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Wrong time of year right now - everyone's shutting down for the end of season. But you're right, I don't recall seeing them advertised often.

 

I'd suggest going to the larger operations - Arataki, Kintail and taking in a CV and make yourself known to them, let them know you're interested for next season.

 

One of my younger guys got a holiday job for the season with Arataki this year... if I recall rightly it was just a result of him taking in his honey with his dad the last couple of years and the team there getting to know him. Forming relationships locally are your best asset if you want to get work.

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14 beekeeping jobs on trade me at the mo. None in HB though.

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A lot are not advertised because the beekeeper usually has a decent list of people already who are basically on the waiting list so to speak I no comvita are recruiting hard all over north island.So many people are wanting to get into bees these days I must say though commercial beekeeping is nothing like backyard beekeeping what experience do you have ?Would you move up the coast?

Another good option is place an advertisement in the Hawkes bay paper there's so many beekeepers running bees your bound to get a bite

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Also bare in mind alot of beekeeping companies employ workers from overseas but have to by law advertise their position as a vacancy so they can say they have advertised but had no suitable applicants therefore allowing them to hire their cheap labour from the phillipines etc.

 

Just another way of screwing NZ workers and keeping labour costs low, much like the hiring of thousands of RSE workers on vineyards and orchards.

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Totally agree with you frazz.I see a 1000s of beehives trucked up here for manuka believe me a most are from Phillipines and yes they are two large companies.I have a vacancy for this season with myself.

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If anyone is interested please let me no start date will be 1st of September Nz citizens only please no international applicants please . cheers

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Of course you will have to move to the beautiful east coast 1 hour north of Gisborne.

The role is for assistant beekeeper I'm not to fussed if you haven't had years of xp but at least a year or so of commercial beekeeping would be great.

In saying that I'm keen to give a beekeeper hobbyist a go.

Ideally a afb cert definitely a full licence deca etc would be an advantage....

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Did I hear you say 70k a year? Sweet!, I am packing up the tribe now, will be there in time for supper.:D

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70k plus a ute and I will throw my hat in too ☺but I might bee a little over qualified for the assistant beekeeper job

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If anyone is interested please let me no start date will be 1st of September Nz citizens only please no international applicants please . cheers

Well, that rules me out, only a resident for the last 18 years....

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I have a vacancy for this season with myself.

If anyone is interested please let me no start date will be 1st of September Nz citizens only please no international applicants please . cheers

Would recommend putting an advert thread in the Tradebee section (y)

TradeBee: Recruitment, buy, sell & exchange. | NZ Beekeepers Forum

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A pretty ambitious venture if you ask me. Going from moving hives to managing hives commercially on the back of (someone else's) three years commercial beekeeping experience.

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The beekeepers that work there at the moment have way more then 3years experience and they are nice guys ta work with the add is for someone else to join them to build the company even bigger

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The beekeepers that work there at the moment have way more then 3years experience and they are nice guys ta work with the add is for someone else to join them to build the company even bigger

Okay, my mistake. The company has existed for one season.

Company Purpose:

The True Honey Co specialises in harvesting Manuka honey from remote locations, helping landowners maximise their resource while creating a value chain with a high level of visibility and integrity.

Sounds like a helicopter operator looking to diversify.

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You have hit the nail on the head rob apparently there's a lot of money in manuka

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You have hit the nail on the head rob apparently there's a lot of money in manuka

There would have to be to offset the cost of helicopter recovery. A bad season could really bite.

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It's not nice to wish that certain beehavers have a bad season or three but I know of a lot of beekeepers that wish it would happen just to see how long the people that are funding these guys will keep the money coming in for no or little return

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I'd like to see that. I know of a guy up the coast who bought 700 hives this year with no beekeeping experience, some of the hives had AFB as well. It's terrifying stuff, and there's no beekeeper with significant commercial experience involved in the venture at all.

 

I wouldn't mind if we had a few bad seasons to sort out the investors from the real beekeepers.

Trouble is, bad seasons make the price go up, which makes investment in bees look even more attractive to entrepeneurial types who think they're going to average 30kg/hive of 15+.........

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Beekeeping is not at all a simple job, even if for some sounds otherwise. Needs a lot of practice, theory and precise scheduling. Things needs to be done in time, otherwise all season is missed. One needs to think thoroughly before starting a business in this field. Right now, the biggest problem, from my side of the fence, is logistics. Hopefully, until next season would be solved.

So, before starting an investment in this field, make sure all the knowledge is sound or have some international beekeepers with strong skills and lower demands, that are eager to work in NZ and learn how manuka is done :cautious::lol, at least for a season or two.

Like in any domain, who has skills, time and money to sustain himself will do good in any business.:mask:

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