About The CompetitionAll about the Young Horticulturist competition and what it offers.
2024 DATES : Wednesday 30 & Thursday 31  October, Karaka, Auckland

Participation in the competition offers many benefits, including valuable industry contacts and the opportunity to connect with your peers across the wider horticulture industry.

Test Your Skills

The Young Horticulturist Competition is an opportunity for you to benchmark your skills against your peers across the wider horticultural industry. As a finalist, you'll need to draw on your knowledge and experience as you take part in a range of challenges, including:

Horticultural Practical

Leadership Skills


Business Acumen

Industry Knowledge

About the Competition

The Young Horticulturist Competition is an annual event that brings together all 7 sectors (e.g. Master Landscapers, NZ Plant Producers etc.) of horticulture. Winners from sector competitions meet and will compete in a two-day event held in Auckland. 2024 DATES; Wednesday 30 & Thursday 31 October, Karaka, Auckland.

For enquiries about the competition, contact the Event & Sponsorship Manager Shona Willis.

Our Vision

The vision of the RNZIH Education Trust is to "Help seed the future now". This will be done through attracting the best people from across all horticultural industries to engage and invest in their competition.

About the RNZIH Education Trust

The competition was launched in 2005 and is managed and run by the RNZIH Education Trust, a voluntary group of industry professionals.

The Vision of the RNZIH Education Trust is to help seed the future now. This will be done through attracting the best people from across all horticultural industries to engage and invest in their competition.

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

The RNZIH Education Trust

Board Members

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Shaun Trevan chair@younghort.co.nz

Image of Jo Guy

Jo Guy jo@mayfieldgroup.co.nz

Vice chair
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Nicola Rochester nicola.rochester@icl-group.com

Board Member
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Ingrid Ennis ingrid.ennis@tnseeds.com

Board Member
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Darren O'Shea doshea.genetic@gmail.com

Board Member
Image of Claudia Knarston

Claudia Knarston claudia.knarston@thinkwater.co.nz

Board Member
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Craig Hart craig.hart@xtra.co.nz

Board Member

Non-Board Members

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Pip Joyce secretary@younghort.co.nz

Image of Jeni Rowney, CA

Jeni Rowney, CA jeni@tommyandco.co.nz

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Shona Willis event.manager@younghort.co.nz

Event & Sponsorship Manager


  1. All components on day 1 are moderated by the RNZIH Education Trust

  2. All components on day 2 of the YH Grand Final are independently moderated by an experienced assessment moderator.