Award of ONZM

Instead of the usual monthly meeting on the 6th March 2024, the club is celebrating the award of the New Zealand Order of Merit to Frank Lindsay in the New Year Honours list. The following citation is from the DPMC website (

For services to the apiculture industry

Mr Frank Lindsay is one of New Zealand’s leading beekeepers, having been involved in the industry for more than 50 years.

Mr Lindsay has owned more than 450 hives throughout the Wellington region. He has held elected offices on the Wellington Beekeeper Association committee for more than 25 years, including four terms as President. His skills and expertise have benefitted hundreds of new beekeepers that have joined the Association. He is a Life Member of the National Beekeepers’ Association, having joined in 1971. He coordinates the Southern North Island Branch of the National Beekeepers Association (NBA), which includes running field days and hosting international speakers. He chaired the NBA Publications Committee from 2002 to 2017 and wrote the monthly ‘About the Apiary’ article for 22 years. He is known nationally as a subject matter expert on diseases affecting the honeybee and beekeeping. He has presented at conferences in Australian States on subjects such as disease control and has been a driving force for New Zealand’s reputation as a leading apiculture country. His expertise was requested through beekeeping associations to advise following outbreaks of varroa mites in Australia and Fiji in 2022. Mr Lindsay supported a Slovenian PhD student to gain experience of New Zealand’s beekeeping industry, who has since been appointed as a national bee inspector in Slovakia.

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