Support Our Members

Supporting and driving awareness of career pathways in horticulture is a key focus for the Association. By fostering an industry culture where innovation, talent and education is valued, will help drive a vibrant, progressive and skilled workforce that will support current and future leaders.

The Hawke’s Bay Fruitgrowers’ Association Charitable Trust provides annual scholarships and funding grants to support personal development. In addition, the Association offers, in conjunction with national sector bodies, regional organisations and education providers, an array of networking programmes and events throughout the year to support the development of individuals within the industry:

Education opportunities: In conjunction with EIT and Primary ITO, Industry Awards Night, Young Fruitgrower Nelson Exchange

Workshops: On-going throughout the year

Networking events: Hawke’s Bay Young Orchardists, Women in Horticulture, Fishing Competition

Industry Events: Hawke’s Bay Young Fruitgrower of the Year, National Horticulture Fieldays, Horticulture New Zealand Conference, NZ Apple and Pears Conference, Summerfruit New Zealand Conference, Momentum

Wellbeing Support: In response to Cyclone Gabrielle, HBFA has engaged Wanda Douglas to provide free and confidential psychological support to our members and their families. Wanda is a Registered Psychologist with the NZ Psychologists’ Board. She is based locally in Taradale.

HBFA will fund the first three one-hour sessions for any member of the association and/or their direct family members. Wanda can be contacted via her mobile on 021 1700 506 

Members are also reminded that they can also contact the Rural Support Trust  on 0800 787 506 if they have any wellbeing concerns.

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Advocate For Our Members

We work for our members to lobby and protect the longevity of Hawke's Bay as a fruit-growing region.


Support Our Members

Our aim is to support and drive awareness of career opportunities in horticulture.


Be The Voice For Our Members

To promote the fruit-growing industry through effective marketing