The Canterbury Hub encompasses the West Coast, Canterbury, Southern Marlborough, Northern Otago and Chatham Island.

Within ApiNZ, we are the largest hub geographically and membership wise.  Many of our members live in relatively isolated areas, and this, combined with the geographic size of our hub, poses logistical challenges in trying to accommodate the interests of all our members.

The Canterbury Hub has amazing diversity, skills and experience in all three of the honey industry sectors (commercial, market and non-commercial sectors).

The Canterbury Hub runs regular entertaining and informative events which are well attended.

See below for upcoming events.


Carolyn McMahon

Nick Taylor

Marco Gonzalez

Gary Glasson

Alex Eason

Reagan Martin

Andrea McGill



WHEN:       Tuesday the 20th of September 2022

WHERE:     Dunsandel Community Hall, Main South Road, Dunsandel

TIME:         6.00pm-9.00pm

FOOD:        6.00pm finger food dinner catered by Suburban 

                   Eatery cost is $25.00 per person – to be paid on

                   the night

MEETING:   Main Hall 6.45pm-9.00pm

TOPIC 1: HONEY Buyers and Packers around the table – tips, tricks, hints and your questions answered

 6.45pm-7.30pm PRESENTERS:

John Smart  General Manager – Sales & Marketing Airborne Honey
Doug McIntyre   General Manager – Midlands Holding
Sean Goodwin    Chief Executive – 100% Pure NZ Honey & Three Peaks Manuka Honey
John Hartnell      Managing Director – Hartnell & Associates

What does the honey buyer want? Panel of honey buyers discussing what the end buyer is looking for when purchasing honey, so beekeepers can make better informed beekeeping decisions when producing honey.

Sustainability – is this a determining factor in selling NZ honey? Other streams of revenue available to beekeepers?

Q & A session to follow NB: this presentation had been cancelled last year due to COVID19.

TOPIC 2: FOCUS GROUP on the SFFF funded project – Apiculture Industry Strategy project 

7.35pm – 9.00pm.

Presenter: Phil Edmonds Policy Analyst at Apiculture New Zealand , Brendan Hoare, Cerasela Stancu

The project is being undertaken by independent researchers BuypureNZ’s Brendan Hoare and Envirostrat’s Cerasela Stancu.

As the first part of the process in engaging the sector, they have initiated an apiculture industry snapshot survey to generate a sense of how beekeepers view their industry and its challenges at the moment, and also to welcome thoughts on solutions. Feedback from this survey will be given at this meeting.

The researchers’ next step is to talk to groups of commercial beekeepers in different regions including Canterbury beekeepers to get a more nuanced sense of what beekeepers feel could be appropriate measures to address long standing (and emerging) challenges…

REGISTRATIONS: online here or email:

CLOSES: MONDAY 19th September 9.00am.