and the community. Ara has long been recognised for its innovation, academic success and high-quality qualifications.  Ara specialises in real-world learning and sustainable career outcomes. It offers programmes from foundation studies through to graduate qualifications in a wide range of subjects from accounting and architecture to health and hospitality. Its outstanding tutors are industry professionals who possess exceptional knowledge and experience to share with students. The institute works closely with industry to ensure students have relevant skills for employment and a wide range of placement opportunities. By the time they graduate, they are work-ready and equipped with the tools and confidence to succeed in their chosen field, anywhere in the world.  Explore the study options available.

Ara | Te Pūkenga also caters for international students.  Find out more.


The Y South and Mid Canterbury offers a range of education programmes, including free Youth Guarantee programmes like Y*Skills Foundation Learning Levels 1 and 2 for 16-24 year olds, and also Y*Skills for Life (upskilling in reading, writing and maths) and Drive2Work for learners age 16-65 years. We also offer Pop Up play, active recreation and sport activities and youth development programmes such as our Resiliency Toolkit, and much more. Find out more.

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