Updated: Jul 18
Maninder Singh (left, with Meng Foon, right, who MC-ed the awards dinner) has won the title of Gisborne Young Grower of the Year for 2022.
"I entered the competition to increase my self-confidence,” says Maninder, who works for LeaderBrand.
“It has been great to meet other people in our diverse industry and I feel there’s lots of learning to do. My aim is to help the horticulture industry meet the change challenges that it is facing.”
Maninder will represent the Gisborne commercial fruit and vegetable growing community at the National Young Grower of the Year final in Nelson in September, where six other regional finalists will compete for a share of more than $30,000 worth of prizes.
NZ Apples & Pears Chief Executive, Terry Meikle says he feels the Gisborne horticulture industry is in really capable hands.
“The diversity of thought and talent on display in today’s competition has been amazing. It points to an incredibly positive future for growers in the region.”
HortNZ Chief Executive, Nadine Tunley says that the annual, national Young Grower of the Year competition plays a vital role in bringing the fruit and vegetable growing community together.
“The event is a great chance for people to come together to support and celebrate our young and talented future leaders.”
“The operating environment continues to be really tough for growers across New Zealand. That is why it is heartening to see Gisborne’s support for the competition and the really high number of entries this year.”
The Gisborne Young Grower of the Year competition is made possible with sponsorship from the Horticentre Charitable Trust, NZ Apples & Pears, NZ Fruitgrowers’ Charitable Trust, ANZ, HortNZ, and the family of supporting sponsors from the Gisborne horticulture community.
Maninder will go on to represent the Gisborne growing community in the national Young Grower of the Year final in Nelson on 21 - 22 September, where he will vie against other regional finalists for the grand title.