[2 October/ New Zealand Herald]

Avril Pehi, 16, and Robert O’Brien, 21, began cadetships at Comvita’s Kiwi Bee Whanganui apiary in 2016 and have achieved national certificates in apiculture level 3 through Comvita’s Building Better Beekeeping cadet programme. The two aspiring beekeepers are halfway through the programme. Mr Pehi and Mr O’Brien are two of ten people in the cadet programme. It provides participants with full-time paid employment, a study programme for achieving a national certificate in apiculture level 3, personal protective equipment and other beekeeping tools. Comvita Chief Executive Scott Coulter said the demand for experienced beekeepers has grown due to the increasing global demand for New Zealand bee products.