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Waipa District Plan Changes to Beekeeping rules - SUBMISSIONS OPEN


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The changes to the Waipa District Council (Cambridge and Te Awamutu) Beekeeping rules are now up for submissions.

 

They opened last week, and close on January 29th 2021 so plenty of time.

 

It is Proposed Plan Change 18 - Beekeeping in Residential Zones Submissions must be on their official Submission form, which is available at the very bottom of the Notice page (see link)

 

If you want the full picture, and detailed reasoning and analysis of the Options, read the Proposed Plan Change 18 and Section 32 Report - Notified 4th Dec 2020 (just above the Submissions for link). (Section 32 is the section in the Resource Management Act that requires full details of any District Plan Changes)

 

The current Rules in their District Plan are not fit for purpose, and WDC have put out 4 options, which are briefly outlined on the linked page. Option 1 & 2 are not viable at all. Options 3 and 4 are both viable, with WDC preferring option 4.

 

(personally, I disagree, and believe it should be completely removed from the District Plan, and an Animal Nuisance Bylaw be created (Option 3), as is the case with the majority of NZ Councils.)

 

Waipa seem to have this bizarre need to put 'enforcement of rules' as their top focused priority. Not a single council in NZ has ever needed to prosecute any urban beekeepers, yet Waipa are still insisting that enforcement remains their highest priority. Most other Councils simply tell a complainant to speak to the beekeeper, and that resolves almost every issue.

 

Both options 3 & 4 also still contain the unnecessary restriction of only 2 hives, with a full resource consent required if you want more, and their distance from boundaries is still unnecessary. 3m from boundary if 1.8m fence, or 5m is less or no fence. I believe their focus should be on fence height of 1.8m if neighbours complain, and no directives on placement on any ones section. Mine are less than 1m from a 1.8m fence and my neighbour leans over the fence when I am inspecting. He never sees masses of bees, only the occasional bees on his flowers.

 

They also want to refuse beehives adjoining schools, parks etc. What nonsense. Hive can exist just one house over, the bees are still going to fly over the area.

 

If you have any questions, please post them here. It is hoped plenty of people will make submissions, with the option to speak to your submission at the appropriate Council meeting this is discussed, sometime after January 29th next year.

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How frustrating for you.

 

I agree, rules regarding nuisance is much better than requirements/enforcement. BUT, the later generates income and protects the council from complaints (ie nobody can complain about the councils actions/inactions when the keeper is non-compliant)

 

3 of our 4 neighbours know I keep, others must be suspicious when I load up my car. The only time I’ve heard complaints it was a subdivision in the rural/urban fringe that had a high opinion on itself and they didn’t like the bee poo. A bit like those who build by a speedway... then complaining about the noise.

 

I hope the CCC never cottons onto this nonsense?

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On 13/12/2020 at 12:44 PM, Josh said:

the later generates income and protects the council from complaints (ie nobody can complain about the councils actions/inactions when the keeper is non-compliant)

I had pointed Waipa District Council to other Councils that use Bylaws that have never come even close to prosecutions. i believe all registered beekeepers (except possibly a few idiots) would happily work with neighbours to find solutions to any issues, and any that aren't registered are going to run a mile if someone complains about their illegal hives...

Hamilton has no restrictions on numbers of hives or locations on property or distance from neighbours schools parks etc and only a handful of resolved complaints each year. Waipa, and all Councils should look to that if they have draconian rules.

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On 10/12/2020 at 1:38 PM, PhilEvans said:

They also want to refuse beehives adjoining schools, parks etc. What nonsense. Hive can exist just one house over, the bees are still going to fly over the area.

Pick your battles to get what you want to achieve, this is not the hill to die on. I personally have no problem with this, If you agree to this and show you prepared to bend and compromise you may get the hive in your back yard

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9 hours ago, Dennis Crowley said:

Pick your battles to get what you want to achieve, this is not the hill to die on. I personally have no problem with this, If you agree to this and show you prepared to bend and compromise you may get the hive in your back yard

The entirety of the bee rules for Waipa are being reviewed, so it makes sense to put all beekeeping "knowledge" into submissions. Waipa have proved they don't understand how bees work, and the submission process is the opportunity for beekeepers to educate the staff and Councillors into doing the right thing, rather than what they think is right. Some of their recommended options make no sense as to how bees actually behave.

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2 minutes ago, Dennis Crowley said:

Since when do many of councils recommendations make sense, but they also will be coming at it from a H&S stance.

Yes that is true, but in 2013 when the last change happened, they ignored 9 submissions from experienced beekeepers and the Waikato Bee Club, and pandered to 2 submissions about anaphalaxix and swarms, from people who admitted they have not experienced either. I am really hoping they won't do that again, and the best way for that to happen in that as many beeks as possible educate them properly, otherwise they will have grounds to put heavy handed silly crap in the new rules.

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10 hours ago, yesbut said:

You need to get a good journalist to do a feature in the local rag. One way of  getting this ball rolling is to contact the press with a "media release", with  enough meat in it to encourage a reporter to contact you. 

That happened after the Council meeting back in March when WDC voted to review the rules. A reporter who was at the Council meeting contacted me and asked for my reasons for asking for the review, I got straight back to him by email, but he chose to quote some hobby beekeeper in TA who had no idea about the rules, or the pending change. P***d me right off at the time. I spoke to a few people who read the article and they said they couldn't work out what was happening. Reporters can be their own worst enemies at times...
When I gave him some feedback, his excuse was there are only half the number of reporters in NZ compared to 3 years ago, and it was lucky he was even at the meeting.

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