MPI fee increase ?

Trevor Gillbanks

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@frazzledfozzle . This is the levy you pay for the privilege of having your name on the MPI list (sometimes your other personal details also if you have not asked them the not post them).
This privilege then allows you to sell your honey to an exporter or to export your honey yourself.
If you don't pay it, you will also loose your RMP.

Nothing like a good bit of blackmail to make you pay the $1000 approx.

This info came up at the SNIBG meeting yesterday. We don't know how to combat the increase, other than write a letter to the Minister of MPI, But we know what he won't do.
 

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Found on the MPI website. A consultation document which closes on 26 March to increase the domestic bee levy for processors of honey in NZ. Exporters are also going to have an increase

Proposals to improve some cost recovery arrangements for animal and wine products

PROPOSAL 2: CHANGES TO DOMESTIC BEE LEVY​



Proposal

We propose increasing the levy by 32% to cover annual costs and eliminate the accumulated deficit. The proposed changes set out in the table below:



Current and proposed Domestic Bee levies


Current
Proposed
Domestic Bee Levy (per annum)
$471.80​
$625.00​
 
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We have a small rmp registered extraction plant and pay over a grand per year to be on mpis list plus we pay about 1800 for our full scope audit as well as about 1200 for the reduced scope, mid year audit so all up well over 4k per year and more if we fail audits and need revisits. Need to extract a lot of boxes to pay these Bill's plus power wages insurance r&m loan repayments new equipment etc. All to operate for just a few months a year.
 
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We have a small rmp registered extraction plant and pay over a grand per year to be on mpis list plus we pay about 1800 for our full scope audit as well as about 1200 for the reduced scope, mid year audit so all up well over 4k per year and more if we fail audits and need revisits. Need to extract a lot of boxes to pay these Bill's plus power wages insurance r&m loan repayments new equipment etc. All to operate for just a few months a year.
they really are trying to tax the small to
medium extractors out of business.
These increases will need to be passed onto those of us who outsource extraction.
i don’t know how anyone not producing mono manuka are going to stay in business.
 

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@frazzledfozzle . T We don't know how to combat the increase, other than write a letter to the Minister of MPI, But we know what he won't do.
suggest writing to the Minister, for sure, but also writing to the opposition spokesperson and asking to meet.

other than that, also recommend going to this page here:

it's up for consultation, sort out some responses - hopefully API-nz will speak up, but they seem to have a massive bias in favour of those who would appreciate small players being forced out. Maybe they can prove otherwise in their response to this proposal being consulted on, wouldn't hold your breath.
 
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I don't think there should be any MPI beekeeper levy. I thought that was one of the functions of the apiary register. When you sell honey, the buyer checks that your sites were registered at the time of harvest. You give permission to the buyer to source relevant info from the apiary register, and surely this must just be one email.

Whether it's $70 for renewal or $1280, its a superfluous tax just to keep someone in a job. This tax should never have been invented. Just another nail in the coffin of honey producers many of whom are struggling.

Industry bodies should be lobbying MPI to get rid of it. At the end of the day the beekeeper is the customer and this levy needs to go.
 
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suggest writing to the Minister, for sure, but also writing to the opposition spokesperson and asking to meet.

other than that, also recommend going to this page here:

it's up for consultation, sort out some responses - hopefully API-nz will speak up, but they seem to have a massive bias in favour of those who would appreciate small players being forced out. Maybe they can prove otherwise in their response to this proposal being consulted on, wouldn't hold your breath.
True. We are totally reliant on one service provider. MPI. No alternative.
We can't control their costs, which we are supposed to cover thru fees.
Where's the incentive to reduce cost when it's passed on.
Apinz, well it's run by top dogs. Like you say, best the little guys f off.
 
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For a variety of reasons, MPI are running this industry. Essentially to me, it looks likes graduates go and do a degree then enter the bureaucratic service. It would improve things, if in between the degree/s and entering bureaucracy, they buy a shovel and do a couple of years at the beekeeping coalface in private enterprise.
 
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Just a thought, the disappearance of small dairy and kiwifruit packhouses happened. Due to increasing compliance requirements.

Also, MPI will lose income as small honey plants close.
I note the word "small". No mention of "corporates" who because of their size etc aren't the least bit worried about compliance costs, lab testing etc. I believe we could be seeing the end of 1-2 person operations.
 

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This kind of thing is why I got right out of honey production completely for several years and only sold bees.

But that market went south so back to honey it is, unfortunately. Well let's say that market went south also, but honey at least can be left in a drum if you can't sell it, live queen bees not so much.
 

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