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Horticentre Charitable Trust

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The New Zealand Horticentre Charitable Trust was established in 2008 to provide ‘A helping hand for horticulture’. The Trust encourages Horticulture and Viticulture sector groups to apply for grants to assist them in the promotion of education, training & research in New Zealand.​

The NZ Horticentre Trust receives funds from the trading activities of the Horticentre Group. The Horticentre Group has ten branches across New Zealand, trading as Horticentre, TasmanCrop and HortFertplus. These three principal sponsors have been providing quality products and in-field technical advice to commercial crop growers since the 1980s.

The Horticentre Trust is proud to be:

  • 100% New Zealand owned

  • Actively promoting better outcomes for growers 

  • Returning the proceeds of Horticentre, TasmanCrop and HortFertplus’ trading activities to the grower via the provision of grants that support education, training and research.

  • Provide support to horticulture and viticulture growing in New Zealand.




For 2021, we welcome Worksafe as a Wellbeing Partner to the Young Grower competition.



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Ballance is proud to play a role in assisting New Zealand’s primary producers reach their goals while ensuring the long term viability and sustainability of New Zealand’s agricultural and horticultural sectors. This is achieved by enabling good farmers to become even better by exchanging knowledge, demonstrating what best practice looks like and to help farmers and growers to meet their individual goals.

The success of our primary industry is crucial to our economy, to the ability of rural communities to flourish and to New Zealand’s ability to take advantage of the growing global demand for food which is high quality, safe and produced with minimal environmental impacts.

We proudly invest in the future of our industry by fostering the education of young people and future industry leaders through knowledge transfer and sponsorship support of the national Young Grower of the Year Awards as well as other sector programmes. Our team looks forward to meeting the finalists of the competition.


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Countdown is New Zealand's largest supermarket brand with more than 180 supermarkets nationwide serving 2.7 million customers every week. We are also one of New Zealand's largest employers with an 18,000 strong team.

We're committed to making Kiwis lives a little bit better every day by providing customers with choice, convenience and low prices to help them eat well for less. Through the introduction of out Price Lockdown programme in October 2013 we've saved our customers money with our everyday low prices. We also offer thousands of specials every week which continue to delight. 

We're active locally and run a range of community-focused programmes that have contributed almost $7 million worth of cash and in-kind donations to those in need, including the Countdown Food Rescue programme which donates more than $3.5 million of food annually to food bank charity partners throughout New Zealand. We also run the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal which has raised more than $8.2 million since 2008 for the children's hospital wards around the country. 

Countdown are proud to contribute $10,000 of the winner's prize money.

Click here to view the latest video from Countdown.


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FMG has its roots firmly planted in rural New Zealand, which is why you’ll find that we're different when it comes to insurance. We were started in 1905 by farmers for farmers and today we’re still 100% New Zealand owned by our rural clients. 

Giving rural New Zealand a better deal is our core purpose and we live by an advice-led approach to help you identify and avoid interruptions to your farm, business and in your personal life. With 31 offices nationwide, your local FMG team can help you with everything you need to manage your risks. You’ll deal with us directly every step of the way, whether it's updating a policy or making a claim.

Click here to view the latest video from FMG.

Fruitfed Supplies

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Fruitfed Supplies is a leading horticultural service and supply business servicing New Zealand’s major horticultural regions. Their field and customer service representatives are focused on helping customers produce quality, profitable crops by helping them access the right products and services.

​In addition to their nationwide retail store network and on-farm servicing, they also have a network dedicated to trialing and developing new products under New Zealand conditions prior to commercial release, as well as developing spray programmes for horticultural crops in New Zealand.

T&G Global


T&G Global’s story began more than 120 years ago as Turners and Growers.  Today, T&G Global is a kiwi-based company with a global footprint, with a team of dedicated growers, valued customers and a passionate team of people growing healthier futures through fresh fruit and vegetables. We are one of NZ’s largest growers of fresh produce and we work with more than 1,200 growers globally to market, sell and distribute fresh produce to customers and consumers in more than 60 countries.  


As kaitiaki, everything we do is guided by kaitiakitanga. For us, this means we treat the land, people, produce, resources and community with the greatest of respect and care, as guardians of their future.




Jenkins Freshpac Systems


Jenkins Freshpac Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Jenkins Group, a family-owned Kiwi company with a proud tradition of innovation spanning over 135 years and a service network throughout New Zealand and Australia.

We provide innovative end-to-end packaging solutions for New Zealand’s fresh produce industry, with offices located in Tauranga, Hastings, and Nelson, allowing us to provide the personal service we are renowned for in the centres our customers operate in.

When you work with Jenkins, you work with a company whose reputation is built upon a long and proud heritage. With 135 years at the top, we are known for consistently pushing the bar to deliver beyond expectations.

We are proud to be associated with the promotion and development of our young grower talent through our sponsorship of the national Young Grower of the year competition.





South Pacific Seeds


South Pacific Seeds (SPS) provides an exceptional assortment of vegetable varieties to maximise production, quality and profit. SPS has an experienced team with the technical knowledge to assist growers with their variety decisions. ​


SPS strives in "growing the future" by supporting our young growers through this competition and our young growers group with the aim of creating successful future leaders for our industry.



Meridian Energy


Meridian is NZ's largest renewable energy power company. We're proud to generate electricity using the power of natural resources - wind, water and sun.


Supporter Sponsors

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For further sponsorship information, contact:


Amy Miller - HortNZ Events Manager