Pastoral Farming and our Region

Meat and wool production and processing continues to be the backbone of the regional economy of both Gisborne and Hawkes Bay however there is still considerable potential for
increased production for farming from underutilised land, particularly Māori owned land. From Hastings through to Gisborne East Coast there are numerous Māori farming enterprises, some owning two to three farms each but only a very small number of them are managed by Māori. Although the programme focuses on upskilling
Māori to manage their own enterprises, it is not to the exclusion of others who want to join. 

As a response, and WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH INDUSTRY AND IWI through the Tairāwhiti Farm Cadet Scheme Consortium, we are continuing to offer our extended two year farm cadet programme that focuses on upskilling our taiohi for our local farming industry. 

We have a training base at Tiniroto where our cadets are involved in the management and development of our training farm including determining and reviewing the stock policy, planning, decision making and attending to the day to day operations of the farm. Our other bases are at Waingake in Gisborne and Railway Road in Hastings where learning takes place on local farms. Scholarship places available through the Māori Trade Training Programme.

What do we want to achieve:

• A dynamic farm cadet scheme that is fully supported by industry and Iwi and relevant to their
needs and aspirations

• Our cadets to acquire the skills, knowledge and qualifications to set them onto a pathway of
advanced study and sustainable and meaningful employment in the local farming industry.

• To provide for the future needs of the industry with a highly skilled labour force prepared to
adapt to new technology, farming systems and management practices


‘Iti te matakahi, paoa atu anō, nā, potapota noa’

‘While a wedge is small, when struck repeatedly a clean break results’