Speakers

Shelley Hoover

International speaker: Dr. Shelley Hoover

Dr. Shelley Hoover is an Apiculture and Pollination Scientist at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. Previously, Shelley was the Head of Apiculture for the Alberta Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. She is the current President of the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists and a Past President of the Entomological Society of Alberta. Her research focuses on honey bee breeding, management, nutrition, and pollination. Shelley completed her PhD on worker ovary development at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia. Following that, she was a Research Associate with the University of British Columbia and the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Beaverlodge Research Farm, and a National Science and Engineering Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

 

 

Dennis vanEnglesdorp

International Speaker:  Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp

Dr Dennis vanEnglesdorp is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland with a broad interest in pollinator health.  The focus of his current work involves the application of epidemiological approaches to understanding and improving honey bee health. Dennis was the founding president of the Bee Informed Partnership which attempts to provide a platform to collect “big data” on the state of managed honey bee colony health. Analysis of these data is providing important insights into the role management practices and environmental factors (such as landscape, pesticides, and climate) have on colony health.    Dennis has traveled extensively speaking on bee health.  His lab helps run several honey bee health monitoring programs including the US national honey bee disease survey.  His work has been featured in numerous documentaries, and in print and electronic media.

Randy Oliver

International Speaker:  Randy Oliver 

Randy Oliver owns and operates a small commercial beekeeping enterprise in the foothills of Grass Valley in Northern California. He and his two sons manage around 1500 colonies for migratory pollination, and produce queens, nucs, and honey. He has over 50 years of practical beekeeping experience, plus holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biological Sciences. Randy analyses and digests beekeeping information from all over the world, as well as performing field research of his own, in order to not only broaden his own depth of understanding and knowledge, but to develop practical solutions to many of today’s beekeeping problems, which he then shares with other beekeepers through his various articles in bee magazines, his speaking engagements worldwide, and on his website: www.ScientificBeekeeping.com

 

Patricia Wolf-Veiga

International Speaker:  Patricia Wolf-Veiga 

Patricia Wolf-Veiga has been working at the National Bee Diagnostic Centre, Alberta since June 2012, and as manager for the centre since 2018. She has been working with the beekeeping industry and the scientific community to develop and deliver diagnostic tests for honey bee diseases. Patricia has been involved in several applied research projects including the “Evaluation of Imported and Domestic Queens“, “National Honey Bee Health Survey (2014-2017)” and “Foulbrood in the Canadian Prairies”. She grew up in Brazil and was introduced to honey bees in an early age in her family’s farm working with Africanized honey bees.

Dr Tom Mulholland

Dr. Tom Mulholland

Dr Tom Mulholland is an Emergency Department Physician at Auckland Hospital, a lecturer in Psychological Medicine at Auckland clinical school, founder of the Healthy Thinking Institute and developer of global wellbeing App KYND (Know Your Numbers Dashboard).

With more than 25 years of clinical experience, he’s written two internationally best-selling books on Healthy Thinking including ‘Healthy Thinking – How to Turn Life’s Lemons into Lemonade’ and ‘The Power of Healthy Thinking – To Change Your Attitude and Your Life’.

An expert on workplace stress, emotional control, productivity, Dr Mulholland has given over 1,000 keynote presentations to international clients like Google, Microsoft, and Hilton. For the last three years has been touring and speaking around New Zealand in his retro Chevy V8 ambulance.

 

James Annabell

James Annabell

James has been in the New Zealand honey industry since 2008 where he began in sales and marketing for what was then Watson and Son. He was based out of Hong Kong for five years before moving briefly to Midlands Apiaries in Ashburton, and then launching his own brand; Egmont Honey. Egmont Honey is a producer, packer and marketer of all New Zealand honey types and also sources honey from loyal suppliers around New Zealand.   Based in Taranaki the company employs 57 staff and exports to more than 20 countries.

Jay Bennett

Jay Bennett

Jay Bennett is the owner and mead maker at Beehave Craft Meadery. Bees have driven Jay to drink.   After 8 years of beekeeping Jay has now built a meadery on land at the northern end of Lake Taupo.   Here he creates a range of meads, specialising in carbonated session meads.  Jay’s presentation will cover setting up a meadery – the equipment and legal requirements; making good mead and tips on where to gain more information. The goal is to share information so that we can all benefit from more mead being available to the consumer.

Dr Denise Conroy

Dr Denise Conroy

Dr Denise M Conroy is a Senior Scientist and Team Leader of Stakeholder and Consumer Intelligence at Plant and Food, Auckland.  Denise is a research psychologist, specialising in understanding the attitudes, emotions, values and cognitions that motivate people to consume specific products, brands or experiences, or to reject these offerings.  Much of Denise’s research is Asia focussed and, as the Consumer Insights Leader for the High Value Nutrition National Science Challenge, her team are exploring how Chinese consumers construe their relationships between food and health. After working for 20 years at the University of Auckland’s Business School, Denise joined Plant and Food Research in 2019 to better indulge her passion for applied research, with concrete deliverables, to support New Zealand SMEs advance, shape, and develop their businesses.

Dennis Crowley

Dennis Crowley

Dennis has been commercial beekeeping for over twenty-five years, he runs 500 hives doing kiwifruit and avocado pollination, and wholesale honey production.  Dennis has served six years on the ApiNZ executive board and was involved in the changeover to the ApiNZ industry body we have today. He has also spent a lot of his time in discussions with Zespri International and NZ Avocado advocating on behalf of pollinating beekeepers. Dennis has a hands-on view of what is important for grass roots beekeeping, as well as an open view to the ever-changing growth moving forward of the beekeeping industry in NZ.  Dennis has spent a lot of his time giving practical advice to new beekeepers, hobbyist and helping bigger companies how to manage staff and hives. His discussion on beekeeping in tough times is based on his years of experience and things he has learnt to navigate a seasonally-based industry.

Paul Dansted

Paul Dansted

Paul Dansted is the Director Food Regulation in the New Zealand Food Safety business unit of the Ministry for Primary Industries. His directorate is responsible for developing food production, processing, testing, and import and export standards. The directorate spends most of its time working with food and animal product sectors to ensure these standards are fit for purpose, supporting trade in safe and suitable food.  Paul started his professional life as a policy analyst, and has worked in policy, operations, science, and regulatory roles. He has contributed to and led development of international food standards.

Ursula Egan

Ursula Egan

Ursula Egan is a Specialist Adviser, Market Access, Ministry for Primary Industries.  She is a member of the North Asia team and recently became the market access sector lead for honey and bee products .  Prior to joining market access Ursula worked on the development and implementation of joint food standards with Australia, the supplemented food standard and dietary supplements. Before joining MPI Ursula worked as a pharmacist in New Zealand and England.

Kerrie Fahey

Kerrie Fahey

Kerrie Fahey is the Commercial Training Manager for the AsureQuality Academy.  During her nine years with AsureQuality, Kerrie has been heavily involved in the management of training across the food, dairy and horticulture sectors, getting to know them, what they do and how they like to operate.  Working closely with the honey industry, Kerrie enjoys connecting with operators to provide the best possible outcomes for organisations and their staff.

Barry Foster

Barry Foster

Barry Foster has over forty years’ experience as a commercial beekeeper.  Barry has been involved in various positions of governance within the apicultural industry since 2002 including NBA President from 2011 to 2013 and over that time has been part of many of the positive changes that have shaped our industry. He is currently Chairman of the ApiNZ Science & Research Focus Group and a Trainer under the AFB PMP. Barry is also a Trustee of the NZ Honey Trust.  Barry has a real passion for the need for more research within our industry not only to sustain it against the challenges we face but to take advantage of the opportunities that a well-funded research program would deliver for the future.

Stuart Fraser

Stuart Fraser

Stuart has chaired the Education and Skills Focus Group for ApiNZ since its inception in 2017. His passion for preparing the apiculture industry for the future, has driven the development of the New Zealand Apprenticeship in Beekeeping. Raising the standard of professionalism and developing career pathways for industry members is a motivating factor in everyday life for Stuart.

Dr Megan Grainger

Dr Megan Grainger

Dr Megan Grainger is a Senior Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry at The University of Waikato. Megan has conducted research in the honey field for the past 15 years. Initially, she was part of the research team at Waikato University that isolated methylgloxal from mānuka honey. She developed one of the first forecast models to predict the final MGO concentration of an immature honey, and has investigated the phenomenon of mānuka honey failing the C4 sugar test. Megan spent four years at Analytica Laboratories in a variety of roles before moving into academia in 2017. She is currently investigating why some mānuka honey has low diastase activity. Recently Megan was awarded a Marsden Fast-Start grant to research the effect that heavy metals have on bees.

Dr Richard Hall

Dr Richard Hall

Dr Richard Hall is a senior scientist at Biosecurity New Zealand, Ministry for Primary Industries. He is based at the Animal Health Laboratory in Wallaceville, Upper Hutt. He works on the laboratory detection of diseases and pests affecting honey bees. Richard has a diverse scientific background, having worked on livestock genetics, genomics, and the study of infectious diseases in humans and animals, especially viral disease. He has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Otago, and is also a registered Medical Laboratory Scientist. Richard is passionate about doing science for the betterment of honey bee health in New Zealand.

Dr Roger Harker

Dr Roger Harker

Dr Roger Harker is a Principal Scientist and Leader of the ‘Consumer and Product Insights’ Group at Plant & Food Research. He is involved in research on a diverse range of foods and beverages.  His team has developed innovative methods for characterising product quality, flavour, and consumer preference. This research has enabled food industries to implement quality standards, adopt new technologies and introduce fruit cultivars that ensure consumer satisfaction.

Ilona Hart

Ilona Hart

Ilona has been with the AsureQuality Ltd apiary team since 2017 and is based in Nelson. Her role involves verifying bee products for export under the Animal Products Act, either through face to face audits or the AP Ecert system, and delivering training in Risk Management Programme Awareness and Honey Food Safety. Previously employed as a commercial beekeeper, she now keeps a small number of her own hives and has recently completed the Level 4 Queen Breeding course. She feels fortunate to be able to view regulatory requirements from a beekeeper’s perspective, and enjoys being part of the apiculture industry.

Clifton King

Clifton King

Clifton is the National Compliance Manager at the Management Agency, American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan.  He is a veterinarian and senior biosecurity professional, specialising in surveillance and disease response. He worked for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in various roles for a 12-year period from 2000 to 2012. During this time he worked on the 2000 Varroa incursion response, the design of the South Island Varroa surveillance programme, the 2001 outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the UK, and the foot and mouth disease hoax on Waiheke Island in 2005.  He was responsible for the development of FarmsOnline – a comprehensive register of all New Zealand’s farms to enable MAF to quickly identify and contact New Zealand’s farms in the event of an exotic disease outbreak and led the transformation of MAF’s incursion response systems.

Kristen Kohere-Soutar

Kristen Kohere-Soutar

Kristen holds a diverse range of governance roles and executive experience.  She is currently Chair of Mercer New Zealand, Executive Chair of Te Pitau, Director of Ngai Tahu Holdings and Trustee of Trust Tairawhiti.  She previously worked for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise on export revenue growth strategies for coalitions of leading exporters in premium NZ food and beverage product categories including Manuka honey, New Zealand strong wool and koura our ‘Southern Rock Lobster’. Kristen’s previous executive experience includes Head of Specialist Markets and Strategy at Kiwibank and earlier in her career worked for KPMG and Minter Ellison.

Karin Kos

Karin Kos

Karin has been Chief Executive of ApiNZ since November 2016.  She has a strong background in business communications going back 20 years, covering a variety of roles including senior communications and marketing positions for corporate, government and primary sector organisations. This includes significant primary sector experience, having worked at Seafood New Zealand as its communications manager, and at the New Zealand Wool Board, earlier in her career.  With this experience Karin brings strong advocacy and communication skills to her role as CE, enjoying the opportunity to support ApiNZ members in making sure they have what they need to do business better, and promoting a sustainable apiculture industry.

Ricki Leahy

Ricki Leahy

Ricki Leahy is passionate about bees and has spent his beekeeping career as a commercial beekeeper based in Murchison operating hives successfully throughout the Buller region.  Ricki is an ApiNZ board member representing the commercial beekeeper sector. He is active on the ApiNZ Standards Compliance and Regulatory Focus group, the ApiNZ Publications Committee, is Co-Chair of the Biosecurity and GIA Focus Group and member of the ApiNZ Conference 2021 Steering Committee.

Dr Phil Lester

Dr Phil Lester

Dr Phil Lester is an academic and researcher at Victoria University of Wellington. A key strand of his group’s research involves the development of safe and effective control options for pest species such as Varroa. This research includes work on bee populations that show resistance to Varroa. We also work on next-generation approaches that include the potential of double-stranded RNA for targeted mite control.

Paul Martin

Paul Martin

Paul is a non-commercial beekeeper based in Northland. The President of the Whangarei Bee Club, he has been the non-commercial sector member of the ApiNZ Board for the last 5 years, and is also on the ApiNZ Publications Committee. Along with extensive experience as a non-commercial beekeeper, Paul has also been heavily involved in growing a commercial honey extraction business owned by the Whangarei Bee Club. When not involved in the bee industry, he works as an agribusiness consultant within the dairy industry. In his spare time he can be found running the family farming operation including beef, dairy grazing, sheep and avocados.

Dr Claire McDonald

Dr Claire McDonald

Claire has always been passionate about insects and has been involved in researching the factors that influence their distribution for over 15 years. She completed a PhD in plant insect interactions of southern beech tree and worked at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in the UK as a statistical ecologist. Since moving to New Zealand in 2013, Claire has worked at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) . Claire co-led the MPI mānuka honey science programme to develop the mānuka honey definition. She continues to lead work on science and research activities involving honey and the apiculture industry. Claire also manages and provides technical advice for MPI’s Operational Research Programme which funds projects in biosecurity, food safety and animal welfare. She actively supports industry as part of the Science Advisory Group for the Te Pītau Science Programme.

Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan

Sarah is currently supporting NZTE to promote and engage the export community with their Global Food & Beverage Marketing Campaign; Made with Care. The objective of the campaign is to help drive favourability and preference for NZ Food & Beverage Products. One of the content pillars for the campaign is the NZ Honey Story which was developed by NZ Story together with representatives from the industry and Apiculture NZ. Sarah also manages a Storytelling Workshop Programme of work for exporters, focusing on how to create emotive and engaging stories that connects with customers.

Betty Murie

Betty Murie

Betty Murie is Global Compliance Manager for Wedderspoon Organic, and is based in North Canterbury.  Betty has over 20 years international experience in compliance management, encompassing health and safety, social justice, as well as regulatory and international standards compliance involving automotive aftermarket, food contact packaging, and food.  Betty is a member of both the Apiculture New Zealand Biosecurity and Government Industry Agreement committee and the 2021 ApiNZ Conference committee, and is a former member of the Executive Management committee of the Canterbury Hub.  She has represented the apiculture industry in a number of MPI working committees, and internationally on committees updating global food safety and quality standards.

Hayley Pragert

Hayley Pragert

Hayley Pragert is a senior advisor at Biosecurity New Zealand, Ministry for Primary Industries. She is part of the Surveillance and Incursion Investigation group based in Auckland. Hayley’s work is centred on bee health and bee pests and diseases. Hayley has worked in Australia in bee biosecurity and has a MSc in entomology featuring varroa control. Hayley is passionate about bettering bee health in New Zealand.

Pete Ritchie

Pete Ritchie

Pete has held positions as a farm bike franchise holder, heavy fleet workshop mechanic, machine operator of trucks, bulldozers, agricultural machinery and motor scrapers, professional possum trapper and shooter operating off quad bikes, fleet manager, 4wd training manager and tour guide.  He is in high demand across commercial fleets as a technical expert in his field.  Pete was involved in the development of 4WD unit standards in New Zealand and has mentored trainers and produced training materials for a large range of commercial training providers.  He holds Advanced 4wd, instructors and specialist driving qualifications from LandRover HQ England and is a qualified trainer with the International Technical Rescue Association (ITRA) in off-road vehicle driving/recovery.

Jen Scoular

Jen Scoular

Jen Scoular is Chief Executive of New Zealand Avocado. Her primary role is to set and implement a strategy to grow the New Zealand avocado industry in value and capability.  The industry vision is to optimize sustainable grower profitability. Jen has raised the visibility of the industry while promoting collaboration across the whole value chain.  Industry returns have moved from $60m in 2012 to over $200m in 2021 and the industry is on track to meet its ambitious goals. Prior to her current role, Jen was Consul General and Trade Commissioner heading the New Zealand Consulate in Hamburg, Germany. Jen had earlier roles as Treasurer at Zespri and Barclays Bank in the UK.

Maddie Shannon

Maddie Shannon

Maddie has worked in research and consumer insights for the last 10 years in agency and client side roles, in both the public and private sector. She is passionate about bringing the voice of the consumer to life and using consumer insight to inform marketing, packaging and strategy.  Maddie currently works as a research specialist for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

Pita Tipene

Pita Tipene

Ko Ngati Te Tarawa te Hapu, ko Ngati Hine te Iwi, ko Motatau te papakainga.  Born and raised locally in the Bay of Islands, Pita and his wife Sara and their whanau including six mokopuna live in Kawakawa.  Pita is the chair of the Mānuka Charitable Trust having been appointed by his fellow trustees at its inaugural meeting in December, 2019.  His involvement in the mānuka industry has been through his role as the chair of the Ngati Hine Forestry Trust that oversees 5,500 hectares of land located inland of the Bay of Islands and includes large tracts of mānuka.  Mānuka honey is part of a diversified asset portfolio held by Ngati Hine who has also been working with like-minded land owners in Taitokerau-Northland, looking to aggregate their production.  Pita is also the chair of the Waitangi National Trust, which amongst other key roles involving Te Tiriti o Waitangi, is an advocate of Treaty/Tiriti responsibilities and obligations.

Bruce Wills

Bruce Wills

Bruce Wills is Apiculture New Zealand’s Independent Chair. Bruce was first involved with ApiNZ as chairman for the Joint Executive Councils of the National Beekeepers Association and Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group during the unification of the apiculture industry. He was appointed chair of the ApiNZ Board in November 2016.  Bruce has a long and varied background in the primary sector. He sits on two National Science Challenge Boards, is a director of Horticulture NZ, QEII National Trust and Ravensdown. He chairs the NZ Poplar & Willow Research Trust and MPI’s Deer Primary Growth Partnership.  He is an experienced company director, a past representative of New Zealand and international farming and trade forums. He is a past Federated Farmers president and currently farms in the Hawke’s Bay.

Harry Woods

Harry Woods

Harry Woods is chief commercial officer at Mānuka Health, specialising in global food industry sales.  He previously worked at Fonterra for 14 years where he held a variety of international sales roles covering markets in South East Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Harry has built a reputation in the dairy industry for building and implementing successful growth strategies, developing long term sustainable partnerships and leading highly engaged sales teams.  At Mānuka Health, Harry is responsible for developing the global sales strategies for their markets.

Dave Wrathall

Dave Wrathall

Dave is CEO and a director of Ecrotek. He acquired Beetek in 2013 and merged this business with Ecroyd Beekeeping Supplies in 2015. From a background in business and technology, Dave has led the charge for Ecrotek to invest in innovation to assist Ecrotek’s customers become more efficient and effective in their beekeeping.