THE BOP YOUNG FRUIT GROWER
BOP YOUNG FRUIT GROWER Competition
Congratulations Chris Clement from Apata who won the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition on Wednesday 22 June at Mills Reef Winery!
Chris beat off tough competition from five other entrants to be awarded the title at a gala dinner attended by more than 400 people and MC'd by NZ Comedian and TV personality Te Radar.
The day-long competition at Mills Reef Winery today saw competitors battle it out in a series of practical and theoretical challenges designed to test the skills needed to run a successful export-focused business.
Chris received top marks for five of the 11 tests and was awarded a cash prize of $1,500 and an all-expenses paid trip to compete for the national 2016 Young Grower of the Year title in July.
“It was a tough battle against some of the region’s most capable young growers,” said Chris. “I’m looking forward to competing at the national final and will be stepping up my preparation over the next few weeks.”
Runner-up went to Aaron Hokopaura (25) from Aongatete. Erin Atkinson (29), also from Apata Group, was awarded second runner-up.
The challenge winners were:
- NZ Avocados Tree Assessment challenge - Chris Clement & Ella Maxwell
- Pacific Coast Land Based Vehicle challenge - Erin Atkinson
- R&R Tractors Kubota Zero Turn challenge - Chris Clement
- Horticentre Tractors and Implements challenge - Chris Clement
- Farmlands Agrichemicals challenge - Aaron Hokopaura
- Ballance Agri-Nutrients Knowledge of Fertilisers and Environmental Awareness challenge - Aaron Hokopaura
- BOP/Waiariki Polytechnic Sustainable Soil challenge - Aaron Hokopaura
- Mills Reef Winery Sugar Testing challenge - Chris Clement & Ella Maxwell
- KPMG Orchard Accounts challenge - Aaron Hokopaura
- Kiwifruit Vine Health Biosecurity challenge - Chris Clement
- Apata Grow Growing Future Leaders challenge - Erin Atkinson
- Speech competition - Aaron Hokopaura
“This competition develops skills and fosters leadership. Today’s competitors are a great example of young people who are passionate about the industry’s future and their role in it,” said Mike Chapman, Chief Executive of Horticulture NZ
“The future growth of our industry is dependent on our ability to attract young growers like Chris who are highly skilled and enthusiastic. We wish him all the best as he prepares to compete in the national competition next month.”
This year’s Bay of Plenty competition received a huge amount of support from the local horticulture industry through sponsorship and other contributions. “It was fantastic to see so many local industries and organisations recognise the benefits of the competition for the industry by supporting our future leaders,” said Doug Brown, Chairman of New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers (NZKGI).
Alongside the competition, NZKGI hosted the ‘Cultivate Your Career’ expo event, which was attended by more than 200 Bay of Plenty and Waikato students in years 11, 12 and 13. Interactive presentations exposed students to the diverse career opportunities and intriguing topics horticulture can provide – from biosecurity to the latest science and technology, and the importance of social responsibility.
CHris clement, Apata Group
Winner of the 2016 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition
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2016 competition activities !
DAY practical events
- Avocado tree assessment challenge - NZ Avocado
- Land Based Vehicle challenge - Pacific Coast
- Kubota Zero Turn - R&R Tractors
- Tractors and Implements - Horticentre
- Farmlands- Agrichemicals
- Knowledge of fertilisers and environmental awareness - Ballance Agri-Nutrients
- Sustainable soil - BOP/Waiariki Polytechnic
- Sugar Testing - Mills Reef Winery
- Orchard Accounts - KPMG
- Biosecurity- Kiwifruit Vine Health
- Growing Future Leaders- Apata Grow
evening Gala dinner
- Welcome by MC, Te Radar
- Contestant speech competition
- Fruition Horticulture Quiz
- Key note speaker
- Addresses by GOLD sponsors Zespri, EastPack and GPS-IT
- Award presentations and announcement of 2016 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower Winner