Notice Type
Notice Title

Notice of Controlled Area, Movement Controls and Procedures in Respect of Unwanted Organism

Varroa destructor
1. Commencement—This notice takes effect at 4pm on Thursday, 31 January 2008, and replaces the notice dated the 27th day of June 2005 and published in the New Zealand Gazette, 30 June 2005, No. 100, page 2397.
2. Controlled area declaration—Pursuant to section 131(2) of the Biosecurity Act 1993, I hereby declare all parts of
New Zealand that fall within the area described as:
“All parts of New Zealand that fall within the boundaries of the local government regions of Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Taranaki, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu-Wanganui, and Wellington”
to be an area that is controlled for the purpose of limiting the spread of Varroa bee mite (Varroa destructor, formerly known as Varroa jacobsoni), being an unwanted organism under the Biosecurity Act 1993.
This area is referred to as “the controlled area” in the rest of this notice.
A map of the area described is displayed in Schedule 2 below.
3. Notice of movement controls—Pursuant to section 131(3)(a) of the Biosecurity Act 1993, I hereby give notice that:
The movement of the things listed in Schedule 1 below from any part of the controlled area to any part of New Zealand not in the controlled area is prohibited, except with the permission of an inspector or authorised person appointed under the Biosecurity Act 1993.
Schedule 1
Things Subject to Movement Control
(a) Honey bees (meaning Apis mellifera), alive or dead, at any stage of development, including live beehives, nucleus colonies, frames of bee brood, queen bees and escorts, package bees and bulk bees.
(b) Used beehives (meaning anything that is being or has been used for the keeping of honey bees), including any part of any beehive.
(c) Unused beehives containing wax foundation or plastic frames covered with beeswax.
(d) Unprocessed beeswax, propolis and pollen, and any honey that is not packaged for retail sale.
(e) Used beekeeping equipment.
(f) Anything upon which, or within which, the varroa mite, dead or alive, is present.
(g) Vehicles, which are used for the purpose of visiting apiary sites and transporting anything listed from (a) to (e) in this Schedule (“beekeeping vehicles”).
(h) Unprocessed logs (logs that have been felled with no further processing).
(i) Bulk wine grapes.
(j) Buildings (complete structures such as a house but not including portacoms).
Schedule 2
Map of the Controlled Area
(Scanned map inserted)
Signed at Wellington this 17th day of January 2008.
DAVID HAYES, Chief Technical Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
Please Note: Any person who wishes to obtain the permission of an inspector or authorised person to carry out a movement that would otherwise be prohibited by this notice should telephone 0800 809 966.