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  1. Not sure if this has been posted elsewhere, but haven't noticed it. There are two AFB consultations going on at the moment - the annual budget, and the five year plan. If I were of a cynical mindset, I’d have to say sending out a request for consultation on a five year plan just two days before Christmas, and a budget three days before New Year almost sounds as if they didn’t much want to hear from us... but being the positive little budgie I am I’m sure the AFB Management Agency just wanted to get the info out before the end of the year and really do want our input, so here’s a reminder in case those emails flew by you in the holiday rush. American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan Draft Five Year Plan “We are seeking your comments and thoughts on the initial draft 5 Year Plan to eradicate American Foulbrood from New Zealand. The draft 5 year plan can be found on our website Management Plan Please provide your comments by completing the survey link or give us written feedback electronically to the manager@afb.org.nz or in writing to The Manger, PO Box 44282, Lower Hutt 5040. We would like all comments by 6 February 2017 so we can consider your feedback at our February Board meeting. Note that your Board feels action to improve the AFB management system is urgent and we have started work already. These early actions are noted in the Plan, and will be updated to show what has been commenced or completed when we put out the next draft for you to consider in March/April 2017.” American Foulbrood Pest Management BUDGET FOR 2017-2018 Consultation and Submission Programme “The input of beekeepers is sought on the proposed AFB PMP 2017/2018 Operational Budget. The budget covers the period 1 June 2017 through 31 May 2018” The budget outlines how the Management Agency intends to spend levy income for the above period. If the Budget is approved, the levy will be set at $20 per beekeeper and $15.17 per apiary. How do you obtain a copy of the Budget 2017/2018 From the website - www.afb.org.nz/budgets - available from 23 December 2016 Making a Submission If you wish to make a submission on the proposed budget, then please do so in writing no later than 28 February 2017 to: Rex Baynes AFB PMP Manager PO Box 44282 Lower Hutt 5040 Email: manager@afb.org.nz ------------------------------------------------------- If you are looking for official information from APINZ or the Management Agency to help you make submissions, this website might be useful: www.FYI.org.nz. It will help you make an official information request, but also make your request and the response public on the website for others to see. Apiculture NZ is already listed: Apiculture New Zealand - view and make Official Information requests though from their response to Stephen Black it would appear that we need to list the Management Agency as an entity separately as well.
  2. *hangs head* I listened to all the noise outside this morning.. it's been really loud.. and thought 'wow, that's a lot of sky water.. finally!". Then I got out of bed and opened the curtain and it's just lots and lots of blowy stuff. Not a drop anywhere.
  3. I certainly hope you didn't spot one, as we thus far do not have this pest in NZ. if you spot another, please don't crush it, but capture it and have it properly identified to make sure it isn't SHB.
  4. where is the original discussion this came from?
  5. No, very much incorrect. I understand Russell's been considering the viability of the package side of the business and whether that's worth continuing, but that is only one small aspect of Arataki Rotorua. And the other bee exporter of course is Kintail. It's quite likely that James may opt to pick up the slack if Russell were to decide to cease supply. I know that flight availability is a major limiting factor and that the two basically had all the capacity for flying bees tied up.
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    Hi Iggy Good to see you here. This is the article I mentioned about John Carter and the Taupo club starting up - John's email is at the bottom of the article. Taupo beekeeper starting Taupo Bee Club to help fight American Foul Brood disease
  8. hey, I've used a borrowed pillowcase once - I was out and about and the swarm needed gone fast.
  9. Ditto. Two bank accounts - all income and general expenses go through one account, and as income comes in I transfer 25% of that gross income to our tax account, from which I pay GST, provisional tax and accountants fees only. We didn't take any drawings for the first about three years, but we started small - 17 hives first year, 25 second year, 36 third year, etc. After the second year we stopped adding money to the business from personal funds, and after the third year the business started to pay us a little periodically. Ten years in now it pays me a reasonable weekly wage.
  10. No, no compulsory insurance. As Janice mentioned though, there are the basics that you'd be a bit silly not to have - vehicle, public liability and possibly buildings or tools. Gear in storage might be worthwhile if you feel it's vulnerable. Hives, bees and crop you need to weigh up whether to insure as they're not cheap premiums... but given the thefts and such the last year or two insuring becomes more attractive. Then of course if you're extracting and packing there's another whole business area to cover.
  11. g'day Ruth. Go with your gut on feeding. I've got whole yards that have no crop on them right now in HB, and one yard that needs feeding next week or it will starve. This is not a normal January at all. If your nuc has no significant capped honey stores, then feeding is probably in order, especially if you want them to grow and expand. A lot of nucs are not going ahead at the rate they should right now because there's just not the feed to stimulate them to grow. Re the robbing, yes, keep the entrance reduced. My mesh wasp guards stay on my nuc boxes permanently, and they are a great advantage against robbing as well as wasps. I'd give them a 48 hour break before I feed again, and make sure the hive is well secured when I do. Make sure yo're feeding only plain white sugar syrup and not adding anything that has a scent to it.
  12. If they were in a communal hive like our kept honey bees form, Neville, then they were not native bees - they would be feral Apis Mellifera escaped from managed hives. Apis Mellifera doesn't occur in New Zealand as a native - it was imported in about the 1830s. The native bees referred to are of several different species and are all solitary in that they don't form a communal hive. They each build their own burrows to lay eggs in, and may form areas of high population where they find a suitable bank to build in, but they're not living and working together.
  13. Kev and I work through a simple self-employed partnership, rather than a registered company structure. The partnership has its own IRD number, which doubles as its IRD number, so there is no connection to our personal IRD numbers. Insurance and any business expenses are quite separate to any personal expenses and paid through the business bank accounts. The only area where personal and business expenses touch is that in the end of year accounts we claim a percentage of our house expenses, eg, house insurance (house - not contents), power, phone, rates etc based on the area of the house/shed dedicated to business use. That, and I don't have a business credit card, so occasional online purchases are paid with my credit card and immediately reimbursed from the business bank account. GST registration was actually helpful for cashflow in the first few years, and not difficult to do, so I'd not put it off on the basis of 'too hard'. As everyone else has recommended, talk to an accountant as soon as you can. We can tell you what works for us, but that doesn't mean you won't end up in a pickle because your situation is different to ours.
  14. lol close, Kiwi Bee. Cold water blaster from my Dad.
  15. my most hated job. Cold water blasting is the only thing we've found. Have always just blasted straight out of the boxes - scraping was more hassle than it was worth. On recommendation from the forum I've got a drum full of frames soaking right now... though I have to admit it's been about two or three weeks instead of two or three days, as I've just not had time (read.. been putting it off any way I can..).... and it's getting a bit.. ok.. quite a bit.. ok.. a lot whiffy. I'll have to get onto it shortly, so it'll be interesting to see what difference it makes - and if the bees will ever tough the stinky things again.
  16. no, I think yesbut's comment is fair. If we only ever answered exactly what was asked around here we'd be giving inappropriate answers to an awful lot of situations, just because the OP may not know what realistic alternatives are. Cutouts aren't easy and they come at a cost. There'll be nothing special about these bees, and there are far more productive and reliable ways for a beekeeper to multiply their existing bees than cutting them out of buildings.
  17. Did that to one just yesterday, yesbut. Permethrin in the entrance point, wood block and filler into the gaps, and flyspray on the weatherboards outside. They'd had another beekeeper there THREE TIMES in the last month, but seems they'd just gathered bees, stuffed the entrance hole with dampened tissues(!) and left. Family were at their wits end. Rather similar to this position wise, but the building was a rental house with five kids under 7 years old, and the hive entrance was in the 1 metre wide walkway between the house and shed. Their toilet and laundry (fortunately they have another toilet) were about unusable with over 50 bees in there. They needed gone, once and for all.
  18. Agree, Philbee. Go in from the inside. Much easier, it's unoccupied, a single room (presumably) and the hive entrance is right near the exit door.
  19. *waves* hiya. Swarming is basically over and done here now - it'd be an exception from now on. As Rob said, I do a lot of that stuff as Secretary of the APINZ hub - the councils get their lists from me. you don't need to be a member to get on the list or get our local newsletter and event invites, but you do need to be a subscriber to our newsletter, which is only $10 a year. My contact details are on my website link at the bottom of this post. ps - cute staffy!
  20. Humanities art shop on Karamu Road between Heretaunga and Queen, Rob.
  21. totally agree. used the Chinese for about three years, and after a week with the brush haven't picked one up again. heck, this season I even used a grass stem one day when I misplaced my brushes and found it better than the Chinese tool.
  22. They can. Bit more B52 bomber than Blackbird... but they can fly, and faster than I can run after them if they take to the wing when I slip up marking them.
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