It started out as a hobby, joining a beekeeping club then I became the president after a few years. I opened my own beekeeping equipment store with beekeeping training. 500 plus students have completed my introduction beekeeping course. A percentage of these have progressed and have become commercial beekeepers. I taught NZQA level 3 full time for 3 years and was also the Regional Administration Manager – this involved student registration, L & N testing and NZTA resulting plus other administration duties.
I have known about the decline in world bees and by teaching and passing on my knowledge I hope this will increase the world population of bees. Its not all about the honey. Bees are a major part of our eco-system and without them we will lose a large percent of our food supply.