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  1. I have seen too many hives turn on a newly released queen when the hive is opened on that crucial day the queen has just been released and has a fragile acceptance in the hive. Is why I say leave it 7 days at least before checking. The only horror story from a queen dying in the cage would be from a cage improperly installed. The risk of having the hive turn on a queen and ball her is greater if the queen is spooked when the hive is opened and starts running around the hive or the bees panic and reject her. Once a hive rejects a queen it is almost impossibl
  2. https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/plans-projects-policies-reports-bylaws/bylaws/Documents/animal-management-bylaw-2015.pdf
  3. Hi Dave, We can do it. Based in Otahuhu. Professional honey extraction. Call me on 022 5974218, or look up Dals Pollination under beekeepers in the yellow pages if they remove my number ... cheers Dallas
  4. I'm not sure if this has really been talked about - but I don't think it's acceptable to even suggest this level of extra paperwork .... Not to mention the inevitable honey extracted which can't be sold, so the beekeeper has no money to pay the levy, but it's being demanded from the extractor .... boy oh boy .... what a nightmare idea this is from start to finish! Also extractors have to effectively do an audit every quarter on honey extraction. GST returns are bad enough .... I would suggest that those suggesting that proposal have never done a GST return ....
  5. yeh true .... seems like they were pretty fast to slap on an extra $175 tax after no one really cared about their vague request for submissions back in November. I'm sure if they were honest about wanting to duplicate a beekeepers register and charge for it then they would have gotten some sharp submissions, and some very grumpy ones about trying to do it in November! Smoke and mirrors indeed.
  6. I have been sent more information regarding the submission process for this. Proposals to strengthen the regulatory framework for export bee products Proposals to strengthen the regulatory framework for export bee products So back last year MPI put out a fairly vague proposal asking for beekeepers views on introducing more regulatory measures on bee products. What's being proposed? We are proposing to introduce the following regulatory measures: Mandating electronic traceability of export bee products through MPI's Animal Products Electronic Certification System. Man
  7. Hey @tristan How does the 'MPI Beekeepers listing notice' address any of the points you've raised? Can you at least acknowledge that it doesn't? Can you acknowledge that point of origin tracking already exists?
  8. I have tracked down the following ministers to contact about this. National: Primary Industries Associated Ministers Nathan Guy - Minister Jo Goodhew - Associate Minister Labour: Damien O'Connor MP for West Coast Tasman Spokesperson for Primary Industries Meka Whaitiri MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Associate Primary Industries Spokesperson Email addresses as follows: n.guy@ministers.govt.nz j.goodhew@ministers.govt.nz damien.oconnor@parliament.govt.nz tairawhiti@parliament.govt.nz For the record - this 'notice' doesn't directly affect our company
  9. @Kiwifruiter - well done on side tracking the issue here. I made a mistake in responding to your bait question of the difference between kiwifruit and honey. Let's just stick to the facts. Fact still remains that point of origin tracking for all honey products within the RMP system exists already.
  10. Why would you present such an argument? Are you serious? It is not fair to bring other industry to the table in this discussion as it's just not relevant, nor should beekeepers be expected to understand the quirks of other industry. It just so happens that I also have worked in kiwifruit, and have experience in a number of primary industries ... so I am astounded at your question. Reading between the lines - you are primarily a kiwifruit grower, and want other industries to have as much nonsense to put up with as you have had in the kiwifruit industry? @Kiwifruiter - I like you ..
  11. I corresponded with MPI as soon as I received notification of this 'notice' this week. The information that I am sharing here comes direct from MPI. They have addressed 7 points that I have raised initially. Of particular bemusement is that apparently this was put out for consultation for 6 weeks in November when beekeepers are way too busy to look at this sort of thing. Not surprising they only got 36 submissions. This raises some serious questions about their competence and understanding of the industry to start with. 1. Your link to forms does not actually take you to a form
  12. OK - so read the harvest declaration and you'll quickly see it's not just a name and address. Comparing the honey industry to other industries like kiwifruit, livestock, etc is not relevant or helpful. It's apples and oranges mate ... or in this case honey and kiwifruit ... btw @Kiwifruiter I love your optimism about how much the government is here to help, and they must need this information for something right? I think it's great to have a high opinion of your fellow man. Because these nameless and faceless bureaucrats must know better than those who do the real work right?
  13. 1. You take your honey to the honey house (which holds an RMP). 2. You fill in the harvest declaration with your information and sign it. Harvest Dec: http://www.foodsafety.govt.nz/elibrary/industry/Apiarist_Beekeeper-Provides_Information.pdf 3. The honey house extracts honey, returns wets. 4. Honey house presents you an offer to buy the honey, or you have a buyer that picks it up from the honeyhouse. If you want honey for your own use it's not on the RMP. If you are extracting honey for local market you don't need RMP.
  14. 1. All they would have to do is put a waiver on the Harvest Declaration form to allow access to site information if they need it. It's standard privacy act stuff i think. 2. This notice is only asking for beekeepers address and criminal record. So actually it's irrelevant in this case if they actually have access to that database. Your name is on the Harvest Declaration form - so all this is doing is making people declare their criminal history - which could go on the harvest dec as well if they wanted. I think it's pretty obvious that if they really needed to figure out where a
  15. point 1: It's not the amount of money involved @tristan, it's value for money - or in this case the clear over the top bull charge. Also why do you even post this to support a duplicated system? Do you work for MPI? point 2 - your claim that people always choose cheapest and easiest: Easy to disprove your statement - please prove your thesis or retract. point 2b: If you are aware of illegal activity then report it. Since you say there is so much happening then it should be easy to show some examples and deliver proof to relevant authorities. point 3: again - no exampl
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