Horticulture is a rapidly expanding industry with ambitious targets for growth. However, a persistent challenge facing the industry is finding an skilled workforce to support this growth. 

Cultivate Your Career


Cultivate Your Career is an annual event held in the Bay of Plenty  which is coordinated by NZKGI and Priority One as part of its mission to attract, develop and inspire young people within the Bay of Plenty’s horticulture industry. The event aims to showcase horticultural businesses and industry professionals to secondary school students, opening them to the range of opportunities available in the industry and the skills they will need to transition into horticulture employment. In 2024, the event will be held on Wednesday, 25 September at Mercury Bay Park.


“I found the activities that we did very useful as it helped us understand how to figure out our personal traits; how we are able to use our strengths and where our skills might sit within in a horticultural business.”

“I enjoyed learning about Zespri through playing games and learning about the robotic picking machine was quite cool too. The port tour was also interesting, seeing how much the industry is expanding and hearing about the planned changes there.”

– Aquinas College students

If you would like to take part in the event you can email us here, or call us on 07 5747139.