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The Hokkaido Board of Education will visit Feilding High School on Tuesday 10 February, to explore sending Japanese students to New Zealand for English Language and agricultural training.

A new video, funded by Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA), showcased the agricultural training opportunities offered at Feilding High School. The video was viewed by Education New Zealand and the Hokkaido Board of Education and is partly responsible for the delegation deciding to visit the school and district.

CEDA’s Chief Executive, Linda Stewart, believes it is important Manawatū capitalises on these opportunities to continue to strengthen our international education relationships.

Feilding High School Agriculture class

Feilding High School Agriculture Teacher, Kane Nixon (right), teaches students to weigh chickens in class.

“International education is worth $115 million to the region’s economy (as at 2018) and anything we can do to support and grow this has ongoing positive effects for our city, our district and beyond,” says Ms Stewart.

“As Manawatū builds its reputation as a global agrifood hub, developing a stronger connection to hosting international students to study agriculture and food production is a natural fit.”

Feilding High School Assistant Principal for International Students, Owen Viles, thinks this is a great opportunity for the school to showcase their strengths in the agricultural and horticultural fields.

“We are proud to have two farms; Manawanui and Ngakaunui, both of which are used for teaching. Owning farms and offering hands-on work experience, is one of many significant points of difference that Feilding High School has to offer and is an opportunity we encourage both our domestic and international students to make the most of,” says Mr Viles.

Education New Zealand are leading the visit and have said Feilding High School will likely be the groups only visit to a secondary school. The delegation will also visit Massey University in Palmerston North to reinforce New Zealand’s leadership in agri.

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