The Apiculture NZ Conference and Trade Exhibition is the largest annual gathering of beekeepers, honey producers and pollination experts in New Zealand. It is an opportunity to learn, share and celebrate our industry.
Beyond the frame: where to next for the NZ apiculture sector?
This year’s presentations and seminars will explore next steps in apiculture science, markets and practices.
There are also pre-Conference events held on site on Wednesday 28 June as outlined in the programme below.
Please note, programme is subject to change
WEDNESDAY 28 JUNE
Pre-Conference events & Conference registration
|9:00am – 4:30pm||4th NZ Honey bee Research Symposium
What research is the New Zealand science community doing on honey bees and bee products? What are the science challenges in apiculture and how does research in New Zealand align with these industry needs?
This research symposium takes place before the Conference and is for scientists to present, inform and understand the honey bee research landscape in New Zealand. The event is open to anyone interested in honey bee research.
|7:30am – 4:30pm||Professional Learning and Development Day
Focus on apprentices: providing a range of unit standards relevant to industry skill requirements.
|6:00pm – 8:00pm||Roast Dinner Buffet
Venue: Brasserie Poolside Restaurant at the Millennium Hotel
Sponsored by Ecrotek
THURSDAY 29 JUNE
Bacon butties provided compliments of Ecrotek
|8.30am||Mihi whakatau and Conference opening address|
|9:05am||Alex Turnbull Chief Executive, Mānuka Health – Premium Sponsor address|
|9:10am||Keynote address and panel discussion
‘All about COLOSS – a global network to promote honey bee health and wellbeing.’
Dr Peter Neumann, Institute of Bee Health, SwitzerlandFollowed by New Zealand panel discussion with:
Dr Pike Stahlmann-Brown, Principal Economist and Research Priority Area Leader at Manaaki Whenua (Land Research) and
Dr Oksana Borowik, NZ COLOSS Representative and commercial beekeeper
|10:45am||Keynote address and panel discussion
‘What’s going on with queens?’
Prof. David Tarpy, Department of Applied Ecology, North Carolina State University, USA
Followed by New Zealand panel discussion
Includes ApiNZ National Honey Competition Awards ceremony at 12.35
|1:00pm||The impact of severe weather events on the apiculture sector. Sharing the lessons learnt from Cyclone Gabrielle
A panel discussion with beekeepers from affected regions
Panellists include Barry Foster (Gisborne/Tairawhiti), Oksana Borowik (Coromandel) and Richard Kidd (Northland)
|1:45pm||AFB Pest Management Update
ROOM ONE – Science Seminar & panel discussion
This panel discussion will explore the use of science to add a value to food products looking at what other industries and countries have achieved. The panel will then discuss what science we can use in New Zealand to achieve the same success with our own bee products.
ROOM TWO – Better business session
Panellists include Russell Marsh commercial beekeeper, Steve Jackson, non-commercia beekeeper and accountant, Marc Gascgoine, Dairy Farmer (via Farmstrong)
|3:45pm||ROOM ONE – Science Seminar & panel discussion
Varroa what we currently know and where do we need to go.
An interactive panel discussion discussing the current challenges faced by beekeepers managing varroa, what current tools are available to manage varroa better and what do we need to do as an industry to manage varroa successful in the future.
Carlos Zevallos, Comvita (beekeeper perspective)
ROOM TWO – The Honey Strategy
|4:45pm||NZ Beeswax Trade Buzz function|
|6:30pm||End of NZ Beeswax Trade Buzz function|
FRIDAY 30 JUNE
Bacon butties provided compliments of Ecrotek
Coming out of WinterProf. David Tarpy, Department of Applied Ecology, North Carolina State university, USA
The biology and control of Small Hive BeetleDr Peter Neumann, Institute of Bee Health, Switzerland
|11:15am||Taking on Varroa mite – an insight into how Australia is dealing with the arrival of this insidious pest
Danny Le Feuvre, Chief Executive of the Australia Honey Bee Council
Includes ApiNZ National Photography Competition Awards ceremony at 12.35
|1:00pm||The Market Session – industry panel discussion|
|1:45pm||The government you want vs the government you’ll get – prospects for the 2023 election
ROOM ONE – MPI Panel discussion and update for the apiculture industry
MPI Panel includes:
ROOM TWO – ‘How Beekeepers can identify and retain Varroa Resistance traits their own bee populations’
Rae Butler and Linda Newstrom-Lloyd from the Varroa Resistance Breeding project
|4:15pm||International Keynote Speakers – Q&A
Dr Peter Neumann, Institute of Bee Health, Switzerland
|5:00pm||End of Conference|
|6:30pm||GALA DINNER AND AWARDS NIGHT
Venue: Rotorua Energy Events Centre
Sponsored by The Mānuka Collective
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