Ara Institute of Canterbury
The Ara Institute of Canterbury "was created in 2016 when CPIT and Aoraki Polytechnic merged, bringing together two well-established organisations, each with around 100 years of experience and success."
Aoraki Polytechnic was established in 1901 as the Timaru Technical School on Arthur Street. Similarly CPIT began as the Christchurch Technical Associated Classes offering night classes from 1902, becoming Christchurch Technical College (CTI), with purpose built accomodation, from 1907 onward. The two institutions grew and diversified through out the 20th century. In 1987 the Timaru Technical College was renamed Aoraki Polytechnic, and Christchurch Polytechnic renamed CPIT in 2000.
Since merging as the Ara Institute of Canterbury in 2016 the institute has joined Te Pūkenga New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, in 2020, becoming part of a nationwide network of technical institutes.
Te Kopa Iti (Ara Artwork Collection) consists of over 700 works much of which is available to view across its 6 campuses in Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru and Ashburton.