Welcome to the Napier Port Hawke's Bay Primary Sector Awards

However, it is not enough anymore to follow the production mantra of more, more, more. Increasingly we are needing to walk a path that shows our primary sector industries are careful stewards of the resources that their future generations have entrusted to them. That we have businesses and leaders that recognise that sustainability coupled with a compelling story of place will be the hallmarks of success for our primary industries on the world stage.Hawke's Bay has a proud history as a primary sector engine house from its rugged hinterland to the rich productive plains of the lowlands. We have seen innovative producers harness these resources to place the region as one of the most significant food producing regions of New Zealand.

It is appropriate then that we have an event that recognises those that have risen to these challenges and built some of the leading primary sector business in New Zealand.
The Hawke's Bay A&P Society is delighted to bring to you the Napier Port Hawke's Bay Primary Sector Awards; a stage on which we celebrate the leading primary sector businesses and their people. 
Sharing a vision for the future of the regions primary industries is our naming sponsor Napier Port- reflecting the Ports deep and important connection with the regions primary industries.
The Napier Port Hawke's Bay Primary Sector Awards will bring together a range of awards and competitions that will recognise excellence in the primary industries.
So join us for this journey; whether you are an aspiring contestant, sponsor or interested party as we celebrate those that drive our regional economy and enable us to confidently take our place as a safe and sustainable food producer for the rest of the world.  
Simon FH Collin (President)




Below are the nine awards that make up the Napier Port Hawke's Bay Primary Sector Awards:





More than just sponsors, these companies have chosen to support the Napier Port Hawke's Bay Primary Sector Awards because they believe they have a role to play in its continued success.  Take time to explore what our sponsors have to offer.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact us

Naming Sponsor


silver fern farms Hawke's Bay farmer of the year  

Naming Sponsor

associated sponsors





Pan Pac HB Farm Forester of the Year

Naming Sponsor

Associated sponsors


Lawson robinson hb scholarship 



Horticentre Trust Horticulturalist of the year


bwr HB PRIMARY SECTOR innovation award

rural directions shepherd of the year award



The primary objectives of the 
Silver Fern Farms Hawke's Bay Farmer of the Year competition are to identify, promote and celebrate excellence in pastoral farming in Hawke's Bay.

2019 Recipients

Jason Daly and Louise Harvey


Past Winners

2020 Entry Form


The inaugural Horticentre Trust Hawke’s Bay Horticulturalist of the Year was awarded in 2019 and we are thrilled to carry on with this award into the future. The Horticentre Trust Hawke's Bay Horticulturalist of the Year is awarded to an outstanding individual recognising their significant contribution to Horticulture through their innovation, resilience and leadership along with their commitment to education, the environment and their social responsibility. This award is open to all fruit and vegetable growers including land owners, leasee’s and managers.

If you would like to be involved as a sponsor or as an entrant in this exciting new award, please contact Isabelle Crawshaw on 021 181 8686

2020 Entry Form

Field Day Sponsor:



2019 Recipient

Fountaine Family

Past Winners



This award recognises an Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture in Hawke's Bay by awarding to a person who largely goes unrecognised and who works or gives of their time voluntarily to the betterment of Agriculture in Hawke's Bay.
  This is in keeping with the ideals of the late Laurie Dowling who was very much a man of the land throughout his consultancy career.
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2019 Recipient

Lon Anderson

Past Winners

2020 Entry Form


This scholarship aims to recognise outstanding academic and leadership qualities in a student currently enrolled in a full time land based production industries programme at a New Zealand University.

2019 Recipient


Geoffrey Berntsen

Past Winners

2018 Marcus Yule

2017 Amy Hoogenboom
2016 Olivia Ellis
2015 Kahlia Fryer
2014 Patrick Crawshaw
2013 Rowan Sanford

2020 Entry Form


The Hawke’s Bay Primary Sector Industry Leader of the Year Award for outstanding leadership achievement.

2019 Recipient

Renata Apatu

Past Winners
2018 John Buck

2017 John Paynter
2016 Craig Hickson
2015 Justine Kidd


2020 Entry Form


This award recognises an individual providing professional services to the Primary Sector in Hawke's Bay.


2019 Recipient

Mark Harris

Past Winners
2018 John Cannon

2017 Ian Walker
2016 Phil Tither


2020 Entry Form


The Hawke's Bay Primary Sector Innovation Award will recognise outstanding innovation within the Hawke's Bay region.  The purpose of this award is to identify, acknowledge and celebrate those in Hawke's Bay who have made a significant contribution through their knowledge, skills and application to improve the performance of the primary industries.
This award is open to Primary Sector of all kinds.  It includes software, products, services and any innovation targeted towards the primary sectors.  It celebrates innovation in farming, fisheries, horticulture, viticulture, forestry, applied agriculture research including the companies that service these sectors.  Innovation in this category may also overlap and connect with innovation in food & beverage and health & science.

2019 Recipient 



2020 Entry Form


An exciting new award joining the Primary Sector Awards to showcase the up and coming talent and future leaders in the agriculture industry. This award will be presented to an individual who demonstrates a strong knowledge in the fundamentals of shepherding including a good understanding of their current faming systems and their future goals in the primary sector. The recipient will display ambition and drive and will enjoy getting involved in their community. Eligible to anyone working on-farm within the Hawke’s Bay region with ‘Shepherd’ in their position title whether junior, senior or general.

2019 Recipient - Chris Hursthouse

2020 Entry Form



Entry Details

Entries open for the 2020 Awards - 23 October 2019

Silver Fern Farms HB Farmer of the Year 

Pan Pac Hawke's Bay Farm Forester of the Year

Laurie Dowling Memorial Award

Lawson Robinson Hawke's Bay Scholarship

Hastings District Council Hawke's Bay Primary Sector Industry Leader

Unison Primary Sector Professional of the Year

BWR Primary Sector Innovation Award

Horticentre Hawke's Bay Horticulturalist of the Year

Rural Directions Hawke's Bay Shepherd of the Year 

Entries Close for all awards on the 14th February 2020, except for the scholarship closing on the 2nd March 2020.




Napier Port Hawke's Bay Primary Sector Awards Dinner

The Awards Dinner will be held on 19 March 2020. Tickets are on Mid January!

The Hawke's Bay A&P Society invites you to join with them to celebrate a year of excellence in the primary sector as we announce the winners of;
Silver Fern Farms Hawke's Bay Farmer of the Year
Pan Pac Hawke's Bay Farm Forester of the Year
Laurie Dowling Memorial Award
Lawson Robinson Hawke's Bay Scholarship
Hastings District Council Hawke's Bay Primary Sector Industry Leader
Unison Hawke's Bay Primary Sector Professional of the Year

Horticentre Horticulturalist of the Year
BWR Primary Sector Innovation Award


Date:   19 March 2020
Time:  5:30pm
Venue:  Exhibition Hall, ShowgroundsHawke's Bay
Dress:  Smart Business Attire
Tickets:  $150 (plus GST) includes all beverages, 3 course meal and canapes
Pre Dinner drinks 5.30pm - 6.15pm.  Awards Ceremony commences 6.15pm

To purhcase tickets please email or call prior to the 10th March 2020.
P: 06 8783123 Ext 6  M: 021 181 8686  E: 


Contact Details

Hawke's Bay A&P Society
Showgrounds Hawke's Bay
Kenilworth Road
PO Box 349
Phone 06 878 3123
Fax 06 878 3121

Isabelle Crawshaw, Awards Manager 
Phone  06 878 3123  Extn 6
021 181 8686


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key dates

Awards Dinner
19 March 2020