In all of our regions we look after our students like we would care for our own children.  We make sure they are looked after and are achieving.  We let students know we are there for them if they need to talk about anything that is worrying them and we celebrate their successes.

At our residential campus we have a Student Wellbeing and Residential Manager who lives permanently on campus.  We also have two Residential Supervisors who are on campus during the night and weekends.  There is adult supervision 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Student Wellbeing and Residential Manager - Judy Dreadon

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Before coming to Taratahi, Judy has enjoyed roles as a Jillaroo in Australia, an Orchard Manager and a Physical Education and English Teacher. 

"I want the students to feel this is their home while they are here training for their qualifications." 

"Parents, Careers Advisors and families need to know that students with us will be safe and cared for, disciplined if needed, encouraged to take part in the activities offered and guided to make the right choices that will enable them to focus on their career."

"I want students to be proud of Taratahi and to treat the campus and everyone in and around it, with respect and tolerance and to value what they are learning and experiencing here with us."

"This is a chance to develop and grow into adults who can comfortably take their place in New Zealand's Farming Community."

Manager Assistant - Bomber the Dog

Image altIn 2014 our Student Wellbeing and Residential Manager Judy rescued Bomber from an unhappy home.

Bomber is a much-loved addition to the Taratahi team.  

Student's love him because he is a great listener, always nearby for a cuddle, happy to go for walks with them and greets everyone with a wagging tail.

Medical, Bullying, Drug and Alcohol Information

Image altSome students bring medication on campus for health issues they have.  This medication is locked away and stored with our Student Wellbeing and Residential Manager who administers the dosage.  Our hostel staff are also first aid trained. 

We make doctor’s appointments for students if necessary and arrange for them to be taken to these appointments and brought back to campus.


Taratahi has a zero tolerance for bullying, drug and alcohol consumption on campus.  For more information on policies relating to bullying, drug use and alcohol please call 0800 TARATAHI or view our policies here.

Progress Updates

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At our residential campus in Masterton, every month parents and caregivers are called to update you on the progress of the student. 

Not only do we give you an update on their successes we also let you know if the student has broken any rules and the disciplinary actions that resulted from this.



As well as teaching students a good work ethic, respect of other students and colleagues we also teach the importance of looking after themselves.  This includes keeping hydrated, eating well, good sleep habits, personal presentation and encouraging them to create a strong support network of friends and family. 

We are firm, but fair.  The campus is home for our students while they are with us so we do everything we can to make sure they feel supported, safe and happy.

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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