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.

Future Leaders


Future Leaders is free to join for anyone who is part of or associated with the horticulture industry, as well as those interested in the industry and would like to see what career opportunities exist.

Events for 2015/16 included:

  • Port of Tauranga tour and company overview
  • Site visit to Jenkins Freshpack and Ag First
  • An update and discussion with Zespri’s chief executive Lain Jager
  • A talk on governance from Horticulture NZ

If you would like to learn more about Future Leaders or start a Future Leaders group in your region contact:

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“It is great to be part of such a dynamic committee that provides relevant development and networking opportunities for young future leaders in the Horticulture industry”. – Shaun Vickers, Chair-Future Leaders