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APINZ CANTERBURY HUB MEETINGS FEB – MAY 2020

 

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.     

 

ALL WELCOME TO EVENTS BUT ONLINE RESERVATION REQUIRED  https://apinzcanterbury.org.nz/

FEBRUARY & APRIL MEALS CANCELLED AFTER 10.00 A.M. ON DAY WILL BE INVOICED                                     

 

TUESDAY 25 FEBRUARY 6.00 PM

SOLAR HONEY HOUSE. BBQ. BEEKEEPING TRUCKS & FIELD EQUIPMENT

 

Where: Hantz Honey Ltd, 31 Lower Lake Road, Leeston. Parking available on site

 

Online Reservation As Above: Now open

 

6.30 pm Solar Power Presentation:  Campbell McMath, Kea Energy, installer of solar panels will talk about the technology and answer questions. See  https://www.keaenergy.nz/honey-factory-30kw

Kea Energy own, operate, maintain and manage hydro-turbines and solar generating plants, in and around New Zealand. Kea Energy are a family-based company in Canterbury New Zealand. Kea Energy generate their own environmentally friendly electricity. They own, operate, maintain and manage hydro-turbines and solar generating plants. Kea Energy electricity generation is around 2.2GWH per annum, which is approximately 30% of Orion's (Christchurch/Canterbury’s lines company) total exported embedded generation.

 

7.00pm BBQ: $10 per person, includes sausages, bread, coleslaw. Bring your own drinks. Pay BBQ on the night.

 

7.15pm: Hive Reports. These reports are an essential attendee attraction to Hub meetings. Beekeepers want to know about AFB incursions, varroa infestations, treatment regimens etc

 

7.30pm Beekeeping Trucks & Field Equipment: Bring along your trucks and field equipment, tools and innovations that make your work in the field easier and see what other beekeepers are using.  Often the truck cab, is the office!  This is an open invitation to bring trucks, utes, vans, machinery equipment etc for show & tell! We already have a large collection confirmed, and we would love to expand on largeness!

 

9.00 pm Wrap up.

 

 

 

TUESDAY 7 APRIL 6.00 PM

SOCIALISING, HUB COMPLIMENTARY PLATTERS, COLONY LOSS SURVEY PRESENTATION, ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, SIT DOWN MEAL

 

Where: Leeston Bowling Club, 41-43 High St

 

Online Reservation: Open 7 March

 

Presentation: Colony Loss Survey.  Pike Brown, Economist, Landcare Research. Pike will give an overview of the Survey from the last few years, with a focus on the data from our Hub area.

This will be a chance for beekeepers to discuss the statistical numbers, look at the problems and work on any potential solutions.  Whether you have one hive or thousands in the Hub area, this is an opportunity to discuss your logical concerns, potentially for input into the 2021 Survey. 

 

Annual General Meeting:  Chair & Agenda to be advised

 

Meal: Cost & sit down menu to be advised.

 

 

SUNDAY 17 MAY 2020

CANTERBURY HUB 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 this thread as updates & exciting news unfolds

 

BEE THERE OR BEE UNCOMFORTABLY SQUARE!

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ALL CANTERBURY HUB EVENTS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

It may be more beneficial to add each event to the calendar for the day in question as it will raise the visibility as the date gets closer

I agree Grant, but right now I am whacked with working in this heat.  Your suggestion, is on the to do list for sometime tomorrow.  I am hitting the deck in the next few minutes!  In the past the Hub

I agree Grant, but right now I am whacked with working in this heat.  Your suggestion, is on the to do list for sometime tomorrow.  I am hitting the deck in the next few minutes!  In the past the Hub has had a great response on this forum with articles under General Beekeeping, and we are incredibly grateful for that; because we are attempting to reach all levels of beekeepers to make our meetings successful; whether they be ApiNZ members or not.  Regards.  Maggie.  

Grant - You will be pleased to know, they we the Hub is really into feedback as to where attendees first saw our events, and the bee forum articles come up very high in the responses!

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The 25 February meeting was attended by 50 beekeepers from a diverse range of operations.  Attendees included some from South Canterbury, the West Coast, Kaikoura and Tasmania.  The two beekeepers from Tassie are running 3000 hives on pollination contracts.  

 

Gary Glasson proudly arrived from Blackball in his brand new orange truck.  Midlands demonstrated their impressive crane truck used for pollination contracts, plus Hantz Honey with their largest Ezyloader.

 

It appears that  varroa levels throughout Canterbury are low.  AFB incidences have not seen the major destruction of large hive numbers as last season.  The dry summer has affected nectar flows all over, even to the extent that parts of urban Christchurch were unusually already feeding syrup.  Varroa levels appear extreme in Kaikoura and it was thought these were due to a early Manuka flow in December.  Varroa levels not too bad on the West Coast with the exception of pockets of extreme infestations with colonies destroyed by the mite and honey from supers removed by wasps; along with contents in the brood boxes.

 

The solar power presentation was of interest to all.  Good questions from the floor with informative answers supplied.  The BBQ was a success and people hung around afterwards chatting until dusk.  

 

The next Hub post, anticipated in the next 24 hours, will be advertising our absolutely fabulous Beekeepers' Day Out Programme and three main sponsors.  Each year we aim to have a diverse range of speakers and topics, and the range of subjects enables coverage of something of interest to each sector, with information given by commercial/hobbyist/market sectors transferable to as many sectors as possible.  We believe this reflects the diversity of our Hub membership and the geographic spread of the Hub.  Our aim is to occupy 160 seats.  Tickets are $65 pp ApiNZ member and $75 pp non ApiNZ member.  Members of Hub Clubs count as an ApiNZ member.  As trade display spaces sell, we will update this thread.  

 

20LU -SPEAKER PROGRAMME.docx

 

 

 

 

 

 

APICULTURE NEW ZEALAND, CANTERBURY HUB

BEEKEEPERS’ DAY OUT

PLATINUM SPONSOR: NZ Beeswax Ltd

SILVER SPONSORS: 100% Pure New Zealand Honey Ltd & Ecrotek Ltd

 

SUNDAY 17 MAY 2020

LECTURE THEATRE & FOYER STEWART BUILDING & OUTDOOR DISPLAY

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY

 

Improving Bee Health and Sustainable Hive Production

 

7.45 am: FOYER CHECK IN, CUPPA & COLLECT YOUR OFFICIAL NAME TAG

 

9.00 am: WELCOME ADDRESS

Marco Gonzalez, Beekeepers’ Day Out Chair & Committee Member, Canterbury Hub 

 

9.15 am: TRAIT SELECTION AND TOOLS FOR BREEDING BEES.

Dr Otto Hyink, Scientist & Commercial Beekeeper, Otto’s Bees, Dunedin. Includes Q&A

 

9.45 am: LIFE AND DEATH IN BEEKEEPING

Stephen & Tracy Brown, Commercial Beekeepers, Springbank Honey Ltd, North Canterbury

 

10.15 am: MORNING TEA

 

10.40 am: PLATINUM SPONSOR ADDRESS: NZ BEESWAX LTD

 

10.45 am: AFB NPMP UPDATE

Marco Gonzalez, Operations Manager, American Foulbrood National Pest Management Plan

 

10.55 am: ROTORUA HONEYBEE CLUB SUPPORTING MEMBERS WITH ONGOING EDUCATION & AFB INCIDENCES

Kim Poynter, President, Rotorua Honeybee Club

 

11.05 am: AFB Q&A DISCUSSION - Marco & Kim

 

11.20 am: NEW DNA METHODS FOR RAPID SAMPLING AND AFB qPCR

John Mackay, Technical Director, Dnature Diagnostics & Research Ltd, Gisborne. 

Includes Q&A

 

11.50 am: APICULTURE NZ UPDATE & CONFERENCE & TRADE EXHIBITION 2020, ROTORUA 

Karin Kos, Chief Executive, Apiculture New Zealand

 

MIDDAY FOYER LUNCH

 

1.00 pm: THE SECRET LIVES OF BACKYARD BEES: MONITORING SEASONAL POLLEN SOURCES OF URBAN HONEYBEES

Dr Andrew Cridge, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, University of Otago.  Dr Otto Hyink, Scientist & Contract Beekeeper 

Includes Q&A

 

1.30 pm: GETTING THROUGH A TOUGH SEASON OR TWO!

Russell Marsh, Commercial Beekeeper, Marsh’s Honey, Otago

Board Member, Commercial Sector Representative, Apiculture New Zealand 

Board Member, American Foulbrood National Pest Management Plan.

Includes Q&A

 

2.00 pm: NEW ZEALAND HONEY IN THE GLOBAL MARKET

Sean Goodwin, Chief Executive, 100% Pure New Zealand Honey Ltd, Timaru

Board Member, Market Sector Representative, Apiculture New Zealand.  Includes Q&A

 

2.30 pm: COMMON EMERGENT TESTS FOR HONEY

Dr Jacob Jaine, Technologist, Analytica Laboratories Ltd, Hamilton. Includes Q&A

 

3.00 pm: AFTERNOON TEA

 

3.25 pm: THE PATHWAY TO NEW CLASSICAL BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF INVASIVE VESPULA (WASPS) IN NEW ZEALAND

Dr Bob Brown, Researcher, Biocontrol & Molecular Ecology, Landcare Research, Lincoln Includes Q&A

 

3.55 pm: THE ELEPHANT IN THE HIVE: UNDERSTANDING RESISTANCE IN NEW ZEALAND TO VARROA DESTRUCTOR

Dr James Sainsbury, Scientist, The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Ltd, Lincoln

Martin Laas, Commercial Beekeeper & Researcher, Midlands Apiaries Ltd, Ashburton

Includes Q&A

 

4.25 pm: THE HISTORY OF PLASTIC FRAMES IN NEW ZEALAND

Brian Pilley, Owner/Operator, Beeline Supplies Ltd, Dunedin

 

4.40 pm: THANK YOUS: Sean Goodwin, Apiculture NZ Board Representative, Canterbury Hub

 

4.45 pm: SPONSOR & TRADE DISPLAY PRIZE DRAWS. WINNERS TO WEAR OFFICIAL NAME TAG

Carolyn McMahon, Committee Member, Canterbury Hub

 

CLOSURE: Marco Gonzalez, Chair, Beekeepers’ Day Out

 

Photography not allowed during presentations; Note-taking welcome. Anyone requiring further info can contact the presenter later, who decides if information is to be disseminated.

 

COST: $65 per person ApiNZ member, $75 pp Non ApiNZ member

Includes luncheon, registration, a.m & p.m cuppas, & opportunities to enter prize draws.

 

ATTENDEE ONLINE REGISTRATIONS OPEN 7 March 2020: www.apinzcanterbury.org.nz

Please advise any dietary or mobility requirements. Theatre is tiered. Registrations close 4 May or at 150 attendees capacity.  If capacity due to catering requirements achieved prior, we will run a waiting list. Once you have completed the computerised registration process, electronic confirmation will be issued immediately to your supplied e-mail address. Any registration issues contact admin@apinzcanterbury.org.nz

 

LIMITED INDOOR & OUTDOOR TRADE DISPLAYS & SPONSORSHIP: A variety of packages available. Includes free registration for one person to attend. Enquiries to Carolyn McMahon, carolyn@hantzhoney.co.nz or ph (03) 324 3885

 

PAYMENT DETAILS (NON-NEGOTIABLE)

ATTENDEE RESERVATION: Online transaction only to Canterbury Hub bank account no later than 4th May. Invoice for payment will be sent after online registration. Date set by Lincoln University, and will be rigidly enforced. 

TRADE DISPLAY & SPONSORSHIP RESERVATION: Immediate payment once confirmed.

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS: Due to strict catering commitments, there will be no refunds for cancellations after 4 May.  Attendees must wear official name tag.  No solicitation of memberships, on Lincoln University site, outside of the prior approval of Hub Committee. In the event of speaker unavailability, programme may be subject to change.  The two University designated smoking areas are outside the dining room by catering office, and outside Mrs O’s restaurant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… AND NOW FOR SOME OF OUR EXCITING GUEST SPEAKER ABSTRACTS

ND NO SOME OF OUR EXCITING GUEST SPEAKER ABSTRACTS

TRAIT SELECTION & TOOLS FOR BREEDING BEES

Abstract: Breeding bees is complicated. With most domesticated animals breeding is relatively straight forward – cross a male and female, both with certain traits, and the result with be offspring with a somewhat predictable mix of the two. With honey bees our unit of measure is not a single daughter or son – it is a colony (hive) the traits of which result from subsets of, and interactions between, sisters and half-sisters. Some traits are relatively easy to breed for using phenotypic criteria (those we can see) and that is where I have started. Other traits are very complicated, and this is where we may soon be able to utilise genetic tools to help breed our bees in specific directions.

Dr Otto Hyink, Scientist & Commercial Beekeeper, Otto's Bees, Dunedin

 

LIFE & DEATH IN BEEKEEPING

Abstract: Surviving in a beekeeping organisation, while being highly anaphylactic to bee venom. Also, on feeding nutrients to the hives, to help increase the bees' overall health and honey production rates while keeping costs low.

Stephen & Tracy Brown, Commercial Beekeepers, Springbank Honey Ltd, North Canterbury

 

ROTORUA HONEYBEE CLUB SUPPORTING MEMBERS WITH ONGOING EDUCATION & AFB INCIDENCES

Abstract: The role of the club or group in supporting the elimination of American Foulbrood can have a significant impact on the prevalence and outbreaks.  Communication and developing a culture that support this are easy to achieve yet make a difference.

Kim Poynter, President, Rotorua Honeybee Club.  Board Member AFB PMP

 

 

NEW DNA METHODS FOR RAPID SAMPLING & AFB QPCR TESTING

 

Abstract: AFB is of increasing concern to beekeepers, given the explosion in the number of hives and beekeepers – many who are unlikely to have seen clinical symptoms in a hive. Sampling can also be laborious, requiring removing honey supers to sample the nurse bees. Dnature has been working on alternative methods of sampling using a new DNA test developed in their lab. These new methods are very fast and show great promise for the rapid detection of hives that will show clinical signs upon inspection.

John Mackay, Technical Director, dnature diagnostics & research Ltd, Gisborne

APICULTURE NZ UPDATE & CONFERENCE & TRADE EXHIBITION 2020, ROTORUA 

Abstract: Apiculture New Zealand’s programme and latest initiatives, including an update on the 2020 annual Apiculture New Zealand conference being held in Rotorua, at the Rotorua Events Centre, from Thursday 18 June to Saturday 20 June.  The annual Conference is a not-to-be-missed event on the New Zealand beekeeping calendar.

Karin Kos, Chief Executive, Apiculture New Zealand

 

 

THE SECRET LIVES OF BACKYARD BEE: MONITORING SEASONAL POLLEN SOURCES OF URBAN HONEY BEES

 

Abstract: To identify on which flowers backyard honeybees (Apis mellifera) forage, we collected pollen from approximately 20 hives located across Dunedin during the 2019/2020 season. Hives sites included residential, semi-rural, and town belt locations. Pollen samples were collected over a two-

day window at three weekly intervals across the season using internal pollen traps. Pollen samples were identified and quantified using DNA bar coding and microscopy. We will present some early results from this study, indicating the variation in the types of pollen collected across colonies, even from hives sited in the same location.

Dr Andrew Cridge, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, University of Otago & Dr Otto Hyink, Scientist & Commercial Beekeeper, Otto’s Bees, Dunedin

 

GETTING THROUGH A TOUGH SEASON OR TWO!

 

Abstract: Assessing the qualities and viability of your business? Cash flow vs Profit / Budgets vs Forecasts? Focusing on short term vs long term realistic goals & strategies? Where is the best advice?

Russell Marsh, Commercial Beekeeper, Marsh’s Honey, Otago

 

 

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE HONEY MARKET?

 

Abstract: An update on market dynamics and the export landscape, as well as looking at the prospects for NZ honeys.

Sean Goodwin, Chief Executive, 100% Pure New Zealand Honey Ltd, Timaru

 

 

COMMON & EMERGENT LAB TESTS FOR HONEY

 

Abstract: When honey is sold or exported there can be a lot of laboratory testing required. The choice of these tests often depends on the market, and often it is unclear why they are chosen or what they mean. In this presentation some of the common tests will be discussed and explained, along with some of the emerging tests which are conducted in selected circumstances.

Dr Jacob Jaine, Research & Development Technologist, Analytica Laboratories Ltd

 

 

THE PATHWAY TO NEW CLASSICAL BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF INVASIVE VESPULA (WASP) IN NEW ZEALAND

 

Abstract: Bob will describe the journey of searching for potential new biological control agents in the wasps’ native range, the process of narrowing down the list of agents and finally how Landcare Research plan to seek approval for releasing the selected agents in New Zealand.

Bob Brown, Researcher, Biocontrol & Molecular Ecology Team, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, Lincoln

 

THE ELEPHANT IN THE HIVE: UNDERSTANDING MITICIDE RESISTANCE IN NEW ZEALAND TO VARROA DESTRUCTOR

Abstract: The New Zealand beekeeping industry relies on a narrow range of synthetic chemicals to control varroa.  Varroa resistance to some of these miticides has been reported elsewhere in the world and during this session we will look at some of these experiences and consider the situation in New Zealand. 

James Sainsbury, Scientist, The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Ltd, Ruakura 

 

 

 

THE HISTORY OF PLASTIC FRAMES IN NEW ZEALAND

 

Abstract: An overview of the history of the design, manufacture and use of plastic frames in the New Zealand beekeeping industry from the perspective of a beekeeping supplier.

Brian Pilley, Owner/Operator & Hobbyist Beekeeper, Beeline Supplies Ltd, Dunedin

 

 

 

 

 

 

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