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Vincent Borgers – Data systems analyst

A university degree with a mixture of plant biotechnology and computer studies has been a winning mix for Vincent Borgers who uses both his strengths in his role with Plant and Food as a data systems analyst, creating a system to efficiently record and access data on kiwifruit cultivars. Job opportunities are broad for people graduating with agricultural or horticultural ... Read More »

Horticulture win for young orchardist

The green thumbs of contestants striving to be Young Horticulturalist of the Year can finally get some rest as the winner is announced. Kiwifruit and avocado orchard co-owner Patrick Malley from Northland beat five other finalists to take home the top prize. Malley, 30, also won the Primary ITO career development award, the Fruitfed Supplies leadership award and the AGMARDT ... Read More »

Sowing the seeds for the Young Horticulturist of the Year

There are ten weeks to go until the start of this year’s Young Horticulturist of the Year, and the six competitors recently gathered at Auckland’s Botanical Gardens to meet and begin planning their projects. Celebrating its tenth year the competition has helped nurture and develop the careers of finalists and winners across the six horticulture sectors: Horticulture NZ (vegetable and ... Read More »

Liza Whalley – Cut flower exporter

Liza Whalley was born with green fingers – and possibly thumbs – although as a kid, training dogs was what she wanted to do with her life. With two horticulturally trained and green career-focused parents, her blood runs green, so it was perhaps inevitable that in her Bachelor of Science degree, the horticultural elective papers would win out over the ... Read More »

New hort graduate school launched

Massey University and Plant & Food Research have formed a new joint graduate school to increase collaboration between the two institutes. About a dozen Massey masters and doctoral students are studying topics that would in future be offered at the school. This number is expected to increase with the availability of new research projects and supervisors from Plant & Food ... Read More »

Matt Barbour – Cellar Hand

Young Country contributor Annabelle Latz also works as a cellar hand at New Zealand Wineries in Marlborough, and headed over to the Hunter Valley, NSW, to take part in a grape vintage earlier this year. Just down the road she found fellow Kiwi cellar hand Matt Barbour working at First Creek Wines. Despite the world of winemaking being busy, they ... Read More »

Ben Smith – Procurement and Technical Glasshouse Manager

There’s no downside to entering a competition, according to Ben Smith. Ben, 32, works as the Procurement and Technical Glasshouse Manager for Turners & Growers in Pukekohe. He won the NZ Young Vegetable Grower and Young Grower of the Year competitions in 2011 at his first crack and went on to win the overall Young Horticulturist of the Year contest ... Read More »

Tractor trophy triumph

Pukekawa crop man Brett Parker doesn’t give up. He spoke to Jackie Harrigan about returning to the Young Vegetable Grower competition and carrying away top prize. Brett Parker has dealt to unfinished business. Placed second in the Young Vegetable Grower competition in 2012, he has now won the competition in 2014. “I just wanted to give it another crack and ... Read More »

Dave Llewellyn – Fruit grower/contractor

Name – Dave Llewellyn Age – 33 Qualification(s) – School and sixth form certificate, Diploma in Horticulture, Horticulture New Zealand Leadership programme Job possibilities – Have held various roles including lab technician, orchard manager, field representative, technical sales manager, contract labour supervisor and owner-operator. Employer – Self-employed Pay range for first two years – $40-44,999 Pay range, 3-5 years – $60,000+ What I like about this job – Flexibility ... Read More »

Kelly Jean Kerr – Landscape architect

Kelly Jean Kerr loves gardening so much that when Young Country called to chat about her winning the Young Horticulturist of the Year she was spending her day off weeding her garden. Kelly Jean doesn’t get much time to spend in her own garden – her busy job as a Wanganui garden centre team leader and landscape architect keeps her ... Read More »