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Our Bees And Beekeepers

Supporting Our Bees

While our bees are busiest during the Manuka flowering season (typically September through February), we ensure our bees are looked after and hives protected throughout the year. Comvita also owns a queen bee-rearing facility to ensure that our bee colonies have good genetic diversity, high productivity and youthful Queens, all of which contribute to healthy hives.

No Antibiotics, Ever.

As it is illegal in New Zealand to use antibiotics for bees, they are never used during the production or collection of Manuka Honey.

Supporting Our Beekeepers

We've been working alongside our beekeepers and beekeeper partners for decades, some since the company was founded in 1974. In New Zealand, the beekeeping profession has generally been a profitable one and in the last few years, following a global trend, a very popular one. Since 2014, Comvita and the East Taupo Lands Trust have been involved in a mutually-beneficial Kaimanawa Honey partnership. The Tuwharetoa iwi of New Zealand's East Taupo Land Trust benefit from sharing in the revenue from the sourcing of natural UMF™ Manuka Honey from their tribal lands. Comvita provides the beekeeping craftsmanship to ensure the natural sourcing of Manuka Honey is sustainable year after year. Comvita’s Apiary Management System (AMS) is an in-house developed system which automates data to help beekeepers manage their hives effectively and efficiently to ensure premium hive health. It also provides complete transparency from hive to shelf. Additionally, we have a Supply Partnership Group (SPG) whereby our loyal beekeepers have shares in the company, thus providing a win-win. Comvita's fair practices and long-term relationships foster and benefit the communities where beekeepers live. We appreciate the hard work and dedication to the craft by our beekeepers, who know the importance of delivering the finest Manuka Honey.

Supporting The Next Generation Of Beekeepers

Comvita's Beekeeping Cadet Program

We support future beekeepers. Our Beekeeping Cadet Program is a fully-paid program that offers those with an interest in the apiculture industry the opportunity to become a fully-qualified Kiwi Bee (Comvita) beekeeper. The cadetship attracts new and local talent to enter the trade, and helps ensure the longevity of apiculture. In 2017, 10 cadets successfully completed the New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3). All the graduating cadets are offered full time employment with Comvita to continue to develop their beekeeping skills and knowledge. In 2018, 15 of our beekeepers participated in a training program which resulted in them obtaining a New Zealand certificate in Apiculture (Level 3). Many are now current Comvita employees (beekeepers).

How We Can All Help The Bees

Plant wildflowers in your garden.

Choose organic, non-GMO, wild, pollution-free foods

Be mindful to avoid wasting food

Provide fresh, pesticide-free drinking water for bees. If you fill a saucepan of water, put pebbles or twigs in the water for bees to rest on while they drink