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National Certificate in Agriculture (General Skills) (Level 2) – Taratahi

This certificate is ideal if you're already working in farming but want to up-skill and/or formalise your current work experience. Or, it's also perfect if you're new to the agriculture industry and are wanting to acquire some fundamental knowledge before pursuing a future in farming. Subject areas include hazard identification and control, use of agricultural vehicles including 4WDs, basic fencing, workplace safety, use of chainsaws and agrichemicals, and first aid.

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Benjimen James, Horticulture Cadetship – National Certificate in Horticulture (Advanced) (Fruit Production) (Level 4)

The 27-year-old won this year’s Hawke’s Bay Young Fruitgrower of the Year title and is enjoying his job as an assistant crop manager for Mr Apple NZ Ltd.

Ben is studying through EIT for the National Certificate in Horticulture (Advanced) in fruit production while working full-time.

“I knew such training was available but didn’t realise it was to national certificate level. That’s the same level that builders, electricians and plumbers attain with their apprenticeships – it’s right up there.”

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Paul Evans

Paul is a Massey graduate and has been with the EIT for three years on a part time basis he grew up on the family farm in the Northern Wairarapa. Paul brings to the course over 20 years’ experience as a Rural Banker with the then National Bank and has banked agribusiness both large and small in the pastoral, horticultural and viticulture sectors here in the Hawke’s Bay.

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Agribusiness Consultant joins EIT Council

Newly appointed to the EIT Council, Gisborne-based agribusiness consultant Hilton Collier believes diversity in educational programmes enhances the interconnectedness of communities like Tairāwhiti read more....


EIT together with Taratahi offer a practical and hands on learning experience.  Our rural section runs a 45 ha. sheep and beef farm with sheep and cattle yards and a woolshed.  Well stocked tractor and implement sheds provide students with the fencing, handpiece and forestry equipment to learn a wide range of agricultural skills.  A demonstration vineyard is sited adjacent to the winery, as well as greenhouses, hydroponics and workrooms.

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