HortNZ Leadership Application Form 2017

21 Mar 2017

Leadership Programme

Horticulture is in significant growth with ambitious goals and more than ever needs a strong pool of high-performing leaders, leaders that have the confidence and skills to take the industry into the future.

Horticulture New Zealand, and Lincoln University, run a highly respected programme that will help prepare you or your employee to be a leader that can successfully capture the opportunities and address the challenges that this growth offers.

The programme is designed to feed into existing programmes – the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme and the Nuffield Scholarship Scheme.

With the support of key leaders the programme strongly matches the needs of the horticulture sector, is pragmatic, and involves the best training by the most credible providers, facilitators and presenters possible.


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Who is eligible to apply? 

The programme is designed for potential or current leaders in the fruit and vegetable industry. Participants will primarily, but not exclusively, be growers or their employees, or those from organisations closely associated with growing.

The course is open to NZ citizens or permanent residents who have demonstrated a willingness to assume responsibility in grower or industry affairs, and who have shown definite leadership potential.

The course is limited to a maximum of 18 participants, chosen by a selection committee. The decisions of the committee are final, but unsuccessful applicants are free to re-apply for entry to subsequent courses. Applicants will be advised of the results of the selection by the beginning of June 2016.

Programme structure


Phase 1 - Residential          Lincoln University – Thurs 31 Aug to Sun 31 Sept 2017

An intensive three day programme, focusing on the important skills, knowledge and leadership that make a leader.

Phase 2 - Non Residential    Sept to Oct 2017

Each participant works on implementing their 2017 personal leadership development plan which they decided in Phase 1.  Their progress to date is the subject of a presentation in Phase 3.

Phase 3 - Residential          Wellington – Wed 18 to Fri 20 October 2017

Each participant presents progress to date on their personal development plan to their fellow participants. The programme includes the opportunity to hear from leaders in the horticulture industry, and to learn about Wellington and government processes. 


Application process and closing date

All paperwork (application form, photo and both references) must be submitted, preferably electronically, to leadership@hortnz no later than 31 May 2017. 

If an organisation or employer is endorsing an application this should be indicated on the reference form.  Applicants should be aware that in submitting an application they authorise the selection committee to obtain information about them from their nominated referees. 


Programme fees

HortNZ is offering 12 scholarships that will meet all course fees and accommodation costs. These are open to growers and their employees, or those from organisations closely associated with growing.  In addition, there will be up to six position available for a fee of $3,500 + GST.

Once the selection has been made, applicants will be notified of the results and whether or not they have been awarded a scholarship. Those who have been accepted on the provision of payment will have the opportunity to decide if they accept their place. The places will only be filled if the applications meet the standards the selection committee have set.


Travel costs

In addition, successful applicants will be called on to meet the travel costs:


Phase 1: one trip to and from Lincoln University, Canterbury

Phase 2: travel not required

Phase 3: one trip to and from Wellington


For any queries on the programme please contact

Sue Pickering