The HortFertplus Young Achiever title was claimed by Jacqui Jones from Evandale Gardens, Invercargill.
Along with two other finalists from Auckland and Bay of Plenty, Jones was put through her final paces having to perform practical industry tasks as well as a final presentation in front of a packed conference audience. She will go on to represent the Nursery & Garden Industry in the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition.
Jones said of the win; “Being part of this competition has been a fantastic opportunity. I’m really grateful for the high level of support from both the industry and my personal network, and especially my boss, Nathan Pigott.”
“Winning the young achiever of the year award has been an absolutely incredible experience. I have met some very inspiring and influential people during this year’s conference and I hope to be able to continue to network with them in the future. This competition has boosted my confidence in public speaking which in itself is invaluable. I am looking forward to the next challenge!” Jacqui commented
Plaudits are also due to Hamish McLean (Grower Technology) and Amy Redmond (Wairere Nursery) for being such worthy finalists. Special thanks to the judges and support people for their vital contributions.
NGINZ greatly acknowledge the Mark and Mary Stevenson of HortFert Plus for their continued sponsorship of this award. Thanks also to Primary ITO for their support and the hard work put in by Helen van der Werff, and to the judges Carol Fraser, Pip McVicar, Rhys Gibbs, Trina Tully and Helen van der Werff. Thanks also to Peter Wayman and his staff at Palmers Tauranga who provided the venue for the afternoon of practical activities.
Jacqui Jones with Mark Stevenson
Finalists, judges, sponsors
Jacqui Jones doing her plant identification assessment