New Zealand Horticulture Conferences 2024

Join us for the RSE Conference and Horticulture Conference, 28-30 August 2024, Mercury Baypark, Mt Maunganui, Tauranga.

Two conference programmes - the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Conference and Horticulture Conference will merge into one and bring three days of industry-centric presentations, speakers and content.  

To provide the food you need from your own hands is the theme for this year's RSE Conference.

The theme of the Horticulture Conference is Growing together today, for tomorrow.

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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.

Find out more here.


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

Fieldays, Mystery Creek 12-15 June 2024

Primary Industries Summit and Awards, Takina Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wellington 2-3 July 2024

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. 

Click here to find out more