Welcome to the official website of the Tasmanian Beekeepers' Association. We hope you get a buzz out of beeing here.

This site is a new initiative of the TBA. If it fails to provide the information that you are looking for, or if you have any suggestions on how we can improve this site, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Our Vision

A unified, profitable competitive industry creating consumer demand and with reliable access to adequate melliferous resources.





Recent announcements



A recent application by the UMF Honey Association Inc of New Zealand to trademark 'Manuka Honey' is an affront to Australian producers.

Manuka honey has been produced here in Tasmania since the arrival of the European honey bee.  There are numberous records of the work 'Manuka' in print and in place names dating back at least to 1884.

The Manuka tree, or  Leptospermum scoparium, originated in Tasmania and seed dispersed from there to New Zealand.(Thompson J. (1988) A revision of the genus Leptospermum (Myrtacae) Telopea 3.(3):301 - 449 - specifically pg 335 "L.scoporium has been very successful in Tasmania and has migrated across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand")  Australia is home to over 80 species of Leptrospermum to New Zealand's one, yet New Zealand apiarists wish to claim it as their own.

We would sympathise; they long assumed that Manuka was unique to New Zealand and much of the marketing and research from which all Manuka producers now benefit was undertaken on the basis.  However, neither the name 'Manuka' nor the species Leptospermum scoparium are unique to New Zealand and Manuka should not join Kiwi Fruit and Bungee Jumping on the list re-branded Kiwi products.


We will fight this application if necessary - but the point is we shouldn't have to!




If you are interest in attending courses in beekeeping or want information regarding starting out in beekeeping please contact one of the following Branches -

Southern Branch - Secretary Maurice Rimes 0418 838 325 email - [email protected]

Northern Branch - Vivienne Strong 0413 406 950 email - [email protected]

North West Branch - Elizabeth Douglas 0418 366 524   email - [email protected]




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Leatherwood honey... uniquely Tasmanian.