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


In Hawke’s Bay this programme is a partnership between EIT Hawke’s Bay and Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre. The Taratahi farming base at EIT utilises the following farms to deliver training:

Otatara and EIT Training Farm

The EIT training farm is available to students through Taratahi’s partnership with the Eastern Institute of Technology. Students establish basic skills in fencing, agri-vehicles, chainsaws and stock handling on this farm due to it being located right on campus. The farm encompasses a woolshed and yards enabling students to develop their stock handling and animal health knowledge. Otatara farm is adjacent to this and provides extra land for breeding ewes with the offspring farmed for sale.

Puketapu Farm

Located 15mins from campus this 70ha lease block is used as a fattening farm for cattle. The farm carries approximately 140 Fresian bulls, buying in cross breed steers at weaner stage and targeting them for sale by the following autumn. Students experience the adaptions in farming required due to the topography changing from sea level flats to rolling hill country.

Heipipi Farm

Situated 10 minutes north of Napier, this 25ha block carries 150 breeding ewes managed similarly to the Otatara block. This land is used as a run-off block for stock during summer when the other farms dry off. Sheep and cattle yards provide facilities for stock handling and loading out of stock when sold.

Tautane Station

Tautane Station is located on the East Coast in Hawke’s Bay, close to Herbertville and approximately 50 minutes from Dannevirke. Tautane is leased from Ngati Kahungunu by Taratahi, totals 3,375ha and carries 30,000 sheep and beef stock units primarily as a breeding property.

ADB Williams Trust

ADB Williams Trust is a 1321ha effective operation with the main farm located at Otope 12km south east of Dannevirke. It is supported by a 381ha effective summer-safe block located at Coonoor 30-minues southeast of Otope. The Trust has a mandate to support charitable purposes and in particular training and education for people in agriculture. The Trust has recently formed a relationship with Taratahi and the Otope base unit hosts an accommodation and training facility for Taratahi students.

Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss your study options. You can meet with our staff in person at our Hawke’s Bay or Tairāwhiti campuses, or simply give us a call on 0800 22 55 348. And, you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.

EIT Partnership with Taratahi

Taratahi Logo 319x206Taratahi Agriculture Training Centre has been successfully preparing students for careers in agriculture for more than 90 years. Using the skills and knowledge gained at Taratahi, our graduates have the opportunity to move into rich and rewarding careers in one of the world’s leading agricultural industries. Programmes at Taratahi allow students to choose from a range of farming operations, levels and campuses.

Taratahi has been working in partnership with the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) in Hawke’s Bay for the past 6 years. With training occurring on EIT campus students have access to EIT student services as well as gaining the quality, expert training that Taratahi are renowned for. Students also spend a large amount of time on a number of commercial farms in the region.

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