Massey Agriculture, Horticulture and Environmental Science Awards , Ā Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa tohu mō te Ahuwhenua, te Ahumāra, te Taiao me te Pūtaiao

Celebrating excellence in education and recognising our top-achieving students.

2022 Awards Dinner

Ticket sales are now open.

About the Awards

The first agricultural awards were in 1993. Since then, each year, we've recognised and celebrated students who have made a positive impact on their peers and shown commitment to their study and research.

This year we celebrate Animal Science, Environment Science and Earth Science students, with three new awards for excellence going to the top student in each qualification.

The awards consist of nine categories.

Award categories

  • William Gerrish Memorial Award
    The William Gerrish Memorial Award will be presented for the 21st year in 2022. This award is for outstanding performance in Farm Management. The award recipient must perform well academically and demonstrate a high level of personal integrity, intellectual curiosity, vision and social conscience.
  • Massey University Award for Excellence in Agricultural Science and Horticulture
    Award for students with the highest grade point average in Semester 1. For the most proficient 1st and 2nd-year students, 3rd-year Agricultural Science and 3rd-year Horticulture students, prizes for first, second and third.
  • Massey University Award for Excellence in Animal Science
    For the most proficient 3rd and 2nd-year students, prizes for first, second and third.
  • Massey University Award for Excellence in Environmental Science
    For the most proficient 3rd-year student.
  • Massey University Award for Excellence in Earth Science
    For the most proficient 3rd-year student.
  • NZ Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science Leading Student
    Award for overall excellence in agriculture or horticulture. The award includes a three-year membership to NZIAHS.
  • Student Leadership and Service Award
    The student who made the best contribution to the well-being and reputation of their fellow students, in the opinion of their peers and/or staff. The recipient is a well-rounded individual with the potential to become a leader and role model. They demonstrate leadership while displaying empathy, ethical conduct, mindfulness and cultural competence.
  • Agriculture and Horticulture Practicum Awards
    Award for the students producing the best report for undergraduate work placement practicums over the summer. 119.150 Practicum I and 119.250 Practicum II.
  • Young Farmers Club Sally Hobson Award
    Award trophy for service to the Young Farmers Club.

Recent recipients of the Massey Agriculture Student of the Year Award

2021: Benjamin Crane

2020: William Robertson

2019: Megan Robertson

2018: Sam Pike

2017: James Robertson

2016: Jack Van Bussell

Nominations for the Student Leadership and Service Award have now closed

We will announce the winner at the Awards Dinner on Friday, 21 October 2022.

Awards Dinner

We invite you to join us in celebrating excellence in agricultural education. Meet industry partners, Massey staff and agricultural students at the annual awards dinner.

This event is the highlight of our agricultural calendar, celebrating student academic success and Massey’s coveted position as New Zealand's number one university in agriculture. An essential fixture for industry and Massey’s best and brightest students.

All students, including 1st year, are encouraged to attend. It's a fantastic opportunity to connect with the industry and establish career-long relationships.

Save the date

The Awards Dinner will be held on Friday 21 October 2022 at the Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre.

The dinner includes a pre-dinner drink, two course buffet dinner and dinner wine. A cash bar will be available.

Dress: Jacket / cocktail dress

Get your tickets

Buy a ticket to the 2022 Awards Dinner. Ticket prices include GST and are:

  • $35 for a student
  • $85 for staff
  • $85 for guest.

Event timetable for the dinner

6pm Networking and pre-dinner drinks
6.30pm Welcome
7pm Buffet Dinner
7.45pm Awards ceremony begins
8.30pm Dessert, tea and coffee
9pm Awards ceremony continues
10.30pm Close

Sponsor an award or a table

The Awards Dinner is your chance to get in front of the leaders of tomorrow and catch up on the latest agricultural developments at Massey University.

As a sponsor, you will gain additional exposure at this key industry event.

Contact Dawn Manaton to sponsor this year's awards

Award sponsorship

Massey academic awards

Awarded to the students with the highest academic achievement in a year group.

Sponsorship includes:

  • Branded certificates for your sponsored award.
  • Two complimentary tickets to the dinner.*
  • Table naming rights.
  • The opportunity to present the award you sponsor.
  • Sponsor acknowledgement during the presentation of the sponsored award.
  • The opportunity for additional signage at the venue.
  • Provision of promotional materials.
  • Event programme and website mention sponsorship.

*Tickets include a two-course buffet dinner, a pre-dinner drink, dinner wine on the table, and a cash bar will also be available. If you're a table sponsor, you will be seated at your sponsored table, along with our top academic students.

Table sponsorship

Your opportunity to meet our future talent!

Each table seats eight and is an opportunity for you to meet and interact with students and staff. We aim to allocate the remaining six seats to students and staff from agriculture, horticulture, plant science, animal science, equine studies and agricommerce.

Sponsorship includes:

  • Table naming rights
  • Two complimentary tickets to the dinner.*
  • Company signage on your table.
  • The opportunity to provide promotional materials to attendees.
  • The opportunity for additional signage at the event.
  • Provision of promotional materials.
  • Opportunity to be a part of a continuous loop of sponsor logos on the screen at the dinner.
  • Event programme and website mention sponsorship.

*Tickets include a two-course buffet dinner, a pre-dinner drink, dinner wine on the table, and a cash bar will also be available. You will be seated at that table, along with our top academic students.

Our sponsors

The School of Agriculture and Environment thank the industry for their support.

Award sponsors

AgFirst logo

AgFirst Manawatu-Whanganui

Sponsor of the Agricultural Practicum and Horticultural Practicum I and II awards.

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Aviagen logo

Aviagen

Sponsor of the Excellence in Animal Science award for the most proficient 2nd year students.

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Ballance Agri-Nutrients logo

Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Sponsor of the Excellence in Agricultural and Horticulture award for the most proficient 2nd year students.

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Bayer New Zealand Limited logo

Bayer New Zealand Ltd

Sponsor of the Student Leadership and Service Award.

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Beef + Lamb New Zealand logo

Beef + Lamb New Zealand

Sponsor of the Excellence in Agricultural and Horticulture award for the most proficient 3rd year agriculture students.

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Horizons Regional Council Logo

Horizons Regional Council

Sponsor of the Excellence in Earth Science award for the most proficient 3rd year student.

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LIC logo

LIC

Sponsor of the Excellence in Animal Science award for the most proficient 3rd year students.

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Lowe Environmental Impact (LEI) logo

Lowe Environmental Impact

Sponsor of the Excellence in Environmental Science award for the most proficient 3rd year student.

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NZ Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science logo

New Zealand Institute of Agricultural & Horticultural Science (NZIAHS)

Sponsor of the NZ Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science Leading Student award.

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Ravensdown logo

Ravensdown

Sponsor of the Excellence in Agricultural and Horticulture award for the most proficient 1st year students.

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Zespri International Limited logo

Zespri

Sponsor of the Excellence in Agriculture and Horticulture award for the most proficient 3rd year horticulture students.

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Table sponsors

Agricom logo

Agricom

Animal and Plant Health NZ logo

Animal and Plant Health NZ

AsureQuality logo

AsureQuality

Aviagen logo

Aviagen

BakerAg logo

BakerAg

Ballance Agri-Nutrients logo

Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Barenbrug logo

Barenbrug

Bayer New Zealand Limited logo

Bayer New Zealand Ltd

Beef + Lamb New Zealand logo

Beef + Lamb New Zealand

Corteva logo

Corteva Agriscience

DairyNZ logo

DairyNZ

Datamars Livestock logo

Datamars Livestock

Farm Source logo

FarmSource

The Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) logo

Foundation for Arable Research (FAR)

Horizons Regional Council Logo

Horizons Regional Council

Horticulture NZ logo

Horticulture New Zealand

Lowe Environmental Impact (LEI) logo

Lowe Environmental Impact

NZ Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science logo

New Zealand Institute of Agricultural & Horticultural Science (NZIAHS)

Perrin Ag logo

Perrin Ag

Logo for Pioneer Brands Products

Pioneer Brand Products

Property Brokers logo

Property Brokers

Rabobank logo

Rabobank NZ | Rural Bank & Agricultural Farm Finance

Ravensdown logo

Ravensdown

Watties logo

Wattie's

Zespri International Limited logo

Zespri

Contact us

Contact us to sponsor the awards or discuss the awards dinner.

Dawn Manaton

Event Manager
Dr Sarah Golding

Dr Sarah Golding

Communications and Engagement Advisor

School of Agriculture and Environment – Te Kura Mātauranga mō Ahuwhenua me

The School of Agriculture and Environment offers internationally recognised teaching and research. It aims to develop a balance between social, environmental and economic outcomes for production and sustainability.

School of Agriculture & Environment

Examining interconnections between primary industries such as farming and forestry and our unique environments.