Young Grower of the Year

The Young Grower of the Year is an annual competition to find the best young fruit and vegetable growers in New Zealand.  The competition provides exceptional professional development and networking opportunities. 

Young growers from around the country compete in regional heats, testing their knowledge and practical horticultural skills.  The winners of each of the regional competitions go on to compete in the national final.

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The 2023 national final

Taylor Leabourn, a 28-year-old produce lead from Pukekohe, won the 2023 Young Grower of the Year national title. Read about Taylor's success at the national final held in Pukekohe 4-5 October here.

Click here to view highlights from the 2023 national final

Other industry events

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Horticulture industry awards

HortNZ presents a set of awards annually to recognise outstanding contributions and achievements in New Zealand's commercial fruit and vegetable growing industry. 

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