Hawke's Bay teachers have a 'wooly' good day

Posted by Riley Kennedy on 22 November 2019 | Comments

High school teachers spent the day learning about the food and fibre sector at the Hawke’s Bay Teachers Day Out on Thursday.

The professional development day for secondary school teachers aims to give them the confidence and knowledge to bring the food and fibre sector into the classroom.

The group of 25 teachers from between Wairoa and Masterton, visited Glenelg dairy farm, CP wool and Te Mata Mushrooms. 

Group at CP Wool2

Woodford house food technology teacher Nicola Williams says she wanted to learn about what the primary industries were doing particularly with food.

“When I teach food I always tell my students there are lots of jobs out there and today has enhanced that,” she says.

“It was really cool to go and see that market gardening and all the massive food production.”

Nicola believes that marketing the industry going forward will lead to more people coming into the primary sector.

“The whole wool industry really opened my eyes, we have this amazing product and we aren’t adding value to it,” she says.

Visiting CP wool, one of the country’s largest wool brokers, teachers were able to walk around the Hastings wool store.

CP wool Hastings store manager Scott Small says the wool industry has lots of opportunities for young people, they just have to want to find them.

He believes wool will make a come-back as people realise the benefits of the products more and more.

“The world’s population is becoming more environmentally friendly and we have to show them how wool is produced in a humane way,” Scott says.

Group at Dairy Farm

The teachers also got the chance to see how mushrooms are grown at Te Mata Mushrooms in Havelock.

“I learned a lot about the mushroom farming, I didn’t know how involved it was and process behind it,” Nicola Williams says.  

Representatives from Ravensdown, Beef and Lamb and GlobalHQ also talked about their careers in the rural sector.  

Teachers’ Day Outs are being held across the country with New Plymouth and Pukekohe last week and Ashburton and Dunedin coming up next week.