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Sunday 24 July, Te PunaWhakareia Marae, Rotoiti. Research Team, Whanau and Rangatahi preparing to depart for Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, Masterton on a five day live in experience of the Centre. Rangatahi had just come off the stage from performing for their Marae in the inter-hapukapahaka challenge. Left to right, Jeff Harvey, Olive Jonas, Lindsay Harvey, Henare Gardiner, ArapoWhata, NaiaWhata, Anthony , Neville King.


Day 1, orientation and first time in a milking shed for some of the Rangatahi.

Experiences included snow, quite a reality check for the Rangatahi as they learnt to work in the tough winter environment.

chainsaw safety and operation
Chainsaw Safety and Operation


Chainsaw theory

Nervous grins after seeing the accident photos in theory class

All concentration as boys prepare to use saws for first time

Perfect safe starting stance

Plenty of one-on-one support

taking care of business
Taking care of business

henare shows his skill at the firewood heap

Naia tackles his first big log

fencing class
Fencing class

Girls leading the way in the fencing module

Tutors at work

Learning to tie off number 8 wire

Continuous tutor support and encouragement

dagging the rams
Dagging the Rams

Dagging practical module

First time holding handpiece and at rear end of a daggy sheep

breaks on the farm
Breaks on the farm

Cuppa tea outside woolshed, rangatahi share their experiences

Loading up to move onto next job, break feeding cattle

day five the return trip home
Day five the return trip home


Back home at Turipuku campus, Rotorua