Entries open for regional Young Grower competitions

Several regional competitions of the Young Grower of the Year are fast approaching. The competition is an amazing opportunity for young people working in the fruit and vegetable industries to test their knowledge and skills, grow professional connections and gain exposure in the industry.


Thousands of dollars worth of prizes will be up for grabs at each regional competition, with the winner from each region going on to compete in the national final in Nelson on 21-22 September.


If you or someone you know wants to get involved, see the below for information about some upcoming regional competitions, or visit YoungGrower.co.nz for more info.


Pukekohe Young Grower – 20 May

Click here to download the entry form. Email completed entry forms to pukekoheyounggrower@gmail.com by 4pm, Monday 18 April.

Event and awards dinner: Friday 20 May. More info about the event to come soon.


Hawkes Bay Young Fruit Grower – 26-27 May

Click here for entry info. Entries close 5pm, Friday 22 April.

The competition, run by the Hawke’s Bay Fruitgrowers’ Association, will be held on 26 May at the Tomoana Showgrounds. The Awards Dinner will be held on Friday 27 May at the Toitoi Arts and Events Centre, Hastings. For all dinner queries please email yfoty@hbfa.co.nz.


Central Otago Young Grower – 10 June

Click here to download the entry form. Email completed entry forms to Mariette.Morkel@horticentre.co.nz by 4pm, Wednesday 1 June.

Event and awards dinner: Friday 10 June. The competition will be held at the Central Otago Campus, Horticulture Training Facility in Cromwell. The awards dinner will be at The Moorings, Cromwell.

Later competition dates:

Nelson – 8 July

Gisborne – 14 July

Bay of Plenty – 20 July


National final, Nelson – 21-22 September