Welcome to the 13th Young Horticulturist of the Year competition!

May 2017

2017 Dates

The 2017 competition will be held on the 15 & 16 November

  • Competition Day 1 Practical Components held at the Auckland Botanic Gardens
  • Competition Day 2 Business Components held at the Grand Millennium Hotel
  • 2017 Young Horticulturist of the Year Awards Dinner will be held at the end of Day 2 at the Grand Millennium Hotel

2017 Young Horticulturist Partners

We are thrilled to have AGMARDT, T&G Global and Fruitfed Supplies on board as our Competition Partners again this year. AGMARDT and the RNZIH Education Trust have signed a three year Strategic Partnership, AGMART has increased its support for the competition and are committed until 2019. Their support will allow the Trust to continue to develop the AGMART Innovation Project and Awards, and enhance the competition overall.

New Award for the 2017 Competition

This year we are introducing a new Community Engagement Award, this award is being sponsored by our newest Supporter Horticentre Trust, we are delighted to have them on board.

Sector Competition Update

Many of the sector competitions are underway around the country to identify who will represent  their sector in the Young Horticulturist of the Year Grand Final in November.

Vegetable sector of Horticulture NZ: The national competition took place on 11 May at Pukekohe Indian Centre, Scott Wilcox,  AS Wilcox  and Sons took first place.

Fruit sector of Horticulture NZ: Regional competitions

  • Bay of Plenty took place on 11 Feb at Te Puke Showgrounds, won by Erin Atkinson, Apata Group Ltd
  • Central Otago on 26 May at the Otago Polytech
  • Hawkes Bay on 29 June at the Hastings A & P Showgrounds
  • Nelson on 7 July at Hoddy Orchard, Nelson

A play off between the regional fruit sector winners and the national vegetable winner will take place on 16& 17 August at the Sudima Airport Hotel, Christchurch to decide this year’s Young Grower.

NZ Winegrowers: Regional competitions

  • Hawkes Bay on 22 June at Te Awa Winery
  • Auckland on 30 June at Goldie Estate, Waiheke Island
  • Marlborough on 6 July at Giesen
  • Central Otago on 14 July at Cromwell Polytech
  • Wairarapa on 20 July, Palliser

A play off between the regional winners will take place during the Bragato wine conference, 29 August, held in Marlborough, venue to be confirmed.

New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated (NZPPI):
A national competition will take place during their conference in Hamilton on 4 & 5 July.

Amenity Horticulture supported by NZ Recreation Association:
A national competition will take place 12-13
July at the Wellington Botanic Gardens.

Landscaping New Zealand:
The national competition took place on 27 May at The Domain in Auckland, Jordan Frizzell, Outer Space Landscapes was the winner.

Floristry NZ & NZ Flower Growers Inc:
The national competition will be taking place in August in Auckland, date and venue TBC.

2017 Judges

We welcome our appointed 2017 judges presiding over competition Day 2, Business Components:
Jacqueline Rowarth, Environmental Protection Authority, Winston Pond, Leadership Solutions, Malcolm Nitschke, AGMARDT, Chris Miln, Bayer, Declan Graham, Plant & Food Research, Andrew Maloy, past RNZIH Chair, retired grower and part time horticultural journalist.

Young Leaders Forum, May 3 &4

This year’s two day Leadership Forum held in Auckland was very well received and of great value to the 2016 Young Hort Finalists attending. Participants learned about the Architecture of Successful Teams and had an Introduction to Leadership, then heard presentations from leading industry suppliers, sharing their own experiences of Leadership and providing them with a wider understanding of the Horticulture industry. We would like to take the opportunity to thank; Winston Pond, Lesley Slade, T&G Global,  Fruitfed Supplies, Bayer New Zealand, Primary  ITO, and Auckland Botanic Gardens for their generosity in funding, hosting and participating in the forum.

Thank you to our community of supporters!

The Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture Education Trust would like to sincerely thank the following companies for their support:

Young Horticulturist of the Year Partners: AGMARDT, T&G Global, Fruitfed Supplies

Young Horticulturist of the Year Supporters: Bayer New Zealand, Countdown, Horticentre Trust, Primary ITO, NZ Gardener magazine, Trillian Trust,

Young Horticulturist of the Year Affiliated Supporters: Auckland Botanic Gardens, ANZ, City Parks Services, Hill Laboratories, ICL Specialty Fertilisers, Iron Road, Manukau Institute of Technology- School of Primary Industries, Massey University, Norwood Industries, NZ Gourmet, NZ Winegrowers, Nga Rakau Nurseries, Safeworx.

Friends to the Competition: Auckland Botanic Gardens, Cornwall Park Trust, Lyndale Liners, Riversun Nursery, Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture.


Public Relations & Media
Our PR Company Iron Rd have media releases, blogs and posts scheduled throughout the year, for the latest releases please visit http://younghort.co.nz/news.htm Here is some of the latest media coverage: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/the-country/news/article.cfm?c_id=16&objectid=11847162

Competition Information and Updates
For more information on any aspect of the competition:
Contact the Event Manager, Susan Tremain at event.manager@younghort.co.nz
Visit www.younghort.co.nz
For regular updates please follow us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/YoungHortNZ/

The competition is managed by the Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture Education Trust


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Andrew Hutchinson
Young Horticulturist of the Year 2016


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