The Orchardist - - Under The Mikeroscope -

An­other suc­cess­ful Hort NZ lead­er­ship pro­gramme wrapped up last month, with 17 tal­ented par­tic­i­pants suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing the pro­gramme. This year we had a record nine women and eight men, from a va­ri­ety of com­pa­nies and sec­tors. The group met with the new Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Damien O’Con­nor.

In Gis­borne, the Hort NZ Board met with the lead­ers of the Tipu Project Grower Ad­vi­sor Group – Tim Egan, Wayne Hall, and Ta­nia Kearns; co-or­di­na­tor Raw­inia Parata; Karen Bartlett from the Min­istry for So­cial De­vel­op­ment; and Pri­mary ITO’s Natalya Sand­brook.

Hort NZ is proud to be sup­port­ing Tipu, which was set up to de­velop a skilled and sus­tain­able labour force in Tairawhiti hor­ti­cul­ture.

A strate­gic work­shop for Women in Hor­ti­cul­ture en­ti­tled “where to from here?” will take place in De­cem­ber,

fa­cil­i­tated by Alas­dair Ma­cleod. Hort NZ’s An­gela Hal­l­i­day was in­ter­viewed by One News about where Women in Hor­ti­cul­ture is headed. Young Grower of the Year Erin Atkin­son, from Apata Group in Te Puke, com­peted in the Young Hor­ti­cul­tur­ist of the

Year com­pe­ti­tion in Auck­land in Novem­ber. Shanna Hick­ling, from River­sun Nurs­ery in Gis­borne, won the 2017 Young Hor­ti­cul­tur­ist of the Year Award. Rep­re­sent­ing the Nurs­ery and Gar­den In­dus­try of New Zealand, Shanna also took out the Fruitfed Sup­plies Lead­er­ship Award, and was sec­ond place run­ner-up in the AGMARDT Mar­ket In­no­va­tion Project, tak­ing her prize tally to more than $13,500 in value. Erin won the Hor­ti­cen­tre Char­i­ta­ble Trust Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Award and was third in the AGMARDT Mar­ket In­no­va­tion Project, with her or­ganic con­ver­sion ser­vices project, pro­vid­ing grow­ers with the sup­port and re­sources needed to con­vert an or­chard to or­ganic cer­ti­fied, to sup­port greater con­ver­sion to or­ganic within sec­tors such as ki­wifruit.

We talk to Shanna on pages 36-41 of this mag­a­zine.

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