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PhilEvans last won the day on November 27 2017

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  1. Waipa Council have advised the following... We are looking to take a staff report on possible plan changes to the March 3 meeting. We now have a list of a number of parts/sections of the District Plan which have been identified as needing a look at, review or correction (the bees in residential areas rule is in there), so there is still some analysis to do. Note that the report won’t get into the merits of any changes or recommend possible solutions (delete, retain, amend, amended wording), but is first seeking Council direction on what changes we progress to review. Once we have direction on priorities we will then programme the review and policy analysis. We’re on track for March 3 meeting at this stage. This meeting is open to the public, not sure of the time yet. I have asked if it is possible to speak to the meeting. Many Councils allow a few minutes for people to speak to relevant issues.
  2. Does anyone have access to the full study? It costs $36 (US I presume) from that site. Only the abstract is available.
  3. Just had a great meeting with one of the Te Awamutu Councillors. He is fully on board, and understands that the current rules should not be there. He has promised to ensure the beekeeping rules are supported to the next stage, and he will be encouraging all Councillors to push for the rules to be reviewed. I next stage is for the Strategic Planning and Policy Committee to present the "list" of proposed District Plan changes to all Councillors. This will happen on February 4th or March 5th. I understand there are now 3 Councillors definitely in favour of changing the current rules.
  4. When you log into the APIWEB system, there are 2 contact names on the left of the screen. Contact one of them, and they will email you the form. You probably registered after the date they sent out the forms.
  5. Again, the big shame is that the word "conventional" is used for chemical laden food production, which is wrong. Organic production has been going on for millenia, and is conventional. Chemical production is just that, chemical, and really is the sop out lazy way to grow proper food. Organic production can be far more financially viable, but it is the fact it is more labour intensive that puts people off. As I said, chemical production, which destroys so much of the environment, and so many necessary insects, is just lazy farming... If I upset anyone by saying this, I am not sorry, its just a fact.
  6. I know this can be a contentious issue, but having been in the organic sector for many years, my understanding is that pests and diseases diminish when the soil is treated properly, with composts and natural fertilisers that put into the soil what the crops being planted need. This creates healthy soil, healthy plants far less susceptible to pests and diseases, without the need for chemicals. Yes it is more time intensive, but it should be seen as one of the solutions, and not just a fad as so many people think. You don't need truckloads of chemicals to grow decent nutritious food, and the chemicals are just destroying what should be vital healthy soil. There are very few soil fauna in chemical laden soil. Such a shame.
  7. The best thing everyone can do now is to write to the 9 Cambridge and Te Awamutu Councillors and request they vote to put the rules up for review, when the list of items comes up "early in 2020". It is Councillors who will "prioritise the rule changes on the list", but we don't know what the other items are. We need to ensure Councillors are fully aware that the current rules are not fit for purpose, severely restrict beehives being sited in residential areas, the consent application is ridiculously expensive, and the consultation process completely ignored expert recommendations in 2012/14. The rules don't take into account the reality of bee activity. The Councillors email addresses can be found on this link. https://www.waipadc.govt.nz/our-council/our-team/mayor-and-councillors
  8. I agree 100% and I have just emailed Tony and said basically that. Good that there are beekeepers in the planning department. They must find it hard to administer policy that is so blatently wrong.
  9. Tony Quickfall has responded to an email I sent to the WDC CEO, and all TA and Cambridge Councillors, advising them of the situation, and asking them to progress the change plan. See attached document. There is one point of contention which I will always dispute and that is they insist the process in 2012/2014 used, and I quote, "and apply an evidence-based approach, including from those both supporting and opposing policy." It is very clear that back then, evidence supporting factual details were ignored (7 of the 9 submissions), the Staff report also ignored factual information, and while the 2 opposing submissions were not founded on actual experience by the submitters, the resulting rules favoured them. So while it may, and probably will, irk Tony Quickfall, the current rules were, and are, not written using an evidence based approach. They apparently have beekeepers in their planning staff, who must surely be acting at work, on this matter, in a way that is different to the reality of keeping bees. Thankfully the Council meeting where the various issues will be put to Councillors is public, so any beekeeper and interested party can attend. I will definately be there, making sure the correct information is put to Councillors, who have already been advised the change process is coming. Beekeeping rules in the Waipa District Plan.pdf
  10. The specific section relating to bees is: 9 Types of animal management controls (1) The council may make controls for the following purposes - (a) the keeping of bees in an urban area, specifically– (i) bee management; (ii) flight path management; and (iii) provision of water; I can only assume that a complaint would need to be made for the Council to act. There are no limits on numbers, and nothing relating to locations.
  11. I have been reading back through these posts, and would like to mention to @WaipaDC that "evidence and merits" were ignored by the Staff Report writer and the committee compiling the current rules, back in 2014. 7 of the 9 submissions back then all contained evidence and merits of beekeeping, but were ignored. That is where my previous comment about 'ignorance' stemmed from. Those staff members and the Councillors at the time 'ignored' evidence and merits from experts. That in itself, given the Council is now aware of the reality of beekeeping, should be enough to generate a confirmed review of the rules. Not having the flexibility to automatically review or change rules created that are not based on "evidence and merits" when that is their own criteria, should not be acceptable to any ratepayer. And while lobbying may not have any statutory weight, without it, nothing would ever happen. And given the lobbying will present the "evidence and merits" of beekeeping, I am certain Council staff will be listening very closely to what is presented by beekeeping experts, as Council staff are not the experts on this issue.
  12. I just zoomed right in, and there are some empty cells, and some that look like dried larvae, maybe chilled after the swarm occurred, which could also have happened to the capped brood. Not enough bees left in the hive to keep everything warm when the swarm left. But there is an emerging bee, just to the right of centre, and about 1/3 of the way down. That would make sense if the swarm was 2 weeks ago.
  13. Looks like backfilling brood area with nectar. If the hive swarmed 3 weeks ago and there is no laying queen, those capped cells should have emerged (21 days), as the queen would have stopped laying days before the swarm.
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