Bay of Plenty

2024 Bay of Plenty Grower Competition


17 Jul 2024 | 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Now in its 17th year!

The Bay of Plenty Young Grower Competition has become a significant platform for emerging talent in the horticultural sector. Organised by NZKGI, the competition aims to recognise and celebrate the skills, knowledge, and innovation demonstrated by young horticulturists in the region.

The competition promises to showcase the depth of the careers within the horticultural industry and the competitor’s passion.

Participants from various horticultural product groups, including kiwifruit and avocados, will engage in a series of practical and theoretical activities designed to test their abilities across multiple areas. They will have the opportunity to network with industry leaders, exchange ideas, and gain insights into the latest techniques and practices driving the horticulture sector forward.

2024 contestants

• Brad Whitehead – 30 – Manager, Ashlins Avocados.
• Grace Lowery – 25 – Horticulture Specialist, Ballance Agri-Nutrients.
• Jack Canham – 25 – Kiwifruit Technical Assistant, Apata.
• Jack Tortoiseshell – 22 – Orchard Manager, DMS.
• James Hickman – 24 – Research Technician, Plant and Food Research.
• Kurtis Bruce – 25 – Orchard Manager, Prospa (Eastpack)
• Levi Horton – 22 – Junior Orchard Manager, Southern Cross Horticulture.
• Lilah Rosenfeldt – 26 – Trials Specialist, Zespri

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Older male and young female under kiwifruit canopy looking at fruit