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. [Read more…]

Tēnā tātou e te whānau whānui o Ngāi Tahu e paruparu ana ōu rikarika i te whenua pai e mahi ana te papa e whāngai i ngā iwi katoa o te Ao.

Over the past months few months, Whenua Hou have been going through many changes including the occupation of Eyre Lodge by our Whenua Kura students. These students have taken up the wero of learning the Jedi ways of dairy farming from our amazing Ngāi Tahu Farming team.

In July we held a whānau event where our Whenua Kura tauira prepared and cooked a hāngī for our Whenua Hou community. [Read more…]

This is a partnership between the Ngāi Tahu Farms, Te Tapuae o Rehua and Lincoln University to develop Māori leadership in agriculture by training cadets on Ngāi Tahu-owned farms. Whenua Kura is open to all Māori, with scholarships available for all those aged 16-40yrs. For more information visit or call 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248).

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A surprise package was waiting for Ngaru O’Reilly when he got home from school on Tuesday 24 November.

Ngaru had the winning ticket in the draw for the tractor and baler that was donated by Drummond & Etheridge, Rolleston, for the Ngāi Tahu Farming Ltd stand at Hui-ā-Iwi.

His mum Shannon, said Ngaru had spent all night playing with it. “He loved the surprise package.” [Read more…]

Just as Te Pānui Rūnaka goes to print, iwi-led agriculture initiative Whenua Kura has confirmed a new Diploma in Agriculture.

The Level 5 Lincoln University qualification is a one-year programme starting in March, 2015. The comprehensive programme offers an introduction to agriculture, sustainable agricultural practice and how to apply mātauranga Māori (knowledge) to land use and management.

Students will live on the Lincoln University campus and the practical 12-week work component will take place on the Ngāi Tahu Farms. [Read more…]

A pōwhiri marked the commencement of studies for the first cohort of Whenua Kura students.

Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri welcomed the students at the event attended by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Hon Steven Joyce at Maahunui Tuarua Marae, Tuahiwi on Wednesday 6 August.

The 14 Māori students, ranging in age from 18-28 also received their full-fee scholarships at the event. [Read more…]

Chris Eruera (Ngāi Tahu) wants to be the first tribal member to manage one of the new Ngāi Tahu dairy farms.
“Our rangatira fought long and hard to re-establish our tribal economic base. They carved a pathway and I’m extremely proud to be here now.”

Chris is second-in-charge of a Ngāi Tahu farm, established at Eyrewell on the northern banks of the Waimakariri River. Three of the planned 14 dairy farms for the complex are in operation, with another three farms due to come into production in time for next season. Among the dairy farms will be 150 hectares of native planting – that’s the size of 300 rugby fields set aside for native biodiversity. Potentially there will be 100 jobs created to support the development. [Read more…]

Interested in an agricultural career?

Ngāi Tahu Farming’s proposed developments will create hundreds of new jobs. To help Ngāi Tahu whānau make the most of this opportunity they have teamed up with Lincoln University and Te Tapuae o Rehua to establish Whenua Kura.

Whenua Kura is an educational pathway that will help Māori gain the qualifications and knowledge to become leaders in the dairy industry. The course will be grounded in our cultural values so these values are reflected in the way Ngāi Tahu farms operate.

On Tuesday 10 December 2013 a tour of the Ngāi Tahu farms will be held for Māori interested in working in the dairy sector.

The Ngāi Tahu farm tour would be suitable for those:

  • Interested in studying a tertiary qualification relating to the agricultural sector
  • Currently studying a tertiary qualification relating to the agricultural sector
  • Interested in working in the dairy sector
  • In the dairy sector and interested in working with Ngāi Tahu Farming.

As part of the tour you will learn more about:

  • Ngāi Tahu Farming’s operations
  • Career pathways in the dairy industry
  • Training pathways to support Māori into leadership roles.

If you are interested and would like to know more please contact Deborah Barton, [email protected] or 03 974 0027 or 021 435 960.

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