Horticulture and Floristry

There are all kinds of opportunities in horticulture from growing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers to landscaping and caring for trees, parks and reserves.

In floristry, you can learn to express your creativity by designing and making beautiful arrangements for the special moments in people's lives.

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Potential Jobs
JobAverage salary»

$17-$22 per hour (with 1-5 years’ experience)

$22-$35 per hour (with more than 5 years’ experience)

Crop Manager/Crop Farmer $50K-$100K per year 
Gardener $16-$30 per hour

$16-$20 per hour (with less than 3 years experience)

$20-$25 per hour (with more than 3 years experience)

Grounds Person

$31K-$60K per year (groundskeepers)

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

Landscape Gardener

$16-$23 per hour (with 1-2 years’ experience)

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

Nursery Grower $16-$26 per hour

»Sourced from careers.govt.nz January 2018

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Your work experience or previous tertiary study may count towards achieving your qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at MIT 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 us on 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 School of Primary and Creative Industries.

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.

Floristry are located at MIT Otara. New for 2018 the facilities include a new chiller facility, storage rooms plus a bright and spacious teaching facility. This facility equips aspiring florists with the skills, experience and industry exposure for a successful floristry career.

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.

The following programmes are available in this area of study:

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