Tell us a little about yourself:

Hi My name is Jack Virtue (Kāi Tahu). I was born and raised in the central North Island on our family farm on the outskirts of Taumarunui. I got a Cadetship at a training farm in the Hawkes Bay called Smedley Station. This was a two year practical work Cadetship where I learnt so many things, from chainsaw work to all things general farm-work in the first year. The second year was working with the stock on the property. Learning stockmanship, breaking in horses and dog training. Most days involved saddling up your horse and riding to work to achieve the objectives given for the day.

What course are you doing?
I came to Lincoln University to study a Diploma in Agriculture in 2015, this was a great course and made me want to carry on my study and do a Diploma in Farm Management.

How did you find out about Whenua Kura?
I found out about the Whenua Kura from a friend of mine from Smedley (Watarawi Ngata) who went on the programme and recommended it to me.

Are you enjoying the programme?
I have enjoyed being involved with Whenua Kura because It has helped me to learn more about my māori side, i.e ancestory/whakapapa.

What’s the best part of your programme?
The best part about the programme would be the opportunities given and the people you meet and study with.

Would you recommend applying for Whenua Kura to others?
I recommend the programme to anyone eligible. Great opportunities evolve from it.

Jack Virtue.

Jack Virtue.

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