Meeting - June 2000

Minutes of June Meeting

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING OF THE WELLINGTON BEEKEEPERS ASSOC. INC. HELD IN THE JOHNSONVILLE UNION CHURCH HALL, JOHNSONVILLE ON MONDAY 12 JUNE 2000 AT 7.30 PM.

PRESENT : Richard Hatfield (Pres.), Mary Ann Lindsay (Treas.), John Burnet (Sec.) and 26 members and visitors as listed in the attendance book.

APOLOGIES : Cliff Hulston, Ray Baker, Marie & Chris Christoffel, Wrae Duncan, Jeff Pollard, Bob McGahan, Peter Ratcliffe.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING : Minutes of meeting held 8 May as detailed in June newsletter were confirmed.

MATTERS ARISING : Upper Hutt Science Festival : While Bill Allan & Les Solomon had volunteered to staff the Club stand on Thurs & Fri., volunteers were still required for Sat 22 July.

Varroa Bee Mite : Update from Frank Lindsay - the mite had been discovered as far south as Raurimu near National Park (a low infestation sourced from the main South Auckland apiary infestation). Estimate of eradication costs was now $50 - $60 million with $4 going to beekeepers as compensation for destroyed colonies. Beekeeper co-operation and control over hive movement would be essential. Cost estimate allowed for 7 outbreaks within one year. Bait stations would be set up every kilometre and all hives monitored within 5 km radius of each infestation. Possibility of introducing mite resistant bees from Asia. Mite has been identified as Varroa Destructii not V. Jacobsonii as first thought as V Jacobsonii can only reproduce on Apis Serana not Apis Mellifera.

CORRESPONDENCE : Secretary read Minister for Biosecurity’s letter of acknowledgment received in response to Club’s letter demanding eradication of the Varroa bee mite from NZ.

TREASURER’S REPORT : Working account balance $2,115.70. Other account balances were $3,119.81 (Goal Saver) and $429.33 (BL account).

GENERAL BUSINESS :

  • Members were reminded of the necessity to submit written claims under the Club’s AFB compensation scheme before AGM next month.
  • Ivan Pederson outlined contents of his letter to Russell Berry (Arataki Apiaries) expressing concern over delays in destroying mite infested hives.

PRESENTATION : Mary Bryne and her partner Andrew outlined the basis of the Anti-fluoride campaign and details of their research and correspondence with various Health authorities and the Regional Council. Their research indicated there were a number of likely health threats and no proven benefits justifying introduction of fluoride to town and city water supplies.

Meeting closed at 9.15 p.m. with usual supper.

John Burnet