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



Since Future Leaders was formed in 2014, the member base has grown to 180 active members. Anyone associated with the horticulture industry can join Future leaders, however; those who would like to see what sort of career opportunities exist within the horticulture industry are also welcome to join.

Events are free to attend and are always an excellent opportunity to get together with other like-minded people and learn about the industry and the organisations within it while exposing attendees to the existing leaders of the industry.

Some of the previous events have included:

  • A primary industry leadership panel discussion
  • A Port of Tauranga visit and presentation
  • Dr Karen Willcox’s journey to become NZ’s first astronaut
  • A horticulture industry quiz night
  • Self-development workshops such as disc personality profiling & public speaking
  • An orchard ownership seminar

Future Leaders Committee

The Future Leaders Committee is made up of volunteers throughout the horticulture industry who organise and promote the Future Leaders activities.  The committee is made up of the following members:

  • Daniel Green, Trevelyan’s (Chairman)
  • Erin Atkinson, Apata Grow (Secretary)
  • Will Max, Zespri (Treasurer)
  • Cody Bent, Trevelyan’s
  • Shaun Vickers, Ballance Agri-nutrients
  • Jacqui Craig, Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH)
  • Hiraina Tangiora, Zespri
  • Jack Roberts, Seeka
  • Matt Glenn, Eastpack

Got questions? Would like to join us?

Simply send an email to and we will answer your questions and/or add you to our distribution list.  You can also keep up to date with events and activities on the Future Leaders Facebook page.