Winner: Marcus Wickham (NZ Winegrowers) a national vineyard manager for New Zealand Vineyard Estates (merged with Waipara Hills Wine Estate) owned vineyards and contract growers. He now owns a company specializing in equipment to mechanize vineyard pruning.
Second: Gareth Holder (Vegetable sector Hort NZ) cropping field manager for J.M. Bostock Ltd in Hastings. Currently a technical field consultant for Abron Ltd, in the area of biological agriculture with a focus is on soil health, fertility and plant nutrients, in the Hawkes Bay.
Third: Carl Jaunay owns and operates his standard cymbidium orchid export business from 3,000 sq metres of glasshouses in Hikurangi, Northland.