Apiculture NZ is the peak industry body for apiculture in New Zealand representing all sectors of the industry. Our mission is to support and deliver benefit to the New Zealand apiculture industry by creating a positive industry profile, business environment, and opportunities for members. We advocate on the behalf of members on a range of issues affecting the apiculture industry.
Apiculture NZ was established in April 2016 after the restructure of the National Beekeepers Association of New Zealand (NBA) to better meet the needs of its members and the wider industry. This restructuring included a rebranding to better reflect its broader membership: NZ Beekeepers, NZ Honey Packers and Exporters, the Bee Products Standards Council and industry related supply companies.
New Zealand’s apiculture industry is a $5 billion industry. The value of New Zeland’s industry is not just in honey and bee products – honey bees also play a critical role in pollinating pastoral clover for nitrogen regeneration, specialised small seed crops, berry, stone fruit and pip fruit orchards.
The 2015/16 honey season produced an estimated honey crop of 19,885 tonnes, a record crop for the industry.
The value of New Zealand’s pure honey exports increased by 35 per cent in 2015/16 to $315 million, driven by a lift in export prices.
Total registered hives reached 811,357 in June 2017, and 7836 registered beekeepers in New Zealand.
Subsequently, an interim working group (IWG) comprising nominees from the National Beekeepers Association (NBA), Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group (BIG), the Honey Packers and Exporters Association (HPEA) and the hobbyist sector was convened under the chairmanship of Kim Singleton.
The Industry Uniﬁcation Project commenced with the goal to achieve a “fully inclusive, fully funded industry group structure that will be a strong platform for future growth and prosperity.”
Apiculture New Zealand, which opened its doors on April 1, 2016, is the peak body which administers the industry, and has governance representation, employing a dedicated management team, to represent the apiculture industry in all matters on a full-time basis.