Applications for the 2022 Award are open to individuals who are residents of New Zealand or Australia, are 21 - 35 years of age (as at 31 August 2021) and who are living and working in the agribusiness sector in either Australia or NZ. 


Applications are open for the month of August 2021. You can apply for the 2022 Award any time between Sunday 01 August to Tuesday 31 August 2021 (close 5pm NZ time, no exceptions). 


From Sunday 01 August 2021, all applicants will be required to complete an online application form available through this website - simply click on the Apply for the 2022 Award (green button) at the top of the page.


As part of your submission you'll need to provide:-

1. A short written bio (approx 80 words), including

  • Your name, your job/role, where you live and work

  • A brief explanation of what you do

  • Your proudest achievement

  • Hobbies or interest(s).

2. A short video clip. The clip must be no more than 1 minute long.  No additional marks will be given for editing or graphics. You        can take the clip on a mobile device, iPad or similar (maximum 1 minute). The clip must include:

  • Your name and job/role  

  • A brief explanation of what you do

  • A statement about where your passion for your industry lies, and how you’re making your mark - or how you see yourself making your mark.

You will need to load your video to Dropbox, Google drive or similar, then paste the link into the designated field in the online application form.  If you have any issues or are unable to load your video, email info@zandamcdonaldaward.com and we'll be in touch to help.

3. A 250 word submission.  You are required to explain how you would benefit from a tailored mentoring package, where you would like to be in your career in five years, and how you would be a fitting ambassador for this award.

4. You may upload up to 3 supporting documents. It is strongly recommended that one of these is your CV/Resume. Each document must be no more than 10MB max.

The prize package involves a tailored mentoring trip, which will require time away from work.  If appropriate, you will need to seek consent from your employer before applying. 


ABOUT THE PROCESS - What happens after your application has been received?

All nomination forms received by the closing date will be acknowledged by email and then assessed by the judging panel. See below for the list of judges.


Who decides who is a finalist?

Once all application have been received, the judges will assess each application. The judges will then choose six finalists. The six finalists will be notified directly by Tuesday 21 September 2021.

How will the interviews work?

Finalists will be invited to attend an interview with the judges in November 2021 (dates to be confirmed).  The six finalists will be asked to present a short version of their award submission. Interviews may take place in New Zealand or Australia, and this will be confirmed by early October. All applicants should ensure they have a valid passport. Overnight accommodation and travel to and from the interview will be pre-paid for by the award. If there are travel restrictions as a result of COVID-19, alternative arrangements will be made for the interviews to take place via video link or similar.



Following interviews of the six finalists, the judges will announce the Award winner the following evening. Finalists will be notified directly and announced in the media and via PPP Group networks.  For more on the PPP Group click here.



Your application will be judged on the following criteria:

1.    Thorough completion of the application

2.    Details on what your current role means to you and how you see yourself contributing to the future of your industry

3.    Ability to explain why you deserve to win this award.

Please note that you will not be judged on the quality of your video clip, only the content. No additional marks will be given for editing or graphics.  You can take the clip on a mobile device, iPad or similar.


•    Applications are open from Sunday 1 August 2021 until 5pm (NZ time) Tuesday 31 August 2021.

•    Six finalists will be announced by Tuesday 21 September 2021.

•    Finalists will be invited to attend an interview in November 2021 - date and location to be announced.

•    Award winner will be announced on in November 2021 - date to be announced




Richard Rains, Chairman, Zanda McDonald Award, Director of the Country Education Foundation, Australia

Shane McManaway, Patron and Founder of the Zanda McDonald Award, NZ
Julie McDonald
, CFO, MDH Pty Ltd, Queensland, Australia

Emma Black, COO, Black Box Co and 2015 Zanda McDonald Award winner, Australia

Charlie de Fegely, Owner, Quamby, Ararat, Victoria, Australia

John McKillop, Chairman LAWD Pty Ltd, Australia

Richard Subtil, Owner, Omarama Station, NZ

Lynley Wyeth, Spring Valley Enterprises, Wairarapa, NZ

Erica van Reenan, Managing Director AgFirst, NZ

Jack Raharuhi, 2021 Zanda Award winner and Operations Manager, Pamu Farms, NZ

For any questions about registering, applications or the Award process, please contact info@zandamcdonaldaward.com

Terms and Conditions

1. Applicants must answer all questions in the application form. 2. Answers to each question must be true and correct. 3.  Finalists will be required to feature in marketing and promotional material. 4. Finalists consent to having their names and photographs published. 5. Applicants may be required to speak to the media. 6. Applicants may not contact the judges directly once their application has been submitted. 7. Applicants accept that the judges’ decision is final and no negotiation will be entered into. 8. The prize package is non-transferable either to another person or to a cash equivalent. 9. The Award reserves the right to change components of the prize package at its discretion. However, any changes to the prize will be replaced with another prize of equal or greater value. 10. Applicants must be aged between 21 - 35 years as at 31 August 2021, and working in the agribusiness sectors in either Australia or New Zealand. 11. Applicants must be a resident of either Australia or New Zealand and must not be related to any person involved in the award scheme. 12. The prize package is valid for 12 months unless otherwise specified. 13. The successful applicant will be required to undertake Award Ambassador duties.14. Award finalists are each responsible for the content they publish, or have published, on social media and should use good judgment in relation to their profiles being associated with the Zanda McDonald Award. Comments, expressions, and other postings on social media must be honest and respectful of others. 15. The prize package includes Education or Training up to the value of $10,000 AU: The aim is to provide the Award recipient with further education that is in line with their future development and personal growth. The education and/or training package is not restricted to a set list of options, but is subject to mutual agreement by the Award recipient and judging panel (and subject to acceptance into the desired training/course) . Up to $10,000 AU is available to put towards these costs, including all travel and accommodation expenses. Any costs exceeding $10,000 will be at the Award recipient’s own expense. 16. Applications must be received by 5pm NZ time, Monday 31 August. No late entries accepted.