It is estimated the industry will need another 2,000 permanent employees and 4,000 seasonal employees within the next few years. This future growth is dependent on the ability to attract and retain young people who are highly skilled and enthusiastic and develop them to become our industry’s future leaders.

Bay Of Plenty Young Fruit Grower Competition


The 2017 event was a great success, with Erin Atkinson (29) of Apata Group being the first woman to take out the title.  Danni van der Heijden (23) from Trevelyan’s was runner-up, and second runner-up went to Aaron Wright (26) from EastPack.

Erin received top marks in several of the challenges and was awarded a cash prize of $1,500 and an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the National Young Grower of the Year competition being held in Christchurch in August.

Be sure to visit the official website of the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition later in 2017 for more details on next year’s event and to download contestant and sponsorship forms and to buy tickets for the Gala Dinner!


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This year’s Bay of Plenty competition received a huge amount of support from the local horticulture industry through sponsorship and other contributions. It was fantastic to see so many local industries and organisations recognise the benefits of the competition for the industry by supporting our future leaders.

-Doug Brown, Chairman of New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers (NZKGI).