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Late Bloomers Awards


A big congratulations to Owhata Central Kids Kindergarten in Rotorua who won both of our Late Bloomers Awards.

The Late Bloomers Awards ran from December 2023 to February 2024 and marked the final phase of the much-loved Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens Project which saw 13,795 kindy children across the country turn their hands to gardening.
We run these awards to recognise those kindergartens or regions that struggled with lower temperatures or were impacted by weather or other issues, ensuring everyone had a fair chance for their sunflowers to bloom and be recognised. 

First-time winners Owhata Central Kids Kindergarten from Central Kids Kindergarten Association won both the Late Bloomers Widest Sunflower Head Award and Tallest Sunflower Awards. Their sunflower was 210cm high and the sunflower head measured in at a whopping 40cm wide, the widest grown in the Project’s history!

Teacher, Moepera Akuhata-Brown, commented; “At Owhata Kindergarten Whaea Moepera and the tamariki enjoyed growing Dalton’s Raputiputi. Watching as Ranginui waters from above, Tama nui te Ra shining glow, and Papatūanuku nurturing from below to help grow our Raputiputi to be big and tall. Our tamariki have become kaitiaki of their whenua or natural environment. A big mihi to Dalton’s for providing us with this amazing learning opportunity.”

Thank you to everyone who entered!

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Thank you to our Sponsors

A huge thank you to our sponsors, Kings Seeds, The Warehouse and GARDENA who join us again this year and help make this project possible. 

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King Seeds

Kings Seeds have been a partner of the project since its inception and supply Sunflower Skyscraper Seeds - without them we have no project!

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The Warehouse

The Warehouse has been a valued project partner since 2013 and generously donate vouchers for our winner’s prize packs.

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Gardena

GARDENA kindly donate one of their fantastic watering nozzles into our winner’s prize packs.

*This Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens Project is only running in selected regions of New Zealand for 2023 in participating kindergarten associations. For more information, please review the project terms and conditions here.