The Waipaoa Farm Cadet Training Trust runs a two year Agricultural Training Programme on Waipaoa Station, a commercial sheep and beef farm 70km inland from Gisborne, with the primary objective of training our future agricultural leaders. Take a look around our site and if you have any questions please get in touch with us!

"The Waipaoa Farm Cadet Training Trust is a unique initiative founded on goodwill and the supreme effort of a group of visionary individuals. Its fundamental ethos is based on generosity, commitment and a passion to provide high quality agribusiness people.

From the owners of 'Waipaoa Station', who have provided their property as a training ground, to the funders, who not only contributed to the initial capital cost of establishment but also continue to fund the ongoing operational costs.

Quite simply, without this overwhelming support, the WFCTT would not exist.

For that we, the Trust and cadets, are hugely indebted and greatly appreciative."


Waipaoa Farm Cadet Training Trust

  • Attracts high calibre young people.
  • Develops life skills and offers a holistic learing experience.
  • Provides relevant 'work ready' training, combining an effective balance of theory and practical.
  • Ensures early successful employment of graduates.
  • Insists upon excellence, high standards and optimum effort.
  • Provides personalised "one on one" training.
  • Enables camaraderie and interaction with like minded people.
  • Involves people with commitment, passion and ability at all levels....governance, management and staff.
  • Is located in Waipaoa's unique environment.
  • Receives huge support and goodwill from the agricultural industry and community.
  • Has a proven track record of success and has built a highly regarded reputation.
  • Delivers well rounded, skilled graduates of the highest calibre.

Key information 2014

  • Cadet application form
  • Waipaoa Station horse trek – February 21, 22 and 23
  • Waipaoa Station horse sale – February 23
  • Parent weekend – March 14, 15 and 16
  • Waipaoa Station dog trials – March 21 and 22
  • Open days – June 7 and 8
  • Field days – June 13 and 14
  • 2015 cadet intake applications open – July 1
  • Cadet employment mentoring day – July 2
  • 2015 cadet intake applications close – August 5
  • Cadet interviews for 2015 intake – August 29
  • Cadet graduation/prizegiving, 2pm (start time) – December 19