About the RNZIH Education Trust


To promote excellence and opportunities for young people across horticulture through a high-profile competition.

HOW will this be done?

  1. Offer a national competition that is highly regarded and valued by all stakeholders.
  2. Provide a competition that is the next step up from the various sector/industries competitions; that will challenge participants to think and act outside of their comfort zone, encourage innovative thinking and foster leadership development.
  3. Create collaboration opportunities for all sectors/industries.
  4. Ensure the competition is well resourced

WHAT does this look like?

  1. Closely engage with all stakeholders through cooperation in the many events & components that make up this competition.
  2. Develop robust components within this competition that will challenge, build knowledge and test each participant and which will be valuable for the development of future leaders.
  3. Collaborate with leaders and academics in the wider horticultural and related fields to maintain and develop a forward looking and challenging competition.
  4. Provide support and guidance for the various sector and/or industry competitions.
  5. Set up an Alumnus for past participants to follow their career developments and encourage future mentors to be developed form here.

About the RNZIH Education Trust

The Education Trust manages the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition on behalf of the sponsors and the horticultural industry.

Chair: Elle Anderson
Email: elle@younghort.co.nz
Board members:  
Nicola Rochester nicola.rochester@icl-group.com
Ingrid Ennis ingrid.ennis@tnseeds.com
Ben Buchanan ben.buchanan@tandg.global
Hamish Gates hamish.gates@horticentre.co.nz
Pippa Lucas pippa.lucas@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
Secretary: Appointment pending
Treasurer: Cathrine Ming
Competition Event Co-ordinator:  

Hayley Govorko

027 210 0736


  1. All components on day 1 of the YH Grand Final are overseen by an independent moderator, Alistair Gordon, Primary ITO, who follows NZQA guidelines for the components.
  2. All components on day 2 are moderated by the RNZIH Education Trust

Simon Gourley
Young Horticulturist 2019

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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 (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.