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  1. It's here: Biosecurity (National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan) Order 1998 http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/1998/0260/latest/whole.html Should inspect more often Biosecurity Act 1993 154N Section 154N offences http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1993/0095/latest/whole.html#DLM4759461
  2. Depending on the climate of your apiary site it may be too late and risky to apply cardboard strips with oxalic acid in say April. If the bees cant or don't want to go outside for water (say for brood raising) they might ingest water held on the strips, which will at least change stomach pH, or could kill bees. There has been advice not to put strips in winter. http://www.apicultura.com.ar/apis_122.html
  3. It's a local council. Try the Treaty of Waitangi principles in the LGA and the RMA. The affected parties will let you know their viewpoint. And it's not just the beekeepers. We don't know that lowering hive numbers is necessary; it may just be laziness on the part of beeks not spacing apiaries to manage the resource fairly. @Goran 's post on Alternatives to quotas https://www.nzbees.net/forums/topic/13389-alternative-to-any-hive-quotarights-system/?do=findComment&comment=219463 is an indication of the legislative approach there.
  4. Ouch! I'm a beginner not a hobby beek. So Philbee's quota idea is number of hives in a particular area. The quota isn't the number of fishing boats (hives or trucks) nor the number of fisherwomen or nets (bees or apiarists in a business), rather, it's the quantity of fish ( nectar pollen propalis ). The resource is on both public and private land. Some agricultural businesses ( farms, orchards) see beekeeping as an extractive industry from which the farmer clips the ticket; others pay for a pollination service and presently decide who they engage to do that job.As land use changes so may the need for pollination services. Does someone want the government to decide who provides pollination services to my specialised crop? If deciding on how quota is to be set up is a commercial idea for commercial discussion, then growers of all shades and owners of patented plant material should be included in this discussion. @Dennis Crowley those who require specialist pollination services or have protected plant material should be consulted on apiary rules anyway because we have thoughts that can help make the whole thing work. There is a code of practice at https://apinz.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ApiNZ-Beekeeper-Code-of-Conduct.pdf You could go through it and sort things out. The past mistakes were to get rid of the rules. Anybody old enough who still remembers what we used to have (of that which was good)?
  5. Sorry, I got distracted. I was reading about humility; harmony etc.
  6. Quota? Details please: is it by number of hives? yield of honey? quota for species floral source? overlapping quota areas? or a set geographic area? pollination quotas? number of queens raised quota? amateur quota? How does it all fit together? How is it going to account for land use change? I'm tending to side with the concept of beekeeping as a symbiotic activity: a humble service for the well-being of agricultural communities. There should be protection of local communities. Skin in the industry through a quota done wrongly will lead to a sense of entitlement, and an enclosure of the floral commons, and eventual corporatisation of bee space by outsiders. Knowing how government and local government think, it would be a mess. Corporates external to the community would muscle in with beekeeping merely an extractive industry. There should be rules; around apiary isolation distances; hive numbers per cadastre or at least per apiary; allowance outside these rules for crop pollination services at flowering only, for short time period flowering crops, eg avocado, kiwifruit; mandatory notification of hive movements before movement, and mandatory disease inspection of hives before movement.
  7. Isn't the HBRC a regulator? And it has an apiary industry JV? Is there any potential for conflict of interest? Or is it suggesting that the NBA take back the leadership it lost, and regulate its members? I like the old ideas. There used to be a gentlemans agreement in the industry. I've now got that with most of my neighbours. There's just one who's a slow learner. He may benefit from new teaching methods.
  8. In the RMA, sustainable management means managing the use, development, and protection of natural and physical resources in a way, or at a rate, which enables people and communities to provide for their social, economic, and cultural well-being and for their health and safety. Council have a duty to enable those well-beings. There is little if any law outside of the RMA to enable that. Monocultural manuka farmers are relying on other landowners flora commons. Since the change of management over the fence both boundary loading and the disease issue have become non-existant. From experience, overstocking and closeness of apiaries can be disruptive to economic well-being. @goran might be able to provide an example of how things work where he is.
  9. "NZ's healthy bee population masks serious threat" https://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018648894 Stocking rates; disease; attitudes; etc. Frank says it straight how it is. David has more trouble getting the message across.
  10. According to an analysis...... https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/country/351569/no-one-wants-to-see-honey-bees-die ...... and retailers are taking poisons off the shelf.... https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/country/348231/mitre-10-to-review-bee-risk-pesticides https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/348157/bunnings-bins-pesticide-thought-to-harm-bees
  11. I've had the odd egg carton strip last more than a week; but most are just loose fibre before then. Solid cardboard that is used for refrigerating of freezing food;9 same stuff used to be used by bakers): 1.5mm to 2.5mm works and lasts. It needs to be soaked. I use a plastic hive roof.
  12. The lack of success with pauper splits is foregoing the revenue stream of 5 to 6 weeks without new brood. Even if you were to buy mated production queens, that's only 1 to 3 frames of honey (a few days production in a honey flow) for each queen; an artificially inseminated breeder queen would cost the equivalent of 1 or 2 supers of manuka. Up until the beginning of this week Northland has had overcast drizzly windy weather. Now that the weather is more or less settled and fine, doing pauper splits may mean saying goodbye to the bulk of this seasons income: and that's not a good commercial decision, not even a semi-commercial one.
  13. Just don't have the commercial with his pauper splits setting up his apiary next to me. I don't want his varroa; his VSHless drones mating with my queens; etc.... Got lost of 2/3 of the commercial boundary loaders and hive health has picked up amazingly.. Understand the principles behind the practicalities of breeding. If you can't do the grafting because you have a serious disability such as brain injury; cerebral palsy; motor neurone disease; or blindness, then use the Jenter method or lay a frame of standing eggs from the donor hive on its side above the brood cluster.
  14. Sorry, can't see how poor man's splits are breeding (this sub-forum). Poor man's splits are what it says: do it and you end up a poor man. Over on this other thread: https://www.nzbees.net/forums/topic/11479-buying-queens-vs-pauper-split/ there is this gift: However, right here the opening poster zom-bee is a semi-commercial, and should be looking to improve his bees. Yes, I've kind of had satisfactory results from poor man's splits using hives well bred queens VSH & great honey gathering skills . However the odds are less than you would get from an intelligent breeding programme. If you are not going to breed, then at least buy say half the queens you need from a reputable breeder.
  15. https://www.nzbees.net/profile/2657-kaihoka/ I empathise with you @kaihoka . I am thankful for the highly skilled and devoted work of queen breeders with their Varroa sensitive hygiene programmes. After all, their work is aimed at lessening the need for treatment. @Philbee, don't tell my that http://i.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/77730773/fighting-the-good-fight-for-varroa-resistance-in-bees was a fluke. I have been influenced by the small cell advocates and others such as Randy Oliver who says “If you’re not part of the genetic solution of breeding mite-resistant bees, then you’re part of the problem.”; and by Émile Warré, I thank them also, and will continue to try my best to be treatment free. However, in the mean-time if my bees have a contagious disease, it is socially responsible to fix the problem. It is also responsible not to include toxic residues in food, medicine, or cosmetics. I have always been concerned about Varroa strips. I have tried some of the “alternatives” and found them also to be less than satisfactory. The OA/GL on cardboard is safe easy and effective. Thanks@ikwezinz for bringing this treatment method to my attention. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1RC_RlWnDM
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