There's a future for every talent in our innovative food & fibre sectors.

Teacher resources

This is the beginning of a GrowingNZ directory of primary sectors-related resources for teachers. 

We invite teachers and careers advisers to select an activity to get involved in and get an insight into the opportunities that exist for young people in the primary sectors.

This is a work experience programme that is designed to meet the needs and interests of students, schools and employers. It offers the opportunity for students to experience work settings in a manner that is manageable for schools and businesses. It is based on a carefully researched programme structure. This format was developed and is being used with success in the United Kingdom and Australia. It has been piloted in New Zealand and is ready to go.

Presented by:

See the Work Inspiration website

The Teachers' Day Out is a professional development day for teachers, show-casing the range of careers available in the primary sectors. With focus on science, technology and business, this is a fantastic opportunity to take a closer look at how various careers relate to your teaching in the classroom. 

Make the journey from farm to plate, and see the wide range of primary sector careers - using the agribusinesses in your region!

Teachers’ Day Out 2018 will be hosted at seven locations throughout New Zealand - six hosted by NZ Young Farmers, and one by GrowingNZ and Dairy NZ.

Numbers are limited, so RSVP for the event in your region now!

Tuesday the 6th of November - Hawkes Bay
Friday the 9th of November - Raglan
Friday the 16th of November - Auckland (Pukekohe)
Tuesday the 20th of November - Palmerston North
Tuesday the 20th of November - Christchurch 
Tuesday the 20th of November - Wellington (Wairarapa) - GrowingNZ/DairyNZ hosted
Tuesday the 27th of November – Invercargill

“Thanks for an excellent day out.”  

“Thanks for showing me the career options available to my students and how accessible they are.” Teacher feedback, Wellington, November 2015

Presented by:

New Zealand Young Farmers in most regions & DairyNZ for Wellington

For more information on the NZ Young Farmer events 

For the Wellington event, contact 

Hands-on challenge days are organised around the country for Year 12 high school students. Each challenge (with prizes up for grabs) gives students a taste of the wide range of career opportunites available to them in our innovative primary sectors. Students get the chance to connect with professionals and young people already involved in our primary secogtrs, as a way to explore the direction they'd like to head in after finishing secondary school.

Funded by DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb NZ.

Presented by:

New Zealand Young Farmers or check the Get Ahead webpage closer to the time to register online

This is a one-hour presentation about primary industries careers in a format suitable for large school groups such as assemblies. There is no fee.

Presented by:

Lincoln University and DairyNZ

North Island Schools
Susan Stokes, DairyNZ - Industry Education Facilitator

South Island Schools
Jaime Thomson, Lincoln University Student Liaison Manager,

GrowingNZ is participating in major public career expo events around the country, presenting information about primary industries careers. In addition, GrowingNZ can arrange a suitable presentation for a secondary school career event. Please contact us at least 4 weeks ahead. There is no fee.

Presented by:

GrowingNZ (Primary Industry Capability Alliance), working with its members or phone 027 4577 531

Teachers can arrange to bring students on to a Lincoln University campus (either at Lincoln or Telford) for an introduction to their programmes and to find out about relevant careers. There are also opportunities to hear a lecture or attend a laboratory session at Lincoln University.

Presented by:

Lincoln University or phone 0800 10 60 10

Telford or phone 0800 835 367

Gateway placements are an opportunity for senior secondary students to get an insight into potential roles, and through this programme they also work towards sector-related standards.

Presented by:

Primary ITO
Paul Bau, School Liaison Manager, Primary ITO

Secondary schools can collaborate with tertiary providers and local employers to assist a student to complete primary industries sector-specific standards through a trade academy. The programme includes industry visits in Year 11 and in Year 12 an industry placement one day per week. Places depend on regional availability.

Funded by the Ministry of Education.

Presented by:

Taratahi, Wairarapa:

Primary ITO:

National Trades Academy in Christchurch:

Hokonui Trade Academy

- offering days at Telford, Balclutha, 
or phone 0800 835 367

There are opportunities for secondary students looking for further education to improve their employment prospects to try a taster session with a tertiary provider. During the taster, they have a go at activities, develop a good understanding of what it is like to live and learn on the campus and meet other like-minded young people.

Presented by:

Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, Wairarapa or ph 0800 TARATAHI

The Wairarapa campus taster costs $100 for four days. Regional tasters are free.

For information and application forms see or ph 0800 835 367

The Camps are held on three dates in the second half of the year and cost $90 for four days (including accommodation, meals and airport transfers).

The Wool in Schools project aims to help you understand wool’s place in our lives, and how and why it is part of our future. We have identified or developed resources that support New Zealand curriculum teaching of year 7 and 8 students. These have a range of applications, including Science, Technology, Mathematics and Economics, History, English and Art, for you to tailor to your needs. You could even create a full-on fibre factory, from Fibre to Finished Product, complete with marketing campaign.

Our Woolly Blog for teachers includes syllabus ideas, experiments, activities and scenarios shared by teachers around the country. It’s where you can find out how wool is capturing the attention of children.

Presented by:

Wool in Schools NZ

Find out more at

MPI has developed Te Ao Tūroa to raise the profile of the primary industries in schools and help address future capabilities and skills requirements. The resource looks at how our primary industries are supported by 3 key interrelated systems – animal welfare, biosecurity and food.

The resource is designed with local communities, environments and industries in mind and includes a selection of learning activities, so you can choose those that best relate to your community.

The learning experiences are contextualised into one or more of the key interrelated systems – animal welfare, biosecurity, and food.

Presented by:

The Ministry for Primary Industries

Find out more at

NZ Young Farmers with support from CORE Education and funding from the Red Meat Profit Partnership have developed this resource to support teachers and students to learn more about our land based industries.

To put the agriculture sector on the radar of secondary students, and promote careers in the sector, sheep and beef examples have been matched to general curriculum subjects, such as English Maths and Science.

Presented by:

Young Farmers NZ, with funding from the Red Meat Profit Partnership

For more info visit


The Wonder Project mission is to get Kiwi kids really excited about a career in science, technology, engineering and maths. We want to spark wonder and curiosity from a young age; getting them thinking about the boundless possibilities for their futures and, most importantly, believing they can achieve amazing things!

The project includes a family of student-led programmes, each designed to knit into the school curriculum. Each activity is supported by a Wonder Project Ambassador – an enthusiastic industry professional – to guide and inspire students throughout their learning journey.

Find out more at

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