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The need for change

Our industry is growing. We need to manage and leverage this growth, and importantly, ensure we sustain a healthy bee population.  To do this, we know that we need to invest more in:

  • research relating to bee health
  • biosecurity
  • education and best-practice beekeeping
  • sustainable beekeeping, including stocking levels
  • supporting industry generally, including on market access issues

ApiNZ is doing what it can, but realistically we are a voluntary organisation with limited funds.  This means national work programmes and multi-season projects are beyond our financial capability.

Our aim is to implement a commodity levy that is fair, equitable, and aimed at supporting the long-term success of the entire industry.

Read The Full Proposal Here

Consultation feedback

ApiNZ launched its first commodity levy proposal for industry consultation at its national conference in July 2018.

The original proposal was:

  •  For a flat $.10 per kg levy on all honey
  • Applied to honey extracted for commercial purposes
  • Collected at the point of extraction (by extractors) and passed on quarterly to ApiNZ
  • A maximum levy rate of $0.15c per kg of honey during the levy period (6 years) only to be increased with the consent of levy payers
  • A minimum levy collection of $86

ApiNZ undertook 9 consultation meetings across New Zealand in August and September.  These meetings were well attended by a good cross section of industry participants.

Key feedback themes included:

  • Some support for a tiered levy system, with manuka honey paying a higher levy than non-manuka
  • The levy being applied to as broad a base as possible. For example, including comb honey
  • Levy funds ought to be collected by ApiNZ, not by extractors (with extractors passing on extraction information to ApiNZ)
  • A minimum volume being applied for levy collection, in place of a minimum levy collection
  • Moving the levy payment further from the extraction date to allow more time for honey to be sold ahead of levy payments being due
  • Seeking additional levy-payer representation on ApiNZ’s Board to ensure that levy payers are well represented
  • The ability to track and to audit honey volumes at the time of voting
  • Requests for additional time to consider this proposal and vote

ApiNZ’s Board met following these consultation meetings and is now seeking feedback on the amended levy design.

Industry Consultation

Have your say

E-mail us: levy@apinz.org.nz
Call us: 04 471 6254
Contact an ApiNZ board member
Write directly to the Minister for Agriculture – Damien O’Connor

Commodity Levy
Investment

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Investment Decisions
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ApiNZ Membership and
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Fequently Asked Questions

Our industry is growing. We need to manage and leverage this growth, and importantly, ensure we sustain a healthy bee population.  To do this, we know that we need to invest more in:

  • research relating to bee health
  • biosecurity
  • education and best-practice beekeeping
  • sustainable beekeeping, including stocking levels
  • supporting industry generally, including on market access issues

ApiNZ is doing what it can, but realistically we are a voluntary organisation with limited funds –  national work programmes and multi-season research projects are beyond our financial capability.

Our aim is to implement a commodity levy that is fair, equitable, and aimed at supporting the long-term success of the entire industry.

There are many ways in which you can have your say on the proposed commodity levy, and we welcome your input throughout.

  • E-mail or call us directly with your concerns: levy@apinz.org.nz/ 04 471 6254
  • Write directly to the Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor
  • Vote: voting opens 9am on 1 February and closes 1 March

Voting against the commodity levy would mean that the work programmes intended to be funded by the levy that are designed to protect, grow and add value to our industry, would not be implemented. ApiNZ would continue to work in its current form; that is, funded only by those willing to contribute and without the capacity to carry out national work programmes to benefit industry.

The Commodity Levies Act has been constructed around a core commodity principle; in our case, this core commodity is honey. Therefore, a levy struck on a per-kg of honey basis best meets the Act’s requirements and is the most efficient means of setting a levy for our industry. It is similar in design to levies used to fund the horticulture and wine sectors.

The Commodity Levies Act is clear that a commodity levy can be applied to commodities at the point of production.  In our industry the core commodity is honey, and this can only be levied once. Under our proposal we capture those producers who hold over 95% of all hives.

Under our proposed membership model, these stakeholders can still join ApiNZ as Associate members once the commodity levy is in place and contribute to the industry in this way. However, these members will not have the right to vote on investment of levy funds.

No. Once a levy order is in place the levy must be paid on every kg of harvested honey where the annual production is above 750 kg– this is the law.

Levy payers who wish to conscientiously object to paying the levy to ApiNZ must pay MPI’s Director General, who will in turn pay the levy funds to ApiNZ.

If you are an ApiNZ member today, you will be able to remain a member following the introduction of the levy.  All levy payers will become members of ApiNZ, unless they choose to opt out of membership. In this instance the levy payer will have full voting rights on the spending of levy funds, but will not enjoy any of the benefits offered by ApiNZ membership.

Non-levy payers can join ApiNZ as Associate members. This membership type is common in other commodity levy-based organisations and is typically introduced to capture commercial members that are important to the sector, but are not direct levy payers.

No. All types of levy payers must be fairly represented on ApiNZ’s Board and must have a say over the investment of levy funds. This means that ApiNZ will continue to operate as the pan-industry body, representing all aspects of our sector, and all scales of operations. 

ApiNZ intend to apply for a levy order before the end of April 2019.  If approved by the Minister, the levy order will be in place by 1 October 2019

ApiNZ will appoint an independent auditor to ensure transparency and accountability for levy investment. The auditor will monitor and report on key metrics annually, including:

  • Where the levy funds were spent
  • Whether the work funded was completed
  • The results of the work

This information will be updated regularly on the ApiNZ website, NZ Beekeeper Journal, etc.

The Minister for Agriculture may also call for an audit at any time.

As a result this levy collection, ApiNZ will receive and hold the following information:

  • Levy payer’s name and contact details
  • Levy collector’s name and contact details
  • Amount of levy paid

This information will be held securely and confidentially by ApiNZ in compliance with the Privacy

ApiNZ is currently working on a GIA proposal with the Ministry for Primary Industries.

ApiNZ’s proposal is for the GIA to be zero-rated until such a time that an event (for example an incursion) takes place.

The only GIA activities that would be covered by this levy would be some small administration costs (around $15,000).

The final form of any eventual GIA levy is yet to be determined.

Beekeepers with 25 or more hives can vote for the levy.  This will be audited independently using the AFB database.

Beekeepers with less than 25 hives are not eligible to vote as the levy won’t apply to honey producers with an annual production of under 750 kg.

This is outlined clearly on our website www.apinz.org.nz, which defines our constitution and outlines our role, the different sectors represented by ApiNZ and the voting process.

Levy paying members will be by far the largest votes based on the number of board members and levies paid. Votes will be weighted based on levies and membership fees paid.

Many of the 3rd party models established by Government require industry contributions as part of funding success.  Without a commodity levy we are dependent on seeking voluntary donations across a number of industry operations, limiting our ability to apply for and secure funding.