Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

From the ground up

From the ground up

The contest will be tight for the six finalists in this year’s Young Horticulturist of the Year competition who have all demonstrated they know their plants and their produce. With success at sector competitions, they have also proved they have the enthusiasm and determination to play important roles in the future of the horticulture industry.

The competition will test Bombay nurseryman Daniel Chong, Christchurch florist Annika Horgan, Wellington gardener Karl Noldan, Cromwell landscaper Andrew Rae, Ashburton vegetable grower Andrew Scott and Wairarapa viticulturist Braden Crosby in a variety of activities with a focus on practical horticulture skills. The finalists will also present a pre-prepared marketing project to a judging panel.

“With success at sector or regional competitions, the finalists have proved they have the initiative and flair to play important roles in the future of the horticultural industry,” said the chair of the organising committee, Nicola Rochester. “But on grand final day they will have to tackle a range of challenges that they wouldn’t come across in a normal working day. The one who handles this pressure best will take out the overall title.”

Competition finalists, aged 30 years or under, represent the following horticultural sectors: Combined fruit and vegetable sectors of Horticulture NZ; Florists NZ Inc (FLONZI; Landscaping New Zealand; Nursery and Garden Industry of New Zealand; NZ Recreation Ass'n - Amenity Horticulture and NZ Winegrowers. Past winners have included a tomato grower, a nurseryman, a fruit export manager, a vineyard manager and three viticulturists.

The competition’s overall winner receives a selection of prizes, including a travel package to the value of $7,500. Second prize includes a Massey University study package to the value of $5,500 and a $2,000 travel scholarship provided by NZ Horticulture ITO.

In addition to the main prizes, there are a number of awards on offer. For the finalist who receives the highest score for the practical activities during the grand final will receive a Turners & Growers travel scholarship valued at $3,500. The finalist who shows outstanding leadership skills will receive a $2500 leadership course scholarship, funded by Fruitfed Supplies and Ballance Agri-Nutrients. And for the finalist who receives the highest score for activities focussing on crop management practices and sustainability, will receive a $2,500 Bayer scholarship.

“At Turners & Growers we value the development of young talent within the industry and our business,” said Geoff Hipkins, CEO Turners & Growers.

“Supporting the Young Horticulturist of the Year is an investment in the future of our industry and our business. We are keen that the achievers in the industry look towards further education as a way to continue to develop their talents. We look forward to watching all the finalists in the competition head towards leadership roles in horticulture in the years to come.”

The judges at this year’s final are Jack Hobbs, curator of the Auckland Botanic Gardens, Lesley Slade, a consultant on organisational and leadership development and Errol Hewett, an Emeritus Professor of Horticultural Science at the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health Massey University, based at Albany.

The Grand Final is a two-day event held at the Auckland Botanic Gardens. The winner will be announced at an evening function in Auckland on November 15th.


• The competition is made possible with the very generous support of the following sponsors: AGMARDT, Fruitfed Supplies and Turners & Growers.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Auckland Transport: Successful Bridge Repair Opens Two Additional Lanes To Traffic

The opening of two additional lanes on the Auckland Harbour Bridge this morning will help relieve some motorway congestion for motorists heading home to the North Shore tonight. More>>

ALSO:

Statistics New Zealand: COVID-19 Sees Record 12.2 Percent Fall In New Zealand’s Economy

Gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 12.2 percent in the June 2020 quarter, the largest quarterly fall recorded since the current series began in 1987, as the COVID-19 restrictions in place through the quarter impacted economic activity, Stats NZ said ... More>>

ALSO:

Climate: Scientists Release ‘Blueprint’ To Save Critical Ecosystems And Stabilize The Earth’s Climate

A group of scientists and experts produced the first comprehensive global-scale analysis of terrestrial areas essential for biodiversity and climate resilience, totaling 50.4% of the Earth's land. The report was published in Science Advances ... More>>

ALSO:

MPI: Independent Review Launched Into Assurances For Safe Transport Of Livestock By Sea

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has launched an independent review of the assurances it receives for the safe transport of livestock by sea. MPI Director-General Ray Smith says Mike Heron QC has been appointed to lead the review, which is expected ... More>>

ALSO:


Computers: New Zealand PC Market Grows Nearly 40% Due To Work From Home Demand

COVID-19 had large impacts on demand for PCs as businesses prepared for lockdowns by purchasing notebooks to mobilise their workforce. In the second quarter of 2020, New Zealand's Traditional PC market experienced a 39.7% year-on-year (YoY) growth ... More>>

ALSO:


University Of Auckland: Whale-Watching By Satellite – Follow Their Travels Online

Scientists have successfully attached satellite tracking tags to six New Zealand southern right whales, or tohorā, and are inviting the public to follow the whales’ travels online. Part of a major research project involving the University of Auckland ... More>>

Commerce Commission: Kiwibank Admits System Failures And Agrees To Pay Customers $5.2 Million

Kiwibank has entered into a settlement agreement with the Commerce Commission after reporting that it failed to have in place robust home loan variation disclosure policies, procedures and systems. In a settlement dated 27 August 2020, Kiwibank admitted that ... More>>

Ministry of Health: Public Transport Distancing Requirements Relaxed

Physical distancing requirements on public transport have been reviewed by the Ministry of Health to determine whether they are still required at Alert Level 2 (or below). The Ministry’s assessment is that mandatory face covering and individuals tracking ... More>>

ALSO:

NZHIA: New Zealand Hemp Industry Set To Generate $2 Billion Per Annum And Create 20,000 Jobs

A new report says a fully enabled hemp industry could generate $2 billion in income for New Zealand by 2030, while also creating thousands of new jobs. Written by industry strategist Dr Nick Marsh, the report has prompted calls from the New Zealand Hemp ... More>>

ALSO:

Stats NZ: One In 14 Employed People Report High Risk Of Losing Jobs

About one in 14 workers say they expect to lose their job or business by mid-2021, Stats NZ said today. A survey of employed people in the June 2020 quarter showed 7 percent felt there was a high or almost certain chance of losing their job or business ... More>>

ASB Quarterly Economic Forecast: NZ Economy Doing Better Than Expected, But Challenges Remain

August lockdown estimated to have shaved 8% off NZ’s weekly GDP, and 0.5% off annual GDP Economy now expected to shrink 5% (year-on-year) by end of 2020 Unemployment rate now expected to peak at 7.2% The latest ASB Quarterly Economic Forecast is less ... More>>

ALSO: