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Study for an exciting career in agriculture and horticulture in a wide range of certificate and diploma programmes in New Zealand’s premium food producing region.

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Diploma in Horticulture

Are you ready to cultivate a future in horticulture? This diploma covers horticultural technology, production and management from the ground up.  It builds on knowledge and practices gained from the certificate.

You’ll combine your knowledge of horticulture and viticulture production with business management practices and learn about the planning and operational requirements of the industry.  You’ll be ready to take on a management role, be a contractor, or set yourself up in business to reap your own rewards.

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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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Tim Lloyd-Jones

I have been working in the agricultural sector for over forty years. Originally from the UK I emigrated to NZ in 1986 and worked as a dairy farm manager in the Waikato. From 1995-2009 my wife, family and I lived in Tanzania, East Africa working in the area of community development. I facilitated farmers groups to help enable them better use  their resources and improve their livelihoods. I also taught agriculture at certificate level.

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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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