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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1919
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Vocational,pre-U,lifelong learning
    • Specialization:
    • School of Agriculture 1
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 498 Owaka Highway, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand
    • Phone:
    • +64800835367
    • Setting:
    • Rural

The History of Telford Rural Polytechnic 

Telford is a part of Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre.

The Telford campus has a long and proud history of training New Zealand farmers. Our campus extends over 921 hectares of farmland with halls of residence and facilities, technical workshops (machinery, carpentry and welding), classrooms, and livestock units. You will gain real-life, practical training under the supervision of experienced tutors and farm managers.

You will also have regular work experience on external farms, in your area of study.

Telford Farms are run as a commercial entity. The farms provide a commercially realistic ‘classroom’ to develop your farming skills. Each week Telford Farm Managers have up to five students undertaking work experience.

Academic Highlights 

Telford delivers NZQA accredited sub-degree programmes with a rural focus, including general agriculture, dairy, vet technician and equine programmes.

Life in Telford Rural Polytechnic 

Southern Institute of Technology recognises the importance of sports activities for student health and wellbeing, encouraging social interaction as well creating a vibrant campus environment.We have Student Support Officers to assist with the following:

Promoting an active lifestyle within the student culture

Establishing sporting teams within SIT

Introducing out-of-town students into relevant clubs and organisations

Organising on-campus sports activities to allow students to try a variety of different sporting codes

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