Filling the need for professional beekeeping services in urban areas!
Up until now, there has been nobody to supply managed hives in the Manawatu urban areas - only commercial beekeepers with hives on farmland, and hobbyists with their own backyard hives. That has all changed with Hives Manawatu coming into the market. Now you can rent a fully managed hive (or three), and get help with your own hives.
Hives Manawatu is still small, but we have plans to expand. Currently the 'team' consists of Paul, the primary beekeeper, with others brought in on a casual basis as required.
Paul has been a beekeeper on a relatively small scale since getting his first two hives in 2007. Over that time his hive numbers have grown along with his experience and skills, including becoming an approved beekeeper for AFB checking in 2008. Paul chaired the Manawatu Beekeepers club for three years, and is still on the committee and involved with the club in many ways, including as the club Apiary Manager.
The MBC beginners course was designed and is still organised by Paul, and along with the other tutors has taught over 150 newbees the basics since its inception.