Our mission: ‘To encourage and improve horticulture in NZ by promoting the understanding, appreciation, conservation and use of plants’.
The RNZIH Education Trust manages the Young Horticulturist Competition on behalf of the RNZIH, the sponsors and the horticulture industry.
The competition was launched in 2005 and is managed and run by the RNZIH Education Trust, a voluntary group of industry professionals.
The Vision of the RNZIH Education Trust is to help seed the future now. This is done through attracting the best people from across all horticultural industries to engage and invest in their competition.
The Purpose of the RNZIH Education Trust
The purpose of the RNZIH Education Trust is to assist and promote, in any way possible, horticultural training and education at both the regional and national level in New Zealand and in particular to:
- Assist training organisations, and in particular the Primary Industries Training Organisation (Primary ITO), in the establishment and review of training and unit standards
- Set and assess professional standards of workmanship expected of students in all sectors of the horticultural industry
- Promote and provide scholarship and prize schemes for horticultural students.
2016 Young Horticulturist of the Year winning speech by Andrew Hutchinson.
The full results of the 2014 Young Horticulturist of the Year competition and a travel report for 2012 winner Braden Crosby:
- Young Horticulturist of the Year: Patrick Malley and other winners
- YHOTY finalists biographies
- YHOTY winning speech by Caitlin Thorburn
- Travel report: Viticulture in Europe.
The full results of the 2012 Young Horticulturist of the Year competition and travel reports from two previous winners:
- Young Horticulturist of the Year: Braden Crosby and other winners
- YHOTY winning speech by Daniel Chong
- Travel reports from Rangi Green and Dave Harris.