How it all started

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Taratahi was built on the generosity of one man, Sir William Perry, who bequeathed his farm located in central Wairarapa to the Crown as a training farm for men returning from the First World War in 1918.​

The original costs were funded by gifts and public donations and a further Government contribution of $18,000.

The original Centre commenced operation with 60 men receiving practical farm training.  Later the farm was used for various purposes related to training in agricultural skills.

After the Second World War, it was again made available to Returned Servicemen.  From 1944 to 1950, 80 men passed through the farm under the Rehabilitation Department’s Scheme, prior to settling onto their own farms.

In 1951, the Trustees decided to carry out extensive improvements and enlarged the activities of the farm to provide training for young people between the ages of 16 - 20 years.

For a long time it was known as the Wairarapa Cadet Training Farm and changed its name in the early 1980s to Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre.  Taratahi is governed under the terms of the Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre (Wairarapa) Act 1969.

Since its establishment a large number of students have graduated from Taratahi and gone on to successful careers in agriculture.

The Latest

Wairarapa Graduation 2016

Wairarapa Graduation 2016

Monday, 10 October 2016

Graduation is a highlight of a student’s life. The annual Taratahi Wairarapa Graduation ceremony is no exception, and is one of the biggest events in the region, with close to 500 people attending.We are delighted to announce that Graduation for our 2016 students will be held on 24 March 2017. We are giving advanced warning of the date to allow parents and students time to book travel to this event.

Central North Island Dairy Academy opens

Central North Island Dairy Academy opens

Tuesday, 01 March 2016

A new training facility aimed at preparing students for careers in the dairy industry has been opened.  The Central North Island Dairy Academy is in its second week of training 10 New Zealand students in a 32 week programme that combines theory, practical training and farm experience.  The academy is a partnership between Taratahi, Landcorp and the Shanghai Pengxin Group (SPG) and sits alongside one of Shanghai Pengxin's Reporoa farms which was being sharemilked by Landcorp.

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