Winner of Hawke’s Bay Young Fruitgrower for 2019 announced

01 Jul 2019 Winner of Hawke’s Bay Young Fruitgrower for 2019 announced image

Regan Judd has won the Hawke’s Bay Young Fruitgrower of the Year competition for 2019.

Regan fought off seven other contestants to win the title.  He will represent Hawke's Bay at the Young Grower of the Year competition in Tauranga on 1-2 October for prizes worth $40,000.

‘The Hawke’s Bay competition attracts a wide pool of talented entrants.  We are very proud to have Regan representing us in the final,’ says Hawke’s Bay Fruitgrowers’ Association President, Ben James. 

The Young Grower of the Year is an annual competition run by Horticulture New Zealand to find the best young fruit or vegetable grower in the country. 

‘The talent of young people entering the horticulture industry is superb,’ says Horticulture New Zealand Chief Executive, Mike Chapman. 

‘Horticulture offers very varied and rewarding career paths as well as tremendous challenge, thanks to changing on-farm and consumer demands.  This is why it is crucial that we attract young people to the horticulture industry, nurture their talent and celebrate their success.’ 

Finalists are made up of the winners of the six regional Young Grower competitions held in Pukekohe, the Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Nelson and Central Otago. 

This year in the Hawke's Bay, the contestants were: 

  • Regan Judd, Senior Leading Hand, T&G Pipfruit (winner) 
  • Chad Harris, Assistant Manager, Bostock NZ
  • Wade Miller, Foreman, Bostock NZ
  • Deanna Muir, Senior Leading Hand, T&G Pipfruit
  • Chief Nepe, Orchard Foreman, Irrigation Services NZ
  • Philip Siagia Salanoa, General Orchardist, Mr Apple NZ
  • Jake Vesty, Foreman, NP Vesty Ltd
  • Jesse Wall, Senior Leading Hand, Mr Apple NZ. 

The next regional competition is in Nelson on 5 July.  For more information, please click here