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.

2016 Young Horticulturist of the Year Finalists


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2017 Finals

The finals for 2017's Young Horticulturist of the Year are 15 & 16 November. Day one is at the Auckland Botanic Gardens and day two complete with the Awards Dinner is at Auckland's Grand Millennium Hotel.

2017 Awards Dinner
16 November
Auckland's Grand Millennium Hotel.

2017 Sector Winners:

  • LNZ's Young Landscaper of the Year – won by Jordan Frizzell of Outerspace Landscapes in Christchurch
  • NZPPI's Young Achiever - won by Shanna Hickling of Riversun Nursery in Gisborne
  • NZRA's Young Amenity Horticulturist of the Year - won by Pippa Lucas of Auckland Botanic Gardens 
  • NZ Wine Growers Young Viticulturist – won by Tim Adams of Obsidian Vineyard in Waiheke
  • Horticulture NZ’s Young Grower – won by Erin Atkinson from Aapata in the Bay of Plenty
  • Flonzi and NZ Flower Growers’ winner - Lauren Morgan from Auckland

2016's Winners

New Zealand’s Young Horticulturist of the Year 2016 was Andrew Hutchinson. Based in Pukekohe and representing Horticulture New Zealand Andrew  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


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