please read everything above... and apologies for the long, but necessary post, below.
You are making the same mistakes I did. I spent all summer umming and arring then finally taking the plunge too late. First dead hive. Finding an in the flesh mentor is hard. And you ignore the lessons/advice on this site at your peril
And you’re not alone. I was in ecrotek the other day buying syrup for winter feeding, and they were selling starter packs to newbeeks!
If those hives had AFB/Varroa that a newbie could spot off a pamphlet cram session, having not understood the difference between visiting and resident populations, then they are already dead and should be burned.
Do not buy a hive this season. It will die.
Do join a club, they have hives to teach you in. And usually some nice member will/can sell you a cheap healthy nuc when they’re readily available.
Do not buy hives off TradeMe. If you do, take a befriended experienced beek with you.
Do the AFB course. In time you may even do a revision course and get your deca.
Do get registered. A good beek won’t even sell a hive to an unregistered keeper.
Do get more than one hive, ie two. Comparison between hives has been my biggest learning booster.
Think about out where your second apiary will be, sometimes it’s necessary to move a hive.
Do read the book book recommended above.
@Trevor Gillbanks has the most relevant videos for New Zealand. And The Norfolk Honey Company, https://www.youtube.com/user/TheNorfolkHoneyCo , is an excellent series too. That should be ample to get you started.
Then look at The Apiarist (blog) and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3mjpM6Av4bxbxps_Gh5YPw if your run out of stuff.
If if you don’t make the same mistakes I did you will enjoy next season a lot more and waste less money.
please don’t see not starting this year as a failure or missed opportunity. You are saving yourself a lot of hassle and will be ready for next season.