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BJC last won the day on February 12 2018

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    Club meeting 7 pm through to 8 pm at Papakowhai Hall. Members enjoyed a weekend at the Guthrie Smith Arboretum at Tutira north of Napier. The arboretum has an Education Centre with rudimentary accommodation for 38 people, the accommodation is designed by the Arboretum Trust as one step above camping. Members enjoyed a guided and insightful tour by Chris Ryan Arborist around the areas specifically planted for bees and Chris who has been a beekeeper shared his reasons for planting the many plants and trees especially for bees. Botanist Dr Linda Newstrom-Lloyd provided members with an understanding of the biology of flowers and the many varieties that are both easy and difficult for our pollinators to work and the reasons why. Linda discussed pollen as an essential food source to early bee development and some nutritional values of pollens, with some of our members capturing bees entering the hives David Hills brought along for the weekend. Kyle from Bee IQ presented his innovation for wasp management and his accompanying dialogue regarding wasp behaviour was very informative. Our Treasurer and experienced beekeeper David Hills led a presentation on AFB recognition and management culminating in members splitting into groups and reviewing scenarios for AFB Management. The weekend ended with Trevor Gillbanks delivering lively and well received presentations on Varroa Management , requeening and preparing for Spring. The weekend was judged by attendees and the Trust as enjoyable and fun. Thanks to everyone that made our first workshop a success.
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    Regular club meeting commencing 7 pm through to 8 pm with a couple of videos regarding overwintering and hefting hives followed by a discussion.
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    Regular club meeting this Thursday at 7 pm, Agenda includes a visit from Pat Coles of NZ Beeswax, a discussion on the importance of Pollen for bee health and a presentation by Brian Cowper on his recent trip to Slovenia and the Carniolan bees of the region.
  4. We have the same level of Harlequin ladybirds all looking for a place to stay
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    BHBI will be conducting a weekend workshop for members and other interested beekeepers at the Guthrie Smith Arboretum, Tutira, north of Napier. The workshop starts on the Friday evening of 19 July and runs through to lunchtime on the Sunday 21 July. The first session on Saturday morning will be conducted by Lynda Newstrom-Lloyd (Trees for Bees) and Chris Ryan who is the resident Arborist. The Arboretum has an Education Centre and bunk style accommodation for up to 50 and a well appointed Kitchen. Chris and his team have recently planted a hillside dedicated to bees and although nothing is likely to be flowering we will use the opportunity to share in Lynda and Chris's knowledge on why they have planted what they have and what to expect as both the trees and plants grow. The Arboretum can be viewed here http://www.guthriesmith.org.nz/ More to follow
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    Club Meeting on 2 May 2019 starting at 7 pm at Pakowhai Community Hall, Pakowhai Road, Pakowhai. Agenda includes a presentation from Deanna Corbett: "Your Bees and the Reverse Butterfly Effect" "Whether you're established or a new beekeeper, whether you see yourself as a part of the commercial industry or a solo hobbyist, neither you or your bees are immune to changes in the beekeeping environment and market in the last year or so. Let's have a look at what's changed, and why some very big picture events can impact your small backyard. We'll have a bit of crystal ball-gaze at what we expect to happen next, and what you can do to make sure your bees survive and thrive in a new landscape." Look forward to seeing you there.
  7. Great idea Tony and appreciate your openness about where your hives are at. My guess, and it is a guess, that there are many viruses lurking in our hives most of the time and it only becomes a problem when bee health is compromised, when does this happen, I have no idea other than the obvious signs. Like the rest of the living world really.
  8. I agree and it is a major concern of how rapidly they are spreading throughout the country, they are particularly aggressive and very resilient as I understand it.
  9. I don't have any Argentine Ants in any of my apiaries but I am aware of them being in others and the beekeepers are managing them with ant poison in small containers under the hive lids, they report some success with this and no effect on the bees.
  10. I think the worse thing Trevor is DeeGeeBee's reference to the scam operating detailed in the letter from the Dow Jones and the phone calls attempting to harvest financial information
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    Beekeepers Hawkes Bay Incoporated is a Beekeeping Club consisting of over 45 members who range from small hobbyists to commercial beekeepers. Club nights are held at the Pakowhai Hall , Pakowhai Road, Pakowhai on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. Last months club meeting was taken up by our first honey competition with 18 entries and the competition was very tight with four runners up. Kevin Tinker was the overall winner and proud recipient of a two storey ready to go hive donated by Farmlands at Whakatu. A big thank you to Farmlands for their support and our judges on the night David Hills and Alessandro Tarentini, unfortunately our third judge John Berry was ill on the night . We were sorry he couldn't make it but thankful for him sensibly keeping his bugs at home.
  12. I finished putting my OA Staples in yesterday after taking off the remaining supers prompting a robbing frenzy. I put it down to taking the supers off, what I did like was the ease of placing the staples in the hives. I have the same problem as Dansar with the home bees spending a lot of time around the garage today.
  13. They might use him as a levy collector
  14. BJC


    Hills laboratories test for it and the cost is around the $80+ mark they supply the small pottles and courier bags
  15. Lake Tutira about an hour north of Napier
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