Smedley Station and Cadet Training Farm

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What does the scholarship get me?

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Closing dates for applications

Next: 23 July 2021

24 Jul 2020

Length of award

1 year

Number of awards offered


Purpose of award

Smedley Station takes 11 first year cadets and 11 second year cadets who graduate after two years with a National Certificate in Agriculture, Level Four. Graduates go on to roles in the agricultural sector ranging from working on farms, to rural property advisors and rural finance experts, or to further education.

Selection criteria

Any person between 16 and 20 years of age who is studying in at least their third year of secondary education is eligible to apply for a cadetship.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Those successful are required to advise acceptance of the award of cadetships. Cadetships commence mid January.
1. Enrolment is for two years.
2. Allowances are: First Year Cadet $38 p.w. and Second Year Cadet $45 p.w.
3. Clothing, saddle and dog allowances are paid.
4. Successful applicants must be medically fit, and have had anti-tetanus injections.
5. The Hostel provides accommodation for 22 cadets. Each room is shared by a First Year Cadet and a Second Year Cadet.

How do students apply?

Applications closed on Friday, 24th July 2020.

If the information submitted in support of the application is more than that sought in the form of application, you must provide 8 copies of each additional page for it to be considered by the Interviewing Board email your application to the following email.

Smedley Station
RD 4 Waipawa 4274
Central Hawke’s Bay
New Zealand
Managers: Rob & Jenn Evans
Phone (06) 856 5725
Application Form

How and when do students learn of the decision?

All applicants are notified.

Decision makers

Those applicants selected for interview are interviewed at Smedley Station by the Howard Estate Advisory Board.

History or background of award

Smedley Station & Cadet Training Farm operates as a commercial farm as well as a self-funding training facility for 22 farming cadets. The Public Trust is responsible for the administration of Smedley Station and Cadet Training Farm.

Additional information

Cadets receive:
(a) Practical instruction and training in all phases of farm operations carried out on Smedley Station (b) Instruction in the principles of agricultural science and technology and their application to the establishment and maintenance of pasture crops, and stock.

The academic part of the Smedley programme is delivered by Telford, a division of Lincoln University. The tuition and study material will be delivered on site by out training manager. Material, assessments enrolment and moderation will be run under the Telford Quality Assurance Programme. Cadets who complete all academic requirements will be awarded the Telford Certificate in Agriculture Levels 3, 4 or 5.

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact

Public Trust


Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently. The administrator of this record last updated this information in October 2020.