Hawke’s Bay’s thriving primary sector celebrated

The high calibre of our region’s primary producers was evident at the annual Napier Port Hawke’s Bay Primary Sector Awards 2019 – an event that celebrates excellence, leadership and innovation across a sector widely recognised as the cornerstone of our local economy.

“In Hawke’s Bay, our economy is driven by the primary sector,” says Napier Port CEO Todd Dawson.

“As they continue to grow and succeed, so do we, along with the local economy as a whole.”

For these reasons, Napier Port is proud to sponsor the Hawke’s Bay Primary Sector Awards and be involved in recognising the high degree of talent in this sector.

“Hawke’s Bay’s primary sector is full of hardworking, passionate people, all of whom are playing a role in keeping our economy running.

“The Awards are always a great night that highlights the outstanding commitment of our farmers, horticulturalists, foresters and the rural professionals who support them.”

“We congratulate all those who won on the night, and commend everyone in the primary sector for their ongoing contribution. As long as these top quality exports are coming through our port, we will continue to ensure we deliver on our purpose of connecting producers to the world.”

This year’s awards ran across nine categories:

  • Silver Fern Farms Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year
  • Horticentre Trust Hawke’s Bay Horticulturalist of the Year
  • Pan Pac Hawke’s Bay Farm Forester of the Year
  • Unison Hawke’s Bay Primary Sector Professional of the Year
  • Hastings District Council Primary Industry Leader of the Year
  • BWR Primary Sector Innovation Award
  • Lawson Robinson Hawke’s Bay A&P Scholarship
  • Laurie Dowling Memorial Award
  • Rural Directions Hawke’s Bay Shepherd of the Year

On behalf of Napier Port, a huge congratulations to:

Jason Daly and Louise Harvey
Silver Fern Hawke’s Bay Farms Farmer of the Year

Leon and Robyn Stallard
Horticentre Trust Hawke’s Bay Horticulturalist of the Year

Graeme and Neil Fontaine
Pan Pac Hawke’s Bay Farm Forester of the Year

Mark Harris
Unison Hawke’s Bay Primary Sector Professional of the Year

Renata Apatu
Hastings District Council Primary Industry Leader of the Year

Metris
BWR Primary Sector Innovation Award

Geoffrey Berntsen
Lawson Robinson Hawke’s Bay A&P Scholarship

Lon Anderson
Laurie Dowling Memorial Award

The winner of the Rural Directions Hawke’s Bay Shepherd of the Year Award will be announced at the Silver Fern Farms Farmer of the Year field day.

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