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  • 20 June 2020 06:00 AM      08:00 AM

    This event repeats every month forever


    Monthly meeting of The Buzz Club Otaki.  At Waitohu School Hall.  Friendly, knowledgable, come and learn about Beekeeping

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  • 27 June 2020 10:30 PM      28 June 2020 02:30 AM

    60 Selwyn St, Leeston, Canterbury 7632
     
    One-hour tutorials commence 10.30 a.m $20 
    Two-hour tutorials commence 12.30 p.m $40 
    Attending two tutorials same day $55 with complimentary homemade soup & pie or pizza lunch, plus a NZ Beeswax goody bag 
     
     
    One hour:  Establishing & Siting an Apiary
    Two hours: Flower & Bee Relationships & the Pollination Process
     
     
    More info, terms & conditions please contact: 
    Maggie James phone 027 629 9388 or email mjqueenb@xtra.co.nz   
     
     
    Hello Beekeepers
     
    Twenty-five years ago, loving the outdoors I struck on the idea of having a beehive as a hobby, and then I dived into beekeeping with gusto!  I studied at Telford via correspondence.  In those days Telford also offered a queen bee rearing certificate, so once I completed the beekeeping knowledge cert, I launched into queen rearing studies.  To complete my queen rearing cert, I was required to be at Telford for 8 weeks, and during this time there was major emphasis on stock selection, grafting techniques, and artificial insemination. 
     
    Back home, my first customer enquiry to buy queen cells was for 600!  I really thought it was a hoax, particularly when the guy said he was travelling from the deep south with a chocolate cake for a Saturday a.m. cuppa!   Well, I got heaps of referrals from that outfit.
     
    I then shifted to Leeston, Mid Canterbury, which fortuitously coincided with the breakup of the Airborne Honey beekeeping operation.  All the ABH guys were excellent beekeepers and I ended up with all of them as my customers.  I was based at a large local extraction plant, hence more customers.  I have great commercial referees, and some of my customers I have retained for 20 years.  The local guys get smaller amounts of cells, but those from long distances generally 70 or 144.  Over the years, I have produced tens of thousands of queen cells. 
    So now I have got so much to tell regarding beekeeping, and it has come to a time to change tack and decelerate.  
     
    One-off queen cell production PowerPoint tutorials for commercial beekeepers & long-term experienced hobbyists
      
    Topics covered include colony selection, feeding & stimulation, pollen, royal jelly, starter & finisher hives & manipulations, cell bars & frames, grafting, breeder stock, setting up & running polystyrene mini mating nucs & yard, banking queens, incubators, basic biology. Tutorials in simple English, 250+ slides & handout.
     
    9.30 am to approx. 2.45 pm          $190 pp (GST incl)
     
    Note: Covid-19 and Air NZ cancellation of tickets has forced rescheduling of some previously advertised dates & facilities
     
    Sundays: Other venues considered if demand
     
    7 June Canterbury:  Deferred to 14 June
     
    14 June Canterbury: ‘Gowanlea’, 981 Whitecliffs Road, Coalgate R D, 7673.  Followed by Corsons’ AFB dog demo, AFB hive burning, AP1 or AP2 regional AFB update, BBQ.  Please see forum thread Queen Cell Production Tutorial, AFB Sniffer Dog Demo & Hive Burning, Social Event & BBQ
     
    21 June: Rotorua. Deferred to 16 August
     
    5 July Whangarei: Quarry Arts Centre, 21 Selwyn St, 0110
     
    19 July Hamilton: NZ Beeswax, 153 Maui St, Pukete, 3200.  Factory tour to follow
     
    2 August Kerikeri: Woodlands Conference Centre, 126 Kerikeri Road, 2030
     
    16 August Rotorua: Arts Village, 1240 Hinemaru St, 3010
     
    More info, terms & conditions please contact: 
    Maggie Phone 027 629 9388 or email mjqueenb@xtra.co.nz     
     
       
     
    Beekeeping Knowledge Tutorials
     
    Sundays, 60 Selwyn St, Leeston, Canterbury 7632
     
    One-hour tutorials commence 10.30 a.m $20 
    Two-hour tutorials commence 12.30 p.m $40 
    Attending two tutorials same day $55 with complimentary homemade soup & pie or pizza lunch, plus a NZ Beeswax goody bag 
     
    NOTE: Covid-19 has forced rescheduling of some dates previously advertised
     
    28 June
    One hour:  Establishing & Siting an Apiary
    Two hours: Flower & Bee Relationships & the Pollination Process
     
    12 July
    One hour: Bee Communication & Worker Tasks
    Two hours: Causes & Controls of Swarming & Robbing
     
    23 August
    One hour: Introduction of a Mated Laying Caged Queen to a Hive
    Two hours: How to Make a Top Split Hive
    (Last year, these two tutorials delivered to Auckland Beekeepers’ Club with good feedback)
     
    More info, terms & conditions please contact: 
    Maggie Phone 027 629 9388 or email mjqueenb@xtra.co.nz        
     
     

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  • 16 May 2020 07:45 PM      17 May 2020 05:00 AM

    APICULTURE NEW ZEALAND, CANTERBURY HUB 
     
    ALL WELCOME TO EVENTS BUT ONLINE RESERVATION REQUIRED  https://apinzcanterbury.org.nz/
     
    Our Canterbury Hub encompasses southern Marlborough, Canterbury, northern Otago, Westland and Chatham Island.  Our membership includes a diverse range of beekeeping operations, many hobbyists and occupations. 
     
    Considering the mix of our membership and the area we encompass; much thought is put into meeting programmes.  We usually have five meetings a year with 25-50 attending, plus our main event the Beekeepers’ Day Out.     
     
    BEEKEEPERS’ DAY OUT
    IMPROVING BEE HEALTH & SUSTAINABLE HIVE PRODUCTION
    PLUS, TRADE DISPLAYS
    STEWART BUILDING, LINCOLN UNIVERSITY
     
    This full day, over the last four years indicating great vibe, is excellent bang for your buck.  Currently our aim is 150 seats (if we go over 150 reasonably early, we are in the supa duppa wonderful position to adapt).  Feedback from last year’s event, indicates that 150 seats is highly feasible. Full day of approximately 16 speakers covering a variety of subjects, with much Q&A and discussion.  Speakers include hobbyist and commercial beekeepers, recognised scientific community, and reputable market sector.  There is something for everyone in this year’s programme. The information delivered by most speakers is transferable to hobbyist or commercial operations.   Programme and trade display space available late February.  Watch this space. 
     
    Online attendee bookings: Open 7 March
     
    Attendee Cost: $65 pp ApiNZ member (includes all Hub Club members), $75 pp Non ApiNZ members. Includes a.m. & p.m. teas & lunch
     
    Watch our thread on this forum under General Beekeeping, APINZ Canterbury Hub Events Feb-May 2020.  We will regularly update with exciting news, speakers, topics, trade displays etc
     
     

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