HortNZ Leadership Programme 2020

18 May 2020

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Are you a potential leader in the hort industry?  And want to upskill?  You could be going on this year’s HortNZ Leadership Programme.

After the unprecedented start to 2020, we believe that now, more than ever, emerging leaders will need support to develop their leadership skills and confidence. Therefore, we plan to run the 2020 programme while keeping flexible as to how we deliver. We may be on-line, or face-face or a mix, depending on where NZ is at the end of August through to November (when we run the course). The application deadline has also been extended to 20 June. The programme will focus on the fundamental aspects of leadership and will naturally take into account the “COVID crisis" context we have found ourselves in the first part of this year. The aim is to help prepare you or your employee address the challenges ahead and successfully capture the opportunities that are arising.

Participants will join the ranks of over 250 graduates and develop their leadership knowledge and skills in this popular and highly respected programme that is well supported by industry leaders. It is horticulture-specific, pragmatic and involves the best training by the most credible facilitators and presenters possible within a friendly learning environment.


At the end of the programme you will have:

  • increased confidence to take the lead and influence into the future
  • a greater understanding of what leadership is really all about.
  • gained “ready to use” leadership and business skills, such as communication, teamwork, critical thinking & problem solving
  • gained an awareness of strategy, & how to use it
  • gained a wider perspective, understanding & how to address industry issues-now & into the future
  • self-knowledge and your own personal plan to go forward 
  • had the opportunity to network and develop relationships with other like-minded emerging  & influential current leaders

Who is eligible to apply? 

The programme is designed for potential or current leaders in the fruit and vegetable industry. Participants will primarily, but not exclusively, be growers or their employees, or those from organisations closely associated with growing.

The course is open to NZ citizens or permanent residents who have demonstrated a willingness to assume responsibility in grower or industry affairs, and who have shown definite leadership potential.

The course is limited to a maximum of 30 participants, chosen by a selection committee. The decisions of the committee are final, but unsuccessful applicants are free to re-apply for entry to subsequent courses. Applicants will be advised of the results of the selection in July 2020.


The programme

The programme is in three phases:

Phase 1:   Cohort 1 Wed 19 August to Sun 23 August 2020 OR Cohort 2  Wed 2 September to Sun 6 September 2020 (Residential at Lincoln University if face-face) 

Phase 2:   Project; September to October 2020 (Non-Residential)

Phase 3:   Tues 3 November to Thurs 5 November 2020. Two cohorts combine (Residential in Wellington if face-face)


What does it cost?

Registration fees

HortNZ is offering 20 scholarships that will meet all course fees and accommodation costs. In addition, there will be up to ten positions available for a fee of $3,900 +GST. If we go on-line the fee would be reassessed. 


Successful applicants will be called on to meet the travel costs one trip to and from Lincoln University, Canterbury and one trip to and from Wellington.


How to apply or enquire

The updated application form can be found here. 

For enquiries, call Sue Pickering on 021 938 825 or email sue.p@developme.nz

This page was updated on 18 May.