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Field Day is Sat 4th Dec

The next Field Day is Sat 4th Dec – it’s our Xmas Party.  

We are required to enforce the new government regulations.

No person will be allowed in the apiary, i.e. the club grounds, unless your Covid Passport is presented and checked.

There will be no exceptions!


For those not wanting to involve with item No1, please present at 8-30 to do a wee bit of gardening: weeding that sort of thing.

See Irene Siemonek or phone her 027 3577450 for instructions on what needs to be done. Then at 10.30 go on to general club business.

Programme for field day:

830hrs                                  Gardening etc.

900hrs                                  those newbees or older members wishing to advance knowledge. Training on basics, eg frames/woodenware/varroa treatments.

1030 hrs                               arrival of everyone else, names in register, scanning, and checking vaccine passes, general discussion.

1100 hrs                               tea break

1130hrs                                field day education meeting:

1200 hrs                               lunch sausage sizzle.

1300hrs                                open hives and instructions on practical applications of beekeeping.

1400hrs                               General discussion where members can raise questions, requests etc. Conclusion.     

Remember Parents: NO children under the age of five must go past the yellow and black stakes during opening of the hives.

An exception for under-fives, except one and two year olds, if they are fully kitted out in bee suits only.


There will be workshops as we did in November and please bring a little something for lunch, BBQ provided, which caters for both non-gluten-free and gluten free diets.

If there is something specific you would like covered please let us know in good time by contacting a committee member.

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Women’s Hive Group

Will meet Irene at 10.30am Wednesday 17th November 2021 at the Club Site. Weather permitting.

This opportunity relies on having a confirmed group of between 5-10 women who have confirmed with Irene and Dave on 0277822416 and would like to come along. 

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Field Day and Beeline

This Saturday is our Field Day the weather should be fine and therefore no cancellation notices needed.

Club Field Day this Sat. 06.11.21 start time 10.30am

This Saturday’s programme covers:

  • Swarm control, disease management, COI’s Supering up, storage of honey, assemby and wiring and waxing.
  • Wax – did you know wax is not allowed city council bins.
  • 9.00am start, to workshop with Jeff R. to clean, rewire, embed foundation, to prepare boxes for the day.
  • 9.00am start for gardeners too, the weeds are needing to be gone for the bees to get more assess to the flowering plants.

Unfortunately Beeline cannot attend the Saturday. They are seriously down on product and in fact can bring little up from Dunedin. It is a shame but the building industry as a whole are starting face serious shortages of materials, notably framing for houses.

It jars one to see the huge swath of logs still going out of Lyttleton whilst our local industry suffers.

A full program is being published so I look forward to seeing you all at around 10:30.am onwards.

Would those people wishing to have a seat on the committee come forward and meet with me as I would like to have a quick discussion with you. Also persons with other queries or ideas also meet with me.

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