Beekeepers, packers, processors, and affiliated businesses from all over the apiculture industry are gearing up for the Apiculture New Zealand National Conference and Trade Exhibition, opening this week in Rotorua on Thursday 27 June 2019.

Close to 900 hundred delegates are expected, reflecting the strong ongoing interest in New Zealand’s apiculture industry.

The three-day conference, with the overall theme of ‘Growing value, sharing knowledge’, will be filled with presentations and workshops from international and local apiculture experts.  Key topics to be discussed include: the latest research on the Varroa mite, a debate around American Foulbrood disease, as well as seminars on the state of the current honey market and updates on Mānuka honey, including trademark certification.

International keynote speakers include Dr Sammy Ramsey, Dr Juliana Rangel-Posada and Alisha Taff who are all travelling from the United States to speak to Kiwi delegates. Find their bios, along with the list of local expert speakers here

The conference is also an opportunity for the apiculture industry to celebrate its successes with New Zealand’s top honey producers named as part of the ApiNZ National Honey Competition.  Innovation, scientific excellence and sustainability in the sector will also be recognised at an award ceremony on Saturday 29th June.

You can view the full conference programme here