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Rotary International Presidential Peace Conference 2018
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John Bassett

John Bassett

Kereta Honey Ltd, Thames, New Zealand

Biography

John has been a commercial beekeeper for 40 years.  He and his wife Pauline commenced operating commercially in 1977 when they established Waitomo Honey Ltd.  At its height this business ran 2000 hives, employed 3 to 4 staff with income derived from local and export honey sales, kiwifruit pollination, and production of queens.

John has been actively involved in national industry groups and is currently vice-president of the Waikato hub of ApicultureNZ (formerly the National Beekeepers’ Assn).  He was founding director of a national bee genetic improvement group, was the foundation chairman of what is now called the UMF Honey Assn, a chairman of the NZ Queen Bee Producers Assn, a member of the Kiwifruit Pollination Assn, and instigator/member of a Hard Business Network for development of active Manuka honey products.

Now in his 70’s and supposedly semi-retired, John still runs about 250 hives on the Coromandel Peninsula and Hauraki Plains, focussing his time on Manuka honey production and maintaining a strong interest in bee genetics and bee health.