The Interim Apiculture Industry Governance Board (IAIGB) recently called for feedback on the Draft Constitution, Strategic Intent and Membership Structure for Apiculture NZ.  The final documents are now complete and available for download below.

Five key changes have been made to the draft Constitution and Rules following this feedback from industry through the consultation process. These are:

  • The size of the Apiculture New Zealand (ApiNZ) board has been reduced from 12 to 10 members.  This has been achieved by dropping the requirement for appointed members.  The board will now comprise nine elected members and the Independent chair.  However, it will retain the option to co-opt people for special projects.
  • Changes have been made to the way members’ votes are counted to ensure the investment by commercial beekeepers in their industry is protected. 
  • Instead of referring to ‘hobbyists’, the Constitution now recognises ‘Non-commercial Beekeepers’ (beekeepers with up to 25 hives). 
  • Costs have been reduced for Non-commercial beekeepers.  They have dropped from $100 + GST to $75 + GST. In addition, subscriptions to the market sector members have also been reduced to $150 + GST.  The domestic sales levy for packers and processors has also been reduced to three cents per kilo. 
  • The rules regarding Regional hubs now provide more clarity and confirm their ability to control their own affairs. Input from the ApiNZ management will be in a supporting capacity only, or as when requested by a hub.

Click on the buttons below to view the final documents for Apiculture NZ.