At Centennial Park in Te Puke on Friday 25 February, the ZESPRI Industry Challenge saw nearly 200 kiwifruit industry members come together to celebrate the beginning of the 2011 harvest. The half-day and evening included games followed by a shared meal giving teams the opportunity to bond with each other and build some industry camaraderie before the harvest.
As another hot February day dawned, participants arrived bright and early to set up and it was evident that, once again, the day would be fun-filled and competitive. 12 teams from the kiwifruit industry competed against each other in five different ‘Top-Town’ style games and activities.
A sixth game saw the teams cheering on the event sponsors. There were hundreds of prizes given away, including spot prizes, with all teams competing for the much-coveted wooden trophy. Kiwi Produce won the trophy with a total of 60 points, followed by Aerocool (53 points) and Trevelyan’s close behind in third (52 points).
Michele A’Court, well-known New Zealand comedian, emceed throughout the day making sure participants were enjoying themselves. Event Organiser and Communications Coordinator, Claire Smart, did an outstanding job in bringing the day together: “It was great to see so many people from the industry coming together and having a good time on the day. The set-up and support teams were fantastic. The teams all got on so well and it was a neat all-industry event to kick the season off,” said Claire.
Given the challenges facing the industry due to Psa, the decision to hold the Industry Challenge was not taken lightly. But, due to lots of interest from both sponsors and teams, the day went ahead as an opportunity for some light relief and good times together before the harvest, which kicks off in mid-March. ZESPRI would like to thank all the teams that took part in this year’s ZESPRI Industry Challenge.
The day would not be possible without the amazing support from sponsors and other contractors. ZESPRI and the kiwifruit industry would like to thank the following sponsors: major sponsor Rabobank and game sponsors: Sinclair/Jenkins Group, Compac-Lenz, Farmlands/Skeltons and Amcor Kiwi Pack & Strap.
Congratulations to all the competitors! Final placings on the day were:
Kiwi Produce First Place
Aerocool Second Place
Trevelyan’s Third Place
Eastpack B Fourth Place
Apata Avengers Fifth Place
DMS Bunch Six Place
Grower Team Seventh Place
Eastpack A Eighth Place
Jace Enterprises Ninth Place
Physically Fragile Researchers Tenth Place
ZESPRI Team Eleventh Place
The Xtra’s Eleventh Place
Winners of each game:
Sinclair/Jenkins Magic Carpet Race Eastpack B
Compac-Lenz Wall Obstacle Apata Avengers
Amcor Kiwi Pack & Strap Trevelyan’s
Farmlands/Skeltons Kiwi Dragon Boat Race DMS Bunch
Rabobank Horizontal Bungy Aerocool
Sponsors Cup Winner:
Best supporting team: