Patrick Malley Takes Out Young Horticulturist of the Year
Patrick Malley Takes Out 2014 Young Horticulturist of the Year Title
14 November 2014
Whangarei kiwifruit grower, Patrick Malley, has taken out his third consecutive victory this year by winning the ‘2014 Young Horticulturist of the Year’ title at a ceremony in Auckland last night.
Earlier this year Patrick won the 2014 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition in Mount Maunganui, and went on to win the NZ Young Grower of the Year at the national competition in Christchurch.
In addition to winning the overall title last night, Patrick also took out The AGMARDT Market Innovation Project Award; The Fruitfed Supplies Leadership Award; and The Primary ITO Career Development Award.
Patrick battled it out against some of New Zealand’s other top young horticulturists, who were representing NZ Winegrowers, Amenity Horticulture, NZ Flower Growers and Landscape NZ.
Patrick’s winnings totalled $16,850 and he will be appointed as Primary ITO’s ambassador to promote training and career pathways in horticulture.
NZKGI President, Neil Trebilco, said The Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition recognises some of horticulture’s finest young future leaders.
“This event showcases the ability and talent of some of our up-and-coming future leaders in a competitive environment; and Patrick’s outstanding result last night shows his commitment to building a promising career in the industry.
“Importantly, the event also highlights the sponsors and supporters who are committed to supporting the industry and its future.
“On behalf of New Zealand kiwifruit growers we’d like to congratulate Patrick on this outstanding result and thank the sponsors and supporters who help make these opportunities possible.”