Taratahi student comes full circle
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.’’