Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search


New South Island Controlled Area for varroa mite

13 May 2008

New South Island Controlled Area for varroa bee mite

MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) has established a new South Island Controlled Area to protect beekeeping operations in the West Coast, Canterbury and areas further south, from varroa which was found at St Arnaud, outside the previous South Island Controlled Area, three weeks’ ago.

The new South Island Controlled Area comes into force at 4pm today, Tuesday 13 May, and covers the northern part of Westland; Grey, Buller; Tasman; Nelson; Marlborough; and part of north Canterbury.

“This is an interim measure and stakeholders will be consulted during May and June regarding the future of this Controlled Area,” said MAFBNZ Incursion Response Manager, Richard Norman.

“Letters have been sent to all registered South Island beekeepers advising them of the change. The Controlled Area Notice and map was published in the New Zealand Gazette on Thursday 8 May and was published in the public notice sections of the Nelson Mail, The Press, and the Otago Daily Times on Saturday 10 May 2008. Information is also available on the MAFBNZ website Beekeepers directly affected by the new South Island Controlled Area are being contacted individually.”

Richard Norman said MAFBNZ assessed several alternative movement control lines.

“The southern boundary of the new South Island Controlled Area was selected on the following grounds:
• because varroa could have spread more widely than testing has demonstrated;
• to minimise the number and scale of beekeeping operations that would be split by the boundary, reducing the risk of spread;
• to minimse disruption to beekeeping businesses;
• to allow surveillance to support the new boundary, working around accredited organic operations that don’t use the standard miticides for testing;
• consideration of geography, roads and industry practice.”

Beekeepers in and close to the South Island Controlled Area are urged to regularly test their own hives for varroa mites on bees or in brood. Beekeepers detecting varroa in their hives should report the find to MAFBNZ via the 0800 80 99 66 free phone number.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


By May 2018: Wider, Earlier Microbead Ban

The sale and manufacture of wash-off products containing plastic microbeads will be banned in New Zealand earlier than previously expected, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today. More>>


Snail-ier Mail: NZ Post To Ditch FastPost

New Zealand Post customers will see a change to how they can send priority mail from 1 January 2018. The FastPost service will no longer be available from this date. More>>


Property Institute: English Backs Of Debt To Income Plan

Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive Ashley Church is applauding today’s decision, by Prime Minister Bill English, to take Debt-to-income ratios off the table as a tool available to the Reserve Bank. More>>


Divesting: NZ Super Fund Shifts Passive Equities To Low-Carbon

The NZ$35 billion NZ Super Fund’s NZ$14 billion global passive equity portfolio, 40% of the overall Fund, is now low-carbon, the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation announced today. More>>


Split Decision - Appeal Planned: EPA Allows Taranaki Bight Seabed Mine

The Decision-making Committee, appointed by the Board of the Environmental Protection Authority to decide a marine consent application by Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd, has granted consent, subject to conditions, for the company to mine iron sands off the South Taranaki Bight. More>>