Recent Apiary Authorised Person Inspection Activity

AsureQuality Limited and Rex Baynes, AFB PMP Manager
This information was obtained in October 2016.


Our authorised persons are continuing work on CoI Defaulters, disease hot-spots around Kerikeri and checking hobbyist’s hives in Kerikeri.


Our authorised persons are working on inspections in the city (south of harbour bridge), in the city (north of harbour bridge) and working on disease problems in rural areas around Auckland.

Bay of Plenty

Our authorised persons are working on a number of problems in the Bay, in Opotiki and Te Ngae Road, Rotorua.


Our authorised persons are working on AFB problems in Eltham and Waitara areas. They have found unregistered commercial apiary in Waitara. A draft letter has been written for AFB PMP to send out an official letter from the Management Agency requesting an explanation from the beekeeper.


Our authorised persons are inspecting a number of apiaries in an area with a known disease problem. They also followed-up on some TradeMe sellers who were known to be selling diseased hives.


Our authorised persons have been inspecting a number of areas around the city where a lot of AFB has been reported. They are presently following on reports that a beekeeper has set up an AFB treatment and quarantine area near the East Cape.

Hawkes Bay

Our authorised persons is working on a number of disease problems in the Havelock North area.

Wairarapa/ Wellington region
Our dedicated Authorised person has been inspecting hives following AFB reports in the Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Grenada North areas. Three cases of AFB were identified. Inspection of beekeeping gear on storage from a hobbyist beekeeper also found infected gear. Notices of destructions were issued to affected beekeepers.
He also identified an abandoned apiary site of a commercial beekeeper. A notice of direction is being issued to this beekeeper to get this apiary site tidied up.

Nelson Region
A beekeeper with a history of AFB is being subject to a full audit. One AFB infected hive, plus AFB infected gear or storage were identified. A notice of direction was issued to the affected beekeeper. Also three unregistered apiary sites from this beekeeper were registered as a result of this audit. It is recommended to the Management Agency to remove the DECA from this offending beekeeper.

An abandoned apiary site reported by the public was inspected, no disease was found. The ex-beekeeper a notice of direction is being issued to this person to ensure the empty boxes are destroyed or stored away from bees.

Apiary sites in the vicinity of a commercial apiary showing high incidence of AFB in the Rai Valley area were checked for AFB, no disease was found, but an unregistered apiary site was identified. This apiary site was registered following a notice issued to the offending beekeeper.

Apiaries in the Richmond area were checked following an AFB report of unknown origin. No other AFB cases were found.

A notice to register apiary sites was issue to a commercial non DECA holder with unregistered apiary sites the local AP2 personally delivered the notice to the offending beekeeper. All the apiary sites were registered following this notice.

An AFB survey on Blenheim township found no AFB. The AP2 from Blenheim handed a notice of direction to the beekeeper who owned the hives in the unregistered apiary site identified in Rai Valley.

West Coast
Inspections in the Hokitika area have been allocated to the local AP2 inspector.
AFB inspections in the Westport area have been delayed on the affected beekeeper’s request for the month of November.

North Canterbury
Two AP2s have been dealing with a large AFB outbreak on the Amuri Plains. 27+ infected beehives, many of them robbed out. 4 of these were destroyed on default. Several notices have been issued to the offending beekeeper including one for keeping a hive with no moveable frames. (Attached picture). It has been recommended to the AFB Management Agency to remove the DECA from the offending beekeeper.

An AP2 has been dealing with a large AFB outbreak on a semi commercial beekeeper in Conway flat area. This included more than 35 AFB cases, many of them in unregistered apiary sites and robbed out. Infected gear on the beekeeper house was also inspected and more infected gear was identified on storage. A number of notices of direction have been issued to the offending beekeeper including a restricted place notice on his beekeeping storage place in Conway Flat. It has been recommended to the AFB Management Agency to remove the DECA from the offending beekeeper.

AFB inspections in the Ohoka and Kaiapoi area following AFB reports of unknown origin have been completed. No diseases have been found.

Christchurch City
AFB inspections are being completed in central Christchurch city following a report of AFB from unknown origin.

South Canterbury
Inspections in the Temuka township area are being completed.

Inspections have been completed in the Palmerston area. no disease have been found.
Inspections are being completed in the Alexandra area. Three AFB cases have been identified so far.

Inspections were completed in the Momona Area following AFB report, no disease was found

A full audit on two beekeepers with a long history of AFB non-compliance have been scheduled to be completed in October. However, we lost our experienced AP2 in Southland. Thus this could not be completed.

Other matters

Maps of where AFB was reported have been published in the NZ Beekeeper and can be viewed at Incidence Maps. There has been a big increase in number of suspect AFB samples sent to lab (from 20 beekeepers) and an increase in the number of legal Notices to Destroy (16 this spring).