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  1. Hi Everyone, I'm James from Hivesite, a startup company based in Auckland and Horotiu (where our test apiary is located). We have been researching and developing a solution to treat varroa mite using thermal treatment inside beehives with autonomous control and monitoring. Our solution is designed to be suitable for all beekeepers from hobbyists to commercial, our key differentiation from products already on the market is the ability to quickly install with existing Langstroth hives, then leave the solar and battery powered lid (1 per 4 hives) to perform the 1-2hr treatments up to every 3 weeks per hive (even during the honey flow) with no intervention by the beekeeper, hive data is regularly updated from the sensors to an online portal via satellite transceiver (1 per apiary). We focus the heat (up to between 39C and 46C) in the brood-box using a special thermally insulating queen excluder, targeting the juvenile varroa, and breaking the lifecycle. Optional scales can also be integrated into the base to allow even more data-driven, precision apiculture. There are other features that our solution may enable, such as the possibility to stimulate the queen into laying in spring to rapidly increase forager numbers, gentle hive warming during extreme cold to reduce colony mortality, and allow organic honey production without chemicals. We are designing the hardware to be robust and long term reliable (10yrs+) to withstand the rigors of the environment, handling, and transportation. Currently we are seeking funding to assist with a field trial with many prototype units, to validate and provide comprehensive evidence based results, demonstrating our solution works for customers. so we are at the stage where we want to expand our network within the industry to help guide our development, and get honest feedback that what we are doing is recognized as of interest within the beekeeping community to help this process. Even negative feedback is of value to us. We want to ensure we are creating something seen as bringing real value and cost savings to beekeepers. A public MPI report tells us that since Varroa's introduction into New Zealand ~20 years ago the average number of hives a beekeeper can maintain has reduced from 800 to just 350 due to additional labour, testing and chemically treating hives, and therefore the annual cost of fighting varroa is around $100 per hive every year. We are interested to know whether these figures align with your own experience. Our website is still in development, so feel free to ask me anything in this forum, also if you wish to get updates on our progress please subscribe to our Newsletter at hivesite.co and hopefully through help from the nzbees community, a better way to combat varroa can be brought to fruition. - James
  2. Could anyone please tell me why a swarm of bees has visited my property twice in days. They hang around for a few hours then go. I put a hive box down with some frames in. They spent quite a while in there and by 5.30 pm they left. Wonder if they will come back tomorrow. Cheers Steve
  3. I run 70 hives as organically as i can. The last four years all my treatments have been with Apigaurd. I also have a retail honey outlet and meet beeks from all over the world weekly. I was chatting with some german beeks and french last week. They both had long brood breaks and this is a real plus for the control of varroa. I by contrast have no brood break which led me to wonder if i could cage my queens to enforce a brood break. My greatest losses are from varroa over load in july/ august. Is there anyone out there has tried this? Any thoughts on how to do it ,/ Thanks
  4. Hi there, how do i get rid of wax moth other than picking them out with my hive tool if and when i see them in a frame?
  5. Can anyone tell me what this beautiful insect on the flower is? The vertical stripes are slimming, think you not?
  6. Queens don't come back from mating flight. Since spring I have a 70% rate of queens not coming back from mating flights. Sometimes I see them coming back from first flight then they dissapear on the next flight. This goes on since spring. We are far away from traffic so I think they can't get killed by cars. Any ideas?
  7. Hi there, Are there any DECA holders out there interested in a day out to Rakino Island? We are in the Hauraki gulf, behind Motuhue Is and next to Waiheke and the ferry's are running a couple of times a day for the next few weeks. Please let me know if you are interested or can suggest someone who might be willing and able to pop over and check our 3 hives. all the best Natalie (newbie)
  8. Hi guys, new to all this. Am needing honey extracted an my usual is out of action this year. Does any one know of any extraction places around Taumarunui, Turangi, Taupo, Te Kuiti, Otorohanga area? Thanks
  9. Just discovered Paul Stamets a mycologist who heads a mushroom product company. Amongst a heap of TED talks and other publications he has produced this. Which is interesting. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-32194-8).
  10. HI. I'm in Melb but joined this group when I started keeping bees. I recently scored a top bar hive from a local guy on Freecycle. He says it was handmade by a mate from New Zealand timber but he doesn't know what sort. I tried to post a photo but it seemed that it was too big to post so I've made it much smaller. Are there any new zealand beekeeper/woodworkers that I can consult directly?
  11. Last year I made my own foundation from 3 yrs old wax. I noticed bees not particularly liked the frames. The left them totally empty. This year I placed them in earlier and in the brood boxes. To my surprise they did starting to draw comb, but perpendicular to the wax sheet. Does somebody makes his own wax sheets and know why the bees behave this way? Sheet thickness = 0.8-1.1mm. I also use this wax to wax my plastic frames, which works fine. Wax was heated, wax boarded and rolled. Thanks.
  12. I have 20kg of a particularly tasty honey which I suspect is a bled containing Macadamia. It has a very dark and almost nutty flavour. Everyone that tries it rave its the best honey they have ever tasted. I no longer let anyone test it because they all want a jar and well …….. The 20kg I have is crystallised in its extraction bucket. I want to cream some, but don't want to "contaminate" it with a seed from a different honey source. How do I make a seed from this honey to then cream a larger portion?
  13. I have 2 week hives, is it best to combine in the spring or now? Sorry "weak" hives
  14. Hey Friends, I'm not a part of the beekeeping community, however, I would like to reach out for some info on how to help protect our little winged friends. I'm currently working on a demolition site in Murupara, and during asbestos removal we came across an active hive within one of the walls, it's about 600mm x 1600mm in size. I am wondering if there is any way that we could relocate their home before the building it's in is demolished this week. Any info would be appreciated. Bentley
  15. Comments anyone re the charges moving forward from the agency as per yesterdays email. The way I read it our levies are going up considerably. And they intend to charge non compliant beekeepers but no indications on how those charges will work. Management Agency Response to submissions on proposal to replace the American Foulbrood Apiary and Beekeeper Levy with a Hive and Beekeeper Levy In August 2018, the Management Agency for the National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan (the Agency) conducted a consultation amongst beekeepers to seek their views about a proposal to increase the American Foulbrood (AFB) Apiary and Beekeeper Levy (referred to as ‘2018 Levy Consultation’). Over 828 submissions were received, and the majority strongly disagreed that the levy should be increased as proposed. The majority of 2018 Levy Consultation submissions considered that the Agency should not continue to use apiaries as a basis for calculating the levy and proposed a hive levy instead. A significant number of submissions were also concerned that non-compliant beekeepers were not paying the costs of the AFB problem they created. In response to 2018 Levy Consultation submissions, the Agency revised the proposal to replace the existing apiary and beekeeper levy with a hive and beekeeper levy. The Agency also decided to fund its compliance and enforcement activities through cost recovery charges under section 135 of the Biosecurity Act 1993. The Agency took the revised proposal back to the beekeeping community for consultation in 2019. The consultation period was for three weeks and opened on 4 March 2019 and closed on 22 March 2019. 477 unique submissions received, of which 466 were from survey respondents. Fourteen letters were sent to the Agency, three of whom were also survey respondents. The consultation findings and detailed description of the consultation process is presented in the companion Consultation Findings report. The Agency would like to thank submitters for their submissions on the future funding of the elimination of clinical American Foulbrood in New Zealand. Summary of Agency decisions Having considered the submissions, the Agency has decided to request the Minister to make a new American Foulbrood – Hive and Beekeeper Levy Order with the maximum rate of levy set at $2.55 per hive and $40 per beekeeper. The Agency has also decided to charge non-compliant beekeepers to recover fair and reasonable costs of compliance and enforcement actions. The reasons for these decisions are set out below: Replace the Apiary and Beekeeper Levy with a Hive and Beekeeper Levy A narrow majority of submissions considered that the existing apiary and beekeeper levy should be replaced with a hive and beekeeper levy. Submissions in favour of the replacing the existing apiary and beekeeper levy with a hive and beekeeper levy stated that it more fairly distributed the cost between large and small operations, incentivises smaller apiaries and encourages people to take up hobby beekeeping. The primary objection stated by submissions against replacing the apiary and beekeeper levy with a hive and beekeeper levy was that it was too easy for beekeepers to under report their true hive numbers. The Agency noted the concerns expressed about the potential for beekeepers to underreport their hives under a hive levy. However, the Agency was not satisfied that these submissions made the case that the under reporting of hives would be significantly higher than the current under reporting of apiaries and believes this can be mitigated by developing new mechanisms to audit hive declarations. The Agency also considered that submissions in favour of changing to a hive and beekeeper levy made a more compelling case for changing to a hive and beekeeper levy than the submissions against as: A hive and beekeeper levy fairly distributes costs between large and small beekeeping operations, A hive levy incentivises smaller apiaries with a lower disease risk, and Replacing the apiary levy with a hive levy removes the financial incentive for beekeepers not to register all their apiaries, thereby improving the Agency’s ability to monitor and manage American foulbrood. Setting a maximum levy rate at $40 per beekeeper and $2.55 per hive A majority of submissions opposed the proposed levy rates. The primary objection was that the proposed levy rates were too high, and beekeepers could not afford to pay them. The Agency is concerned about the financial hardship that many beekeepers are experiencing. However, the Agency is also concerned that continued underinvestment in AFB elimination has the potential to further erode beekeeper incomes due to hive losses associated with AFB, particularly at a time when AFB may increase as a consequence of the financial pressures that beekeepers are experiencing. The proposed levy rate for 2020/21 and maximum levy rates are approximately $0.65 (proposed) and $1.80 (maximum) per hive above the current levy rate. The Agency considers that the additional levy is justified to reduce the costs associated with losing hives and production to AFB. Charge non-compliant beekeepers to recover the costs of compliance and enforcement actions A majority of submissions agreed that the Management Agency should charge non-compliant beekeepers to recover the costs of compliance and enforcement actions. Submissions in favour of charging non-compliant beekeepers to recover the costs of compliance and enforcement actions stated that they believed that non-compliant beekeepers are the most responsible for the AFB problem and they supported strong penalties to deter non-compliance. The primary reason given by submissions opposing charging non-compliant beekeepers to recover the cost of compliance and enforcement actions was that they believed the penalties were too severe, would encourage non-compliance and underreporting in order to avoid penalties. Under the National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan beekeepers are responsible for the costs of eliminating AFB from their beehives. Cost recovery is intended to recover the costs of the additional AFB control activities required to manage the consequences of non-compliant beekeepers’ behaviour. The Agency believes it would be unfair to expect compliant levy payers to fund these actions from the levy and has therefore decided to recover the costs of compliance and enforcement actions from non-compliant beekeepers. The analysis of submissions and the Management Agency’s response can be found on the levy webpage or by selecting the links below: 2019 AFB Levy Consultation Findings Report 2019 Management Agency Response to Submissions
  16. Hi, I am trying to find out if there is any offshore inland in NZ currently free of honey bees? I have read that honeybees are now found across the entire country including the Chatham and Stewart Islands. Thanks
  17. Beekeepers Seminar Day - Auckland Fairway Events Centre, 17A Silverfield, Wairau Valley. Just behind the North Shore Events Centre PRESENTATIONS & LATEST INFORMATION Dr John Craig Manuka Standards Where to from here? Dr Mark Goodwin & James Sainsbury New Ways of Managing AFB & What should your hive look like? Hayley Pragert Surveillance Adviser, Biosecurity NZ Bee Pathogen, outline of the research, results today and where to in the future. Grant Redshaw . Trevor Gillbanks Beekeeping Tools & Gadgets AND MORE TO COME Opportunity to Chat to your Friendly Supplier Courtesy of the Auckland Branch of NZ Beekeeping Incorporated Email: info@nzbeekeeping.co.nz & Enquiries Chas 021 190 1342 1 Beekeepers Seminar Day - Takapuna June 2019.pdf
  18. Checked my hives today and removed varroa treatment. One hive with a hive doctor base has started drawing wax underneath the base. The wax is growing downwards and is going into the pallet the hive is on. Checked the hive and its healthy and has fresh brood. Any one seen this before? Any suggestions on what to do with the hive? If I transfer the hive to a new base and scrape the bees and drawn comb into an empty super on the existing hive? The bees will probably travel down the hive leave and start all over again. Transfer hive to new base , scrape drawn comb and bees to empty box and combine with a weak hive. Actually any suggestion would be helpful.
  19. CANTERBURY HUB, APINZ https://www.apinzcanterbury.org.nz/index.php The Canterbury Hub encompasses southern Marlborough, Canterbury, northern Otago and Westland. Because of the geographic size of our Hub, we have difficulties in catering for all our members. Hence, we move around a bit for our Hub meetings and these are held mainly in Mid and North Canterbury. We have a core element of attendees, but different speakers attract different beekeepers. We generally hold five Hub meetings per annum, with one being a tour of a honey house. These tours attract 40-50 people, dinner meetings with 1-2 speakers attract an average 30 people. We survey members approximately every 18 months and the committee take note of the feedback. By popular demand, other than the AGM, we have done away with minuted meetings. It appears that the priorities for our members are generally not politics, but grass roots issues: Beekeeping techniques Bee health Picking up on AFB Varroa control Networking and socialising – beekeepers swapping ideas on how things are done, how the season is going, finding out that they are not the only ones with a particular issue Our AGM is Tuesday 9 April at the Lakeside Hall, R D Leeston. Guest speakers - Claudine McCormick and Maureen Conquer. Workshop title - “Meet the ApiNZ National Honey Judges” and includes PowerPoint pollen microscopy, Pfund grading, Jack’s scale honey grader, the five manuka markers and what they stand for, plus honey testing. See our website for more detail. Two years ago, for the first time in a couple of decades Canterbury field/seminar day was held in Geraldine. Last year we went to one of the most sparsely populated areas in NZ to Moonlight hall, West Coast. The previous day we had a tour of a local honey house, followed by dinner, with a large group of hobbyists and commercial beekeepers from the east coast staying the weekend in Blackball. We were delighted to have just under 100 attend the Moonlight function. This year our annual major event is at Lincoln University, with most speakers being Hub members. This one-day event is good value and easy access, and we are hoping for 200 attendees; quite major by South Island standards. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND OUR MEETINGS. At the end of this article is the programme and speaker abstracts for our Beekeepers’ Day Out at Lincoln University, Sunday 12 May Confirmed trade displays are: Platinum Sponsor: NZ Beeswax Ltd Silver Sponsors: 100 % Pure New Zealand Honey Ltd, Kaipak Ltd Other Trades: AFB Detector Dogs (Corson), Beeline Supplies Dunedin, Ecrotek Ltd, Hill Laboratories, North Canterbury Beekeepers Club. We have other interesting queries for trade displays and will list these as companies confirm. Interested? - Please contact carolyn@hantzhoney.co.nz The Science Good Display is by invitation and includes exhibitors from Bio Protection Research Centre Lincoln University, MPI, Plant and Food Research Ltd, Scion, Trees for Bees. Bookings for the Beekeepers’ Day Out close on 19 April or when capacity is reached. Now open https://www.apinzcanterbury.org.nz/index.php WE LOOK FORWARD TO RECEIVING YOUR RESERVATION Due to requeening and wintering down tasks we probably can’t answer too many queries on this forum. Any queries it is probably best to contact admin@apinzcanterbury.org.nz APICULTURE NEW ZEALAND, CANTERBURY HUB BEEKEEPERS’ DAY OUT PLATINUM SPONSOR: NZ BEESWAX LTD SUNDAY 12 MAY 2019 LECTURE THEATRE PLUS FOYER, & OUTDOOR DISPLAYS, STEWART BUILDING LINCOLN UNIVERSITY PLATINUM SPONSOR: NZ BEESWAX LTD SILVER SPONSORS: KAIPAK LTD & 100% PURE NEW ZEALAND HONEY LTD MORNING SESSION: MANAGING ADVERSITIES 7.45 am: FOYER CHECK IN, CUPPA & COLLECT YOUR OFFICIAL NAME TAG 9.00 am: WELCOME ADDRESS – CHAIR OF PROCEEDINGS. Betty Murie, Wedderspoon Organic New Zealand 9.10 am: OPENING ADDRESS. Karin Kos, Chief Executive, Apiculture New Zealand 9.25 am: HONEY BEE VENOM ALLERGY AND TREATMENT Dr Ignatius Chua, Consultant Immunologist/Immunopathologist, Canterbury Health Laboratories, Christchurch Hospital & Maija-Stina Out, Allergy Nurse, Christchurch Hospital. Includes Q&A. 10.05 am: WHO’S GETTING STUNG? HAVE ACC BEE STING CLAIMS DOUBLED WITH DOUBLING NZ HIVE NUMBERS? Maggie James, Queen Cell & Queen Bee Producer, mjqueenb, Leeston 10.15 am: MORNING TEA 10.35 am: PLATINUM SPONSOR - NZ BEESWAX LTD 10.38 am: MANAGING AFTER A NATURAL DISASTER Slide Presentation: Daniel Milne, Commercial Beekeeper, Wildrose Apiaries Ltd, Kaikoura Contract Extraction: Mark McCusker, Commercial Beekeeper, Heathstock Apiaries Ltd, Hawarden Floor Discussion Facilitator: Barry Hantz, Commercial Beekeeper, Hantz Honey Ltd, Leeston 11.10 am: HOW TO REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF AFB WITHOUT BURNING HIVES Dr Mark Hyslop, Ex-Scientist, Commercial Beekeeper, Hyslop Foods Ltd, North Canterbury. Includes Q&A. 11.40 am: MANAGEMENT AGENCY, AMERICAN FOULBROOD PEST MANAGEMENT PLAN Marco Gonzalez, National Operations Manager. Includes Q&A. MIDDAY: FOYER LUNCH. Attendees must wear official name tag. AFTERNOON SESSION: ALTERNATIVE CONTROLS FOR PESTS & DISEASE 1.00 pm: THE NATIONAL APICULTURE SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMME AT MPI AND SMALL HIVE BEETLE Dr Ben Phiri, Senior Advisor, Biosecurity Surveillance and Incursion Investigation (Animal Health), Biosecurity New Zealand, Ministry for Primary Industries. Includes Q&A. 1.20 pm: THE BEE PATHOGEN PROGRAMME AT MPI Dr Richard Hall, Virologist, Bee Pathogen Programme, Diagnostic and Surveillance Services, Biosecurity New Zealand, Ministry for Primary Industries Plant Health and Environment Lab. Includes Q&A. 1.40 pm: USING BIOACTIVE COMPOUNDS TO PROTECT HONEY BEES Dr Artemio Mendoza-Mendoza, Senior Researcher, Bio Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University. Includes Q&A. 2.00 pm: ECO-MANAGEMENT OF VARROA MITES USING A GENERALIST PREDATOR CHELIFER CANCROIDES Dr Ronald van Toor, Senior Scientist, Crop Protection – Bio Protection Technologies, The NZ Institute for Plant & Food Research Ltd, Lincoln. Includes Q&A. 2.30 pm: AFTERNOON TEA 2.50 pm: THE GIANT WILLOW APHID & THE HARLEQUIN LADYBIRD BEETLE: TWO INVASIONS THAT AFFECT BEEKEEPERS & WHAT TO DO TO STOP MORE OF THEM Dr Stephen Pawson, Research Leader & Stephanie Sopow, Entomologists, Scion, Christchurch. Includes Q&A. 3.25 pm: BUILDING BEE FORAGE CAPACITY, TREES FOR BEES NZ Angus McPherson, Farm Planting Adviser, Dunedin. Dr Linda Newstrom-Lloyd, Botanist, Havelock North. Includes Q&A 3.45 pm: APICULTURE NZ CONFERENCE & TRADE EXHIBITION 2019, ROTORUA John Hartnell, Member, Conference Committee 3.50 pm: THANK YOUS: Martin Laas, Midlands Apiaries, Ashburton 3.55 pm: SPONSOR & TRADE DISPLAY PRIZE DRAWS: Carolyn McMahon, Hantz Honey Ltd, Leeston Winners must wear official name tag CLOSURE: Betty Murie Editorial & photography will be provided for The New Zealand Beekeeper journal: Editorial: Rae Butler, Bee Smart Breeding, Ashburton Editorial: North Canterbury Beekeepers Club Photography: Nick Thorp, Hub Member & Web Master North Canterbury Beekeepers Club Photography not allowed during presentations; other than authorised people listed above. Note-taking welcome. Anyone requiring further info can contact the presenter later, who decides if information is to be disseminated. COST: $65 per person. Includes luncheon, registration and am & pm cuppas, & opportunities to enter prize draws. NO DOOR SALES. NO CONCESSIONS. ONLINE ATTENDEE REGISTRATIONS ONLY—NOW OPEN: www.apinzcanterbury.org.nz Please advise any dietary requirements or mobility issue. Theatre is tiered. Bookings close 19 April or when theatre is at capacity. If capacity 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. LIMITED ACCOMMODATION, LINCOLN UNIVERSITY CAMPUS: 2-minute walk to Stewart Building, 20-minute walk to township. $85 + GST per night per person, single room. Reservation when making attendee reservation. Supplied towels, bed linen, Wi-Fi, Recreation Centre use, breakfast in dining hall. If staying pre or post Beekeepers’ Day Out, campus eateries available during business hours. Further details regarding check in and out are available once attendee has registered for both Day Out and accommodation. 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 03 324 3885. SCIENCE GOOD DISPLAY: Invited displays foyer mezzanine floor. Also access to theatre. PAYMENT DETAILS (NON-NEGOTIABLE) ATTENDEES & LINCOLN CAMPUS ACCOMMODATION: Via electronic transaction to Hub account no later than 23 April. Date set by Lincoln University, and will be rigidly enforced. TRADE DISPLAY & SPONSORSHIP RESERVATION: Immediate payment once confirmed. CANTERBURY HUB BANK ACCOUNT: Attendee surname and initial for reference. BNZ Paraparaumu 020733 0057338 07 TERMS & CONDITIONS: Direct credit payments as above. No solicitation of memberships, on Lincoln University site, outside of approved ApiNZ Hubs and Clubs. The two Lincoln University designated smoking areas are outside the dining room by catering office, and outside Mrs O’s restaurant. Due to strict catering commitments, there will be no refunds for cancellations after 19 April. In the event of speaker unavailability, programme may be subject to change. TRANSPORT TO/FROM CHRISTCHURCH AIRPORT: Located 20 minutes by vehicle to Lincoln University. This is best arranged by attendee prior to arrival at the Airport or departure. A variety of shuttle companies available; the bigger the group the cheaper the price. Shuttle fare is not part of the Hub payment or Beekeepers’ Day Out process. … AND NOW FOR SOME OF OUR EXCITING GUEST SPEAKER ABSTRACTS HONEY BEE VENOM ALLERGY AND TREATMENT The Immunology service at Christchurch Hospital provides an outpatient-based service and regularly receives referrals of patients who have had anaphylaxis for assessment. This talk will touch on anaphylaxis diagnosis and treatment, bee sting reactions, the role of laboratory testing and our experience with bee venom desensitisation. Biography: Dr Ignatius (Iggy) Chua trained in London, United Kingdom and was appointed Consultant Immunologist at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board in 2015. His clinical practice involves seeing patients with autoimmunity, immunodeficiency and allergy. His other role is as an immunopathologist in Canterbury Health Laboratories, CDHB and has oversight on laboratory tests related to autoimmunity, immunodeficiency and allergy. WHO’S GETTING STUNG? HAVE ACC BEE STING CLAIMS DOUBLED WITH DOUBLING NZ HIVE NUMBERS? A summary of ACC statistics and Apiary Registrar hive numbers 2009-2018. Maggie James, queen cell and queen bee producer, 12 years ago successfully completed the honey bee desensitisation programme at Christchurch Hospital. Available on ApiNZ foyer table at lunchtime: Bee Stings and Prevention pamphlet, written by Maggie, plus a Clinical Immunology Allergy and Prevention handout. MANAGING AFTER A NATURAL DISASTER On 14 November 2016 at 2.56 a.m., a magnitude 7.8 earthquake with a depth of 15 km struck. Epicentres were Culverden and 60 km SW of Kaikoura with ruptures lasting two minutes, followed by a tsunami of 7 metres at Kaikoura. Access to Kaikoura was now via helicopters and small aircraft. Multiple RNZ vessels were deployed along with the Japanese Maritime Air Patrol. Daniel & Alison Milne, second-generation beekeepers with a honey house half an hour down the road, suddenly found this facility was a 12-hour journey away because of thousands of slips, i.e., a 24-hour return journey! A slide presentation, collated by Daniel and his employee Dave Murphy, details damage and the difficulties they and the surrounding community faced on many issues that none of them had ever thought about. Mark McCusker will briefly discuss how contract honey extraction was undertaken at Hawarden, North Canterbury, in assisting beekeepers whose operations were divided by slips. Cousins Mark and Nick McCusker are second-generation beekeepers. Barry Hantz, third-generation beekeeper, Ellesmere will facilitate floor discussion. HOW TO REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF AFB WITHOUT BURNING HIVES American foulbrood (AFB), understanding ‘the beast’ at a pre-clinical, practical beekeeping level. How have honey bees naturally combatted AFB for centuries? What seasonal management strategies can be used to stop AFB getting to clinical levels in a hive? What do ‘bad’ beekeepers do to get AFB so that they then give it to ‘good’ beekeepers? How are we going to fix the problem and who is going to do it? Answers to these questions and more ... THE NATIONAL APICULTURE SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMME AT MPI AND SMALL HIVE BEETLE The National Apiculture Surveillance Programme conducts surveillance of exotic pests and diseases of honey bees in New Zealand. This is carried out through hive inspection and collection of samples for laboratory examination. One of the major exotic pests under surveillance is the small hive beetle, which is capable of causing significant impact to honey bee colonies if it entered New Zealand. Biography: Dr Ben Phiri is a veterinary epidemiologist and is part of the Biosecurity Surveillance Incursion Investigation Team based at Wallaceville in Upper Hutt. He oversees the national programme responsible for the surveillance of exotic pests and diseases of honey bees. Currently, he also has the task of reviewing the Animal Health Surveillance System. THE BEE PATHOGEN PROGRAMME AT MPI The New Zealand Bee Pathogen Programme is a three-year research programme funded by MPI. Sixty apiaries from around New Zealand were enrolled in the programme. Apiaries were inspected twice per year, and live bee samples collected. A total of five sampling rounds were conducted. Apiary managers were also interviewed regarding their stock management, colony losses and productivity. The study provides important information on diseases with relevance to trade and biosecurity and explores the relationships between bee pathogens and bee health—as measured by colony survival and productivity. Biography: Dr Richard Hall has diversity in a number of scientific fields but specialises in the detection and diagnosis of viral diseases affecting humans and animals. He has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Otago, where his studies looked at the genetic basis of human autoimmune disease. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship with AgResearch studying the genetics of cattle and deer. Richard is a hobbyist beekeeper. USING BIOACTIVE COMPOUNDS TO PROTECT HONEY BEES Bioactive compounds have an enormous potential to control pathogen/parasite infestation (e.g., Varroa mites, Nosema spp.) of honey bees. However, despite the fact that entomopathogens have showed specificity towards Varroa mite, their implementation as biocontrol agents are limited due to their establishment of the bio-inoculant in the hives. To overcome this limitation, we are focusing in the isolation of bioactive ingredients from these fungi to evaluate their impact against Varroa without harming bees. In addition, we are evaluating alternative strategies to obtain specific and more potent miticides using chemical biology. Biography: Dr Artemio Mendoza-Mendoza is a molecular biologist, currently focused in understanding the communication between organisms using biochemical and genetic tools. His research is currently directing his focus in the identification of natural molecules to overcome some issues that apiculture and agriculture sectors are facing. ECO-MANAGEMENT OF VARROA MITES USING A GENERALIST PREDATOR CHELIFER CANCROIDES Describing research that aims for sustainable biocontrol of varroa on bees by manipulating hive architecture to support breeding populations of the generalist predator, Chelifer cancroides, and booklice. Correctly positioned and protected, chelifer adults actively feed on varroa without harming bees but disappear from the hive when food runs out. The novelty is the inclusion of booklice, which feed on bee detritus and sustain the chelifers when varroa densities are low. Success of the chelifer system would allow for chemical control of varroa to be replaced with an organic sustainable control option in hives worldwide. Biography: Dr Ron van Toor is a crop protectionist at Plant and Food Research, with experience in integrated pest management systems, beekeeping and contract pollination. Apiculture research includes royal jelly production and mite control. THE GIANT WILLOW APHID & THE HARLEQUIN LADYBIRD BEETLE: TWO INVASIONS THAT AFFECT BEEKEEPERS & WHAT TO DO TO STOP MORE OF THEM The giant willow aphid and the harlequin ladybird beetle have both recently colonised New Zealand. Both affect the apiculture industry; one is a serious pest of willows with cascading impacts in rural ecosystems and the other is a voracious predator that is both a blessing and a curse—depending on your point of view. We provide a brief overview of both species and their impacts in a New Zealand context. We then provide an overview of biocontrol efforts underway at Scion to introduce a new parasitoid wasp to control giant willow aphid populations. BUILDING BEE FORAGE CAPACITY Trees for Bees NZ is scaling up planting by integrating multi-purpose bee forage into different types of land use. In our new Sustainable Farming Fund, MPI grant (starting July 2019), we will build capacity to plant more bee forage so that it becomes a frequent and common practice throughout New Zealand. We will provide training and online tools for what to plant, how, when and where. Our work is based on ten years of research providing superior bee nutrition and implementing multi-functional planting for landowners. Beekeepers participating in our research are reporting improved apiary performance on demonstration farms. We will present practical planting designs including several demonstration farms in the Waitaki Valley, Mid Canterbury farms and lifestyle blocks, along with urban planting. Trees for Bees NZ have recently gained charity status. RESPONSE TO AFB QUERY RECEIVED TODAY VIA OUR HUB WEBSITE: Yes, we talk openly about AFB in every Hub meeting and the recent Selwyn District, Mid Canterbury, AFB outbreak was identified thanks to reports from two different commercial beekeeper Hub members raising their concerns about AFB of unknown origin that they found in two different areas. ADDITIONAL BEEKEEPERS' DAY OUT INFO: SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY ALLERGY NURSE, SOUTH ISLAND HONEY BEE VENOM ALLERGY AND TREATMENT The Immunology service at Christchurch Hospital provides an outpatient-based service and regularly receives referrals of patients who have had anaphylaxis for assessment. This talk will touch on anaphylaxis diagnosis and treatment, bee sting reactions, the role of laboratory testing and our experience with bee venom desensitisation. Biography: Dr Ignatius (Iggy) Chua trained in London, United Kingdom and was appointed Consultant Immunologist at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board in 2015. His clinical practice involves seeing patients with autoimmunity, immunodeficiency and allergy. His other role is as an immunopathologist in Canterbury Health Laboratories, CDHB and has oversight on laboratory tests related to autoimmunity, immunodeficiency and allergy. Biography: Maija-Stina Out, Registered Nurse, works in the Immunology Department alongside Dr Chua. Once people have been offered venom desensitisation Maija-Stina arranges for this to be done in the Christchurch Hospital Medical Day Unit. Maija-Stina will share what people can expect to happen during desensitisation. Maija-Stina Out trained in Auckland, moving to the Mainland 16 years ago. Initially working in the Medical Day Unit, developing an interest in allergy. Maija-Stina’s role as the only adult Immunology/Allergy Nurse in the South Island was created five years ago. NEW TRADE DISPLAY CONFIRMATION: Beequip NZ, Motueka
  20. Hello Beekeeping friends, after a long time without bees, I am back and give it another go. As some of you know I needed to stop beekeeping as I developed a severe allergy against bee stings and after several anaphylactic shocks, (one of them almost killed me) I decided to stop with beekeeping. Then I started a new business and as things sometimes go a different way I went badly sick for a long time and I am still recovering but it looks all is going the right way now. As Beekeeping is a kind of addictive I can't stay away and decided to start again a bit with beekeeping. I needed to change my safety protocol "working with bees". Tapes and gumboots, adrenaline are my friends and tools now to make me a kind of bee proof. Looking forward to seeing how it works? There is nothing more rewarding as watching bees. Manfred
  21. The Black European honey bee has been appearing in my garden again, very glad to see some have made it, I took a photo of it and it looks fine and healthy. I had a black hive about twelve years ago, it was very different to the Italian bee in behavior, I did not have any trouble with aggression, it built up numbers very quickly in the spring although its numbers during the winter were small. I only had the hive for two years and then the hives in the Nelson area were destroyed because the Varroa mite had arrived. I have not seen any black swarms around and they were common around this area twenty years ago., so I am not sure how many are around. They are obviously survivors. RJONN
  22. Is anyone available to rescue a swarm in Christchurch. My brother has one at his place . Less than 2m off the ground in a walnut tree in Shirley.
  23. Hi all, I'm new to bee keeping(I don't even have any bees) but am quite interested in learning more about it and potentially doing it as a job. I'm just wondering what my best options would be to make that happen. Also if anybody knows of any farms nearby Hamilton that would be much appreciated. Cheers
  24. Hi appreciate some wisdom. Have a very busy single brood hive with two honey supers that want to treat with oxalic acid as usual but its so big I am worried if I suppress it down from the honey supers into a single brood box to treat it, it will swarm quickly. I am trying to avoid treating while the honey supers are on and if I use a separating board there will be bees that arnt treated in the top supers, any thoughts appreciated cheers Ken
  25. Has anyone any experience of this, either in NZ or overseas? The protagonists claim that in most cases, desensitization to bee stings, i.e. removal of the risk of anaphylaxis, is possible in an intensive course of treatment lasting as short as three days! Look it up.
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