Primary Industries

Te Tauihu is the sun-drenched home of essential primary industries like aquaculture, apiculture, conservation, horticulture, viticulture, and winemaking.
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In Nelson Tasman, NMIT collaborates with industry partners and the Department of Conservation (DOC) to produce apiculture, conservation and horticulture programmes that build practical skills vital to regions across Aotearoa.

Nelson, central to marine and fishery businesses from Golden Bay to the Marlborough Sounds, is the perfect place to study aquaculture and marine conservation with on-campus, purpose-built labs, expert industry-connected tutors, practical field trips and research opportunities in conjunction with the Cawthron Institute and industry leaders.

The Marlborough Campus has world-leading viticulture and winemaking training and research facilities at the forefront of innovation.

Whether you want to gain the skills to work regionally or build your experience to take you worldwide, this is the best place in New Zealand to study.

On-the-job training

Don’t let work get in the way of upskilling or gaining qualifications.

NMIT programmes are designed to support industry by providing breaks around critical times of the season, allowing seasonal workers to upskill or specialise and focus on learning in a way that suits them for the next season.

Many of our primary industry students work regionally across Aotearoa using online classes and study tools while receiving student and pastoral support just like any other on-campus student.

This allows learners to concentrate on jobs and self-direct their study, apply it at the workplace and still gain the advantage of being on-campus for block courses to learn specialist methods, experience new technology and be a part of research projects.

Programmes at levels 2 – 5 also have learning that can be applied across different primary industries.

The power of Te Pūkenga means that NMIT works closely with Primary Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) to deliver several programmes. We can also work directly with employers to upskill workforces with a focus on specific skills tailored to empower teams.

NMIT also delivers practical training to iwi and community groups to encourage the growth of knowledge across our rohe (region).

Following seasonal work isn’t restricted to New Zealand either. Our well-connected, well-travelled tutors have successfully placed students in international exchange and seasonal work abroad across some of the best wineries in Australia, Europe and the States.

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