The Management Agency

The Management Agency board members

John Hartnell

John has a 30-year involvement in apiculture - beekeeping, domestic and export packing, export development and sales. Since 1990, Hartnell & Associates Ltd has been solely export driven with business relationships in Asia, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK.

Frans Laas

 Frans has been involved in the beekeeping industry since 1996 and is currently the breeding programme manager for Betta Bees Research Ltd, as well as chairman of the Board of Governance for the American Foulbrood National Pest Management Plan (AFB PMP). Frans was also the former President of the National Beekeepers Association of New Zealand (Inc), a position he held for four years.

Kim Poynter

Hobbyist Beekeeper and President of the Rotorua Honey Bee Club

Kim has a background of 30 years in the Aged Care Industry as an owner and consultant and has worked in both public and private sectors with a special interest in quality systems.

Kim’s special interest is in promoting hobbyist beekeepers having access to support, knowledge and education to encourage responsible beekeeping practice.

Russell Marsh

Gabriel Torres

Gabriel started beekeeping in 1994 upon leaving High School in Uruguay. Following 10 years of working in the beekeeping industry Gabriel and his wife Ana Laura decided to make a life in New Zealand. Since arriving, Gabriel has worked for several beekeeping operations focusing on hive growth, pollination, honey production and queen rearing.  Gabriel now has his own business.

Jason Ward

Jason is a member of a well-known beekeeping family in the Hawkes Bay and has been involved in keeping bees during his life. Taking a break from beekeeping Jason embarked on a career in the health sector working in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Jason is currently the Chairperson of the Takapau Community Health Centre Trust and a Director on Health Hawkes Bay, Te Oranga Hawkes Bay.

Rex Baynes, Manager
American Foulbrood National Pest Management Plan

Rex was appointed AFB NPMP Manager in 2006 having come from both a government and business background. He brings to the role an understanding of government processes as well as a background in project leadership.

 Phone: (04) 566 0773
 Mobile: (0274) 715 701

Janette Gwilliam, Training Administrator
American Foulbrood National Pest Management Plan

Janette coordinates all the AFB Recognition Courses being held throughout New Zealand as well as supporting Rex Baynes in the Lower Hutt office.

Phone: (04) 566 0773



Apicultural Officers



Byron Taylor

31 Norman Hayward Place
Te Rapa
Hamilton 3240
Private Bag 3080

Phone: (07) 850 2867
Mobile: (021) 918 400


Tony Roper

PO Box 4127
Mt Maunganui South
Tauranga 3149

Phone: (07) 574 2596
Mobile: (021) 283 1829

Chantel Rich

PO Box 85006, Lincoln University
Lincoln 7647, Canterbury

Phone: (03) 358 1937
Mobile: (021) 951 625

NOTE: In the event you are unable to contact any of the above, please contact:

Murray Reid
Phone (07) 850 2881
Mobile (021) 972 858