Apiculture NZ understands that our industry faces some major challenges: hive health, ongoing economic pressures and skills shortages. We are actively working to address these challenges, but we could do so much more with greater support.
ApiNZ is solely reliant on our membership fees to fund our work. We seek out extra funding where we can, but without dedicated industry investment in research, education, advocacy and marketing we will continue to be limited in our ability to make a difference.
We are extremely grateful to our loyal members who see the value in investing in an industry body working for the greater good.
In 2022, we are asking you to think about what you want for the future of apiculture in New Zealand.
- Are you happy with where our industry is at?
- Do you want to be part of building a healthier industry?
- Are you willing to support ApiNZ’s work to make this happen?
ApiNZ will continue to work for those who want to see our industry grow and thrive and are willing to back us. We invite you to join this work and be part building a healthier future for New Zealand apiculture.
- Covid-19: ApiNZ kept industry up to date with the changing requirements for beekeepers and offered support to our members and others in the industry with new and changing regulations
- The NZ BeeKeeper: ApiNZ publishes this bimonthly journal to share important information from industry experts and news from across our sector with members and the wider industry.
- Business tools and support: ApiNZ’s Education and Skills Focus Group developed and launched the BeeSmart Toolkit. This is an online library with templates and advice for businesses including employment contract templates, health and safety templates and reliable, best practice advice on compliance, testing, and understanding bee pests and diseases.
- Reducing compliance: ApiNZ worked with MPI and AsureQuality to introduce Step 7, training which supports RMP operators to move to one audit per year.
- Market intelligence: ApiNZ publishes quarterly Honey Market Updates which share insights and key findings from the global and domestic honey market.
- Diastase: ApiNZ and its members have facilitated and supported research into diastase levels in mānuka honey which will help our industry advocate more effectively to international bodies around this testing acting as a trade barrier.
- Honeybee Care Code™: ApiNZ has consulted across industry to introduce a code of practice for our industry. The aim of this code is to produce greater assurances for customers and overseas markets, for whom care and sustainability is an increasingly important part of purchasing decisions.
- MPI levies: ApiNZ successfully submitted against proposed increases (of up to 32%) to the Domestic Bee Levy and the Export Bee Levy by MPI.
- Small parcels issue: ApiNZ strongly advocated for MPI’s 2kg small parcel weight limit to be increased, which resulted in this being changed to 12kg.
- Glyphosate: ApiNZ provided critical, timely information to industry on this issue, working with other sectors to build understanding around the risks of glyphosate to honey producers and advocating for consistent testing regimes.
- Labour shortages: ApiNZ advocated to government on restrictions affecting the apiculture labour force and advocated directly on behalf of some members. We also connected to MPI’s Opportunity Grows Here campaign to ensure vacancies in the beekeeper sector were highlighted to a broad audience.
- Beekeeper education: ApiNZ’s Education and Skills Focus Group continues to grow the apiculture apprenticeship scheme run in conjunction with Primary ITO.
- Local government bylaws: ApiNZ prepared submissions to local councils on proposed bylaws affecting beekeepers and gave advice to other members as needed.
- Bee health: ApiNZ’s Science and Research Focus Group led submissions made to the Environment Protection Agency on chemicals impacting bee health.
- Support: The ApiNZ management team was regularly contacted by members wanting advice on a range of topics. We also answer public enquiries into beekeeping and swarm collection.
- Ron Mossop Youth Scholarship: ApiNZ administers this annual scholarship which provides support to a young beekeeper committed to a career in beekeeping, ensuring they access best practice education.
- PAs: ApiNZ facilitated and shared research into PAs so our industry can be ready for this emerging issue.
- Winter webinar series: ApiNZ ran a series of educational webinars for members on varroa control, Auckland University’s ABAtE programme (using bacteriophages to find controls for AFB) and the Honeybee Care Code™.
- Tutin: ApiNZ runs an annual educational campaign to ensure beekeepers are aware of this important food safety issue.
- Public education: ApiNZ continued to build a public appreciation and awareness of bees and beekeeping through its annual Bee Aware Month campaign.
- Swarm collection: ApiNZ promoted the swarm collection services of members throughout the country.
See more about the work of the ApiNZ Focus Groups here.