Northern News : November 9th 2011
7 NORTHERN NEWS, NOVEMBER 9, 2011 NEWS 78 Waimate North Road, Kerikeri Phone 09 407 5236 www.springbank.school.nz SEE SPRINGBANK SCHOOL IN ACTION OPEN DAY Tuesday November 15th (9am-12pm) One of New Zealands premier independent schools located right here in Kerikeri Years1-13 World Class Cambridge Curriculum Positve Learning Environment APPLICATIONS FOR 2012 OPEN NOW 4164751AA Agricultural training centres team up Future farmer: Taratahi student Hana Brightwell with her dogs. Drenching time: Students Ricky Skipper and Mitch Kelly. NorthTec has sealed a new education alliance with Taratahi Agricultural Train- ing Centre to provide training to students wanting a start in the agriculture industry. Taratahi is the country's oldest and largest provider of vocational agricultural train- ing and has an established residential campus in Masterton. It offers a range of pro- grammes in the Wairarapa, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay and Rodney and is a leader in the field of agricultural edu- cation. NorthTec chief executive Paul Binney says the part- nership is important to meet the training needs of the agri- cultural sector in the North- land region. Agriculture is Northland's fourth largest industry and its biggest employer with dairy, beef, deer and sheep farms all operating in the region, meaning there is good potential for graduates to find work after completing their qualifications,'' Mr Bin- ney says. Taratahi chief executive Donovan Wearing says the partnership with NorthTec will bring the organisation's well-established agricultural training programmes to students in the Northland region. Our educational delivery model is built on ensuring students gain real experience on real farms under the tutel- age of experienced staff,'' he says. Practical training is backed up with relevant theoretical knowledge and our graduates are ultimately well sought after within the industry.'' For 2012, both the level 3 national certificate in farm- ing skills (work ready) and the certificate in general farm skills courses will be offered in Northland. The national certificate is offered as a fulltime year-long course. Students can focus on either sheep and cattle or dairy farming while gaining all-round skills to be ready for their first job when the course is complete. The general farm skills cer- tificate is a qualification that provides those either without any previous farm experi- ence, or those seeking formal qualifications, an extensive range of course options, including health and safety, forestry and agri-chemicals, all-terrain vehicle use, fenc- ing, relief milking, calf- rearing, animal health, soils and fertilisers, tractors and chainsaw use. The courses will be held on a number of farms and venues throughout North- land. Taratahi welcomes offers for further farms in the Northland region that can be used as training venues. Rare shorebirds get a hand Helping hand: Friends of Rarawa Beach discuss protection for the rare dotterels nesting there. Leggy: A dotterel chick. A group of Far North locals have been getting up close and personal with some leggy blondes at Rarawa Beach recently. These leggy visitors are none other than a group of New Zealand dotterels breeding at Rarawa Beach. The community group Friends of Rarawa Beach has been doing all it can to help the critically endangered shorebirds. Group member Betsy Young says the group has planted pingao, built a fence to keep onlookers at a dis- tance, and cleared rubbish off the beach. Rarawa Beach is an important breeding area for the New Zealand dotterel which is a highly endangered species with only around 1500 birds left in the world. DOC Kaitaia community relations ranger Kylie McDowell says the group needs more volunteers to take up various roles, such as pest control, getting new dotterel signs in the area and weed control. By joining Friends of Rarawa Beach, you too can help the Far North dotterel family grow,'' Kylie says. An open day is being organised soon after Novem- ber 20 by Friends of Rarawa Beach for anyone who would like to get involved in help- ing the dotterels. For more information on the open day date and how you can join Friends of Rarawa Beach phone Vicky Rawnsley on (09) 409-8898.
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