Whenua Kura

Opportunities for Māori in agriculture

WK_logo1(resized)Our land industries need more Māori leaders. If you want to learn best-practice farming in a supportive and fun environment that will lead to a globally recognised qualification and an exciting career in the primary industries, then Whenua Kura is the place for you.

Whenua Kura is a Ngāi Tahu led partnership between Te Tapuae o Rehua, Ngāi Tahu Farming and Lincoln University

In late February 2017, Whenua Kura will be offering a suite of Lincoln University qualifications in agriculture and horticulture.

Whenua Kura offers students:

  • Full tuition fees scholarships (ages 16 – 40)
  • An internationally recognised Lincoln University qualification
  • A supportive and fun learning environment – at the Ngāi Tahu Farms, on the marae and at Lincoln University
  • Assistance in arranging accommodation
  • A curriculum built on Ngāi Tahu values – kaitiakitanga, manaakitanga and rangatiratanga – and application of mātauranga Māori (knowledge) to land use and management
  • A Māori mentor
  • Progression into higher levels of study at Lincoln University, training and career acceleration
  • Help getting a job

If you are interested in any of the following qualifications, please contact Letitia Goldsmith on 0800 5248248 or via email Letitia.Goldsmith@tetapuae.co.nz

Certificate in Farming (Dairy) (Level 3)

The Certificate in Farming (Dairy) (Level 3) suits school leavers, people who have changed careers, or adult learners new to the agriculture industry. The knowledge and skills gained will help ensure you are prepared to move into employment on the farm, either as a dairy assistant or in general agricultural farming. All graduates will have the opportunity to progress their career in the dairy industry through further study.

Certificate in Agriculture (Level 3)

The Certificate in Agriculture (Level 3) is designed to give you the skills to be a modern, progressive farmer. Lincoln’s Telford campus offers small classes with a hands on training emphasis. About two out of three weeks will involve farm placements or workshop modules. The knowledge and skills gained will help ensure you are able to confidently undertake a variety of tasks. Shepherds, contractors, farm assistants, shearers, stock agents, wool handlers, sharemilkers, and relief milkers are just a few of the positions in which graduates are employed.

Certificate in Organic Horticulture (Level 3)

This course provides key knowledge and skills required for successful organic growing. The overall aim is to build ecosystems, promote biodiversity and increase soil and plant health, instead of relying on artificial fertilisers and sprays that damage the environment. The latest trends, techniques and methods in sustainable farming, both internationally and in New Zealand are explored and a practical, science- based approach is used to separate myth from fact. You will be introduced to a range of design and management systems.

Certificate in Apiculture (Level3)

This course focuses on practical and theoretical learning and includes work experience with commercial beekeepers. You will learn about bee behaviour, pollination, colony behaviour, hive management and manipulation, disease identification, queen bee rearing and extracting honey. The commercial aspects of the industry, such as marketing and administration. Graduates work in New Zealand and overseas as commercial beekeepers, in research, on family owned land, and as industry consultants operating, owning or managing small to large scale apiculture operations.

Diploma in Agriculture (Level 5)

The Diploma in Agriculture will give you farm and business management skills, including computing and communication, livestock production systems, farm management systems, plant and animal health and care, and engineering to soils and soil management. We’ll put you out to pasture on at least two different types of farm for 12 weeks to get your hands dirty and your mind working. When you’re done, you’ll be part of a progressive rural service sector that supports New Zealand’s farming community.

Diploma in Farm Management (Level 6)

If you want to tell other people what to do, then do the advanced Level 6 Diploma in Farm Management (DipFarmMgt) at our Te Waihora campus in Lincoln. Found all over the primary sector, our graduates include on-farm managers and owners through to policy makers. The Diploma in Farm Management requires students to undertake additional practical work. This is an industry initiative in conjunction with Lincoln University. It provides experiences in a broad range of career opportunities in agriculture and associated industries.

What you will need

Our Certificate courses do require adequate level of literacy and numeracy and at least three years of secondary school with NCEA Level 1 or equivalent. Note these are highly practical programmes with physical elements. Please contact us if you need help reaching the entry criteria or have any questions.

To register your interest or for further information, please contact:
Letitia Goldsmith
Phone 0800 KAITAHU or 0800 5248248
Email Letitia.Goldsmith@tetapuae.co.nz