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Information for Taratahi students, including Telford students

Information for Taratahi students, including Telford students

Last updated 17 January 2019
Last updated 17 January 2019

Taratahi Institute of Agriculture (Taratahi) went into interim liquidation at the end of 2018.

Our top priority is ensuring students get the information they need to make decisions about ongoing studies. For current Taratahi students, the education providers listed below offer programmes that are comparable to some of the Taratahi programmes. This includes students studying at the Telford campus. Please note that most of the providers below don’t offer residential programmes.

Current Taratahi students can contact these organisations directly to discuss any transfer, including recognising learning for credit, and study options for 2019. Anyone who was intending to study at any of the Taratahi campuses in 2019 can also get in touch with these organisations and we will continue to update this list of study options. You can find more information about primary industry training and education on Primary ITO's website and at careers.govt.nz.

If you are employed as an Industry Trainee or a New Zealand Apprentice with Primary ITO and were undertaking some off-job courses with Taratahi please contact Primary ITO directly. They are making alternative arrangements to complete your training.

If you need your study records then please contact Taratahi in the first instance or NZQA if you need further help. There are more Qs and As for students below the list of educational providers.

Qualification

Provider

Location

Contact details

New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farm Systems) Level 3

Primary ITO (Industry Training Organisation)  https://www.primaryito.ac.nz

National

0800 20 80 20

Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT)
https://www.eit.ac.nz

Hawke’s Bay

06 974 8000
Paul Keats, EIT Head of School

Southern Institute of Technology (SIT)
https://www.sit.ac.nz

Southland / Distance

0800 40 33 37
ext. 3321
Teri McClelland, Head of Faculty

Ag Challenge
https://agchallenge.co.nz

Lower North Island

0800 348 8215 Frances Barrie, Ag Challenge Education Manager

Land Based Training
http://landbasedtraining.co.nz

Central/Lower North Island

0508 87 24 66

National Trade Academy
http://www.nta.co.nz 

Canterbury

03 360 2192

Turanga Ararau
http://turanga-ararau.org.nz

East Coast

0508 38 38 38
Sharon Maynard, Manager

North Tec
https://www.northtec.ac.nz

Northland

0800 162 100

Otago Polytechnic
http://www.op.ac.nz

Otago

0800 765 9276 Alex Huffadine, Otago Polytechnic Head of School

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology
https://toiohomai.ac.nz

Bay of Plenty
Waikato

0800 86 46 46

Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki
https://www.witt.ac.nz

Taranaki

0800 948 869

New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) Level 3

Primary ITO

National

0800 20 80 20

Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT)

Hawke’s Bay

06 974 8000
Paul Keats, EIT Head of School

Otago Polytechnic

Otago

0800 765 9276 Alex Huffadine, Otago Polytechnic Head of School

Southern Institute of Technology (SIT)

Southland / Distance

0800 40 33 37
ext. 3321
Teri McClelland, Head of Faculty

Ag Challenge

Lower North Island

0800 348 8215 Frances Barrie, AgChallenge Education Manager

Land Based Training

Central / Lower North Island

0508 87 24 66

National Trade Academy

Canterbury

03 360 2192

Turanga Ararau

East Coast

0508 38 38 38
Sharon Maynard, Manager

North Tec

 Northland  0800 162 100

Tai Poutini Polytechnic
http://www.tpp.ac.nz

West Coast 0800 800 411

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Bay of Plenty
Waikato
0800 86 46 46

Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki

Taranaki 0800 948 869

Valley Education and Training Enterprises
http://valleyeducation.co.nz

Waikato 07 868 7892

New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture Level 4

Primary ITO

National

0800 2080 20

Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT)

Hawke’s Bay

06 974 8000 Paul Keats, EIT Head of School

Southern Institute of Technology

Southland / Distance

0800 40 33 37
ext. 3321
Teri McClelland, Head of Faculty

Land Based Training

Central / Lower North Island

0508 87 24 66

National Trade Academy

Canterbury

03 360 2192

Turanga Ararau

East Coast

0508 38 38 38
Sharon Maynard, Manager

Waikato Institute of Technology
https://www.wintec.ac.nz

Waikato

0800 294 6832

New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture Level 3

Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT)

Hawke’s Bay

06 974 8000 Paul Keats, EIT Head of School

Southern Institute of Technology (SIT)

Southland / Distance

0800 40 33 37
ext. 3321
Teri McClelland, Head of Faculty

Land Based Training

Central / Lower North Island

0508 87 24 66

Pacific Coast Technical Institute
https://www.pcti.co.nz

National / Distance

0508 28 72 46 or 07 5752185
reception@pcti.co.nz

North Tec

Northland 0800 162 100

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Bay of Plenty 0800 86 46 46
New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills Level 3

Community Colleges New Zealand
http://www.comcol.ac.nz

Canterbury

03 313 2881

National Trade Academy

Canterbury

03 360 2192

New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills Level 2         

Ag Challenge

Lower North Island  0800 348 8215 Frances Barrie, AgChallenge Education Manager

ATC New Zealand
https://visioncollege.ac.nz

Waikato 07 853 0222

Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT)

 Hawke’s Bay 06 974 8000
Paul Keats, EIT Head of School

Land Based Training

Central / Lower North Island 0508 87 24 66

Manukau Institute of Technology
https://www.manukau.ac.nz

Auckland 0800 62 62 52

National Trade Academy

Canterbury 03 360 2192

North Tec

Northland 0800 162 100

Open Polytechnic
https://www.openpolytechnic.ac.nz

Distance 0800 762 786

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Bay of Plenty 0800 86 46 46

Turanga Ararau

East Coast 0508 38 38 38 
Sharon Maynard, Manager

Massey University Diploma in Agriculture Level 5

Massey University
https://www.massey.ac.nz
Any overdue assessments should be handed in to your tutor immediately so that they can be processed.

Wairarapa / 
Telford

Ronnie Stallard,
Academic Registrar
ronnie.stallard@taratahi.ac.nz

Lincoln University Diploma in Agriculture Level 5

Lincoln University
http://www.lincoln.ac.nz

Lincoln

0800 10 60 10
grow@lincoln.ac.nz

New Zealand Diploma in Agribusiness Management Level 5

      
Ara Institute of Canterbury
http://www.ara.ac.nz

Canterbury
Otago

0800 24 24 76

Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT)

Hawke’s Bay

06 974 8000 
Paul Keats, EIT Head of School

North Tec

Northland 0800 162 100

Southern Institute of Technology (SIT)

Southland / Distance 0800 40 33 37
ext. 3321
Teri McClelland, Head of Faculty

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Bay of Plenty 0800 86 46 46

UCOL
https://www.ucol.ac.nz

Manawatu-Wanganui 0800 468 265

Waikato Institute of Technology

Waikato 0800 294 6832

Certificate in Dairy Knowledge Level 4

Certificate in Agriculture Knowledge Level 3

Certificate in Apiculture Knowledge Level 3

Certificate in Sheep Knowledge Level 3

Certificate in Equestrian Knowledge Level 3

Certificate in Wool Technology Level 4

Telford Certificate in Farriery Knowledge

Telford Certificate in Feed Management Knowledge Level 4

There are no other providers or ITO offering these qualifications.

One option is to transfer your study to similar qualifications such as those detailed above or found in this qualification search. You should discuss these options with the provider concerned. A copy of your study record and assessments from Taratahi will be made available to another provider on request.

 

See other primary industry training and education courses at careers.govt.nz, or contact Primary ITO.

Questions and answers

I’m receiving student allowance payments – what happens to those now?

If you are currently receiving a Student Allowance or Student Loan Living Cost payments for your study with Taratahi your payments will continue until 25 January 2019 (unless otherwise advised) to give you time to consider your options. It’s really important that you make a decision on what you want to do as soon as you can and contact StudyLink to let them know what you have decided. Financial assistance may be available even if you can’t start a new course straight away. If you have any concerns you should contact StudyLink and they can help you. 

Where else can I study?

The TEC and NZQA are currently working on identifying potential other study options for current Taratahi students. Information on these options will be on the TEC website as soon as possible.

Do I have to go to one of these other places?

No. If you find an alternative place offering a similar qualification to the one you were studying at Taratahi, you may make your own arrangements to study there instead. If you do wish to approach another place yourself, you should seek advice from StudyLink on how this may affect your fees and financial support.

I have paid fees to Taratahi – what happens to those now?

Taratahi is required to refund the fees for any parts of your course that you haven’t yet completed. You won’t receive a refund for the parts of your course that you have already finished.

If you paid fees using a student loan, any refunded fees for the ‘non-taught’ parts will be paid back to StudyLink to reduce the amount of your loan. This will be listed on your loan statement. If you paid the fees without a student loan, the fees for the non-taught parts will be refunded to you.

I’m a fees-free student at Taratahi – what will happen to me?

If you’re eligible for fees-free study, you won’t be disadvantaged. The TEC and NZQA are currently working on identifying potential study options and, if you complete your studies at another place, the TEC will let your new place of study know what will happen to your fees-free support.

If I'm an industry trainee or a New Zealand apprentice, who do I talk to?

You should contact the Primary Industry Training Organisation (ITO).

I have completed some courses/papers/modules at Taratahi – what will happen to all of this work?

Your new place of study will look at what you did at Taratahi and give you recognition for that work where appropriate. They will have a process for what parts of your course they can recognise.

Your new study provider will want to see your course work and results so please take copies of your results or transcripts when you go to meet them or have them with you when you contact them. Taratahi will also make records of your study available to your new provider.

You will not have to pay additional fees if there is enough evidence that you have satisfactorily completed that learning at Taratahi. If you choose not to continue your studies for now, the portions of your qualifications you have completed may still be recorded by NZQA.

Is there a difference for students who have paid fees to Public Trust and students who have paid via StudyLink?

Public Trust pays your fees to Taratahi, as detailed on your Fee Protect Student Acknowledgement Form, through time-scheduled instalments. If your course does not finish in 2018, or you have not yet started your course, we will still hold some of your fees. Taratahi are entitled to payment for the tuition they have provided and you are then entitled to a refund of the remaining fees in trust. If you paid your fees to Public Trust your refund can be paid to a bank account in your name, or to your new training provider if you have one organised. If you have paid via StudyLink your fees will need to be returned to StudyLink.

I’m enrolled for 2019 but I haven’t started studying at Taratahi yet – what do I do?

Any fees you have already paid will be secured with the Public Trust. Please contact feeprotect@publictrust.co.nz who will be able to help you through the process of getting a fee refund.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

My questions are about…..

Who I should contact

Contact details

Alternative study options

TEC

TaratahiStudents@tec.govt.nz

0800 601 301

Study records

Taratahi and NZQA

Taratahistudent@nzqa.govt.nz

Fee refunds

Public Trust

feeprotect@publictrust.co.nz

Financial support from StudyLink or Work and Income

Ministry of Social Development:

  • StudyLink
  • Work and Income

StudyLink: 0800 88 99 00

Work and Income: 0800 559 009

Please have your client number handy

Fees Free

TEC

0800 687 775

feesfree@tec.govt.nz

Industry training or NZ apprenticeship

Primary ITO

0800 20 80 20

info@primaryito.ac.nz

If you would like to talk to someone confidentially about how you are feeling, or if you are concerned about someone else, you may like to call:

Lifeline (open 24/7): 0800 543 354

Samaritans (open 24/7): 0800 726 666

Youthline (open 24/7): 0800 376 633. You can also text 234 for free between 8.00am and midnight, or email talk@youthline.co.nz

Your local Rural Support Trust:   0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP)

And you can also use the resources and contact details available from the Mental Health Foundation