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.

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Enrolling now for 2019

Enrolling now for 2019

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

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Fees Free Study in 2019

Fees Free Study in 2019

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Get free fees for your first year of study at Taratahi Sstudents starting tertiary education for the first time in 2019 will get one year of full-time study fees-free. You may also wish to check the Fees-free 2019 Student Guide or www.feesfree.govt.nz.

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