Tutin is harmful poison for all mammals and commonly found in NZ in the Tutu plant. There is a standard for Tutin levels in honey and legal obligations for beekeepers selling honey. This group does publish Tutin test results of anyone that provides a copy of their results for publication. The information can be found on the same map as our swarm collectors on the collection page. The lack of tutin in most urban test results does not absolve anyone from the Tutin Standard, but the highlighted red markers are definite warning symbols to those harvesting honey in those catchments. Markers are purposely placed so that apiary sites are not identifiable. If you wish to donate some Tutin test results from any year please send the information via this website contact page. Composite sample testing can be done from areas with a long green history but individual sample testing is recommended in red areas. If you do access the map, it is suggested you make it "full screen" using the "[ ]" at the top right corner and toggle between swarm collectors and tutin test results according to whichever layer you want to look at.
Tutin testing can be done at a number of labs, typical price is about $80 for a sample. The Group reduces the cost by sending off 5 samples at a time to have composite testing done. This is about $20 per sample but is only suitable for low risk areas. If the composite sample fails, it could be that one sample was over but all the rest were ok. In that case there are more costs to work out which one(s) was the problem. emails to email@example.com