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24 04, 2020

COVID-19 Alert Level 3 FAQs

2020-04-24T08:51:35+12:00April 24th, 2020|ApiNZ, COVID-19|

FAQs for COVID-19 Alert level 3 Do I need to register with MPI to operate under Alert Level 3? Answer: No. However, all businesses that are permitted to resume operations need to have a COVID-19 safety plan that sets out how they’ll operate safely. For businesses operating as an essential service under Alert Level [...]

8 04, 2020


2021-08-18T12:58:33+12:00April 8th, 2020|ApiNZ, COVID-19|

Beekeeping operations under COVID-19 FAQs Last updated 18 August 2021 1.  Can I still care for my beehives during Alert Level 4? Answer: Yes. Beekeeping is deemed an essential service. Travel to care for your animals, including bees, is allowed. Managing disease and preventing starvation are vital to ensure bee welfare and survival. Hives [...]

3 04, 2020

3 April 2020 – COVID-19 & April 2020 BeeKeeper journal

2020-04-03T10:57:18+13:00April 3rd, 2020|ApiNZ, COVID-19|

COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions have impacted on the production of the April New Zealand BeeKeeper Journal.  The safety of people remains ApiNZ’s top priority at this time and completing the production process would have compromised workers’ safety.  For this reason, ApiNZ has stopped production. We will get the hard copy April Journals posted [...]

3 04, 2020

3 April 2020 – COVID-19 Update

2020-04-03T11:02:21+13:00April 3rd, 2020|ApiNZ, COVID-19|

Since apiculture’s role as an essential service was confirmed, new issues have been raised this week on whether industry support services can still operate, whether MPI will be checking on registered businesses still operating and expectations for personnel traveling while at work. See answers to these concerns below: The MPI registration process has now [...]

30 03, 2020

23 March 2020 COVID-19 Announcement

2020-03-30T08:01:54+13:00March 30th, 2020|ApiNZ, COVID-19|

You will be aware that the Prime Minister has today announced that New Zealand has moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, with Alert Level 4 to take place in 48 hours. Apiculture New Zealand, along with other industry groups, have been in urgent discussions with the Ministry for Primary Industries and had a conference [...]

30 03, 2020

25 March 2020 Essential services registration now live

2020-04-08T09:30:56+12:00March 30th, 2020|ApiNZ, COVID-19|

Following yesterday’s conference call with the Minister of Agriculture, the Hon Damien O’Connor and Ray Smith, Director General of MPI, confirming that our industry, like other primary sector industries who supply the food chain, are seen as essential services, MPI has provided more detail on its online registration process. The registration process is to [...]

30 03, 2020

Updated information from MPI

2020-03-30T07:50:51+13:00March 30th, 2020|ApiNZ, COVID-19|

Can I still care for my beehives during Alert Level 4?  The overriding purpose of Alert Level 4 is that everyone stays at home to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, you can leave your house to: Access essential services, like buying groceries, or going to a bank or pharmacy. Go to work if [...]

26 03, 2020

Evidence of Essential Service Status to be used when travelling

2020-03-30T07:47:08+13:00March 26th, 2020|ApiNZ, COVID-19|

Following a request from ApiNZ, MPI has developed a travel note for those beekeepers travelling and working as part of essential business. This can be printed off by beekeepers and presented as evidence of being an essential service during the COVID-19 Level 4 alert period. Some companies are providing a confirmation letter for essential staff [...]

26 03, 2020

Protocols for Beekeeping under COVID-19 Alert Level 4

2020-03-30T07:41:06+13:00March 26th, 2020|ApiNZ, COVID-19|

The New Zealand Government has declared a nationwide State of Emergency and lockdown for all non-essential services. Our industry, as part of the Agriculture sector, has been granted a dispensation to provide the essential ongoing care of our bees who play a critical role in our rural ecosystem for both horticulture and pasture feed, [...]

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