10 Agricultural & Horticultural Science

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr I. Davie

NOTE - From 2023, the new NZQA standards will be taught. If you are to take level 1 agricultural and horticultural science in 2023 - you should take this option in 2021.

A practical introduction to horticultural, agricultural and agribusiness in New Zealand.


Day trips to farms, orchards, packhouses and agribusinesses.  

In this course, you will grow and sell your own produce.

Photo: Dair farm visit.

Areas taught include:

  • Management of livestock and pastoral species.
  • Plant management using the new Tauranga Boys' College Kiwifruit block.
  • Propagation using the new greenhouse with artificial heating and lighting.
  • Potential trips in 2022:
    • Dairy Farm, Pahoia.
    • Passionfruit Grower, Whakamarama.
    • Apata Packhouse and Coolstore.
    • Beef and Lamb Farm, Katikati
    • Deer Farm, Te Puke.
    • Blueberry Farm, Pahoia.

The course is taught by Dr Davie, who has a PhD in Kiwifruit postharvest handling and storage from Massey University. He has worked 16 years in the UK with a Softfruit Marketing company as both a Technologist and General Manager and worked as a Quality Manager at an NZ Kiwifruit Packhouse prior to Teaching at TBC in 2019.

If you have further questions about the subject, please email Mr Davie [email protected]

Photo: Dairy farm visit.

Course Overview

Term 3
Day trip to Dairy farm, kiwifruit packhouse and passionfruit grower.

Overview of Horticulture and Agriculture in New Zealand with potential out of school field visits to see commerical orchard or farm. Selling your own product that you have grown.

Term 4
Day trip to Deer farm, Beef and lamb farm & Blueberry grower.

Propagation by seeds, cuttings and tissue culture. Introduction to apiculture (bees). Learn how science is applied to growing plants and animals.


  • Open Entry.
  • A proven record of self-management is required given safety issues and the need to work outside independently.

Photo: Cattle stomach dissection

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

IB8 Exercise book


The primary sector which includes Agriculture and Horticulture is worth over 45 billions dollars to New Zealand.

Industry is seeking talent and willing to pay.

The demand for roles are far greater than the numbers being trained.

People have got to eat and New Zealand adds value to food that the world is willing to pay for.

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