Our Partners

Primary ITO has established a number of effective partnerships to extend the education and training culture across the primary industry sectors.

Industry Bodies
As an organisation, we are very fortunate to have the support and financial backing of our industry. Our industry funders include Beef + Lamb New ZealandDairy NZNew Zealand Pork Industry BoardPoultry Industry Association of NZ.

Primary ITO is also an official network partner of the Dairy Women's Network.

The strong working relationship we have with these bodies and the funding they contribute provides a firm foundation for our nationally recognised training system.


Providers contribute in a very substantial way to the success of our trainees. Polytechnics and private training establishments provide flexibility and enable us to deliver training in remote areas and on specialist topics. 

Primary ITO’s partnership with providers is very important to our industry training system and is a key factor in its success. We value their indispensable contribution, without which there would be no comprehensive industry training system in New Zealand.

Government Agencies 
Strategic partnerships with relevant government agencies are a vital means of ensuring that a skills training agenda is advanced and government resources are used as effectively as possible. Primary ITO has an excellent working relationship with the Tertiary Education Commission.

We also collaborate with a range of government agencies, including the education agencies: 

Māori and Pacific Groups
As a member of the Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) Trust's EEO Employers Group, Primary ITO works closely with Māori and Pacific people stakeholder groups at local and regional levels, as well as relevant government agencies. The aim is to create a greater awareness of the benefits in taking up training in our industries.

Federated Farmers
Federated Farmers is a leading rural organisation in New Zealand with 17,000 members around the country.

PICA is the Primary Industry Capability Alliance, it aims to provide clarity and guidance for those interested in pursuing a career in the New Zealand agricultural industry.