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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


More info, terms & conditions please contact:  Maggie Phone 027 629 9388 or email mjqueenb@xtra.co.nz      


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)




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 apiculture 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.  


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Last week's Beekeeping Knowledge very successful & participants extremely happy with delivery of tutorial, facility & lunch & some socialising over the break.  Last thing I expected there to be avid note taking on, was the soup recipe which I didn't have because I am a Guess By God cook.  Thanks to NZ Beeswax for goody bags.


Already a nice group number for 12 July, can take more registrations.  

Edited by Maggie James
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