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Three Waiariki forestry learners standing in front of tree

Creating a future in forestry

Three Indian students are building their future in the global forestry industry by studying for a Diploma in Forest Management at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology in Rotorua.

The course’s practical, hands-on style of learning was one of its highlights for students Navneet Singh, Sursaman Singh and Arun Gadwal.

Navneet found the diploma’s fieldwork component interesting and enjoyable.

“It’s good to be able to get out of the classroom and see how forestry works onsite. We get regular field trips - we go to the ports, the forests and the different regions to study the different types of forestry management,” he says.

Arun found it easy to get used to living in a new environment. "Its staff are very friendly, so I felt very relaxed, especially with the tutors being so helpful."

Sursaman has found Rotorua a safe place to live, with helpful, co-operative people.

“I advise international students to come over here and study forestry,” says Sursaman.

“It has many job opportunities in many different areas like logging, line management and scaling, and is a good industry to choose for the future.”

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