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.