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  1. クリスさんについて、またノースランドについて教えてください(ご家族や趣味等を含め)。

クリス: 私は普通のキウイ(ニュージーランド人)だよ。でもキウイの中でも、たくさんのことを学んだり、挑戦することが好きだと思うよ。ノースランドは私が生まれてからずっと住み続けている素晴らしい場所。多くのアウトドアスポーツを経験できるし、私も家族と自然に触れあえるウォータースポーツやアクティビティを一緒に楽しんでるよ。私の趣味は何かを造ったり、修理したりすることかな。何かを直そうとチャレンジすることが、とにかく好きだね。

  1. 養蜂家として1日のお仕事内容を教えてください。それは季節ごとに変わりますか?

クリス:  季節によって大きく変わるけど秋や冬は大抵、蜂の健康や群体のサイズをチェックしているよ。特に巣の中でも重要な女王蜂の様子には特に気を配る必要があるね。

In spring and summer, we have some of the same activities but you have added issues like trying to avoid swarms occurring, giving your bees a lot of expanding space as the colonies expand in numbers quite rapidly, and honey production. 

  1. 現在養蜂場にいる蜂の種類を教えてください。その種にこだわる理由はありますか?

Chris: Bee type is apis mallefera, common species in New Zealand and a honey and pollination producing bee.

  1. 養蜂家になるのに一番大変なことは何ですか?

Chris: I don't think it’s hard to become a beekeeper but I will say it requires a lot of your time and efforts year round.

  1. 今まで何回蜂に刺されたことがありますか?

Chris: In spring and summer I get stung the most but it’s mostly because the bees are hot and agitated.  It is usually because they are on the defence protecting themselves from other robbing bees.  Some days I don't get stung at all.

  1. 養蜂をしている時の一番の思い出は何ですか?

Chris:  One of my favourite stories to remember is when I was driving to one of my other apiaries and I came around the corner to find a huge bunch of swarming bees getting ready to land.  They were covering the road infrastructure of me and they were doing the tornado effect, (that’s what I like to call it) where they were going around in a circle in one spot.  That’s a sign they were going to land soon, so I pulled over and waited then when they balled on a branch or twigged I pulled out my bucket and went to retrieve them:  FREE COLONIE.

  1. ほどんどの人が蜂の大群を見たら逃げていくと思いますが、養蜂家になって蜂の大群を見た時、恐怖はありましたか?もしあったなら、どのように恐怖を克服していきましたか?

Chris: I get excited when I see swarms of bees and I catch everyone I find, I wouldn't say I was afraid of bees when I started because you just have to understand something to not be afraid of it.  But I think anyone who's afraid of something just needs to address it head on, find the understanding and accept it.

  1. 英語で「 as busy as the bee (とても忙しい)」というフレーズが良く使われますが、ハチは睡眠をとったり、休憩したりしますか?

Chris: Yes, bees do sleep during the day and night mainly at night time when they aren't able to forage. 

  1. 蜂は自分の巣を認識していますか?また養蜂家のことは覚えますか?

Chris:  Bees do recognize their hives by memory and orientation flights ,I can't say if they recognize their owner but they recognize more of the person, they do like a puff of smoke or a spray of water mist to calm them down!!

  1. 養蜂家をしていて良かったなと思うことは何ですか?

Chris:  Beekeeping requires a lot of attention ,time and effort, so when I see a strong hive and a lot of honey on top of that it means you have done a great job keeping them strong.

  1. これから養蜂をやりたいという方にメッセージをお願いします。

Chris:  Be committed to it and enjoy the learning process.