Andrew Matheson worked in different parts of New Zealand both as a polytechnic beekeeping tutor and as an apicultural consultant with the Ministry of Agriculture. For five years he was director of the International Bee Research Association, the world’s leading information service for bee science and beekeeping, based in the UK. He has had extensive experience as an apicultural consultant and lecturer in many countries, and has written numerous articles and books on bee science and beekeeping.
Murray Reid is currently apicultural services manager for Asurequality, a New Zealand government-owned company providing food safety and biosecurity services to the food and primary production sectors. His career in apiculture began in 1966 when he spent three seasons with Dargaville Apiaries before being recruited in 1969 by the then Department of Agriculture as an Apiculture Officer. Murray completed an MSc degree in apiculture in Ontario, Canada before resuming work as an Apiculture Officer in New Zealand.