Please direct enquiries to
Hayley Govorko
Event Manager of RNZIH Education Trust
PO Box 17381 Greenlane, Auckland 1546
P 09 294 7129, M 027 210 0736, E

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

2018's Winners

Annabel Bulk from Felton Road Wines in Bannockburn, Central Otago is New Zealand’s Young Horticulturist of the Year 2018 Winner.

Annabel featured in NZ Winegrowers magazine in January 2019.

Awards List

  • Young Horticulturist of the Year:
    Annabel Bulk from Felton Road Wines in Bannockburn, Central Otago
  • Second:
    Devin Westley, Southern Woods Nursery in Christchurch
  • Third:
    Danni van der Heijden, AVOCO in Tauranga

AGMARDT Market Innovation Project
Danni van der Heijden

Bayer Best Practice Award
Devin Westley

T&G Practical Activities Award
Devin Westley

Fruitfed Supplies Leadership Award
Annabel Bulk

Horticentre Trust Community Engagement Award
Annabel Bulk

Primary ITO Career Development Award
Kae Combridge

Countdown Participation Award
Awarded to all finalists in recognition of their effort and commitment to the competition

Best Speech Award
Devin Westley

2018's finalists on YouTube



Simon Gourley
Young Horticulturist 2019

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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.