Horticulture and Floristry

If you love flowers, plants, the outdoors and being active, it doesn't get better than a career in horticulture or floristry.

New Zealand's moderate sub-tropical climate provides all kinds of opportunities in landscaping, floristry, arboriculture, glasshouses, orchards and parks. With the right skills and qualifications, these career paths can become yours.

Your options are exciting and wide-ranging when you choose a career in horticulture: from growing and producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers for export, to nursery production, maintaining and caring for trees, parks and reserves. You can develop skills in landscape construction, landscape design, or learn the increasingly important science of beekeeping.

In floristry, you can start by making small arrangements, and progress to make large scale arrangements appropriate for a range of functions. You will also learn essential customer service and business skills.

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Potential Jobs
JobAverage salary»
Arborist

$15-$18 per hour (with 1-4 years’ experience)

$25-$30 per hour (with more than 5 years’ experience)

Crop Manager/Crop Farmer $50K-$100K per year 
Gardener $14-$25 per hour
Grounds Person

$31K-$60K per year (groundskeepers)

$60K-$100K per year (highly experienced senior groundskeepers)

Landscape Gardener

$15-$18 per hour (with 1-2 years’ experience)

$35-$40 per hour (with more than 2 years’ experience)

Nursery Grower $14-$22 per hour

»Sourced from careers.govt.nz January 2017

Recognition of Prior Learning Programme

Your work experience or previous tertiary study may count towards achieving your qualification. Our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme is designed for those who already have the on-the-job skills and knowledge, but want to take their career to the next level with a qualification.

With RPL we can measure and match your existing skills against credits in our courses – creating a tailored path of study that will not only save you money, but also help you to complete your qualification faster.

To learn more about what our programmes can offer you, view our available programmes by subject area, or make an appointment to speak with one of our RPL facilitators by phoning 0800 62 62 52 (or email enquiries@manukau.ac.nz).

Why choose MIT?

We provide some of the most practically based horticultural training programmes in New Zealand, as part of our Faculty of Consumer Services.

Our facilities include 1,800 square metres of greenhouse, where a wide range of nursery, cut flower and hydroponic crops are grown. Our outdoor facilities include a vegetable garden and an extensive nursery, including trees, shrubs, perennials and bedding plants that are sold to the public. Our students also take regular field trips as part of our programmes.

Our floristry students have a dedicated home in the heart of Auckland's professional flower industry, located within Auckland's Floramax flower auction house at Mt Wellington.

Whatever your education or work history, you can enter at a level that suits your specific needs. You can choose from a range of certificate and diploma qualifications, with both part-time and full-time study that can fit around your work or family commitments.