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New Arborist of the Year

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  • Held in conjunction with the regional Tree Climbing Competitions(TCCs)

  • One Multi-choice theory test

  • One Work Climb score is taken from the regional TCC event

  • The person with the best-combined score goes to the finals

To register for a NAOTY regional event you need to be registered for a main regional tree climbing competition. There is no official sign up for the NAOTY competition. All other info will be given on the day. 


  • Held during NZ Arb Conference/NTCC in November

  • Theory tests

  • Student Mentor Lunch

  • Practical tests

  • Meet NZ's Top Climbing Arborists

  • Great Prizes and Trophy

To qualify for the NAOTY finals event, you must place first or second in a regional event. The top two competitors from each region will qualify for the finals event. If you qualify, you do not need to do anything else to register.

This competition is for arborists with 0–3 years of experience in the industry – Compete against people your own skill level and get industry recognition


  • $500 cash towards travel & accommodation

  • Commemorative Finalist T-Shirt

  • Attendance to the Student Mentor Lunch

  • Access to the Friday sessions of the NZ Arb Conference, including the Career Pathway Lunch

  • Ticket to the NZ Arb Conference Dinner & Awards ceremony

  • A finalist spot representing ‘arboriculture’ in Young Horticulturalist of the Year Competition* (flights and accommodation included) *entry criteria applies

*Terms and Conditions apply to all competitors.


  • The New Arborist of the Year title and trophy

  • Prizes and Certificate

Interested in competing? Download the NAOTY handbook

2021 NAOTY Finals Competitors

Auckland Finalists


Waikato / Bay of Plenty Finalists

Solomon Caldwell & Ruby Harrison 

Wellington Finalists 

Kahu McLean-Robinson & Thomas Becker

South Island Finalists


Previous Winners & Finalists

2020 Winner: Martin Manea

Auckland Finalists: Ryan Robinson, John Almazan

Waikato / Bay of Plenty Finalists: Ruby Harrison, Dion Morgan

Wellington Finalists: Martin Manea, Anu Muller-O'Neill

South Island Finalists: Thomas Leach, Rhys Grierson

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