HortNZ Leadership Programme 2020

04 Mar 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.

Horticulture is in significant growth with ambitious goals. The business environment is more complex and unpredictable than ever before. More than ever we need a strong pool of high-performing leaders, leaders that have the confidence and skills to take the industry into the future. This programme will help prepare you or your employee to successfully capture the opportunities and address the challenges that this growth offers.

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:

  • an 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:

1.   Residential: Lincoln University;  Cohort 1 Wed 19 Aug to Sun 23 Aug 2020 OR Cohort 2  Wed 2 Sept to Sun 6 Sept 2020

2.   Non Residential: Project; Sept to Oct 2020

3.   Residential: Wellington; Tues 3 Nov to Thurs 5 Nov 2020 ( Two cohorts combine)


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.


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 application form can be found here. 

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