Ben James from the Hawkes Bay ran out the winner of the Young Fruit Grower of Year 2013. Winning has given him $4,000 and a trophy and he is into the Young Horticulturalist of the year in November.

Second to Ben James was Opotiki contestant Chris Anstis, followed by David Winter from Kaiapoi and Jonathan Sutton from Waimea also in the South Island.

Some of the accolades received by Ben James: Best Practical Award $500, Best Speech Award $500, Outstanding Leadership Award $500 while Chris Anstis received Best Business Award $500 and  Best Innovation Award $500.

Chris Anstis spoke about something’s they did leading up to the results of the competition. He said he enjoyed the experiences but unfortunately he was not the winner on the night.

Kei te tu a Ben James o Te Matau-a-Maui hei te tuatangata o te motu o te Young Fruit grower o te tau rua mano ngahuru. Na tana toanga kua whiwhi ia i te wha mano tara me te tohutoa, otira ko ia e haere ana ki te whakataetae Young Horticulturalist o te tau a te marama o Whiringa-a-rangi. Tuarua ki a Ben James ko Chris Anstis no Opotiki, tuatoru ko David Winter o Kaiapoi ratau ko Jonathan Sutton o Waimea i Te Waipounamu tonu. Etahi o nga taonga i riro i a Ben James ko te Best Practical Award me te rima rau tara, Best Speech Award me te rima rau tara, Outstanding Leadership Award me te rima rau tara Otira te whiwhinga a Chris Anstis me tana turanga tuarua Best Business Award me te rima rau tara me te  Best Innovation Award me te rima rau tara. He korero na Chris Anstis mo nga mahi e arahi ana ia ki te whakataetae matua.