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Horticulturalist of the Year Competition showcases talent

22 November 2023

Primary ITO | Te Pūkenga learner and Nelson orchardist Meryn Whitehead is the winner of the coveted title of New Zealand Young Horticulturist of the Year, after a tightly fought contest in Auckland.

Bite-sized vehicle and machinery training

1 June 2023

From tractors to quad bikes and everything in between. Get yourself or your team trained with our hugely popular vehicle and machinery micro-credentials in 2023!

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The best projects need the best supervisors

29 May 2023

Arboriculture is a highly specialised trade and the demands on supervisors are also highly specialised. That’s why Primary ITO | Te Pūkenga has launched a new Level 5 New Zealand Certificate in Arboriculture Supervisory Operations strand.

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Reaching for the top

2 February 2023

An all-new arboriculture programme is the final piece of training for technical arborists wanting to reach the top in their trade.

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Leadership programme develops primary sector team

16 January 2023

From agriculture to horticulture, vineyards to fish farms, and everything in between, strong team leadership skills are essential to building a successful and high performing team.

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Sami Climbs to the Top of her Game

2 July 2018

Sami Baker, this year's Primary ITO Got a Trade Ambassador, clearly remembers driving past a crew of arborists in Christchurch years ago who were dangling from trees holding chainsaws and thinking ‘that would be a dream job’.

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How Qualifications Can Help Arborists Stay Safe at Work

27 February 2018

Climbing tall trees and wielding chainsaws is a dangerous business, so health and safety is a top priority for employers such as Franklin Trees.

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Arboriculture Provides Winning Career Path For Josh

8 December 2017

Auckland University graduate Josh Symes held a degree in geography and environmental science but like so many other young people, he was left wondering ‘what now?’

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Primary ITO Study Helps Chrissy Climb Straight To The Top

8 December 2017

She is a five times world tree climbing champion but Chrissy Spence still remembers her first ever arboriculture job when she realised she was “petrified” of heights.

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Demand Increases for Qualified Arborists In New Zealand

19 September 2017

Trained, highly-skilled, experienced arborists are hard to come by in New Zealand right now.