6 Aug 2013

Iwi team up with Lincoln University to train young farmers

6:43 am on 6 August 2013

Two Waikato iwi that have partnered with Lincoln University to develop a new agricultural training centre have identified who they want in their new programme.

Ngati Koroki Kahukura and Ngati Haua are formulating a new certificate programme with the intention of running three courses in collaboration with the Canterbury tertiary provider.

The two Waikato tribes and Lincoln University want to target young people who have slipped through the cracks and help them learn about agriculture.

The three parties signed a memoradum of understanding which aims to create a new farming certificate course, as well as set up a new training centre in the Waikato region.

Ngati Koriki Kahukura and Ngati Haua descendant Willie Te Aho said the training centre will target teenagers who don't go through the formal education system and are looking for ways to use their talents.

He said it's an exciting time as the iwi continues to build a relationship with education providers and the Crown.

Mr Te Aho said the courses will be finalised over the next two months and ready to start at the beginning of next year.