Choosing to study in New Zealand is exciting and rewarding.  We look forward to assisting you as you select your programme of study.  We are committed to helping you every step of the way and look forward to welcoming you to Taratahi.

Our education programmes include a wide range of land-based subject areas and are listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQA).  Whether you are looking to learn more about New Zealand’s agricultural industry, preparing to work in New Zealand’s primary sector or looking to understand our training philosophy, there are programmes for you.

Programmes currently available for international students to enrol in, can be found in our current prospectus.  Available programmes are indicated by the inclusion of an international student fee in the programme description. We also require students to have English Proficiency Outcomes, to be eligible to study. 

We've tried to capture all the questions that international students ask us in our Frequently Asked Questions but if you have a question that's not answered here, then call us +64 06 8272824 or email us.

Taratahi has a range of programmes designed to prepare you for work in the agricultural industry. These programmes are based around the New Zealand agricultural industry.

Agricultural Farming Experiences

Image altTaratahi can design and deliver agricultural farming experiences to suit your requirements.   If you would like to request more information on our topics contained within an agricultural farming experience, then please contact the International Team.   

The time spent at Taratahi will be designed to share methodologies with attendees and share effective ways of enhancing the success of your farms back in your home country.  These experiences can be tailored to suit individual needs.

These agricultural experiences can be for up to 12 weeks.  A minimum of six participants is required and 3 months lead-in notice is required for this programme.

These experiences are ideal for those already in the work force, such as Supervisors, Technicians and Herd Managers who wish to gain further experience of best-practice in another country.  They can be tailored to suit the needs of an organisation and employees.  They are primarily based here in New Zealand or, under certain circumstances, can take place in your home country.  

Examples of modules:

  • Introduction to New Zealand Agriculture - Dairy, Sheep and Beef, Cattle
  • Introduction to NZ Crop Farming
  • Animal Health
  • Increasing dairy products
  • Dairy Industry Overview
  • Dairy feeding principles and management
  • Preparing high quality forage
  • Pasture establishment
  • Feed budgeting
  • Dairy health and disease prevention
  • Project management approach to change 

The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016

Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre has agreed to observe and be bound by the Education (Pastoral Care for International Students) Code of Practice 2016.  Copies of the Code, and Taratahi's obligations, are available from the NZQA website at

DRS - Dispute Resolution Scheme

Taratahi, as a code signatory, is required to have a formal process for handling student complaints, and to make sure these processes are accessible to students.  Taratahi's current process is being reviewed internally but should be published by the end of November 2017.

If an international student has a complaint about their provider’s compliance with the Code of Practice, they should try and resolve it by using the internal provider process in the first instance.

If the complaint is still unresolved, the student can take their complaint to one of agencies found on the NZQA website.

External Evaluation and Review

NZQA is responsible for ensuring that tertiary education organisations continue to comply with the statutory policies and criteria after initial programme approval and accreditation and/or registration is granted. 

Engagement in periodic external evaluation and review is one of NZQA's policies. Each external evaluation and review provides an independent judgement of the educational performance and capability in self-assessment of all non-university tertiary education organisations (TEOs).

By educational performance is meant the extent to which the educational outcomes achieved by the TEO represent quality and value for learners and the wider community.

An evaluation of educational performance involves answering questions focused primarily on the quality of learning and teaching, and the achievements of learners.

Judgements on capability in self-assessment indicate how effectively an organisation uses self-assessment information to understand performance and bring about improvement.

Through periodic external evaluation and review TEOs are held accountable to their students, employers, funders, quality assurance bodies and other interested parties. The review process also provides information to support improvement across the tertiary education sector.

Results of Taratahi's latest EER, issued in July 2017 can be found here.


Full details of immigration requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available from Immigration New Zealand, and can be viewed on their website at

Also check out this information with regards to your rights to work in New Zealand whilst you study.

Eligibility for Health Services

Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on their website at

Accident Insurance

The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents, and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at

Medical and Travel Insurance

International students, including group students, must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while in New Zealand.

Appropriate medical insurance is classified as being able to cover:

  • Medical care in New Zealand, including diagnosis , prescription, surgery and hospitalisation and

  • Repatriation or expatriation of the student as a result of serious illness or injury, including cover of travel costs incurred by family members assisting repatriation or expatriation and

    • Death of the student, including cover of:

    • travel costs of family members to and from New Zealand and

    • costs of repatriation or expatriation of the body and

    • funeral expenses.

Application Requirements and Procedures

If you are an international student and would like to study at Taratahi, please follow the following steps for application and enrolment. 

Step 1

Decide which programme from our prospectus, you would like to enrol into making sure that it meets your needs, particularly if you intend to live and work in New Zealand after your study.

Step 2

Complete the application for enrolment form, or enrol on line, and return it to Taratahi with the required supporting documents. Taratahi will acknowledge the receipt and review your application. If you meet the requirements for the programme we will send you a conditional 'Offer of Place' letter along with any supporting invoices.

Step 3

Let us know if you would like to accept this offer of place.

Pay the invoices in full and Taratahi will issue a receipt to you.

Step 4

You should then submit the offer of place letter, together with your visa application and supporting documents, including the receipt from Taratahi, to Immigration New Zealand (INZ). INZ will review your application and issue you with visa approval in principle if they are satisfied you meet the requirements.

Step 5

You will then need to update Taratahi on your visa progress and we can confirm your place on the programme you have enrolled in.  You will need to show this confirmation email to INZ as proof that your enrolment has been confirmed. They will then issue your student visa,  you should send a copy of your visa to Taratahi.

Step 6

You will then need to apply for medical and travel insurance and flights to New Zealand; we can advise you on the best airport to fly into dependent on where you have been accepted for study. International students must have current medical insurance, as per the conditions contained within your offer of place, for the duration of their planned study in New Zealand i.e.the duration of their student visa. Medical insurance must cover accidents on-farm.

Step 7

Finally, you should let us know when you will be arriving into New Zealand by completing the Student Arrival Form and sending it to  We can then make arrangements to pick you up from the airport.

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