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  1. Not only science and research there - all of ApiNZ ? But yes, science and research is here: https://apinz.org.nz/our-work/science-and-research/ ApiNZ are also sponsoring (along with MPI) a honeybee research meeting among NZ scientists, coming up in the next couple of months
  2. One of the aspects to the levy was that people were keen on the science and research . . but weren't so keen on funding marketing spend. However, as mentioned before there is a marketing story being done as ApiNZ was successful in getting funding from NZStory. ApiNZ has been working with them (govt agency) on how NZ tells, and markets our wider NZ honey story. From the CEO of ApiNZ, Karin Kos: "That work’s making good progress with launch date in the new few months. It will include a short video on our great tasting range of honey types and the regional variations and what makes
  3. Any thoughts on the various suggested projects under these 3 areas? And the breakdown of efforts? e.g. should all efforts go into the 'marketing of monofloral NZ honeys', at the cost of any varroa/AFB research? There is another meeting of the Science & Research group coming up (you can see more on the group here) and research areas are a leading topic currently.
  4. Given the current situation then research into honeys at this time could be expected to feature higher than a few years ago. For interest sake, here was the work detail on the other segments ('other honeys' and 'pollination') that Dennis mentions. So, should focus move more to these areas? When this was first posted, we noted that some said that varroa was no longer the issue it once was, thanks to ox/gly staples. So if you have ideas around honeys, varroa, AFB then please sing out [JM]
  5. The ApiNZ Science & Research group met up via Zoom recently (and will do so again next week). As mentioned in the weekly email that goes out, one of the topics discussed was research priorities in these times. These times meaning '2020' . . and the fact that there are limited funds available. However recent government announcements of more money to CRIs and universities would give us hope that some of this may flow to apiculture. @Pike did an excellent job (many will remember him with a series of computers at conference a few years back) getting beekeepers' input. So the questi
  6. ApiNZ have received funding to help get that story out there story James. Not sure when it is kicking off. @Dennis Crowley ?
  7. 10-3 sounds like a good span. Discussions are very prelimary at this time and rely on external funding. The aim would be to make the cost minimal/non-existent and of course inviting all beekeepers - it is not an ApiNZ event but in the absence of another science group stepping forward to organise then this group is aiming to do so for NZ Inc [JM].
  8. One day Maggie? Would others want a whole day? The current thinking is perhaps a morning or afternoon . . but the whole day? Thanks for the thoughts . . New detection tools could include latest on the use of dogs and also new laboratory tests (qPCR) that Plant and Food, MPI and others have been working on [JM].
  9. A discussion AFB workshops started late last year. But a question raised: "what topics would attract you to attend such a workshop?" e.g. information on any outbreaks, information on actions being taken against AFB recidivists, new bacteriophage discoveries, new detection tools, new dog information, hive check methods, beginner information, <topic of interest here>. We realise this may differ from hobbiests to commercials but 1. would you attend a workshop and 2. what would you want to see in it to make it worth your time ? [JM]
  10. Here's your chance to record how your hives fared over winter (survivors as well as losses), to reflect on the 2018-2019 season overall, and to help paint a better picture of bee health both nationwide and in your local area. Help yourself and other beekeepers - OK, and @Pike - by filling out the survey below https://survey.landcareresearch.co.nz/jfe/form/SV_6gjFf5E9qTQxPI9 You can also check out previous years' results as well [JM]
  11. Not offically for ApiNZ (as they have paid their own way there) but several members of the ApiNZ Science & Research group are over there now. They will be bringing back as much information as they can we're sure [JM]
  12. For those that didn't go to conference, the presentations are now available on line: http://apicultureconference2019.co.nz/presentations/ The Science program goes from the presentation of Sarah Cross through to Max Burton. There are further talks in the AFB session and on viruses/pathogens
  13. You can always attend the conference and register just for the day. The restriction on attendance is that its part of a conference - all of which have costs
  14. Looks like it will be a good AFB session at the conference then. Yes, a talk is planned on the dog detections - as well as a demonstration. Who is planning to go to conference then?? [JM]
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