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.