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Beehives are buzzing the one million-mark The number of beehives in New Zealand is expected to hit the million-mark by Christmas, and a Dunedin apiary equipment supplier is urging those interested in hobby beekeeping to ensure they have the appropriate mentoring, education and support networks in place before they start out. Dunedin Beekeepers’ Club president Brian Pilley says in the past two or three years he had seen a big increase in interest in the hobby. The club has both commercial and hobbyist members from a wide range of backgrounds, and provides education and expertise for the less experienced. His company, Beeline Supplies Ltd, sells beekeeping equipment. “We won’t sell to people unless they have mentoring, a support network or belong to a club,” Brian says. “We are really conscious of people who have done a course, or get some hives and do not have a clue what they are doing.

Relax and enjoy your weekends Let us take care of your Lawns and Gardens “There is more to beekeeping than most people realise as it is not like keeping a cat or dog. Inexperienced beekeepers could inadvertently cause problems for other apiarists in the area, particularly with issues such as varroa mite and American foulbrood. “That could have a major impact on beekeepers so we have got to be responsible,” he says. The number of hives nationwide was about 460,000 about five years ago but it is expected to hit a million at the end of the year. Apiculture New Zealand non-commercial board member Paul Martin

says the number of beekeepers had been rising “exponentially” for the past 10 years. “Certainly, a huge proportion of those are hobbyists.” People were seeing the earning potential of the manuka honey “gold rush”, which had led to an increase in the demand for hives in the North Island. He agrees it was important hobbyists, some of whom would go on to become commercial apiarists, belonged to clubs for the support network. “In addition, as soon as they start selling commercially, the food safety regulations come through.”

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