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.

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

Russell joined the Management Agency Board in Agusut 2016 as the APINZ representative.

A chartered accountant with a previous background as financial controller for 2 large business orgnaisations, Russell now prefers to run a family owned beekeeping operation in Otago and Southland.

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.

Clifton King, National Compliance Manager
American Foulbrood National Pest Management Plan

Clifton is a senior biosecurity professional with experience managing outbreaks pest and diseases including Varroa and Foot and Mouth Disease. He holds qualifications in Veterinary Science, Epidemiology, and Business Management, and has worked with a range of agriculture sectors including the honey bee, poultry and livestock industries.

Clifton is responsible for managing the American Foulbrood National Pest Management Plan.

Phone: 0800 232 767
Mobile: 022 061 9501

Marco Gonzalez, Operations Manager
American Foulbrood National Pest Management Plan

Marco is an AP1 responsible for managing the National AFB surveillance and inspection function including the supervision of AP2s.
Marco has a strong background of AFB management and biosecurity, working as an Apiary Officer with AsureQuality from 2006 to 2017, and more recently as a Compliance Manager at Midlands Apiaries Ltd.

Phone: 0800 232 767
Mobile: 022 0169 669

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 the National Compliance Manager and Operations Manager.

Phone: 0800 232 767


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

Chantel graduated with a BSc in Ecology and Biodiversity, with a focus on entomology.  In her final year Chantel conducted research projects on bee behaviour and the effects of neonicotinoids on ants. Since then she has been working as a steriliser in the health laboratory sectors, and volunteering with various ecological restoration projects.

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