June Training Sector Update

Posted By HBFA | June 23, 2023

Kia ora koutou,

It was a privilege to attend the Ahu Whenua Young Māori Grower of the year award last week in Tauranga, and amazing to see three bright young women, all orchardists, as finalists.  Our hearty congratulations go to Grace Rehu, from TnG for winning this prestigious competition, and her managers and whanau who have supported her.  Also congratulations to Ngai Tukairangi Trust for making the finals for grower of the year.

Our programs are all in full swing, but we will be running our year one (CPIOS course) again starting mid July, if there is demand.  Some current students on this course will complete by the end of July and have the option of joining the year 2s for two courses and have a taste of the work ahead.

We have had a few students over the last year who have struggled at EIT as English is their second language.  So we have been talking with our English teaching faculty and will be running a short course, English for orchard workers, starting mid July.  This free course will be over 12 weeks, two hours a week, and have flexible learning according to what the group needs most.  If you have any students you think would benefit from this please get in touch with Clare.

We have Growsafe and First Aid both running in July – there is a fee of $500 for both courses.  If you wish your student to attend, please let Clare know.

The successful Post-harvest level 5 diploma will resume on the 27th July at the Hastings campus.  This year the focus is on quality management, Crop Physiology, and health and safety.  Anyone part way through the program will need to re-enrol and anyone who wishes to join the program will need to contact Chris Thorman cthorman@eit.ac.nz

Noho ora mai,



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