Study for an exciting career in horticulture in a wide range of certificate and diploma programmes in New Zealand’s premium food producing region.

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National Certificate in Horticulture (Practical) – Level 1

Are you ready to cultivate a future in horticulture? If you like getting your hands dirty and making things grow this certificate is for you. From soil types and propagation to irrigation and harvesting, your future nurturing nature starts here.

This programme aims to provide you with the broad knowledge and skills necessary for entry level employment or further study in the horticulture field. Upon graduation possible employment includes working on your own home garden, lifestyle block, community project or in the horticulture industry.

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Mathew Cheer, National Diploma in Agribusiness Management (NDAM)

After 10 years in London, Mathew Cheer returned to New Zealand to find rural industries had changed and progressed.

Recognising the need to upskill, Matt enrolled at EIT and is now into his second year of study towards a National Diploma in Agribusiness Management.

Originally from Norsewood where his family run sheep and cattle on a 40-acre lifestyle block, he went to Dannevirke High School and worked on a dairy farm and then for Williams & Kettle in Dannevirke, Taupo and Waipukurau.

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Tim Lloyd-Jones

I have been working in the agricultural sector for over forty years. Originally from the UK I emigrated to NZ in 1986 and worked as a dairy farm manager in the Waikato. From 1995-2009 my wife, family and I lived in Tanzania, East Africa working in the area of community development. I facilitated farmers groups to help enable them better use  their resources and improve their livelihoods. I also taught agriculture at certificate level.

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Agribusiness Consultant joins EIT Council

Newly appointed to the EIT Council, Gisborne-based agribusiness consultant Hilton Collier believes diversity in educational programmes enhances the interconnectedness of communities like Tairāwhiti read more....


EIT together with Taratahi offer a practical and hands on learning experience.  Our rural section runs a 45 ha. sheep and beef farm with sheep and cattle yards and a woolshed.  Well stocked tractor and implement sheds provide students with the fencing, handpiece and forestry equipment to learn a wide range of agricultural skills.  A demonstration vineyard is sited adjacent to the winery, as well as greenhouses, hydroponics and workrooms.

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