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Auckland – Draft Long Term Plan Forum

As many of you know the Auckland council has proposed charging bee keepers $190 a year to keep bees in Auckland city. See our other blog post Bee Keeping in Auckland to cost $190???

This is a 100% increase from last years costs. As we currently don't pay any fees to keep bees.

We are going along today to present our objection to this proposal. Bee-keepers don't need to be charged for keeping bees in Auckland city.

    I see two problems with this proposal:-

  1. Charging a fee will drive people underground and people won't register hives with the “AFB – National Pest Management Strategy” fearing that their details will be passed along to the council. This could put New Zealand's multi million dollar honey industry into jeopardy.
  2. People won't take up bee-keeping because of the increased costs. This would probably drive up the start-up costs of a single hive to around NZ$500. In this recession, household budgets are already stretched enough.

Both of these outcomes are bad news for the bees and you.

We have heard that many bee-keepers have objected to the proposal, so let's hope the council see the benefit of the bees. Not the extra income they can extract from the hard-working bee-keepers.

We will post an update when we have one. If you also going to today's meeting, be sure say “Hello”


Gary Fawcett

Gary enjoys designing new kiwimana products which we sell through our on-line shop.He is passionate about saving the Bees and encouraging urban beekeeping.Gary loves to write about issues that affect the Bees and our environment.He is also into tramping/walking in the beautiful New Zealand bush.
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4 thoughts on “Auckland – Draft Long Term Plan Forum

  1. Hey guys…. It would be interesting to see how many individual submissions are heard at the meeting, as well as those prepared by groups. Interesting also to see if anyone stands in support of your council’s proposed fee for beekeeping.

    1. Yes indeed Graham, there were 158 submissions, none in favor of the fee. Thanks for the feedback…Gary

  2. went along to this morning’s session – when I said I was there about beekeeping they commented that had been a lot of beekeepers through, and we were very organised!
    The councillor at my table claimed that the fee was just for Rodney (I know that this is not what it said in the plan, and I said so).

    1. Hi Melissa, Thanks for the feedback.

      Yes we need to remove this consent fee from the books, we can’t have it in any part of Auckland. We need to encourage beekeeping!!!

      Once the bylaws are merged together, then this could be rolled out.

      We were told my Councillor Callum Penrose that this bee is “Not going to happen”, I have asked for written confirmation of this and will report back if and when I get it.


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