Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Beekeeper Groups Concerned About Hives

29 June 2006

Beekeeper Groups Concerned About Unregistered Hives

Leaders of New Zealand beekeeper groups are concerned that reticence shown by some owners of unregistered beehives in the Nelson region may jeopardise the varroa identification enterprise currently underway in that area.

Both Jane Lorimer, President of the National Beekeepers Association of New Zealand, and Lin McKenzie, chairman of Federated Farmers' Bee Industry Group, are urging owners of unregistered hives to take advantage of an amnesty being offered by Biosecurity New Zealand, and declare their hives so that inspection can take place.

"Survey results to date are reasonably encouraging that this incursion can be controlled and this would benefit all beekeepers," said Jane Lorimer.

"But if just one hive is missed, even with a small current incidence of varroa mite, the value of the entire exercise will be put in danger. In turn this will put many beekeeping operations in the South Island in danger of collapse."

Lin McKenzie agrees pointing out that it will be to the advantage of the wider beekeeping community as well as to the owners of unregistered hives if those owners come forward.

"The operation currently underway in Nelson, spearheaded by Biosecurity New Zealand can offer extensive practical and moral support at no cost to the beekeeper. However, if the investigation team is unaware of the ownership or existence of any hive, such help cannot be offered.

"Nor would the owner of that hive be entitled to receive any of the compensation that is available for losses incurred by any action taken under the Biosecurity Act. These actions could include movement controls or an eradication programme undertaken as a result of this incursion response."

Jane Lorimer also explained that the register is maintained as the basic tool for the American Foul Brood pest management strategy.

"Unregistered hives can mean that they are not being inspected as required and thereby jeopardising the success of that disease control programme which New Zealand beekeepers rely on," she said.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Media Mega Merger: StuffMe Hearing Argues Over Moveable Feast

New Zealand's two largest news publishers are appealing against the Commerce Commission's rejection of the proposal to merge their operations. More>>


Approval: Northern Corridor Decision Released

The approval gives the green light to construction of the last link of Auckland’s Western Ring Route, providing an alternative route from South Auckland to the North Shore. More>>


Crown Accounts: $4.1 Billion Surplus

The New Zealand Government has achieved its third fiscal surplus in a row with the Crown accounts for the year ended 30 June 2017 showing an OBEGAL surplus of $4.1 billion, $2.2 billion stronger than last year, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. More>>


Mycoplasma Bovis: One New Property Tests Positive

The newly identified property... was already under a Restricted Place notice under the Biosecurity Act. More>>

Accounting Scandal: Suspension Of Fuji Xerox From All-Of-Government Contract

General Manager of New Zealand Government Procurement John Ivil says, “FXNZ has been formally suspended from the Print Technology and Associated Services (PTAS) contract and terminated from the Office Supplies contract.” More>>