Primary ITO Webinars

Our land and sea are precious, productive and leading New Zealand’s growth. Now’s the time to learn more, up skill and be part of the success.

The team at Primary ITO are here to help you grow yourself, your team and your business. Visit or phone 0800 20 80 20 and ask to speak to your local Primary ITO Training Adviser.

Everyday ‘Kiwi English’ for Migrants

Developed and delivered by Primary ITO’s National Literacy and Numeracy Manager, Marianne Farrell, this webinar explains everyday ‘Kiwi English’ on dairy farms and covers topics including:

  • Understanding the Kiwi culture
  • How to learn ‘Kiwi English’ effectively and the tools available
  • Communicating on farm
  • Farm lingo and terms
  • Additional information, tools and places to help understand our ‘Kiwi English’

Primary ITO has recently created trainee handbooks available to download in the following languages: Tagalog, Spanish, Samoan, Hindi and English. Learn how we can help support you to develop your dairy skills and knowledge.

If you’re new to on-job learning, phone 0800 20 80 20 and you’ll be connected with your local Primary ITO Training Adviser.

The Recruitment Module

Bronwyn Ward, upper North Island Primary ITO Training Adviser, dairy farmer and former NZ Diploma in Agribusiness Management tutor, gives us a ‘taster’ of recruitment and selection. This is part of the Human Resources module of the NZ Diploma in Agribusiness Management, and more information on the diploma can be found at:

Mana Wahine

Mana Wahine is about acknowledging a unique and valued feminine energy to the world of Dairy farming. In a Māori world, the balance between ecology and economy requires both a female and male perspective. Cheyenne is a young Māori woman who strives outside her comfort zone to learn and grow driven by her goals to inspire our youth to follow their calling and give back to the people who have supported her. Cheyenne is a good example of Mana Wahine in action. This is her story so far…

Literacy and Numeracy in the Dairy Sector

Marianne Farrell, National Literacy & Numeracy Manager at Primary ITO, takes us through how dairy learners who have literacy, numeracy or dyslexia challenges have the same opportunities to achieve their qualifications with additional support provided by Primary ITO. It is essential for us all to be able to communicate well in our modern world, and without addressing literacy, numeracy and dyslexia challenges, mistakes can be made on farm – from health and safety (e.g. incorrect chemical calculations), through to financial.

Contact your local Primary ITO Training Adviser on 0800 20 80 20 to discuss the support tools we have available for you and your team to complete your qualifications. If you’re keen to join up as a mentor, email Marianne Farrell, National Literacy & Numeracy Manager, on for more information.


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