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 2018 event was a great success with Danni van der Heijden, avocado services manager at Trevelyan’s Pack & Cool being named Bay of Plenty’s Young Fruit Grower for 2018. Aaron Wright from EastPack was runner-up, and second runner-up went to Hamish McKain from DMS.

Danni 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 Napier in August.

Be sure to visit the official website of the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition later in 2018 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).