I am Andres, beekeeper for Honey by the Sea. You can see me around Matakana, Leigh and Pakiri wearing my safety gear of sunnies and t-shirt.
I was born in Argentina and moved to Aotearoa in 2006, just after I finished my studies in Biology researching the Varroa mite. That was where my interest in bees started. In NZ I worked for the entomological department of Auckland Museum and on a National bee monitoring programme for the Ministry of Primary Industries. Then I moved back to Leigh and worked for a beekeeper in the area for more than three years.
I learned something about myself. I do not want to work indoors. I am a happy person working in the field. I love nature and bees. Working only “bare hands” makes nurturing an obligation: If I am gentle to the bees, they will be gentle to me. This way I know my hives and I work on the needs of the bees.
Now I bring you the results of my work and the honey these gentle bees produced. Honey by the Sea. Honey that reflects the flowers special in our area. Pockets of Manuka trees, Pohutukawas hanging on the cliffs, the salty terroir, the birds and bees. Like good wine, the area where honey comes from defines the honey. No honey is the same.
So I want to share my passion for bees and honey. Honey that may come from the same apiary but is different from season to season. Honey that is as close as it can to being straight out of the hive. Honey that is pure and natural, not blended, not finely strained, raw with all the goodness preserved.
I look forward to sharing Honey by the Sea with you, season after season.
Yes, sometimes I get stung but this barefoot beekeeper is happy doing what he is doing.