About the Competition

Training tomorrow’s horticultural leaders

The aim of the competition is to encourage young people in horticulture to further develop their skills and knowledge and to increase the opportunities for long term careers in the industry.

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2016's Winners

NZ Grower Andrew Hutchinson is New Zealand’s Young Horticulturist of the Year 2016

The winner of New Zealand’s overall ‘Young Horticulturist of the Year’ 2016 is Andrew Hutchinson, who is based in Pukekohe.

The winner of the Young Grower of the Year, representing Horticulture New Zealand and now the new Young Horticulturalist of the Year 2016, Andrew Hutchinson competed with five other finalists ... more

Awards Winners

Winner: Andrew Hutchinson

Second: Jeanette Barker

Third: Paul Southan

AGMARDT Market Innovation Project
Jeanette Barker

Bayer Best Practice Award
Cameron Price

Primary ITO Career Development Award
Andrew Hutchinson

T&G Practical Activities Award
Andrew Hutchinson

Fruitfed Supplies Leadership Award
Andrew Hutchinson

Countdown Best Speech Award
Andrew Hutchinson

2016 awards news release


Horticultural Sector Contacts


Andrew Hutchinson
Young Horticulturist of the Year 2016


Competition Partners

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition offers a fantastic range of prizes and awards. Check these out.



If you wish to make a one off gift to the competition or set up a regular donation/ gift by automatic payment, the RNZIH Education Trust bank account details are as follows:

  • Kiwibank Wellington
  • 38 9005 0683075 00

Please use your surname as the reference.

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