About the Competition

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.

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How to Enter

Candidates must enter the competition through one the of the horticultural sectors listed below.  Entry forms for sector competitions and closing dates are available from these industry associations.  The winner of each sector competition will represent that sector in the Grand Final of the Young Horticulturist of the Year.

Conditions of Entry

Candidates must be 30 years of age or under on December 31, 2016 and working full time in one of the horticultural sectors listed.

Horticultural Sector Contacts

2016 Grand Final Dates

In Auckland on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 November 2016. 
The event will take place in Auckland.
The awards dinner will take place on Thursday 10 November at a venue in central Auckland.

Caleb Dennis
Young Horticulturist of the Year 2015

Caleb & partnering sponsors
Pictured from left to right Andrew Keaney (Executive General Manager New Zealand T&G), Caleb Dennis, Max Spence (National Manager Fruitfed Supplies) and Malcolm Nitschke (General Manager AGMARDT).


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 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.