Salote Naiula, who received a Rotary grant to travel to New Zealand from Western Fiji and learn about successful beekeeping, has had her placement extended at a Te Awamutu apiary.
Since January the 25-year-old has been on work experience at the Kiwi Bee Waikato Queen Breeding Unit, owned by Comvita. Recently she was excited to learn her contract had been extended for another month.
Miss Naiula says during her time at Kiwi Bee Waikato, she's learnt how to successfully cage queen bees, so worker bees will accept them in their hive.
"I've also been helping incubate queen bee eggs, to help the queens grow. Some days, when we're really busy, we'll incubate around 100 queen eggs," she says.
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"I can't wait to learn even more, now that my stay has been extended."
Miss Naiula will spend six months in New Zealand in total, learning the art of being an apiarist.
Her visit was sponsored by Te Puke Rotary, who visited her Fijian village in 2015 and noticed the local women's group didn't know how to care for the beehives they owned.
After discussions with the group, Miss Naiula was put forward to travel to New Zealand and learn about beekeeping and honey production.
Before being selected by Rotary to take part in the programme, Miss Naiula was a carpenter.
She says she was terrified of bees before coming to New Zealand, but after around a week at work she rarely began to notice if she was stung.
"I got over that quite quickly. Now, I get up every morning really excited about what new beekeeping skills I might learn," she says.