Please note the programme is subject to change.

9.00am to 4.30pm3rd NZ Science 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?
Please note: This is not part of the Conference and there is an additional charge for attendance.
Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre
This research symposium is primarily for scientists to present, inform and understand the honey bee research landscape in New Zealand. To attend, and or submit a research abstract, please go here
8.30am to 5.00pmProfessional gLearning and Development Day hosted by ApiNZ's Education and Skills Focus Group
The Professional Learning & Development Day provides a range of courses relevant to industry skill requirements including QMS, Food Safety in Honey – RMP Awareness – Asure Quality, and Profitable Training solutions for your business.
To find out more go here
Please note: This is not part of the ApiNZ Conference and a separate fee applies.
Tait Venue Centre, 245 Wooldridge Road, Christchurch
2.00pm to 5.00pmRegistrations openTe Pae Christchurch Convention Centre
6.00pm to 8.00pmRoast Dinner Buffet
Sponsored by Ecrotek
Te Pae
7.30amRegistrations & Exhibition Booths open
8.30am to 8.55amMihi Whakatau & Conference OpeningBruce Wills, Chair ApiNZ
Andrew Turner, Christchurch Deputy Mayor
8.55am to 9.05amOpening AddressRay Smith, director general MPI
9.05am to 9.10amPremium Sponsor AddressAlex Turnbull, chief executive Manuka Health
9.10am to 9.40amWhat is killing our bees (and what can we do about it)?Dr Jamie Ellis
Keynote International Speaker
9.40am to 10.15amNZ Panel discussion with Jamie Ellis on bee pests and diseases in NZDr Pike Stahlmann-Brown, principal economist and research priority area leader at Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research
Dr Phil Lester, professor in ecology and entomology at Victoria University of Wellington
10.15am to 10.45amMORNING TEA
10.45am to 11.15amVarroa anatomy: Why it matters to your beesDr Sammy Ramsey,
Keynote International Speaker
11.15am to 12.00pmNZ Panel discussion with Dr Sammy Ramsey on varroa in NZDr Michelle Taylor, research scientist, Plant & Food Research
Dr James Sainsbury, leader of Plant & Food Research's Bee Biology and Productivity Team
12.00pm to 1.00pmLUNCH
ApiNZ National Honey Competition Awards Ceremony
Sponsored by Kiwi Labels Limited.
1.00pm to 2.30pm Plenary continues
1.00pm to 1.45pmProtecting the term Mānuka for Aotearoa NZKristen Kohere-Soutar, Executive Chair, Te Pitau
Tony Wright, Director Te Pitau
1.45pm to 2.30pmHaving a tough time? It's ok to ask for help.
Hear from Mike King, New Zealand mental health advocate, television personality, and former comedian about his own experience with mental illness, addiction and depression with the aim to forever change the way people feel, think, talk and behave in relation to mental health.
Mike King Ambassador for I am Hope Charity
2.30pm to 3.00pmAFTERNOON TEA
3.00pm to 4.30pmSeminar 1Seminar 2Seminar 3
3.00pm to 3.45pmScience Discussion & Panel: Queen Breeding - From the cutting edge to the field

Panel includes:
Professor Peter Dearden, Department of Biochemistry, University of Otago
Dr Gertje Petersen, Consultant, AbacusBio
Dr James Sainsbury, leader of Plant & Food Research's Bee Biology and Productivity team
Rae Butler, Commercial Bee Breeder, Bee Smart Breeding

What makes a winning honey?
Tips and insights into what makes a winning honeys from the National Honey Judges Maureen Conquer and Claudine McCormick.
Technology and Business Soapbox
Find out about the latest exciting innovation and developments in the honey industry
Applications being considered. Find out more here.
3.45pm to 4.30pmScience Discussion & Panel continues:
Enhancing the value of Aotearoa’s Monofloral Honeys
Hear about the work and aims of the High Value Nutrition- project focused on discovering more about prominent native monofloral honeys including kānuka rata, rewarewa and kamahi. The project aims to identify scientifically-validated factors aimed at differentiating some of our other important, but lesser-known, native honeys.
Presentation by Plant & Food, followed by panel discussion.

Panel includes the HVN Project team:
Aaron McCallion, Executive Director Waka Digital
John Van Klink, scientist at the New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research (PFR)
After the boom - how does the industry build back sustainably?
Interactive session covering presentation from the Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures Fund project team mapping a sustainable future for the NZ honey sector & seeking feedback.

Panel includes the SFFF Project team:
Cerasela Stancu, Sustainability Director at EnviroStrat
Brendan Hoare, founder of BuyPureNZ
Phil Edmonds, Senior Policy Analyst, ApiNZ
4.45pm to 6.30pmNZ Beeswax Trade Buzz
Swarm In function to be held in Trade Buzz Arena
All delegates are encouraged to attend.
5pmScience Poster session

6.15pm to 7.00pmApiNZ Board & Member functionOpen to all ApiNZ members and guests
7.30amRegistration & Exhibition Booths openTe Pae
8.00am to 9.15amApiNZ AGMApiculture NZ Board
9.15am to 9.45amHow to Fight a Pollinator Pandemic: understanding the mysterious tropilaelaps miteDr Sammy Ramsey
Keynote International Speaker, USA
10.15am to 10.45amMORNING TEA
10.45am to 11.15pmRecognising and addressing queen eventsDr Jamie Ellis
Keynote International Speaker, USA
11.15am to 12.00pmClimate Change & Carbon Reduction for apiculture in New Zealand – Threat or Opportunity?

Why climate change and the move to a low carbon economy matters for the NZ apiculture industry, and how can we all do our part.

Gain an understanding of:
• the environmental impacts of climate change on our industry and the external pressures for change, including customer and market drivers;
• latest guidance, tools and other suggestions to measure and reduce your environmental impact; and
• learnings and practical suggestions from others on where to focus and how they are making a difference.

This session will share insights from market operators and different sized beekeepers, as well as learnings from Comvita’s sustainability journey.
Erin Swanson, sustainability programme lead, Comvita
12.00pm to 1.00pmLUNCH
12.35pm to 1.00pmApiNZ National Photo Competition Awards Ceremony
Sponsored by NZ Beeswax
1.00pm to 2.30pmPlenary continues
1.00 - 1.45pmWhat is the path for exporting more honey while maintaining premium prices?Industry panel discussion with external speakers
1.45pm to 2.30pmAFB UpdateClifton King, national compliance manager, AFB
2.30pm to 3.00pm AFTERNOON TEA
3.00pm to 4.30pmSeminar 1 Seminar 2
3.00pm to 3.45pmMPI panel discussion and update for the apiculture industry
Your opportunity to hear from MPI on a range of topics from food safety, market access to the mānuka honey science definition with time for questions and discussion on any MPI-related matters.

MPI panel includes:
Market Access - Ursula Egan
Verification/Compliance - Nathan Limmer
Manuka Honey Science Definition - Evan Brenton-Rule/ Claire McDonald
Cost Recovery - Sam Warburton
The Southern Beekeeper Discussion Group – successful collaboration in practice & an update Project CleanHive

The Southern Beekeeper Discussion Group has been operating for 20 years, successfully bringing together commercial beekeepers from the lower South Island ( Ashburton to Invercargill) to discuss issues and collectively provide answers and to identify opportunities for members to pursue, both individually and collaboratively.

Hear from the Group on how and why it was set up and how it operates plus what the outcomes are, both for individuals and group projects. It is a great model for other regions to consider. The speakers will also talk about Project CleanHive which trialled the use of qPCR technology for early detection of AFB.

Discussion Group members:
John Scandrett (Secretariat)
Peter Ward (Alpine Honey)
3.45pm to 4.30pmInternational speakers panel

An informal discussion with both Dr Jamie Ellis and Dr Sammy Ramsey to have an open discussion on any of the topics raised in their key note presentations, including an opportunity to answer any questions.
Dr Jamie Ellis
Keynote international speaker, USA

Dr Sammy Ramsey
Keynote international speaker, USA
6.30pm arrival to be seated at 7.00pmGala dinner and Awards night
Sponsored by 100% Pure New Zealand Honey
Dinner at Te Pae
Charity Auction
Major awards presentations

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