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Another honey season has ﬁnished and site honey deliveries are underway. It has been a good production season in Hawke’s Bay particularly for our traditional clover blend honey. Other areas of New Zealand have not been so fortunate and honey stocks are low.
We remain committed to providing pollination for local growers and honey for local consumers. This is becoming increasingly difﬁcult with pressure on bee sites and huge export demand. With more beekeepers choosing to export their total crop Arataki and our neighbour Kintail Honey are now close to supplying 70% of the honey on New Zealand supermarket shelves. Having access to your farms is vital to us and we greatly appreciate your support.
We are pleased to feature John Bostock in this edition. His work with organic produce and promoting a GM Free Hawke’s Bay ﬁts well with the need to provide a safe environment for our honey bees.
We have been a beekeeping family for a long time now and it is great to share my love of bees with my son John and my grandson Rob. I hope you enjoy reading a little about them.
ARATAKI HONEY HAWKE’S BAY
66 Arataki Road,
Havelock North, Hawke’s Bay,
PO Box 8016, Havelock North 4157,
FREE CALL: 0800 ARATAKI
P. +64 6 877 7300
F. +64 6 877 4200
Demand is very high for our honey this year but we saved some for you. Your boxes of honey should arrive in May – any problems give us a call.
A SWEET RELATIONSHIP
John Bostock remembers catching up with Arataki’s John Berry over 35 years ago, when he started out as a young apple grower. This marked the start of a blossoming relationship with Arataki Honey.
“Building a successful business comes down to good relationships and our relationship with Arataki has been excellent. We just leave the pollination job up to the beekeepers and their bees and the results are always brilliant.”
With a focus on sustainable growing practises, John is now one of New Zealand’s leading growers, exporting over ninety percent of New Zealand’s organic apples.
He was the ﬁrst grower to approach organic apple production on a commercial scale, now shipping produce across Europe, North America, the Middle East and all of Asia.
“Like Arataki we support a GM Free Hawke’s Bay. It’s a huge market advantage for us and means we can attract premium prices.”
John owns BOSTOCK New Zealand, which also grows and markets squash, onions, kiwifruit and grain.
“Pollination is a very important part of our whole operation and requires a professional service, which we trust. The Arataki beekeepers are always very efﬁcient and know exactly where to put the hives and when,” says John.
“This season we had record blossoms and we depended heavily on the beekeepers to ensure we were maximizing our pollination opportunities. This ﬂowed through to the harvest where we experienced some of the best quality fruit in several years.”
John is proud that his business remains family focused, with his sons showing a keen interest in organics and sustainable production. His eldest son Ben set up Bostock Organic Free Range Chicken – the huge demand leading to a further increase in production.
John is committed to the wellbeing of his 600 seasonal and 200 permanent staff. He has an organic vision to get people eating healthier and so recently invested in a new purpose built organic kitchen where staff can enjoy subsidised, premium organic meals.
“We grow our own organic, premium produce and we are now using this in our organic kitchen. We need to ‘walk the walk’ and create a healthy ethos inside our company so everyone who works at BOSTOCK New Zealand in Hastings can take this home to their families and show that ‘we are what we eat’ – that nutritious food creates a healthier lifestyle.”
John says he always looks forward to receiving the honey deliveries from Arataki enjoying the sweet success of the Arataki bees.