Syngenta Growth Awards Regional Winners Announced

Press Release

Four outstanding growers and advisers from New Zealand progress to next stage of prestigious awards programme

The future of agriculture in Australia and New Zealand is in sound hands, according to Syngenta Managing Director and Country Head ANZ, Paul Luxton, who today announced the regional winners of this year’s Syngenta Growth Awards, which recognises growers, advisers and innovators for their contribution to the industry.

The 23 Regional Winners - including four representing New Zealand - selected from a list of impressive nominations, will now progress to the final stage of judging, decided by a panel of independent industry specialists. The regional winners will gather in Sydney later in the year for the National Gala Dinner, where National Winners will be awarded in each category, and participate in a series of business workshops prior to the gala on agtech advancements and sustainable farming to extend their skillset.

The Syngenta Growth Awards program was launched in 2014 with Productivity, Sustainability, and Community & People categories. An Innovator category was added in 2020.

“We had an incredibly strong pool of nominees this year, reflecting the huge amount of talent, commitment and sheer hard work in our industry. Choosing regional finalists was a difficult task – as it always is – but it’s such an honour to recognise individuals who are leading the way through exemplary practice, innovation, collaboration and passion for the industry,” Mr Luxton says. “The list of Regional Winners covers a broad range of careers, locations and achievements – because excellence can be found everywhere in this diverse sector.”

Mr Luxton says the impact of the awards programme goes beyond the award winners.

“While we’re celebrating individual achievement with this programme, we are also seeking to empower regional and agricultural communities, which are sometimes undervalued and underestimated. Our agriculture industry in this part of the world is outstanding and deserves its time in the spotlight.”

The National Winners in each of the four categories will be offered the opportunity to attend an international study tour next year, and will also join an alumni of previous winners, who remain connected and continue to add value to their communities.

The Syngenta Growth Awards supports the goals of Syngenta’s four ambitious global sustainability commitments to reduce agriculture’s carbon footprint and help farmers deal with the extreme weather patterns caused by climate change.

The four commitments include accelerating Syngenta’s innovations to provide solutions for farmers, striving for carbon neutral agriculture, partnering with stakeholders across industries for impact, and lastly helping people stay safe and healthy by training eight million farm workers and striving for fair labour across their entire supply chain.

The Syngenta Growth Awards Regional Winners for New Zealand are:

Community and People Category

  • Allan & Nell Dawson, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand - Grower
  • David Manktelow, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand - Adviser

Sustainability Category

  • Hamish Marr, Methven, New Zealand - Grower
  • Murray Kelly, Christchurch, New Zealand - Adviser


Learn more about the New Zealand Regional Finalists here - New Zealand Nominees and Regional Finalists

Learn more about this year’s Syngenta Growth Awards and all Regional Finalists here All Regional Finalists

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