Biosecurity (National (South Island) Varroa Pest Management Strategy) Order 2005

  • revoked
  • Biosecurity (National (South Island) Varroa Pest Management Strategy) Order 2005: revoked, on 18 September 2012, by section 93 of the Biosecurity Law Reform Act 2012 (2012 No 73).

Reprint
as at 18 September 2012

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Biosecurity (National (South Island) Varroa Pest Management Strategy) Order 2005

(SR 2005/17)

Silvia Cartwright, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 14th day of February 2005

Present:
Her Excellency the Governor-General in Council

  • Biosecurity (National (South Island) Varroa Pest Management Strategy) Order 2005: revoked, on 18 September 2012, by section 93 of the Biosecurity Law Reform Act 2012 (2012 No 73).


Note

Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

This order is administered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.


Pursuant to section 68 of the Biosecurity Act 1993, Her Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council, and on the recommendation of the Minister of Agriculture (made after satisfying the requirements of section 69 of that Act), makes the following order.

Order

1 Title
  • This order is the Biosecurity (National (South Island) Varroa Pest Management Strategy) Order 2005.

2 Commencement
  • This order comes into force on the day after the date of its notification in the Gazette.

3 National (South Island) Varroa Pest Management Strategy
  • This order makes the strategy set out in the Schedule.


Schedule
National (South Island) Varroa Pest Management Strategy

cl 3

1 Objective and principal measures of strategy
  • The objective of this strategy is to prevent varroa establishing in the South Island by implementing the following principal measures:

    • (a) movement controls throughout New Zealand for bees, beehives, bee products, and equipment:

    • (b) information programmes throughout New Zealand on varroa to encourage compliance with this strategy:

    • (c) a varroa surveillance programme in the South Island.

2 Term of strategy
  • Unless earlier revoked, this strategy expires 10 years after the commencement of this order.

3 Interpretation
  • In this strategy, unless the context otherwise requires,—

    1998 register means the register kept by the NBA in accordance with clause 23 of the 1998 Order

    Act means the Biosecurity Act 1993

    apiary

    • (a) for the purposes of clause 10, means—

      • (i) a place notified as an apiary under clause 16; and

      • (ii) an apiary that is included in the 1998 register; and

    • (b) for the purposes of clauses 11, 12(3) and 13(2), means an apiary that is included in the 1998 register; and

    authorised person means a person appointed under section 103(1)(b) of the Act for the purposes of this strategy

    bee means the honey bee (Apis mellifera), including its eggs, larvae, pupae, and semen

    bee colony means a group of bees living in a beehive

    bee product

    • (a) means beeswax, honey, honeydew honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, or venom; and

    • (b) includes any other product collected by bees, derived from bees, or derived from a bee product

    beehive

    • (a) means a thing constructed and being used to keep bees; and

    • (b) includes a nucleus colony; but

    • (c) does not include an introduction cage, a mailing cage, or a package bee container

    beekeeper means a person who is the owner of 1 or more beehives that are situated in the South Island

    equipment means any beehive, comb, extractor, or other object that is being or has been used in connection with beekeeping

    honey means the fluid, viscous, or crystallised substance produced by bees from the nectar of blossoms or from secretions of, or on, living parts of plants (other than blossoms), that bees collect, transform, or combine with substances of their own and store in combs

    honey production site means a place where bees are situated for the purpose of producing honey or bee products

    identification code means the identification code recognised or allocated by VAI under clause 18

    introduction cage means a cage used for introducing a queen bee to a beehive

    mailing cage means a cage used for transporting a queen bee and her attendant worker bees

    management agency has the same meaning as in section 2(1) of the Act

    NBA means the National Beekeepers Association of New Zealand Incorporated

    nucleus colony means a beehive—

    • (a) that has smaller dimensions than a standard beehive; and

    • (b) that is normally used to establish new bee colonies and produce queen bees

    owner, in relation to a beehive, means any 1 or more of the following:

    • (a) an individual who owns a beehive:

    • (b) 2 or more individuals who own a beehive:

    • (c) a corporation sole, a body corporate, or an unincorporated body that owns a beehive

    package bees means worker bees that are—

    • (a) enclosed in a container for transport; and

    • (b) intended to be used for establishing a new bee colony or increasing the population of an existing bee colony

    pollination site means a place where bees are situated for the purpose of pollinating plants

    South Island

    • (a) means the land commonly known as the South Island of New Zealand; and

    • (b) includes Stewart Island

    VAI means the incorporated society known on the commencement of this strategy as the Varroa Agency Incorporated

    varroa means the organism Varroa destructor.

4 Pest
  • Varroa is the pest to be managed in accordance with this strategy.

5 Management agency
  • The management agency responsible for implementing this strategy is VAI.

6 Powers to implement strategy
  • (1) VAI may exercise the powers conferred on a management agency under sections 128 and 131 of the Act to implement this strategy.

    (2) An authorised person may exercise the powers conferred on an authorised person under sections 106, 109, 114, 121, 121A, and 122 of the Act to implement this strategy.

Strategy rules

7 Clauses 8 to 21 contain strategy rules

General obligations

8 Obligation to provide information in relation to varroa
  • (1) An authorised person may require a person to provide information held by that person that the authorised person believes, on reasonable grounds, is necessary for—

    • (a) monitoring the presence of bees or varroa in the South Island; or

    • (b) preventing varroa establishing in the South Island.

    (2) A person required to provide information must provide it within the time specified by the authorised person.

    (3) A breach of this rule, without reasonable excuse, is an offence under section 154(q) of the Act.

9 Obligation to provide assistance
  • (1) An authorised person may require a person to provide reasonable assistance to enable the authorised person—

    • (a) to locate and access bees, bee products, beehives, or equipment:

    • (b) to inspect, observe, test, or treat bees, bee products, beehives, or equipment.

    (2) An authorised person may act under subclause (1) only for the purpose of—

    • (a) monitoring the presence of bees or varroa in the South Island; or

    • (b) preventing varroa establishing in the South Island.

    (3) A breach of this rule, without reasonable excuse, is an offence under section 154(q) of the Act.

Obligation of beekeepers to keep records

10 Obligation to keep records
  • (1) A beekeeper must keep records of—

    • (a) the disposition, within the South Island, by the bee-keeper of any bees or beehives owned by the beekeeper; and

    • (b) the moving, within the South Island, of any beehive owned by the beekeeper between apiaries, honey production sites, and pollination sites.

    (2) A beekeeper must retain the records for a period of 3 years after the close of each year to which the records relate.

    (3) A breach of this rule, without reasonable excuse, is an offence under section 154(q) of the Act.

Obligation of NBA

11 Obligation to allow VAI access to 1998 register
  • (1) NBA must allow VAI access, from time to time, to the information in the 1998 register that relates to apiaries in the South Island.

    (2) Without limiting subclause (1), NBA must allow VAI access to the following information—

    • (a) in relation to each apiary:

      • (i) the full name and address of the beekeeper or, as the case may be, beekeepers with beehives at the apiary:

      • (ii) the number of bee colonies at the apiary:

      • (iii) the surname and initial of the occupier of the place where the apiary is situated:

      • (iv) the road name (if any) and address of the place where the apiary is situated:

      • (v) a written description of the location of the apiary, including a Land Information New Zealand Topographic Map 260 Series grid reference; and

    • (b) in relation to each beekeeper, the information required under clause 27(2)(c) of the 1998 Order.

VAI must establish register in certain circumstances

12 VAI must establish register in certain circumstances
  • (1) This clause applies if the 1998 Order—

    • (a) expires or is revoked; and

    • (b) is not renewed by an Order in Council requiring the NBA to keep a register containing at least the same information as required by clause 23 of the 1998 Order.

    (2) If subclause (1) applies, VAI must establish and keep a register.

    (3) The register must include—

    • (a) the information contained in the 1998 register (as at the date immediately before the 1998 Order expires or is revoked) that relates, for the purposes of this strategy, to apiaries in the South Island; and

    • (b) the information received by VAI under clauses 16, 17, and 21 of this order.

    (4) VAI may from time to time amend or delete any entry in the register.

13 VAI may establish register
  • (1) Despite clause 12, VAI may, at any time, establish a register.

    (2) The register must include—

    • (a) the information contained in the 1998 register (as at the date immediately before the register is established under this clause) that relates, for the purposes of this strategy, to apiaries in the South Island; and

    • (b) the information received by VAI under clauses 16, 17, and 21 of this order.

    (3) VAI may from time to time amend or delete any entry in the register.

Obligations of beekeepers in relation to notification of places as apiaries

14 Application of clauses 15 to 21
  • The obligations imposed by clauses 15 to 21 apply only—

    • (b) in relation to the beehives owned by a beekeeper that are situated in the South Island.

15 Prohibition on keeping bees in place other than apiary
  • (1) A beekeeper must not permit any beehive owned by the beekeeper to be situated in a place for more than 30 consecutive days unless the place is notified to VAI as an apiary under clause 16.

    (2) A breach of this rule, without reasonable excuse, is an offence under section 154(q) of the Act.

16 Beekeeper must notify place as apiary
  • (1) A beekeeper must notify a place as an apiary to VAI if—

    • (a) a beehive, or a group of beehives, owned by the bee-keeper is situated at the place; and

    • (b) in the case of a group of beehives, each beehive within the group is situated 200 m or less from another beehive owned by the beekeeper.

    (2) A place must be notified as an apiary by each beekeeper who owns 1 or more beehives that are situated at the place.

    (3) Notification must be in writing and must include the following information:

    • (a) the full name and address of the beekeeper:

    • (b) the number of bee colonies in each apiary owned by the beekeeper:

    • (c) the surname and initial of the occupier of the place where each apiary is situated:

    • (d) the road name (if any) and address of the place where each apiary is situated:

    • (e) a description of the location of each apiary that includes—

      • (i) a Land Information New Zealand Topographic Map 260 Series grid reference; or

      • (ii) a geographical information system reference that gives a geographic location for the purpose of query, analysis, and the generation of maps and reports.

    (4) A breach of this rule, without reasonable excuse, is an offence under section 154(q) of the Act.

17 Place ceases to be apiary
  • (1) A beekeeper must notify VAI in writing, within 30 days of ceasing to use a place as an apiary,—

    • (a) that the beekeeper has ceased to use the place as an apiary; and

    • (b) the date on which the beekeeper ceased to use the place as an apiary.

    (2) A breach of this rule, without reasonable excuse, is an offence under section 154(q) of the Act.

Obligation of VAI in relation to identification of apiaries

18 Recognition or allocation of identification code
  • When a beekeeper first notifies a place as an apiary under clause 16, VAI must ensure that the beekeeper—

    • (a) has been allocated a suitable identification code under the 1998 Order; or

    • (b) receives written notice of a code to be used as an identification code by the beekeeper.

Obligations of beekeepers in relation to identification of apiaries

19 Marking of apiaries with identification code
  • (1) If clause 18(a) applies, a beekeeper must, within 7 days of notifying the place as an apiary, mark the identification code on the outside of a beehive within each apiary, or on a sign within each apiary, owned by the beekeeper.

    (2) If clause 18(b) applies, a beekeeper must, within 30 days of receiving an identification code, mark the code on the outside of a beehive within each apiary, or on a sign within each apiary, owned by the beekeeper.

    (3) An identification code must be marked on a beehive or sign in such a way that a person may, at any time, readily locate and read the code for the apiary to which it relates.

    (4) A breach of this rule, without reasonable excuse, is an offence under section 154(q) of the Act.

20 Use of marks similar to identification codes
  • (1) No person may knowingly mark a beehive or an apiary, or knowingly use a mark on a beehive within an apiary or on a sign within an apiary, if—

    • (a) the mark is likely to be mistaken for, or confused with, an identification code; or

    • (b) the mark is an identification code, but the code was not allocated to the person marking or using the code.

    (2) A breach of this rule, without reasonable excuse, is an offence under section 154(q) of the Act.

Obligation of beekeepers in relation to annual beehive return

21 Annual beehive return
  • (1) A beekeeper must complete an annual beehive return.

    (2) An annual beehive return must—

    • (a) be in the form provided by or obtained from VAI; and

    • (b) contain the following information:

      • (i) the number of bee colonies and beehives owned by the beekeeper:

      • (ii) the dates on which the ownership of any bee colonies or beehives were transferred to or from the beekeeper and, for each transfer, the number of bee colonies or beehives transferred and the name and address of the transferee and transferor:

      • (iii) any change to the information supplied by the beekeeper to VAI under clause 16.

    (3) A breach of this rule, without reasonable excuse, is an offence under section 154(q) of the Act.

VAI not required to pay compensation

22 VAI not required to pay compensation
  • VAI is not required to pay compensation to any person in respect of any losses incurred as a direct result of this strategy.

Funding of strategy

23 Funding of strategy
  • This strategy is to be funded by payments—

    • (a) made at the discretion of the regional councils and unitary authorities that exercise jurisdiction over regions in the South Island; and

    • (b) from any levy imposed for the purposes of this strategy by Order in Council under section 90 of the Act.

Diane Morcom,
Clerk of the Executive Council.


Explanatory note

This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

This order, which comes into force on the day after the date of its notification in the Gazette, makes the National (South Island) Varroa Pest Management Strategy. The objective of the strategy is to prevent varroa establishing in the South Island. Varroa is an external parasite that attacks adult honey bees and their developing larvae.

The strategy rules provide a system for identifying and registering apiaries, tracking bees and beehive movements, and inspecting bee colonies and beehives for the purposes of detecting varroa. Every person who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with a strategy rule (other than the rule under clause 11) commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to the penalty set out in section 157(5) of the Biosecurity Act 1993, being,—

  • in the case of an individual, a fine not exceeding $5,000:

  • in the case of a corporation, a fine not exceeding $15,000.

The strategy is to be funded by payments—

  • made at the discretion of the regional councils and unitary authorities that exercise jurisdiction over regions in the South Island; and

  • from any levy that may be imposed for the purposes of this strategy by an Order in Council under section 90 of the Biosecurity Act 1993.


Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

Date of notification in Gazette: 17 February 2005.


Contents

  • 1General

  • 2Status of reprints

  • 3How reprints are prepared

  • 4Changes made under section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989

  • 5List of amendments incorporated in this reprint (most recent first)


Notes
1 General
  • This is a reprint of the Biosecurity (National (South Island) Varroa Pest Management Strategy) Order 2005. The reprint incorporates all the amendments to the order as at 18 September 2012, as specified in the list of amendments at the end of these notes.

    Relevant provisions of any amending enactments that contain transitional, savings, or application provisions that cannot be compiled in the reprint are also included, after the principal enactment, in chronological order. For more information, see http://www.pco.parliament.govt.nz/reprints/ .

2 Status of reprints
  • Under section 16D of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989, reprints are presumed to correctly state, as at the date of the reprint, the law enacted by the principal enactment and by the amendments to that enactment. This presumption applies even though editorial changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in the reprint.

    This presumption may be rebutted by producing the official volumes of statutes or statutory regulations in which the principal enactment and its amendments are contained.

3 How reprints are prepared
  • A number of editorial conventions are followed in the preparation of reprints. For example, the enacting words are not included in Acts, and provisions that are repealed or revoked are omitted. For a detailed list of the editorial conventions, see http://www.pco.parliament.govt.nz/editorial-conventions/ or Part 8 of the Tables of New Zealand Acts and Ordinances and Statutory Regulations and Deemed Regulations in Force.

4 Changes made under section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989
  • Section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 authorises the making of editorial changes in a reprint as set out in sections 17D and 17E of that Act so that, to the extent permitted, the format and style of the reprinted enactment is consistent with current legislative drafting practice. Changes that would alter the effect of the legislation are not permitted.

    A new format of legislation was introduced on 1 January 2000. Changes to legislative drafting style have also been made since 1997, and are ongoing. To the extent permitted by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989, all legislation reprinted after 1 January 2000 is in the new format for legislation and reflects current drafting practice at the time of the reprint.

    In outline, the editorial changes made in reprints under the authority of section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 are set out below, and they have been applied, where relevant, in the preparation of this reprint:

    • omission of unnecessary referential words (such as of this section and of this Act)

    • typeface and type size (Times Roman, generally in 11.5 point)

    • layout of provisions, including:

      • indentation

      • position of section headings (eg, the number and heading now appear above the section)

    • format of definitions (eg, the defined term now appears in bold type, without quotation marks)

    • format of dates (eg, a date formerly expressed as the 1st day of January 1999 is now expressed as 1 January 1999)

    • position of the date of assent (it now appears on the front page of each Act)

    • punctuation (eg, colons are not used after definitions)

    • Parts numbered with roman numerals are replaced with arabic numerals, and all cross-references are changed accordingly

    • case and appearance of letters and words, including:

      • format of headings (eg, headings where each word formerly appeared with an initial capital letter followed by small capital letters are amended so that the heading appears in bold, with only the first word (and any proper nouns) appearing with an initial capital letter)

      • small capital letters in section and subsection references are now capital letters

    • schedules are renumbered (eg, Schedule 1 replaces First Schedule), and all cross-references are changed accordingly

    • running heads (the information that appears at the top of each page)

    • format of two-column schedules of consequential amendments, and schedules of repeals (eg, they are rearranged into alphabetical order, rather than chronological).

5 List of amendments incorporated in this reprint (most recent first)
  • Biosecurity Law Reform Act 2012 (2012 No 73): section 93