Entrance criteria

Applicants must;

  • Be between 16 and 19 years of age
  • Still be at school.
  • Be studying in at least their fourth year of secondary education. 
  • Have achieved NCEA level two by the end of the school year in which they have applied for Waipaoa.

    NOTE: The Waipaoa training program offers level 3 and 4 theoretical training so it is strongly advised that successful applicants complete their current school year to ensure that the transition from level 2 to level 3 study runs as smoothly as possible for trainees.


    To be eligible for consideration, the prescribed application form and supporting material must be received in hard copy by the application closing date (see key dates on the Home page). If any information is to be submitted in addition to that stipulated in the application criteria, seven complete copies of each additional page must be supplied for consideration by the interviewing panel.

    Download the application form here

    Send to: Training Manager, C/O Waipaoa Station, 

    Private bag 37003, Te Karaka 4042 
    Gisborne (Ph; 06 862 1988)

    Applicants will be contacted by phone and advised on whether or not their application has been accepted. Successful applicants will receive instruction on interview times and venue, confirmation also sent in hard copy.