NZ commercial beekeepers - sounding out possibility of availability for work in UK.

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  1. UKLeigh

    UKLeigh Drone International Beekeeper Commercial

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    I'm involved in the early stages of a project which ultimately will need quite a few experienced beekeepers to work the UK season - NZ seemed like a sensible place to start asking questions, given our seasons are about as polarised as they can be and we share a common language....even if we get all the vowels wrong in the UK!

    I'm struggling to find an organisation akin to our Bee Farmer's Association - I've found Apiculture New Zealand, but that looks to me more like a money making enterprise than a trade organisation...but I may be wrong, so please correct me if I am.

    I'd be grateful if you could point me in the right direction....and are there keen and knowledgeable young guns out there who might be interested in principle? What/where would be the best place to connect with them. This is unlikely to be running in 2017, but increasing through 2018 and hopefully full tilt by 2019. Bee breeding experience would be a good skill to have for 2018. Thanks, Leigh
     
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  3. deejaycee

    deejaycee Guard Bee Commercial

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    You're wrong about Apiculture NZ - it'd be a good potential venue for you to contact beekeepers.
     
  4. UKLeigh

    UKLeigh Drone International Beekeeper Commercial

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    Glad to hear it! Thanks, and I'll drop them a line. :)
     
  5. UKLeigh

    UKLeigh Drone International Beekeeper Commercial

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    Well, I e-mailed them on 7th March (UK evening), and have had no response from info@apinz.org.nz at all. Disappointing. Any ideas of a contact there who might actually respond to enquiries with reference to potential work for the people they are supposed to represent? Or, are there any other professional bodies for commercial beekeepers who might be more active for their members? Thanks again.
     
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  6. Rob Stockley

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    @UKLeigh you might also try The Honeybee Society Inc. I think Linda Bray is Secretary and her contact details are on this page. The president is (or was, not sure) Geoff Bongard from Ashburton Apiaries. The Honeybee Society used to have a website but I'm struggling to find it right now. Someone else here may have a link. @Bonsbees or @john berry might be able to point you in the right direction.
     
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  7. UKLeigh

    UKLeigh Drone International Beekeeper Commercial

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    Thank you - this all helps. Glad is isn't just me having difficulty finding info! :)
     
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  8. tom sayn

    tom sayn Guard Bee Donor 2014 Commercial

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    the perspective that you may have some need for a seasonal beekeeper in 2018 is not exactly an exciting proposition.
    this forum reaches a lot of beekeepers and relevant info will be passed on to those that are not linked up to this forum. kiwis like to travel.
    so if you make an interesting offer here, there will be response.
     
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  9. jamesc

    jamesc House Bee Commercial

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    Might be a good job for Frazz here. I've heard that a large bee keeping operation in the UK is only a couple of hundred hives.
     
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  10. UKLeigh

    UKLeigh Drone International Beekeeper Commercial

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    Thanks for your input - I understand that. Tricky thing is that at the moment, this is fact finding....chicken and egg etc. I've had some good responses so far - when I have more concrete info I'll post it. :)
     
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    yesbut Field Bee Donor 2015 Hobbyist

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    Judging by the price of getting motorcycle parts here from UK posting concrete is going to cost you a bomb ! :lol:lol
     
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  12. Dennis Crowley

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    My apologies, UKLeigh, yes APINZ did get your email on the 7th, but it just got missed with all that's been going on at the moment with other matters. We don't have a list of work wanted/workers needed yet but it is something we should be looking at.
    Generally when a job request comes in it gets passed on to a rep who ever is in the area where the job is based and local beekeepers then tend to full the request or not. Sorry again it got missed.
     
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  13. UKLeigh

    UKLeigh Drone International Beekeeper Commercial

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    Thank you - good to know.
     
  14. Dennis Crowley

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    I should suggest that you could place an add in the NZ Beekeeper magazine April and October edition which goes to every reg beekeeper.
     
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    Should read ......"goes to every paid up member of APINZ " Not every bee keeper is a member of APINZ.
     
  16. yesbut

    yesbut Field Bee Donor 2015 Hobbyist

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    Actually Dennis is right, those two editions are posted to every registered beek, Apinz members or not. (y)
     
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  17. jamesc

    jamesc House Bee Commercial

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    Oops ... sorry. So there you are, I don't know everything!
     
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  18. tristan

    tristan Field Bee Gold Donor '17 Commercial

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    i think there is an ad for beeks to work in uk in the last edition.
     

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