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The 2014 Apiculture monitoring report was sent to me yesterday. Notables. The number of registered beekeeping enterprises increased by 12 percent in 2013/14 bringing enterprise numbers close to pre-varroa levels. The North Island continued to dominate new registrations accounting for 73 percent. Total hive numbers reached 500 000, an increase of 55 000 from the previous year. The New Zealand honey crop for 2013/14 was estimated at 17 600 tonnes, a 225 tonne (1.3 percent) fall from last year’s record crop. This slight fall in production was driven by poor climatic conditions in the lower South Island. The North Island honey crop increased by 12 percent while the South Island fell by 30 percent from the previous year. New Zealand exported $187 million of honey (8706 tonnes) in the June 2014 year. The value of exports increased by almost 30 percent driven by rises in volumes (8 percent) and prices. Prices increased for all honey types due to strong world demand.