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 2019 competition was a great success with Alex Ashe, a Technical Advisor from Farmlands being named Bay of Plenty’s Young Fruit Grower for 2019. Hamish McKain from DMS was runner up and second runner-up went to Emily Crum from EastPack.

Alex received top marks in 5 out of the 9 of the challenges and was awarded a cash prize of $1,500 and went on to compete in the National Young Grower of the Year competition held in Bay of Plenty in October, where he was placed second runner up.

Planning is now underway for the 2020 competition which will be held at the Te Puke A&P Show on Saturday 8 February followed by the Gala Dinner and Awards evening on Wednesday 12th February at Trustpower BayPark. To buy tickets to the gala dinner, or for further information about the 2020 competition head to the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower website:

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).