This programme is designed to give senior students (Years 11-13) a head start in their chosen career by providing a pathway between school and the workplace. Structured workplace learning is assessed and evaluated through unit or achievement standards and students can have these credited towards national qualifications or a Vocational Pathways Award.
The Gateway Programme also opens up opportunities for potential apprenticeships and future employment and is an especially valuable tool to help students decide on the best career for them via practical experience.
Wairakei Estate welcomes Ethan Asher
Wairakei Estate supports the Gateway Programme and is pleased to have Taupo Nui a Tia student, Ethan Asher, working with the Kiwi Grazing team for one day a week over this next school term.
Wednesday, 25 July 2018
Ethan was inducted into our Wairakei Health & Safety Management Programme in advance of joining Aaron Church on Tauhara Farm.
On arrival at the Farm Aaron gave Ethan instruction on how to check the tyre pressure and how to drive the side-by-side, how to drive the tractor and how to erect temporary elastic fencing.
Thursday, 09 August 2018
Ethan assisted Brent Campin, Block Manager at Ponderosa Dairy Unit. Ethan learnt how to use a bolus or balling gun to efficiently administer oral medication to the heifers.
Wednesday, 22 August 2018
After a short absence to sit exams Ethan returned to Wairakei Estate to spend time with Paul Mason, Block Manager at Tainui Dairy Unit. The morning was spent shifting stock around the various blocks, checking on aspects of animal health and Paul also showed Ethan how to undertake pasture analysis.
The afternoon was spent erecting some fencing, old school style, by digging the fence post holes manually and ramming in the fence posts.
29 August – 19 September 2018
After spending some time with Aaron and the Kiwi Grazing team, Aaron suggested Ethan expand his horizon and spend some time with Landcorp, and Spring Sheep and also do some milking. The following week Ethan was collected at 3am to go milking with the Agriculture students at Toi Ohomai in Taupo. He did not mind getting up so early and had a great morning milking cows and learning this valuable skill. We contacted Jo Triggs at Spring Sheep Co. to see if Ethan could spend some time at St Kilda and Jo was happy to have him join her team. Ethan spend the day with the lambs in the rearing shed. He helped training lambs to feed by putting them on a ‘teat board’. Once the lambs were fed, the holding pens were cleaned out and fresh sawdust put down. Jo received excellent feedback about Ethan from the team that worked alongside him.
Before finishing for the school holidays Ethan assisted Lee Church, Acting Farm Manager, and his team at Orakonui Dairy support. Orakonui Dairy support is Landcorp’s run of blocks on the Estate where young calves are reared and used for dry stock grazing. Ethan assisted with grass measurement then compiled the feed cover data, into maps for the rest of the team to use. One of the vets asked Ethan to assist him on one of his visits, and as a result he learned about lameness in cattle and other health issues that he may encounter.
Ethan will be off to study at Lincoln University in 2019, where he will attend a one-year course in agriculture. This foundation course is designed to help him decide what direction he would like to focus on within the agriculture sector.
Currently Ethan is working with Lee on a permanent part-time basis until he leaves for university, and he will also be welcome back at Landcorp during his semester breaks.
We have enjoyed having Ethan with us, on Wairakei Estate, and wish him all the best for the future.