Maureen Conquer is Chief Judge and Judges Referee for the ApiNZ 100% Pure National Honey Competition. Maureen served 5 years on the NBA Executive, retiring to take up the role of Oceania Representative for Apimondia, the International Federation of Beekeeping Associations. Maureen is a qualified Chef and worked in the Wine Industry for 27 years before starting in Beekeeping 1998. With a background in food and wine, honey and mead judging has been a natural progression. Maureen works now as an independent consultant to the Honey Industry specializing in honey marketing, analysis and product development. Her International Honey Judging experience includes the Iberolatino Americano de Apicultura-Chile, guest Associate Judge Australian Royal Easter Show National Competition –Sydney, Scottish National Honey Competition-Dundee, Federation of Irish Beekeepers National Honey Show- Gormanston, Assistant Judge British Beekeeping Association National Honey Show-Surrey, and Apimondia Judge-France, Ukraine and Korea. 2014 Maureen travelled to Italy and studied Honey Sensory Analysis and Assessor Training with Dr. Maria Lucia Piana from the International Honey Commission.
Dr Karyne Rogers is a research scientist at GNS Science in Lower Hutt. She specialises in honey authenticity testing, particularly for C4 sugars of export manuka honey, and characterising monofloral honey using various chemical and physical techniques. Karyne has been active in the industry for more than 10 years, and has authored numerous papers on New Zealand honey and problems associated with manuka honey testing. She currently works with industry and overseas research agencies using novel authentication techniques such as NMR and stable isotopes.
Alessandro Tarentini is a beekeeper at Arataki Honey (Hawke’s Bay Division). After completing his Master’s degree in Food Science, on the subject of honey analysis at the University of Teramo (Italy) he gained beekeeping experience in 3 continents. He is also a certified honey taster in Italy where he belongs to the National Board of Honey Tasters. Taking part at the National Honey Competition of New Zealand is a way to improve his knowledge of local honey.