The Guild offers a series of awards each year, in conjunction with our sponsors, for excellence in written and broadcast agricultural journalism. In addition, the Communicator of the Year award is presented in June of each year in Hamilton.

See the Roll of Honour board listing present and previous winners of the Agricultural Communicator of the Year Awards. Lists of other awards will be added soon.

2017 Awards

Applications have now CLOSED for the Guild's 2017 Journalism and Photography Awards.  Further information about each award can be found by clicking the links below:

2017 Ravensdown Agricultural Communicator of the Year


The chief executive of Zespri, Lain Jager, was the winner of the 2017 Ravensdown Agricultural Communicator of the Year award. This was announced at a dinner in Hamilton in mid-June, when he was presented with a trophy and a cash prize.

Lain (pictured right) has served as Zespri CEO since 2008, having joined the company in 1999. In his time with Zespri, global sales have increased from just over $500 million to $1.9 billion in 2016/17, with $1.1 billion of that returned to communities around New Zealand.

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2016 Awards

2016 Guild Journalism and Photography Awards

A Levin freelance journalist now working for RNZ News, Aaron Smale, was the 2016 winner of the top award for agricultural journalists.

Aaron won the supreme award, the Ministry for Primary Industries Rongo Award, which recognises excellence in agricultural journalism. the AGMARDT Agribusiness Award and also the Federated Farmers Rural Photography Award. He is pictured leftreceiving the 2016 MPI Rongo Award from MPI's Sid Pickering.

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2016 Landcorp Communicator of the Year Award

Landcorp-chair-Traci-Houpapa-presenting-the-2016-Landcorp-Communicator-of-the-Year-Award-to-Tim-Mackle, DairyNZ CEO.

The chief executive of DairyNZ, Dr Tim Mackle (picture right), was the winner of the 2016 Landcorp Agricultural Communicator of the Year Award, which was presented at a function in Hamilton in June.

The judges noted that in his time as DairyNZ CEO, Tim's excellence as a communicator has enabled him to provide an extraordinary level of leadership for the dairy sector. This was particularly evident over the previous 12 months when the industry faced a difficult period in the media, with low milk prices, issues with animal welfare and environmental standards.

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