Jodi (Jay) Morrison

Jodi (Jay) Morrison

Programme attended: Agriculture (Dairy Farming) (Level 3)

After working in roles around New Zealand that didn’t knock his socks off, doing the Agricultural Certificates at Tai Poutini propelled Jay Morrison right into the heart of a career he loves.

Jay says that he spent a couple of years looking for the right sort of job that would enable him to stay in Greymouth and do something he really enjoyed.

“I was looking for something grounding, something that suited my enjoyment of the outdoorsy lifestyle.  I hunt and hike, and so working on a farm seemed to suit me so much more than the indoor roles I’d had baking and cheffing.”

Since graduating, Jay has continued to work on the dairy farm where he did his work experience.

“It was a case of the right place at the right time, and this is just perfect for me, it’s a better job than I expected to land straight off the bat. 

“The base knowledge I learned from the course is awesome, I couldn’t fault it.  I’m not that mechanically minded, but the tutor helped me through it, and now I’m doing general maintenance, learning how to fix things.  As my experience progresses, I know I’ll use more and more of what I learned at Tai Poutini Polytechnic.

“Eventually, I’d like to have my own farm, but for now, I’m just beginning what I hope will be a long career in this industry.”