The Biosecurity and GIA Focus Group’s purpose is to ensure New Zealand’s apiculture industry has good biosecurity plans in place by progressing our membership with the Government Industry Agreement (GIA), working closely with government to keep pests and diseases out of New Zealand.  The GIA operates as a partnership between primary industry and government to manage pests and diseases that could badly damage New Zealand’s primary industries, economy, and environment.

The focus group will also work on ensuring our bee products are acknowledged for their authenticity and integrity, integrity and food safety, strengthening the industry case for the continuation of ongoing opposition to the import of honey and bee products from countries of known risk.


The ApiNZ Biosecurity/GIA Focus Group met in Wellington on 25th May 2017 with the purpose of progressing a GIA for the apiculture industry.

Read the update on our inaugural meeting here.

Where from here?

We need to work through a consultation process to show that we have an industry mandate to become a signatory to a GIA.

Once we sign the GIA, we will have specific rights and privileges not available to non-signatory industries. GIA provides a co-operative multi-industry approach, which, partnered with the New Zealand Government, means GIA Secretariat costs are shared among all signatories. It will also mean that in an incursion response, industry commitments can be capped, while non signatory beneficiaries will face full cost recovery.

The other benefits of being a signatory include:

  • Pre-public notification
  • Discussion privilege
  • Voting rights
  • Fiscal caps
  • Operational agreements

Read more about these benefits here

How do we sign a GIA?

The industry must go through an application process as per the Biosecurity Act 1993. Find out more about what this process entails here.

Members of the Biosecurity & GIA focus group

Co-Chairs: John Hartnell and Ricki Leahy, ApiNZ Board members
Dennis Crowley, ApiNZ Board member
Aaron Harrison, Teacher, previously Ministry for Primary Industries
Betty Murie, Wedderspoon Organics
Kim Kneijber, Chair Auckland Regional Hub
Ron van Toor, The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research


If there’s a question or concern relevant to this focus group that you as a member would like us to consider. You can do that by logging into your members accountand fill in the short feedback form. (My Account in top right hand corner of the homepage on the Apiculture NZ website)

This is only available to members.