Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Taratahi Graduates Well Prepared for Agricultural Careers


Friday, 7 December 2012

For Immediate Release

Taratahi Graduates Well Prepared for Agricultural Careers

Hundreds of families, farmers, agri-business professionals and supporters along with academic and farming staff packed out the Masterton Town Hall yesterday to celebrate a year of hard work, challenges and achievement by one hundred and thirty-nine Taratahi students.

Taratahi Chief Executive Donovan Wearing honoured the achievements of both students and staff. “I am so proud to see so many motivated young people graduating today. Their success is our success. Preparing young people to enter the agricultural industry with the right skills and attitude is sometimes a challenge. These graduates prove that it can be done, and more than that – done well,” said Wearing. “Taratahi has a 90% course completion rate and 85% qualification rate and that puts us on top of all the universities and tertiary institutions in the country. Outcomes for Maori learners are some of the best in the country and that makes me extremely proud.”

Guests of honour Paul McElroy, Chief Executive, UCOL and Bruce McKenzie, Professor of Agronomy and Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Lincoln University awarded certificates, scholarships and prizes at the ceremony. Guest speaker Taine Randell, Director, Ngati Kahungunu Asset Holdings and former All Black Captain, advised students to keep striving towards future success in the agricultural industry.

“Farming is the backbone of New Zealand. We have the best farmers in the world. New Zealand is full of natural resources and none better than those sitting here today,” said Randell. He urged the students to participate fully in life and their chosen career. “Have no regrets in life. Personally I wouldn’t change a thing, maybe a few line-out calls! I had skin in the game and my neck on the line and I would do the same again. My advice is to do everything you can and do as much as you can.”

Full-time first and second year students achieving Level Three and Four nationally recognised agricultural qualifications, along with Primary Industry Trades Academy students were part of the ceremony today. Taratahi’s first cohort graduating with a National Certificate of Equine (Stable Procedures) was also presented with certificates and trophies.

Taine Randell awarded the thirty-five trophies representing achievement in a variety of disciplines from fencing and dog handling to agricultural management and endeavour. The Taratahi Cup for Best Overall Student went to Shawn Sands from Wauiku, near Pukekohe. He also took the National Bank Cup for Top Dairy Student Level 3, the Strainrite Taratahi Fencing Competition Cup and the Perry Cup for Ideal Trainee.

The Bank of New Zealand Cup for Top Sheep Student Level 3 went to Danielle Scott who also took the Wrightson Cup for Best Wire Work, the Landcorp Farming Ltd Top Level 4 Sheep Student was Cameron Dallas and the Semex NZ Ltd Top Level 4 Dairy Student was Jacob Abbot.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Memorabilia: Te Papa Buys Peter Snell Singlet

Te Papa has purchased the singlet worn by Peter Snell at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics at an auction this morning at Cordy’s auction house in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Women At The Centre

In the first chapter of her epic History of New Zealand Women, Barbara Brookes places a version of the Māori creation story alongside that of the Pākehā colonists, setting the scene for how each society saw women. The contrast is startling. More>>

In Auckland Art Gallery: A Tour Of Duty

I had already started my journey through the exhibited collections when an audio announcement about a guided tour to embark shortly from the foyer was made, I decided to join in. Why not? More>>

Art: ‘Holiday’ Wins IHC Art Awards

An intricate embroidered cushion by Wellington artist Jo-Anne Tapiki has won the 2016 IHC Art Awards and $5000. Jo-Anne started working from IHC’s Arts on High studio in Lower Hutt 18 months ago and this is the first time she has entered the competition. More>>

‘Quasi’: Christchurch Art Gallery Reveals Rooftop Sculpture

Christchurch-born and internationally renowned artist Ronnie van Hout has had a huge hand in Christchurch Art Gallery's latest outdoor installation. More>>

Obituary: Last 28th Maori Battalion A Company Veteran Dies

Charlie Petera, the final surviving member of A-Company of the 28th Maori Battalion has died at his home in Ngataki, Northland last night surrounded by his whanau. He was 91 years old. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news