The Standards Focus Group advocates for effective regulation, ensuring we maintain our international reputation for producing safe and compliant products. We watch over the standards, compliance and regulatory framework that support the apiculture sector, inform our members on key issues, and work with stakeholders and government to make sure industry is consulted and our views are heard.


The Standards Focus Group is working across a number of areas including:

Pryrrolizidine Alkaloids (PAs)

We have completed a research project looking at the distribution and typical levels of PAs in NZ honey. PAs are plant toxins found in many foodstuffs, and while we don’t see any immediate concerns with our honey, we want to be well informed and ensure our industry knows how to avoid or better manage the potential risk.  The findings of this project can be found here.

Reducing Compliance Costs

Looking at options to reduce compliance costs including remote verification under the Food Act and the need for two verification audits on export premises, especially for compliant premises.

Tutin Education

Ensuring an ongoing and targeted education campaign for Tutin, a plant toxin found in tutu plants. This is a very real issue for New Zealand’s honey industry. Everyone needs to know about the risks from tutin and their legal obligations.  To understand tutin and the risks – check out the tutin video and fact sheet

Members of the Standards, Compliance
and Regulatory Focus Group

Chair: Tony Wright, UMFHA
Sean Goodwin, The Mānuka Collective
Pam Flack, Arataki Honey
Young Mee Yoon, Honey New Zealand
Richard Hopkins, Nutrizone Ltd
Chris Bowman, Cosana New Zealand

Industry focus groups report to the Apiculture NZ Board. Selection to each group is made by sub-committees of the Board following calls for expressions of interest from industry.

Resources & links

Notes of recent Standards Focus Group meetings;

August 2023
February 2023
November 2022
August 2022
May 2022
March 2022