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Tuesday July 4 2017

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‘NTA’ a hidden gem at McLeans Island At McLeans Island, you will find an educational institute providing land based courses, supported by commercial enterprises offering its students work experience. The public can also experience visitor attractions including horse trekking and a farm park.


Animal Care

People interested in farming can study a New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture. The academy’s agricultural courses cover the dairy industry where job availability is high, sheep, beef and arable farming.

A Certificate in Animal Care, level 3 is the first step towards a qualification and employment in the animal care industry. This certificate is ideal for people wishing to continue with further study in vet nursing or who want to work in a kennel, cattery or pet shop.

Students learn about: livestock handling, feeding, welfare and reproduction; safe work practices; land sustainability and soil management; weed control and pest identification; pasture management; farm fencing, farm technology, vehicles and machinery; and more.

NTA also offers the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology, ‘Rural Animal Technician’ strand at level 5, for graduates aiming to work as Rural Animal Technicians for rural veterinarian practices.

Students learn about all domestic and rural animals, utilising the Arion Farm Park to complete practical components of the course, where they take responsibility for the day-to-day care of the farm park’s animals.

The practical skills required for working in agriculture are emphasised with considerable hands-on time spent, on the Academy’s training farm and commercial farms. The National Trade Academy has numerous contacts in the industry with their own recruitment consultant responsible for work placement opportunities.

Arion Farm Education Park The Arion Farm Park is open to visitors where you can see, touch and feed a variety of farm animals, and also hosts children’s parties and pony rides. The park is open 7 days, 10am-3pm,

Arion Horse Trekking Arion Horse Trekking through the West Melton Forest is ideal for corporate team building, Christmas parties, family fun days, or a group of friends; available as a 1-2 hour or half day option. Horse treks or lead rein walks are also available for birthday parties. Book now on: 021 467 618.

ENROLLING NOW Equine Popular courses at the National Trade Academy are the New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills, levels 2, 3 and 4. Students gain hands-on work experience on a day-to-day basis with over 35 horses stabled at the multi-purpose ‘Arion Riding Centre’. Subjects covered include: horse care and handling; stable management; conformation and health; feeding and pasture management; lunging; riding; and more. Each course provides a pathway to further study and is the next step towards employment in areas such as: stable or stud assistants; saddleries; riding centres; stable management or working in tourism ventures like horse trekking.

Arion Riding Centre Based at NTA is the Arion Riding Centre, providing riding instruction and lessons in horsemanship to all age groups, from beginners to more established riders. With a dressage and show jumping arena, cross country schooling area, and affiliation to the Pony Club Association, the Centre is a top class facility for a range of disciplines. Riding lessons are available 6 days per week. See

Horticulture A wide range of opportunities are available in horticulture – specialising in nursery, production, orchard work, viticulture, landscaping and more. NTA students can study towards a New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture at levels 2 or 3, with the option to specialise in industry strands, learning in a practical manner which includes working in the Academy’s commercial nursery. Courses are available as full-time or part-time options, suitable for: school leavers as a pre-employment course; people in the workforce who wish to up-skill; those looking for a career change; lifestyle block owners who want to learn how to utilise their land; or people interested in gardening.

Commercial nursery NTA’s wholesale nursery is open to for public viewing and purchase of plants from the new café at the Arion Farm Park (opening in spring).

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