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19 May - 12:09 pm NZ
Updated at 7:10 pm on 11 February 2013
A training centre set up to get more tangata whenua into farming has taken on its first students.
Eight people have so far signed up for lessons on a South Taranaki dairy farm owned by Te Rua o Te Moko.
It sits on blocks of customary land in Normanby - collectively controlled by 1100 owners.
The teaching project's a collaboration between the farm and Land Based Training - and students will leave with a Level 3 National Certificate in Agriculture.
A director with the company and a Maori land block owner, Doug Brooks, says it's a new life for some of the students.
He says some of them have been unemployed and drawing benefits up to now - and they're keen to out of the doldrums and into work.
Mr Brooks says the training will give the students the skills to run Maori-owned farms.
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