Regulatory AFB Inspections and Beekeeping Advice

hive inspections

Every beehive in New Zealand is legally required to be inspected for American Foulbrood between 1 August and 30 November each year.

For those beekeepers who do not have a DECA agreement in place with the AFB Management Agency, Deanna and Kevin of Dee's Bees are both approved beekeepers who can inspect your hive/s and complete a Certificate of Inspection.

We can also help with advice on all aspects of hive management, giving you the benefit of ten years of Hawke's Bay beekeeping experience.

Contact us today to arrange an appointment.

  • Standard rate of $50 per hour including GST applies to both regulatory and general consultations.
  • Travel time may be chargeable for visits outside our standard work areas.
  • Consultation appointments are subject to availability - we have to put the care of our own hives first.


Biosecurity (National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan) Order 1998

32. Certificate of Inspection

(1)Every beekeeper must ensure that every honey bee colony in every beehive owned by that beekeeper is inspected for American foulbrood cases by an authorised person on or after 1 August and on or before 30 November each year commencing in 1999.

(2)The inspection specified in subclause (1) may, if the beekeeper agrees, be carried out by a person named as a person responsible for disease management in a Disease Elimination Conformity Agreement between any other beekeeper and the management agency.

(3)Within 14 days after the inspection is completed or before 15 December of each year, whichever is the earlier, every beekeeper must complete a Certificate of Inspection in a form provided by or obtained from the management agency and forward to the management agency the Certificate of Inspection together with the statement made in accordance with clause 33.

(4)The obligations in subclauses (1) and (3) do not apply to a beekeeper who holds a Certificate of Inspection Exemption from the management agency.

(5)A breach of this rule is an offence under section 154N(18) of the Act.

Clause 32(5): amended, on 18 September 2012, by section 93 of the Biosecurity Law Reform Act 2012 (2012 No 73).

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