Taratahi stu­dent comes full cir­cle

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Toko­roa born and bred Ari­anna Ash­worth has come full cir­cle with her new role at Taratahi Agri­cul­tural Train­ing Cen­tre in Pu­taruru.

In 2011 she was ac­cepted as a dairy stu­dent at the Wairarapa cam­pus, com­plet­ing the Taratahi cer­tifi­cate in agri­cul­ture Level 3 and the na­tional cer­tifi­cate in agri­cul­ture Level 4.

Ash­worth says her two years liv­ing on cam­pus were a huge, en­joy­able learn­ing curve.

‘‘I did re­ally well when I was at Taratahi and best of all won the prize for the Most Im­proved Stu­dent after my first year. It was a re­ally great feel­ing and bril­liant to see how happy my Mum and Dad were at grad­u­a­tion when I got up on stage to get my award.

‘‘While away liv­ing on cam­pus I learnt so many things, it re­ally broad­ened my hori­zons. I also re­ceived some great schol­ar­ships which I was in­cred­i­bly grate­ful for. Taratahi re­ally helped me get to where I am to­day,’’ she said.

After grad­u­at­ing, Ash­worth worked on a farm in Norse­wood man­ag­ing four staff and 1200 cows. In 2012 she moved home to herd man­age 370 cows for a sharemilker in Toko­roa.

When Ash­worth dis­cov­ered she was preg­nant, she wanted to in­ves­ti­gate other types of jobs in the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try. So when Taratahi ad­ver­tised for a support per­son she de­cided to give it a go and ap­ply for the role. She started work in Oc­to­ber. ‘‘I’m ex­tremely pas­sion­ate about the dairy in­dus­try and am very ex­cited to start work­ing for Taratahi and give back to a company that has given me so much.’’

The new role will be a busy one as she sup­ports the Waikato and Bay of Plenty teams. Some of her time will be spent with po­ten­tial new stu­dents stu­dents.

Ash­worth says her ‘‘ hands-on’’ ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing a stu­dent will be very help­ful.

‘‘I’ll be able to re­late to stu­dents as their study pro­gresses dur­ing the year, talk to them when they are stressed about any­thing and for new stu­dents I’ll be able to give them a good inside per­spec­tive on what be­ing a Taratahi stu­dent is like.’’

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