Have your say on the next 10 years of the PMP for AFB elimination

Supporting beekeepers in their fight against AFB

Review of the National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan

The Biosecurity Order 1998 (National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan) is scheduled to expire on 1 April 2023. We are consulting beekeepers and will use your ideas to form a proposal for the next 10 years of AFB PMP.

Have your say on the future of the AFB PMP

We are seeking your feedback on the proposed changes to the AFB PMP, as outlined in the second round of consultation roadshows and webinars.

It only takes a few minutes to influence the next 10 years of AFB elimination.

Submissions closed at 5pm, Tuesday 14th December 2021

Summary of consultation process

AFB PMP Booklet

In the first round of consultation we asked for beekeeper feedback on the AFB PMP

Learn about the proposed changes to the AFB PMP

This booklet summaries your submissions and the recommended changes to the AFB PMP. From your survey responses, beekeepers’ top priorities for the AFB PMP and its implementation are:

    • Training, education and support
    • Beekeeper commitment and practices
    • Surveillance and prevention
    • Enforcement and penalties

Click here to download the booklet to learn more about the proposed changes to the AFB PMP.

Watch the recorded webinar

Clifton King discusses the submissions received during round 1 and the proposed changes to the AFB PMP.

Round 2 roadshows & webinars

Roadshows and webinars on the AFB PMP review (Nov-Dec 2021)

The roadshows and webinars held throughout November and December gave beekeepers the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback on the proposed changes to the AFB PMP.

Roadshows (complete):

•   Palmerston North – Tuesday 9 November, 10am – in conjunction with Southern North Island Beekeeping Inc – venue is Newbury Hall – 912 Rangitikei Line – Newbury.
•   New Plymouth – Monday 15 November, 7pm – in conjunction with the Taranaki Beekeepers Club – venue is West Baptist Church – 144 South Road – Spotswood.
•   Rotorua – Tuesday 16 November, 7pm – venue is Ngongotaha Hall – School Road  – Ngongotahā – Rotorua
•   Christchurch – Tuesday 30 November, 7pm – in conjunction with the Canterbury HUB – venue is Hantz Honey Shed, 31 Lower Lake Road, Leeston.
•   Nelson – Tuesday 7 December, 7pm – in conjunction with the Nelson Beekeepers Club – venue is Waimea Rooms at the Richmond A&P Showgrounds – Lower Queen Street.
•   Invercargill – Friday 10 December, 6:30pm – in conjunction with the Invercargill Beekeeping Club – venue is the Kennington Hall – 21 Rimu Road – Kennington – Invercargill
•   Dunedin – Saturday 11 December, 1:30pm – in conjunction with the Dunedin Beekeeping Club – venue is the MALCAM Charitable Trust rooms  in Jubilee park – 45 Maori Road – Belleknowes.

Attendees will be required to wear masks and sign in using QR codes on arrival.

Webinars (complete):

•    6pm Wednesday, November 10th, 2021
•    6pm Wednesday, November 17th, 2021
•    6pm Wednesday, November 24th, 2021
•    6pm Wednesday, December 1st, 2021
•    6pm Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

Watch a recording of the webinar here.

The consultation process

We’re conducting three rounds of consultation with beekeepers.

Consultation Round 1  24 June – 11 July 2021 (complete)
Beekeepers are invited to share their ideas on the AFB PMP via an online survey. Check your email inbox or click the ‘Complete the Survey’ button at the top of this page.

Consultation Round 2 November – December 2021
We will use your input from Round 1 to help to propose major changes to the AFB PMP. We will then seek your feedback through a series of webinars and interactive roadshows (COVID-permitting).

Consultation Round 3 June – July 2022
Your Round 2 feedback will enable us to propose detailed changes to the AFB PMP. We will then seek your feedback prior to the submission of the proposal.

Consultation timeframes are indicative only.

Round 1 Consultation (Complete)

The 1st round of consultation took place in Jun-Jul 2021

Clifton King, National Compliance Manager at The Management Agency, presented in PowerPoint format at the Apiculture Conference 2021.

  • Click here to watch a recorded webinar from the 1st round of consultation.
  • Click here to view the PDF presentation on the AFB PMP review.
  • Click here to view the full Analysis of Beekeeper Submissions
  • Click here to view the full Analysis of Beekeeper Submissions and Response
AFB Quiz
Take the AFB 5 minute quiz

How well do you know what you need to know about AFB and beekeeping? Take our short quiz and find out.

AFB Videos

Our videos cover everything from your legal obligations to how to recognise AFB, collecting cell and bee samples and more.

AFB Symptoms

There’s a lot of good information here, telling you everything you need to know about recognising AFB: the visual symptoms, smell of AFB and more.

AFB Inspection and Diagnosis
Inspection and Diagnosis

Successfully eliminate AFB by telling the difference between symptoms of AFB and other brood diseases in the hive. We tell you the best methods for inspecting your hives.

The Law

New Zealand beekeepers have a number of legal obligations that must be met regarding AFB disease. Read the shortened list in summary, here.

AFB Elimination

Most hives become infected because bees, honey or equipment have been put into a hive from another hive that is infected with AFB. Lower your chances of an  AFB infection by reading this section.

AFB Course Info
AFB Recognition Course Info

Find out when the next AFB Recognition and Competency Courses, or Refresher Courses are available. These are held throughout the year in various New Zealand locations across the South Island and North Island.

The AFB App

Follow the link below to open the App. Once open to save to your device you need to bookmark the URL on your phone so you can find it easily again. Please click here to open.