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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.




WorkSafe is committed to getting New Zealanders home healthy and safe from work each day. WorkSafe continues to provide strategic support to Horticulture New Zealand to deliver better outcomes for workers and businesses.

Sponsoring Young Grower of the Year gives Worksafe the opportunity to build visibility within the sector, giving Worksafe the chance to create generational change for people at the early stages of their careers. By connecting with future leaders of the horticulture sector, Worksafe aims to help improve health and safety across the industry. Through positive engagements with health and safety, contestants can take these experiences back to their workplaces, making the industry a safer place to work.



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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.

Ballance 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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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.

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

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T&G Global’s story began 125 years ago as Turners and Growers, a fruit auction business only located in Auckland. Today, as T&G Global, we grow healthier futures for people around the world.


Located in 13 countries, our team of 2,000 people grow and partner with over 1,200 growers to market, sell and distribute nutritious fresh produce to customers and consumers in over 60 countries. As kaitiaki, we do this 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.

We know our success as a business is dependent on our people. That’s why we’re committed to helping our team be their very best, day after day, year after year. We’re proud to be sponsors of the Young Grower of the Year competition, helping develop the future leaders of our industry.





Jenkins Freshpac Systems

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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.





BASF helps you get the most from every hectare no matter what crop you grow. We offer a wide range of crop solutions – including innovative herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and seed treatments – that can deliver healthier plants, higher yields and higher profits.


The challenges in horticulture and cropping are always changing, and we all need to keep pace with that change. That’s why BASF invests over a billion dollars globally each year in research and development related to farming. Our technical team works closely with local growers to adapt global innovations and register use patterns that deliver the best outcomes on New Zealand farms.





South Pacific Seeds

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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.



New Zealand Frost Fans


New Zealand Frost Fans provides innovative frost protection solutions to growers around the world, with its range of FrostBoss® Frost Fans. From its base in Hawkes Bay, the business specialises in Frost Fan design and manufacture, as well as the subsequent field placements, consent applications (if required), installation and servicing. Manufacturing is conducted in a modern, purpose-built facility in Hastings. In addition to the supply & installation of FrostBoss® Frost Fans, we service and upgrade most makes of wind machines.


Our FrostSmart® monitoring is also available for your machines. It is a ‘must’ if you don’t live on-site or you’re running multiple FrostBoss® machines. Alarms, Frost Fans status along with tower temperature, engine rpm, battery status, wind speed and trip hours can all be accessed on your device. Made in New Zealand. Sold worldwide.

For further sponsorship information, contact:


Amy Miller - HortNZ Events Manager