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  1. Just came across this: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/08/health/honeybees-learn-math-study-trnd/index.html (CNN)Does math give you trouble? Here's some encouragement: Despite their miniature brains, a new study says honeybees can learn basic arithmetic. If they can do it, so can you! According to a study published this week in Science Advances, scientists at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have shown that honeybees can add and subtract if trained to do so. This discovery helps scientists understand the relationship between brain size and brain power, perhaps knocking birdbrain off the list of perceived slights. Honeybees and humans are separated by more than 400 million years of evolution, so the study's authors say their findings suggest that an advanced understanding of numbers "may be more accessible to nonhuman animals than previously suspected."
  2. And that makes it right when you ask somebody else to do it for you? Bottom line for me is that the database is used for other purpose than intended for, which makes it wrong!! Not good for your credibility.
  3. On your voting you state: "All registered hive owners with 26 or more hives registered as at 31 December 2018 are entitled to vote. Hive numbers will be verified against the AFBPMP database as at 31 December 2018" Is that not illegal use of the AFBPMP database. The proposed levy has nothing to do with the AFBPMP, and in my view should not be used for that. And Dennis Crowley sort of confirmed this with his posting below:
  4. Yes, I agree funding for research is needed. But would like it to see independent of which group (organisation) one belongs to. A bit worried when "politics" comes into it.
  5. We don't have that kind of standard for manuka anymore, it is now 4 chemical markers and the pollen dna test. Taste, smell, texture, colour etc is not important anymore. That used to be that way when Codex Alimentarius was the accepted standard.
  6. You might be right; I have no real opinion on that, I haven't the insight to judge. I only put it there for your information, nothing more or less, if you don't like it, skip it.
  7. Yes, I was one of these grey haired beekeepers, not feeling old though. I am not against a levy for research purpose as I have stated before. Better leave the politics to ApiNZ and NZBeekeeping Inc and have an independant Research fund, funded by a levy, preferable on hives. I see ApiNZ and NZ Beekeeping Inc as lobby "groups".
  8. An article from the BBC about the new possible replacement chemicals for the neonics. "Attempts to find a new generation of pesticides to replace neonicotinoids have been dealt a potential blow. Neonicotinoids are the most commonly used insecticide in the world, but had been linked to bee declines. Studies suggest a new type of pesticide seen as an alternative to the chemicals, which have been banned in many countries, may have similar risks. The new insecticides may reduce bumblebee reproduction in the wild, according to a study by UK scientists." https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45185261
  9. I only put it there because we seem so worried about what happens to the 60% of the money possibly raised by the CL and not the 40% on research.
  10. That is pretty obvious, the beekeepers or the Beekeeper's Research Fund or what ever name; that way it will be truly for the benefit of Beekeeping. Thinking about that, do you want ApiNZ to own it; others then beekeepers are involved with ApiNZ. Why not, they (ApiNZ) want to target Beekeepers only anyway.
  11. If research is what we are mainly concerned with, why can't we just have a levy for research only. I think that will have a much better chance of succeeding. That way we can maybe leave all the politics out. ApiNZ can continue what they doing and the levy payers can elect a few representatives to oversee what's required for research.
  12. Dennis, maybe you can fill me in. What is to my knowledge the last order in council for putting the levy in place for the AFBPMP was in 2003; that was when the NBA became a voluntary organization. If there was a later order in council, please let me know. But for now, I think the 2003 one is the last one and that stipulates that the NBA is the management agency of the AFBPMP. My concern is that the current "management agency" of the AFBPMP is not an elected body at all. Can you please comment on this.
  13. Do you want to have any say what's happening with the levy money you pay? Or at least have beekeeper representation as it is required by law.
  14. Maybe somebody can shed some more light on this. What I can find about the current AFBPMP is that the last "Order in Council" was back in 2003, when the NBA changed to a voluntary organization and a commodity levy was put in place solely for the purpose of funding the AFBPMS, as it was called then. Before 2003 the AFBPMS was funded by part of the commodity levy which funded the NBA. I don't see a later Order in Council, so assume the 2003 one is still valid. If that is the case, according to the Order, then the Management Agency is the NBA (presumably ApiNZ now). The levy is collected by the Management Agency, or an agent acting on their behalf. Apart from that I understand that Management Agency administers the AFBPMP and of course sets policy as well. What we see now is that the current "Management Agency" for the AFBPMP is altogether made up by other people, not just ApiNZ board members; I assume most of them are appointed by ApiNZ. If I am right in this, it means that we don't vote at all as to who is on the management agency who decide how this levy is spent. The commodity levy act says it is "An Act to enable the making of Orders in Council imposing on certain commodities levies payable to bodies corporate representing the views and interests of the persons primarily responsible for paying those levies" If the people on the Management Agency are appointed by ApiNZ, we again wonder about what mandate they have to do so. I my view the AFBPMP has to be run totally independently from ApiNZ, with their own board members elected by levy payers.
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