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Friday 11 June 2004
There are no signs of varroa infestation in any of the hives checked as part
of the South Island varroa investigation initiated on Friday 4 June.
Paul Bolger, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) Varroa Programme
Coordinator, said that tracing of possible sites within 10 kilometres of the
original detection is well underway.
"To date our surveillance teams have sampled 700 hives with no indication of
"Field work is progressing rapidly with the addition of local beekeepers to
the surveillance teams. MAF has identified approximately 4300 hives in the 10
kilometre zone and expects to complete testing these by end of next week.
"Staff at MAF's National Pest Plant Reference Laboratory (NPPRL) in Lincoln
are processing up to 400 sticky boards daily and additional boards will be sent
to a North Island laboratory for examination. Sticky boards are placed in hives
for 24 hours to collect varroa mites," he said.
Tracing of possible varroa infested sites has led to testing of additional
apiaries around Christchurch and Murchison.
Movement controls imposed on 4 June remain the same and include the
Christchurch City Council area, and the Selwyn, Waimakariri, and Bank's
Peninsula District Council Regions. This area is bounded to the south by the
Rakaia River and in the north by the Kowai River – Ashley Forest region.
Beekeepers wanting to move hives or beekeeping equipment within the
controlled area need to apply for a movement permit by calling 0800 809 966
For more information on the current South Island varroa investigation
please go to:
For further information contact:
MAF Senior Communications Adviser
Philippa White 027 223 1875 or 04 498 9948