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.

Fill in an application form now.

Once you have been accepted as an international student and have your visa you'll need to purchase your flights and fill in this Student Arrival Form

Have a look at our International Code of Practice

​Have a look at our International prospectus here.

​Have a look at our Chinese prospectus here. 

Have a look at our Spanish prospectus here

Pre-work Training Programmes

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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.

Diploma in Dairy Management

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This programme is specifically designed for international students who wish to live in New Zealand and work in the dairy industry.  This programme is two years long with an 18 month fast-track option. This programme is designed for those who are new to the industry and want to learn the essential skills needed to successfully enter the agricultural workforce.  It is also well suited for those who want to know the fundamentals of farming in New Zealand.  

The programme includes a variety of theory-based and practical learning, such as practical animal skills, technical farm skills, business and finance, resource management, human resources and animal health and husbandry.  

Programme location: Wairarapa

Programme details:  Two years, 306 credits          

Programmes (NZQA Accredited):

Tailor Made Programmes

Image altTaratahi can design and deliver tailor made programmes to suit your training requirements.  If you would like to request a tailor-made programme please contact the International Team.   

Programmes can be up to 12 weeks.

These programmes are ideal for those already in the work force, such as Supervisors, Technicians and Herd Managers.  They can be tailored to suit the needs of organisations and employees.  Programmes can be based here in New Zealand or, under certain circumstances, your home country.  A minimum of six participants and 3 months lead-in notice is required for this programme.   

Examples of Programmes

  • Introduction to New Zealand Agriculture
  • Dairy Technician
  • Pasture Management
  • Cattle Breeding
  • Animal Health and Welfare


Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Copies of the Code are available from the NZQA website at


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

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.

Train the Trainer Programmes

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This programme is designed to share these methodologies with trainers and teach effective ways of enhancing the success of your students.  These programmes can also be tailored to suit individual needs.  This programme is ideal for teachers and trainers of agricultural programmes and also for those in supervisory roles on farm.  We focus on linking key skills back to your home country.   

Examples of Programme Content

  • Stock Handling 
  • Vehicles, Agrichemicals and Engineering
  • Feed Conservation and Cropping
  • Dry Stock Management
  • Feed Management and Planning
  • Lesson planning which incorporates a ‘real training on real farms’ teaching and learning philosophy
  • The teaching methodologies which support a practical programme
  • The teaching methodologies which support a more theoretical programme
  • Programme length:  Up to 12 weeks
  • Programme location:  Wairarapa                 


Application Requirements and Procedures

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

Step 1

Decide which programme 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 international student application form 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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

You should then submit the offer of place letter, together with your visa application and supporting documents 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

Once you have been given visa approval in principle, please let us know and we will send you an invoice so that you can arrange for the payment of your fees. Once we have received your fees, we will send you a receipt and email letting you know that your enrolment has been confirmed.

Step 6

You will need to show this receipt and confirmation email to INZ as proof that your enrolment has been confirmed. They will then issue your student visa.

Step 7

You will then need to apply for medical and travel insurance and flights to Wellington, New Zealand. International students must have current medical insurance for the duration of their planned study in New Zealand (the duration of their student visa). Medical insurance must cover accidents on-farm.

Step 8

Finally, you should provide Taratahi with a copy of your visa and let us know when you will be arriving into Wellington so that we can arrange to pick you up from the airport.

We've tried to capture all the questions that international students ask us in our FAQ's

If your question is not answered here, then call us +64 06 8272824 or email us.

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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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