Education Trust

Mission Statement

The purposes of the New Zealand Education Trust are 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 (PrimaryITO), 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.

Young Horticulturist Competition

Young Hort


The Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture Education Trust organise the national competition on behalf of the partnering sponsors AGMARDT, Countdown, Fruitfed Supplies and T&G and other  key sponsors, such as Primary ITO, to inspire and acknowledge the talents of young people employed in the horticulture industry..


Participants enter the competition via one of the horticultural sectors:

  • Fruit and Vegetable sectors of Horticulture NZ
  • Landscaping NZ
  • Floriculture (FLONZI)
  • Nursery and Garden Industry of New Zealand
  • Amenity Horticulture supported by NZ Recreation Association
  • NZ Winegrowers.

Entry forms are available from these industry associations. Participants must be 30 years of age or under and currently working full time in the horticultural industry. Participants must have worked in a practical, hands on position for the last three years in the sector in which they are entering the competition. Closing times for applications will vary between sectors, but will be no later than the 31st July. The winner of each Horticultural sector competition will progress through to the annual Grand Final of the competition.

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