Akoranga o Te Whenua (Land Based Training) are proud to be part of a partnership to support learning and development towards the NZ Certificate in Pest Operations (Level 3) in the Bay of Plenty.

A Mihi whakatau was held at Parawai Marae, Ngongotaha where Manuhiri and Tangata Whenua came together to take the first steps towards this adventure.

Tauira from Kaimai Kaponga (Ngāti Tura Ngāti Te Ngākau) ,Ngā Manawa (Ngāti Hangarau), Wairere Mahi (Ngāti Hinerangi), Te Kapu o Waitaha (Waitahanui a hei), and, Waipupumahana (Tuhourangi Ngāti Wahiao) came together for a two day Noho Marae, Wananga to begin the learning journey with their tutors Pip and Taniele.

“Although the task of undertaking this programme in the nature we are, in collaboration with 5 other roopu who reside in different areas of the Bay of Plenty and Waikato region is a huge undertaking to manage we are excited to be a part of the growth in their capability and capacity, and to witness those light bulb moments, hearing the passion in their korero about the mahi they do. A value we hold fast to within Kaimai Kaponga is ‘Ehara taku toa I te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini’ ‘Success is not the work of an individual but the work of many’ ” Said Taniele Edwards, Tutor.

The mahi for the practical learning in pest operations and conservation is being carried out in the field by the Tauira, with the theory being completed at Parawai Marae.

“This is the second group of Tauira to embark on this training in the Bay of Plenty with the first graduating successfully in 2022.  The key to success is enabling the tutors and community to wrap the learning in mātauranga, taonga tuku iho and mātauranga o te taiao and tikanga – the context of the learning is as important as the qualification itself.” said Linda Weterman, Operations Manager at Land Based Training.