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Visiting Intl Beekeeper Hoping to Meet NZ Beek(s)

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Hello New Zealand Commercial Beekeepers!

 

I'm a visiting sideliner from the US (Boulder, Colorado) on holiday to hike the 3000km Te Araroa trail from Cape Reinga to Bluff.  As I tramp through your beautiful countyside I'm excited to see hives in full spring action with seconds and thirds already, especially since I just buttoned up my hives for the winter and they've already received 30+ cm of snow!

 

In addition to running a few dozen hives back home, I consult for the University of Colorado's Peleg Bee Lab as the primary beekeeper maintaining hives and isolating swarms for research.  In the PHD lab we analyze bee swarms and clusters using high-definition cameras, x-ray chambers and GC-MS chemical pheremone analysis to model bee interactions and behaviors.

 

I'm interested in meeting beekeepers along my travels to learn more about NZ specific beekeeping processes (who's flying the hives in with helicopters?! Awesome!).  I'm also curious as to what diseases are most prevalent and what methods are the most effective or ineffective regarding (varroa/SHB/AFB/EFB/nosema etc).  If beekeeping here is anything like in the states there are wildly different approaches and heated opinions on what's the 'best'.  I'm also curious how heavily regulated the industry is here, in Colorado it's literally the wild west with no regulation, inspection, or even registration. In short I would love to meet in person as I have quite a few questions.

 

Currently I'm tramping south-east past Kerikeri with my fiance but am willing to find my way anywhere for a bit of time talking bees!

 

Sincerely, 

Chris

 

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Hi Chris I'm happy to meet up, I'm on Aucklands North Shore (just north of Aucklands harbour bridge). Happy to share a coffee and show you some bees.

 

Although there are certainly different opinions among beekeepers here, we are not as polarised as in the US, especially the treat / don't treat divide ha ha!

 

Are you on Beesource, what is your user name? I'm on Beesource as Oldtimer.

 

If you can fit me in your schedule you can contact me on my phone the number is 0274725914. Do you have a vehicle?

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Hi @Colorado_Chris.  I am in Palmerston North, Manawatu.  Lower North Island.  I am happy for you to call in if you are near us and talk/show you some bees.  

Click on my profile and you will see my cell phone and email address.

 

Cheers.  Trev

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Im always up for a coffee and a chat, but the trail is to far from the BOP for you to whip of the track for a coffee.

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Hi Chris ,

 

By the time you get down south our bees may well be on the Rata .....  or the honey dew . let us know when you close to Arthurs pass and we'll feast you on honey sammies..... washed down with a summer ale .

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Well @Colorado_Chris, you have just collared the most comprehensive range of different and excellent beekeepers,  I wish I was young enough and fit enough to spend a day with any of these people, never mind the whole lot, truly a golden haul!

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Just get mobile on yer scooter! 

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With a moniker like that shouldn't he take the yacht from Auckland to Greymouth then catch the Transalpine to Otira?

Or hitch a ride on a honey truck!

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15 minutes ago, jamesc said:

Just get mobile on yer scooter! 

Or should that be the Zimmer Frame.  lol

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TransAlpine Greymouth Otira, sounds like it might be the best land option.  Beautiful wide carriages with lotsa room, and low viewing windows. 

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21 minutes ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

Or should that be the Zimmer Frame.  lol

Ah look .... we get Nana up into the big MAN ..... she sort of stands on a bee  box to get in ..... and then we go places.

Always open to having people riding shotgun if they feel the urge.

Bucket trip for Sailabee .....

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1 hour ago, Maggie James said:

With a moniker like that shouldn't he take the yacht from Auckland to Greymouth then catch the Transalpine to Otira?

Or hitch a ride on a honey truck!

Now you are talking my sort of language

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Should see him down here by the time it starts to snow again then , eh ! What are you boys doin if you are sitting on bee boxes ....?

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The beauty of only having 320 hives James. 😄

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Actually what we were doing, this is the first post OA strip visit to an apiary. Assessing damage and rectifying as much as possible, basically setting up the site to get the most honey possible, as a site, rather than individual hives.

 

Other thing, been an AFB issue in the area with a nearby apiary on one side of me having rob outs, and an apiary on the other side of me having rob outs. 😳. So an AFB check was also done, nothing found (phew), but will have to keep a close eye on these.

 

I mentioned your AFB sniffer dog, Chris is keen to see and talk about that with you James.

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15 hours ago, Alastair said:

Met up with Chris today, he was not much interested in the coffee but definately wanted to get dirty in some hives.

 

For a scientist (LOL) he is very practical I was able to trust him working his own hives and he speeded up my day.

 

But seriously, he has a great depth of knowledge in certain bee related areas, he shared a bit with me today, and I'll be back in touch with him in the future if there are any difficult issues I need answers on that are in his field. 

 

He is keenly looking forward to meeting Trevor and James, I would highly recommend him to anyone else also.

 

 

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whats the netting your using ?

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It's just wind break from Mitre 10, they have a black, especially sturdy one. It doesn't come in wide enough strips so I asked my lovely sewing lady to sew 2 strips together, she hemmed the ends also.

 

All the boxes I'm currently putting out are wet. I'm driving around with boxes on the truck all the time atm, and just stacking them with a mat on top isn't fullproof as boxes can move a little and a robbing event happen, not ideal when parked at the local cafe LOL. The net makes it all easy.

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Thank you so very much for hosting me at your hives yesterday Alastair, I had a spectacular time inspecting, testing, and learning about the the varroa treatments you and James are experimenting with.  

 

I'm excited now for my upcoming visit with Trevor in Palmerston North as well, especially with the nearby honey center which we unfortunately couldn't make it to yesterday in Puhoi.

 

James I would love to learn more about your AFB sniffing dog when I get to the South Island, I have a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retriever back home that I had previously planned to train similarly and I'd love to learn more about your training process.  We won't be down to your neck of the woods for quite some time but I'll certainly give you a call as we approach!

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How was the thanksgiving dinner was your cooking up to scratch? 🙂

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Nice.

ETA  Otira in February for a Rata show .... Big Hands is shouting!

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53 minutes ago, jamesc said:

Nice.

ETA  Otira in February .... Big Hands is shouting!

You will be lucky.

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