The Apiculture New Zealand National Honey Competition was held over the weekend as a part of the organisation's annual conference.
The conference, which was attended by 750 delegates at the Te Pae Convention Centre, ran from 30 June to 1 July. The honey competition took place on 29 June and Jarved Allan of the Manuka Collective from Timaru was the 2022 Supreme Award winner. The first runner-up was Kim Poynter from Bush Haven Farm and the second runner-up was Raul Mateas-Orban of Tarata Honey.
For the first year, there was a People's Choice Award, which went to Hawkes Bay beekeeper Robyn Gichard's liquid honey.
All entries to the competition were blind-tasted, and then an international scale of points was used to determine the winners for each category. Head judge Maureen Conquer said that the honey across all 12 categories was of consistently high quality.
The competition categories were varied: Liquid and clear honey, naturally granulated honey, creamed honey, monofloral manuka, honeydew, special reserve, honeycomb, bee club or association honey, product of the hive, product packaging, honey beverages and honey-based commercial food.
Other awards from the weekend included the Peter Molan Trophy for exceptional contribution to apiculture science. It went to Dr Lina Newstrom-Lloyd for their work on bee-feed plantations that maximise bee health and survival. The ApiNZ Sustainability Best Practice Award went to Canterbury-based business Heathstock for organic and sustainable practices. The Roy Paterson Award for innovation went to Bees Kneez for their sustainable hive nappy.
The Unsung Hero Award went to Nick Wallingford for voluntarily digitising 600 publications of the NZ Beekeeper Journal dated from 1914-2016. The Supreme Winner in the ApiNZ National Photography competition was Revati Vispute, a Waikato-based plant and food research master's student with her image titled 'Tagging along all the pollen.'
A full list of winners can be found on the Apiculture New Zealand website.