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

 


New opportunity for 15 garden warriors – can you dig it?

28 January 2014

New site, new opportunity for 15 garden warriors – can you dig it?

NorthTec is calling on the wider Whangarei community to support the development of its brand new horticultural site at the Future Trades facility in Dyer Street in order to help develop a crucial green educational asset for the future.

Dom Steenstra, programme leader for Primary Industries at NorthTec, says there is room for 15 enthusiastic garden warriors to enrol in the Certificate in Vocational Studies. This free course requires no experience in horticulture.

“We want to turn a raw site in the heart of the Whangarei industrial area that was basically a swamp into an oasis of horticultural activity,” Dom says.

“The site will offer an educational opportunity not only for main stream programmes but also school groups, weekend workshops and industry training.

“It will incorporate raised-bed food gardens, a traditional Mäori garden, hydroponics and aquaponics, a small demonstration orchard, riparian planting, a small nursery practice area, a demonstration area for sustainable energy generation and many other concepts. These need to be built at the same time as providing a fantastic opportunity for students with hands-on learning.”

Graham Smith, NorthTec’s Deputy Director for Commerce/Trades & Technology and Innovation says the new facilities reflect the practical nature of the programmes and includes a newly purchased tractor, four-wheel quad bike, a bagging machine for nursery plants and greenhouses.

Graham says the investment NorthTec has made is a reflection of the confidence that both the management and governance team has in the future demand for Primary Industry graduates.

The fees-free vocational studies programme at Dyer Street will incorporate a number of units from the already successful Sustainable Rural Development (SRD) programme including traditional Mäori gardening practices, small concreting and building task and practical horticultural skills with a sprinkling of employment skills.

“This programme particularly suits anyone who has a passion for the outdoors, loves working with their hands, or is of 16 years or older and has no qualifications or experience,” says Dom.

Graduates from this year long programme will also gain the National Certificate in Horticulture Level 1, which is particularly attractive to anyone who has not achieved level 1.

“Here’s my message: if you or you know of someone who is sitting on the couch doing nothing in 2014 then why not join our garden warriors team to turn a swamp into an incredible educational facility for the whole community to benefit from and enjoy!”

For further information or even a look at the facility contact Dom Steenstra on 027 555 2759. To enrol, Freephone 0800 162 100 or visit www.northtec.ac.nz/hort

NorthTec is the Tai Tokerau (Northland) region's largest provider of tertiary education, with campuses and learning centres in Whangarei, Kerikeri, Rāwene, Kaikohe and Kaitaia. NorthTec also has over 60 community-based delivery points from Coatesville in rural Rodney to Ngataki in the Far North.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Review: “Salute” By Royal New Zealand Ballet In Wellington

The Royal New Zealand Ballet performed “Salute” for a final time in Wellington on Sunday night, and it was nothing short of spectacular. More>>

ALSO:

NZ on Air: More Funding For TV Captions To Increase Access

More funding for TV captions to increase access NZ On Air has increased funding to provide more captions and audio description on television programmes for the hearing and sight impaired. More>>

Music: So Laid Back Country China Album Release

On Friday night, So Laid Back Country China held a gig at Meow for the release of their new album With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon. I briefly spoke with Harriet lead vocals, keyboard) and Michael (lead vocals, guitar) before the gig More>>

Art: Wellington Region Celebrates Matariki

Eight Wellington museums and galleries have joined forces to present a major programme of exhibitions and events to celebrate Matariki 2015, the Māori New Year. The Wellington Matariki Festival will host more than 60 free events and activities between Saturday ... More>>

Wellington: TEDxWellingtonWomen Speakers Unveiled

The lineup is announced today for the highly anticipated upcoming event TEDxWellingtonWomen. Speakers include local women and men who have lived extraordinary lives and have ideas worth spreading. More>>


Books: Witi Ihimaera To Address ‘State Of NZ Literature’at Festival

6 May 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Witi Ihimaera to Address ‘State of NZ Literature’ at Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival The New Zealand Book Council has chosen the 2015 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival as the stage for its annual address, which ... More>>

Culture: Historic Māori Portraits Travel To The Czech Republic

Image credit: Gottfried Lindauer, Wahanui Reihana Te Huatare, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915 More>>

Art: Something Felt, Something Shared - Enjoy

Gabrielle Amodeo, Ruby Joy Eade, Clare McLean, Kalya Ward Curated by Emma Ng May 7 – 30, 2015 Opening: Wednesday May 6, 5.30pm Strange frequencies are channelled through personal narratives and poetic placeholders in Something felt, something ... More>>

Culture: Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015

Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015 Images from New Zealand Defence Force Click for big version A bugler plays The Last Post Click for big version A View from the top of the Carillion Click for big version Faces old and young Click for big ... More>>

Television: MediaWorks Announces Dancing With The Stars Hosts

MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ are delighted to announce host Dominic Bowden alongside co-host Sharyn Casey for the hit series Dancing with the Stars. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news