Posts tagged "Apiculture New Zealand"

Whanganui beekeepers struggle to sell their honey

[19 July / The Country] Local Whanganui business Kai Iwi Honey says that it has had to sit on nearly 30 tonnes of honey as a result of there being no market for its produce. Apiculture New Zealand CEO, Karin Kos says that the last 10 years have seen constant and quite high increases in...

Beekeepers struggle as honey money gets sticky

[21 May/Rural News] The honey market downturn has impacted the profitability of many beekeeping businesses, particularly those producing the non-manuka honeys, reports Karin Kos, Chief Executive of Apiculture New Zealand. The downturn has been particularly hard because prices have been on the rise for 10 years, so is unexpected despite normal downturns. Global demand for...

‘Major reset’ for honey industry, Apiculture NZ warns

[15 May/The Country] Apiculture New Zealand Chief Executive Karin Kos reports that demand and prices dropping as much as 50 percent for honey compared to last season mean that belt tightening and rationalisation will have to occur. Strong growth and good returns in the past few years have attracted a lot of new entrants into...

Young Waikato beekeeper wins study grant

[10 April/Rural News] Ariel Kururangi, a 19 year old Beekeeper is the first-ever recipient of the Apiculture New Zealand (ApiNZ) Ron Mossop Youth Scholarship. The programme was established to help encourage young New Zealanders to do training which supports best practice beekeeping. Miss Kururangi intends to use the funds towards the New Zealand Apprenticeship in...

Tough times ahead for beekeepers but sweet news for honey lovers

[26 March/Stuff NZ] Foodstuffs have announced a drop in non-mānuka honey prices will occur soon. This is due to an over-supply of honey which has resulted in a 10 percent price reduction from suppliers according to Spokesperson Antoinette Laird. Changed mānuka regulations have meant an oversupply of honey that used to fall in this category....

Beekeepers turn down proposal for commodity levy

[07 March/Radio NZ] Over 75 percent of commercial beekeepers voted against a levy from Apiculture New Zealand (ApiNZ). The levy is asking for all 1734 beekeepers in New Zealand with 26 hives or more to pay a levy of 10 cents on each kilogramme of honey. ApiNZ reported that most other primary sector industries have...

Big push on for honey sector levy

[18 January/Rural News] A major campaign is in its final stages to secure support for a commodity levy for the bee industry. The proposal is to levy of 10 cents per kilogram on beekeepers who produce 750kg of honey or more per year, estimating positive vote for the levy would raise about $2 million annually....

Apiculture NZ ‘tweaks’ honey levy move

[24 October/The Country] Apiculture New Zealand has adjusted its proposal to introduce a commodity levy on honey following industry consultation. According to Apiculture New Zealand Board Member, Russell Marsh, the move to introduce the levy was the most important step the industry had taken in years. He added the New Zealand honey industry was the...

Honey industry like ‘wild west’, minister says

[26 July/Radio NZ] According to Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, the honey industry was operating like the wild west. He said some apiaries were being over-stocked due to commercial opportunities which left bees hungry and affected hive health. He added the industry needed to cooperate properly on core issues. He noted that if apiarists thought they...

Beekeepers smarting over proposed ‘tax on honey’

[25 July/Stuff] Apiculture New Zealand has the proposed the introduction of a compulsory industry levy. Some in the industry fear it could put smaller operators out of business. President of New Zealand Beekeeping, Russell Berry, said his company would have to pay about $100,000 a year. Apiculture New Zealand proposed a levy of 10 cents...

Potential remains to grow honey industry, says Apiculture CEO

[29 March/The Country] Apiculture New Zealand CEO, Karin Kos, said the growth of the manuka honey industry was slowing, but there was potential for more. Of the 8,000 beekeepers in New Zealand, 5,800 were hobbyists owning 10 hives or less. There was an 11 percent growth in hive numbers last year. Ms Kos added that...

Bees too hot to make honey as they swelter in NZ summer

[7 March/NZ Farmer] The hottest summer on record in many parts of the country has caused a challenging season for beekeepers as bees have stopped making honey so they can gather water to cool their hives down. Chief Executive of Apiculture New Zealand, Karin Kos, said beekeepers were expecting a slightly below average honey harvest...

Beekeepers struggle to get unstuck from mānuka red tape

 [13 April/ Radio NZ] The Ministry for Primary Industries has issued a scientific definition of New Zealand mānuka honey, expected to protect the market from fake products. The definition states honey is New Zealand mānuka honey when four chemicals and a DNA marker are present at a specified level. A six-week consultation period will now...

Buzzing sector faces barriers

 [6 October/ NZ Herald] Apiculture New Zealand Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Paul said New Zealand’s honey industry was in good health, with hive numbers increasing to almost 700,000. Mr Paul explained that the main reason for growth in the industry was the high price of Manuka honey. A Ministry for Primary Industries report showed that...

Beekeepers buzzing in unity

 [6 July/ Rural News] Apiculture New Zealand Conference Chairman, John Hartnell said the industry conference recently held in Rotorua had received 1,456 registrations, making it the city’s biggest ever domestic conference. Mr Hartnell added that the conference theme was unity and speaking with one voice. Mr Hartnell said the traceability of products was a major...