Helped me get where I am today

“Being a Taratahi graduate definitely helped me get where I am today, these days you need experience and I could clearly show that I had all that, as well as the form...

Hamish How

Full of challenges

She's young, blond and petite but Cologne McKinstry has been the Stock Manager on a 2,400ha station in southern Hawke's Bayand takes it in her stride.

Cologne McKinstry

Responsible for 4,500 stock

Emma attended one of the Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre’s Wairarapa four day Taster Courses and was hooked!  Taratahi, in the mixed sheep and beef and dai...

Emma Lewin

Big Dreams

Heidi is enrolled on the Massey University Diploma in Agriculture, delivered by Taratahi in the Wairarapa.

Heidi van Noort

Get involved

“I don’t want to be a yes-man, I want to get ahead and further education is the fastest way I can improve myself as a farmer.”

Duncan Campbell

We want to make a lifestyle

“We want to make a lifestyle more than a job for ourselves and tie it in with hunting,”

Jason & Aaron Taka-Turchie

First job as 2IC

Billy Steventon signed up for Taratahi’s National Certificate in Farming Skills (Work Ready) Level 3 programme, run in partnership with NorthTec.

Billy Steventon

Encourage other Māori

Nga had always been passionate about the outdoors and interested in farming. He saw a job in the local paper advertising in the dairy industry that looked interesting.

Ngawharau Apaapa (Nga)

Bright Taranaki woman

 “I love training and dairy.  Luckily I’m a morning person and there’s not one job on-farm that I don’t like doing."

Bella Kinza-Ward

Positive attitude

Students Ngawai Kohiti and James Paterson recently graduated from Taratahi’s ‘Introduction to Farming, Level 2’ programme. The 23 week programme was held in Galatea in the...

Ngawai Kohiti and James Paterson

Fantastic learning atmosphere

Studying Level 3 at Taratahi is full-on, I often help milk 300 cows in Kihikihi before the programme starts each day, so I’m up at 4.30am, then go to meet the Taratah...

Sophie Osborne

The atmosphere was great

"I’m going to get further with these qualifications, not many farmers will employ someone without them." 

Domenic Clentworth

A dream summer job

“My dream has always been to work in the South Island, working down there on a station like this is for shepherds like their big OE.  Working in that big country...

Carys Bates

Paris Ternent-James

In 2013 Paris applied for and was accepted onto the first year programme at Taratahi as a sheep and beef student.

Paris Ternent-James

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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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