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Farmers thrive with financial support for training and apprenticeships

24 September 2021

In the Hawke’s Bay, financial support for training fees and apprenticeship costs is making a big difference on farms.

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Te Ao Māori – showcasing values and connections

13 August 2021

Things look a little different at Primary ITO across on our new Te Ao Māori website.

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Covid-19 brings career changes and opportunities in horticulture

11 August 2021

Covid 19 has disrupted life for many and for some it has been in a good way prompting a career change to work in the horticulture sector, something Auckland Botanic Gardens collection curator Pippa Lucas welcomes.

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Qualifications bring opportunity for whānau and whenua

21 July 2021

Ngāti Kuri iwi in the beautiful Far North descend from the founding peoples of Aotearoa’s northern most peninsula Te Hiku o Te Ika, where they cherish their whenua and put their mahi into looking after it and their people for future generations to come.

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Ako leads Young Māori Farmer winner to success

9 July 2021

Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer of the year winner Quinn Morgan almost gave up on finding a job in Aotearoa in 2020 and was headed back to Australia to live with his young whānau when he landed a job on a dairy farm.

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Handsome Landscapers Apprenticeship Success

29 June 2021

Handsome Landscapes company owner Hadley Boyce was one of the Primary ITO's first graduates in the Landscaping Apprenticeship, under Primary ITO Training Adviser Jonathan Gradwell.

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New Vehicle short courses

28 June 2021

Are vehicles part of your job? Do your staff need vehicle skills?

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Returning to sheep and beef industry roots

3 June 2021

Sheep and beef farming is in the blood for Primary ITO training adviser Ginny Tocher, and she’s using her experience to help learners grow their careers on the farm.

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Musician reaches the high notes with petrochemical operations study

26 May 2021

High up on a ladder checking machinery in a North Island agricultural manufacturing plant, you might not expect to find a high achieving musician who trained for a decade with the world’s best at a famous European music academy.

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Meet Ohu - a great Trades Academy success story

21 May 2021

I was met with a huge hug from one of our fantastic success stories, the lovely Ohu Unga, a former Trades Academy student at Waiheke High School who is now working at Casita Miro Vineyard.