Our communications consultant is
Colin Kennedy, Iron Road 
Mobile: 027 245 6060

There will be five media releases completed during the year:

  • March
  • May
  • September
  • October
  • November

The competition promotes itself by way of ...

  • Flyers to launch the competition each year
  • Articles in the main horticulture industry magazines
  • Assistance of a PR consultant for the launch of the competition and promote the national Grand Final event
  • Television coverage and national daily newspaper coverage wherever possible
  • Annual awards dinner to announce the winner

A number of industry magazines cover the competition at sector level throughout the year as well as the national Grand Final event and the overall winner. These industry magazines include:

  • Commercial Horticulture
  • The Grower                  
  • The Orchardist
  • The Wine Grower

In addition the following newsletters cover the competition regularly throughout the year:

  • NGINZ News, a monthly newsletter to NGIA members
  • Fruitfed Supplies newsletter to growers

2017's Winners

Shanna Hickling is New Zealand’s Young Horticulturist of the Year 2017, Shanna tonight became only the third woman in 13 years to win horticulture’s top Award 2017. She is from Riversun Nursery, Gisborne, and was the winner of the NZPPI Young Achiever of the Year winner, representing the New Zealand's nursery and garden industry ... more

Awards Winners

  • Young Horticulturist of the Year :Shanna Hickling, Riversun Nursery, Gisborne
  • Second:
    Tim Adams, Obsidian Vineyards, Waiheke
  • Third:
    Pippa Lucas, Auckland Botanic Gardens

AGMARDT Market Innovation Project
Pippa Lucas

Bayer Best Practice Award
Tim Adams

Primary ITO Career Development Award
Pippa Lucas

T&G Practical Activities Award
Pippa Lucas

Fruitfed Supplies Leadership Award
Shanna Hickling

Countdown Best Speech Award
Tim Adams

Horticentre Trust Community Engagement Award
Erin Atkinson

2017 Awards News


2016 Young Horticulturist of the Year Finalists

2015 Young Horticulturist of the Year Finalists


Annabel Bulk
Young Horticulturist of the Year 2018

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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 (Charities Registration # CC20817) bank account details are as follows:

  • Kiwibank Wellington
  • 38 9005 0683075 00

Please use your surname as the reference.
Many thanks for your kind donation.
RNZIH Education Trust
PO Box 17-381, Greenlane
Auckland 1546.