Telford's councillors sign off

The last Telford Rural Polytechnic council met for the final time yesterday. They are (front from...
The last Telford Rural Polytechnic council met for the final time yesterday. They are (front from left) Mike Elliot, chairman Dave Yardley, Maureen Wylie, Leslie Brook, and Murray Brass, (back row from left) Justin Geddes, Doug Fraser and CEO Jonathan Walmisley. Photo by Helena de Reus.
It was a sad day for the Telford Rural Polytechnic council's last meeting yesterday.

Chairman Dave Yardley said the council had a "final duty" to sign off figures for the previous financial year, before reassuring fellow councillors they were "legitimately here".

From January, Telford became a division of Lincoln University, making the council surplus.

A Telford division teaching committee would be formed to be an "advisory group to an advisory group to the academic board at Lincoln", CEO Jonathan Walmisley said.

• A certificate is being designed for level 1-4 courses completed at Telford, with a second copy of the Lincoln University seal being made so certificates can be awarded from Telford. Telford Rural Polytechnic began in 1964 as the Telford Farm Training Institute, after a push by a group of South Otago people to establish a farm training facility in the area.

It did not receive any government assistance and was established on its present site, 880ha of land made available by the family of William Telford.

In 1974, a partnership was formed between the institute's board and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, as it was then, before the Ministry of Education took over that role from Maf in 1989.

In February 1991, Telford became a polytechnic with an elected council to operate the campus and and educational facilities alongside the board.

The farm remains owned by the Telford Farm Training Institute and by agreement is made accessible to the students for practical farming experience.


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