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ESAI offers multitude of courses

Grow-safe refresher / Certified Handler Courses

Many farmers are aware their Grow Safe certificates will be expiring soon and there are also new Certified Handler requirements for those working with chemicals.

In order to help farmers keep up to date with the safe use of Agrichemicals, ESAI is coordinating  two events which will enable up to 24 Ellesmere farmers to meet these requirements in one day, without leaving the district.
The first course on Tuesday 19 October is almost fully booked (10 of 12 places taken; the Growsafe Refresher course will run in the morning; Certified Handler course in the afternoon).
A second course will be run on Wednesday 20 October depending on demand. Courses will be facilitated by Educhem.
The cost is $595+GST for both (normally $995+).  Anyone needing a full Growsafe and Certified handler qualification can be accommodated for $700+GST but they would need to attend for a full day and half.
Venue:  Lakeside Soldiers Memorial Hall.
To secure your place,  contact Jo Fearn (021 030 4783

‘Inspiring and rewarding’ cultural workshops

Te Taumatu rūnanga are offering ESAI members a variety of cultural workshops over the next few months.
We will cover the workshop costs ($120) for the first 20 members, wives or partners who put their names down to attend the workshops.
More than 30 ESAI members have already attended and enjoyed one or two of these events earlier this year.
The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and participants commented that the workshops had been “intimate, relaxed and inclusive, informative, inspiring, emotional and rewarding”.
The workshops will help farmers and landowners understand the significance of our local history, culture and the values of Te Taumutu rūnanga.
Both workshops are held at the Taumutu Marae and will involve an authentic marae experience. The courses run between 9am and 3pm and you will be treated to the Taumutu’s famous manaaki (hospitality).
For more information and booking contact Jo Fearn on or 021 0304 783
Remember the first 20 applicants can attend free of charge!

Ruahikihikitanga Workshop (Friday 19th November or Saturday 4th December)

This workshop provides an introduction to the people and place of taumutu, so we advise our members to attend this one first. It will be an opportunity to learn about the role of mana whenua in today’s society. The wokshop looks at the cultural and traditional practices of Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki ki taumutu and the history of the Selwyn district.

Taumutu and Te Tiriti (Monday 15th November)

The Taumutu and Te Tiriti workshop builds on the knowledge gained in the previous workshop so we suggest our members sign up for this after they have completed the other course. The workshop covers the history of the Treaty of Waitangi and the impacts on the local people and you will leave with a much more comprehensive understanding of pre and post treaty context.


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