Young Achiever of the Year competition is back and bigger than ever before

27 Apr 2022

Is one of your team members the plant production industry’s next Young Achiever? 

This year, NZPPI and the International Plant Propagators Society (IPPS) are hosting the competition in Christchurch on July 27 and 28, with the venue to be confirmed.

Young Achiever challenges young plant producers on technical, business and public speaking skills. Contestants will receive an invaluable boost of experience, industry insight and mentorship, plus go in the running to win a $3000 fund to advance their career.

The winner also gains automatic entry to the Young Horticulturalist of the Year award where they will compete against finalists from the entire horticulture sector, vying for a prize pool worth more than $20,000. Our Young Achievers typically do very well, with the last two contestants awarded Runner Up, and Shanna Hickling winning the competition in 2017.

Our industry continues to see unprecedented growth and demand. It is the perfect time for our industry’s rising stars to grow their careers and inspire others to do the same.

As 2021’s winner Dani McBride says, “in the wake of climate change and all other environmental issues, planting trees is vital so to have a job at the forefront of this is very cool.”

Applications close on Friday June 10 so check out the Young Achiever website now and encourage your emerging leaders to apply. Please download the poster below to share with your staff. 

For further information please contact the NZPPI People Capability Advisor Alice Schofield at 




Download Young Achiever 2022 poster
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