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PhilEvans

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PhilEvans last won the day on November 27 2017

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  1. I wouldn't say out of control as such, but definitely ignorant of the reality of bee behaviours, and focusing on ease and power of prosecution, rather than bee stuff. I have been accused of defamation by criticising council staff, but in this case, back in 2012/14, there was definitely a lack of understanding ob how bees actually work, and I will stand by that criticism...
  2. This particular issue about bees is not a bylaw, it is actually set in the District Plan, which is managed under the Resource Management Act. I am not sure how long beekeeping rules have been in the DP, but they were reviewed in 2012/2014, and back then, public submissions were asked for. One of the councillors at the recent council meeting where this was voted on to go to review, said he was part of the council that set the current rules, and seemed upset that 1 person (me) could complain and see the rules up for review. I don't think he appreciated learning that one of his DP rules
  3. This is an article written following last Tuesdays Council meeting. I have spoken to a couple of non bee people who found it confusing, as it doesn't say why the rules are being reviewed... I was asked for my reasons for asking for the review, and gave the reporter heaps of info, which he completely ignored... https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/119970866/waip-beekeepers-fly-under-the-radar-avoiding-resource-consents
  4. Yesterday I asked WDC how they will be handling the 363 beehives that they now know are currently in Cambridge and Te Awamutu. This morning I got the following response from the District Plan Policy Manager... "Enforcement is on a case by case basis. We are not intending to proactively enforce hives in residential areas, but if we do receive further complaints, then we do have an obligation to follow up on complaints received. We can’t lawfully hold off enforcement pending a possible rule change, but we can use different approaches and enforcement tools depending on the particula
  5. Waipa District Councillors have this morning voted in favour of reviewing the current District Plan rules for beekeeping. The report presented to Councillors today showed a significant number of beehives in both Te Awamutu and Cambridge, and described the current rules as "ineffective". The process now goes through the rigorous RMA process of review (which I think is overkill for this issue) but it is what it is. I will keep adding to this thread as the process progresses... and will definitely advise when submissions are called for...
  6. It is interesting that in the last 2 years, there were 6 complaints, and 9 queries about bees, (a far higher rate than in Hamilton City where there are over 1400 hives) that resulted in the only (one) consent being issued, and that going back 5 years. We were told that Council had to act, and enforce compliance whenever they were made aware of bees in urban areas. I wonder if in all those 14 other cases, the beekeeper just moved the hives away, rather than comply with a consent process designed for making modifications to buildings...
  7. I have today received the Agenda for Waipa District Council's meeting next Tuesday that will discuss the possible changes to the current beekeeping rules for Te Awamutu and Cambridge. Council's recommendation proposes that:- Recommendation That the Strategic Planning and Policy Committee resolve to: a) Receive the report of Tony Quickfall, Manager District Plan and Growth titled ‘Beekeeping in the Residential Zone’ (document number 10364339); b) Review the District Plan provisions relating to beekeeping in the Residential Zone as part of Group A matters to be reviewed.
  8. That is precisely what I am trying to do...
  9. 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 hav
  10. Does anyone have access to the full study? It costs $36 (US I presume) from that site. Only the abstract is available.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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,
  14. 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
  15. 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
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