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Otiwhiti Station Land Based Training School

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The School is in its tenth year and since 2007 it has gained a reputation for educating and training students both in theory and practical. Trainees have proven to be well skilled, employable and valuable shepherds in the Hunterville region and surrounding hill country.

“In my first year I have really grown to enjoy my time since I have been here. Otiwhiti has a lot to offer for anyone interested in the sheep and beef industry. The tutors are very experienced in all ways and have lots of time and patience”.
- Sam Davison, First Year Cadet

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List of Sponsors
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List of Sponsors

List of Sponsors

  • Beef + Lamb New Zealand (link)
  • True Test Group (link)
  • FMG
  • Hunterville Vet Club
  • NZX Agri

Students have been granted money to attend from a number of different sources.

  • Whanganui Trust
  • Harwood Farm Trust
  • Ann Sinclair Trust
  • LA Alexander
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Become a Sponsor

The Otiwhiti Station Land Based Training Farm School is a not for profit charitable company (registered charity no. CC48949). This company is run by a board of directors comprising of Malcolm Nitschke (chairman), Martin Walshe (director), Rob Gollan (director) and Charlie Duncan (director). A third of the funding is reliant on sponsorship, donations and fundraising events. The balance of the funding is from the cadets paying a modest accommodation fee and course fee.

There are many ways in which you can help us and we greatly appreciate all donations made. Your generosity will enable us to continue our work in providing a training facility and programme that enables us to achieve our aim: To give students an opportunity to enhance and develop their skills and knowledge to become good hill country employees. This will help them to decide what employment pathways they may choose for their future in the field of agriculture.

The ways in which you can help are:

Become a sponsor
Make a monetary donation
Make a donation of goods or services

The New Zealand Inland Revenue Department tax credit policy enables donors to claim a tax credit. For more information on this please click on the following link.

http://www.ird.govt.nz/income-tax-individual/tax-credits/dch-taxcredits/

For further information on any of the above or if you have any other enquiries on Otiwhiti please do not hesitate to contact us.

Current Sponsors

We continue to seek and have been grateful to receive donations and sponsorships from companies willing to support and contribute to the development and success of the school.

These sponsorships have been used for development of facilities such as the kitchen and wireless internet.  If you would like to become a sponsor of Otiwhiti Station Land Based Training Agricultural School, please contact us on 0508 872 466

We would like to thank the following major sponsors, please also show them your support.

Qualifications


New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture Level 3

This programme is designed to develop the career of those people who have completed Level 2 training in agriculture or have equivalent experience working on farms, and would like to advance towards farm management.

It is primarily for people who will be working largely unsupervised in the agricultural industry.

By the end of the programme they should be able to plan ahead to anticipate and plan for actions required for the next year as well as plan day-to-day activities that include all aspects of farm management.

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Land Based Training Limited is accredited to teach it.


New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture Level 4

This programme is designed to develop the career of those people who have completed Level 3 training in agriculture or have equivalent experience working on farms, and would like to advance towards farm management. Initially, their next step would be positions such as herd and stock managers.

It is primarily for people who will be working largely unsupervised in the agricultural industry. By the end of the programme they should be able to plan ahead to anticipate and plan for actions required for the next year as well as plan day-to-day activities that include all aspects of farm management.

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Land Based Training Limited is accredited to teach it.

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The object of your desire is not an object

Farm trainees at Otiwhiti Station live on site. ‘Otiwhiti is considered by Land Based Training and its stakeholders as an exemplary training site, here trainees are fed, accommodated, taught and employed on site. The training provided on the station far exceeds the minimum requirements of the Certificate in Agriculture’ - NZQA EER Report May 2011.

The total area of Otiwhiti Station is 3,250 hectares and has now been purchased by two parts of the Duncan Family. The station buildings include the homestead, manager’s residence, shepherd residence, cook-house and single shepherds’ quarters.

The Otiwhiti Station Land Based Training cadets have access to the property, staff time and facilities to enhance and teach hill country sheep and cattle skills to a select group of not more than ten cadets in the first year. There is opportunities for employment made available for the second year in and around the community as well as studying in a structured Level 4 qualification.

Hi, I'm Charlie. I am a shareholder and director of Duncan Land Company which operates Otiwhiti Station. I am responsible for the practical training and the day to day running of Otiwhiti and the cadets. I see a real need in the farming communities to train young people in the necessary practical skills to become good employees in the sheep and beef industry.

Charlie Duncan
Director

Hi, I am the Managing Director of LBT and we are proud to run a joint-venture with Otiwhiti Station. I have been involved with training people in agriculture for the past 16 years and have a passion to see young adults move into and be successful in the agriculture industry.

Rob Gollan
Director

Hi, I am the Academic Manager for LBT and the main contact for student enrolments and administration here at Otiwhiti Station. I also work with the cadets around self-assessment ensuring continual improvements are made to our programmes so we can achieve the best possible outcomes for them and our stakeholders.

Frances Barrie
Academic Manager

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