meet the superstar beekeepers from steens manuka

Beekeepers

Jo Harris

Bee Keeping Manager


When and where was your first ever beekeeping job?
First job was September 2002 working for a beekeeping company in Hawkes Bay.


What does a great day beekeeping look like for you?
A great day out is when it's warm and nothing breaks down and the truck doesn't get stuck in sites after the rain. Always great getting lots of honey to pull, it means we did something right in the Spring.


What's the most rewarding part of your job?
The best part of beekeeping is being able to make changes in the hive to help it and watch it grow in bees.


If you could pick a celebrity to help you work the bees with who would it be and why?
I enjoy a day or two with the bees and Megan Fox. I like to spend my time with beautiful intelligent women (just like my wife).


If you could choose one luxury to take beekeeping with you what would that be and why?
Id like to take a Ferrari it would be faster than my Isuzu!



Ervin Manjares

HUM - Hive Unit Manager

Ervin Manjares

When and where was your first beekeeping job?

Sometime in 2005, I've been beekeeping in the Philippines ( my own bees of about 20-30 hives).

What does a great day beekeeping look like for you?

A great day for beekeeping is when its cloudy at around 18-20 degrees temperature and with a light wind.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Most rewarding is that when I see the honey in the hive and when I see my pay slip on Tuesdays, lol.

If you could pick a celebrity to help you work the bees with, who would it be and why?

George Clooney or David Beckham because they look like me haha

If you could choose one luxury to take beekeeping with you what would it be and why?

A luxury would be having an air conditioned bee suit because it would be awesome on the hot days!




Jerry Lunes

Queen Bee Manager

Jerry Lunes

When and where was your first beekeeping job?

I got a couple of hives in 2002 just for a hobby and I did my formal beekeeping seminar and training in 2005 . My first commercial beekeeping job was December 2006 in the US, doing queens, splits and honey production.

What does a great day beekeeping look like for you?

Checking nucs on a sunny day with a good percentage of mated queens is a great day and working with nice people and good equipment.

What's the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part is having enough queens to re queen hives

If you could pick a celebrity to help you work the bees with, who would it be and why?

I love music, I like Brian Adams, he has a great voice and is a great singer.

If you could choose one luxury to take beekeeping with you what would it be and why?

Having your own chopper to check hives would be very cool!