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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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  • 06 September 2020 09:00 PM      07 September 2020 04:15 AM

    The 1st NZ Honeybee research program is now available and is attached.
    This symposium covers research topics from AFB to the ApiWellbeing and FutureBees projects. It is free to join the meeting via zoom and registration can be made online here or simply join the meeting here: https://vuw.zoom.us/j/95962449048  (please mute your microphone and turn off video when joining)
     
    Of note, there will be industry talks by both ApiNZ (Karin Kos) and NZ Beekeeping (Jane Lorimer) and there will also be a workshop at 2pm (refer to program) where your views of research in the industry can be presented in a smaller group manner. Please do consider attending this workshop at least, if you can't make other sessions
     
    Regards
    Organising commitee
    NZ Honeybee Research Symposium
    1st NZ Honeybee Research Symposium Programme.pdf

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  • 30 August 2020 02:00 AM

    The Marlborough Beekeepers Association will be holding a workshop on "Preparing for the new season" at the club's hives at the Community Gardens, at the end of Ballinger Drive, off Budge Street, Blenheim, at 2pm, 30 August 2020.
    This workshop will cover most aspects of getting the hives ready for spring and summer, including checking the condition of the hives and honey stores, applying varroa mite treatment, and preventing swarms. If the weather is warm enough, the hives will be opened up for a look and varroa mite treatment applied.
    All welcome. Please bring your beesuit if you have one, otherwise veils in limited numbers can be provided. 

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

    This event began 20/02/19 and 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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