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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 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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Working Bee, Saturday 25/9

We’ve hired a wood chipper to chip the branches that have been cut down at the Club grounds. It would be awesome to have a couple of crews to share the work chipping this Saturday.

Early start, and all welcome

  • Always some weeds to pull
  • Some painting of the pump shed
  • Clean up the BBQ

Please help us get ready for the Club Day on Saturday 2nd October.

Contact Gordon for more details.

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Working bee on Saturday 11th of September

Thanks for the effort that all turned up to make ready for the Club Day on 2nd October. We hope that all will be good for a fantastic first Club Day this season.

AGM will start at 10.30am.then into the club programme, BBQ lunch …..

Open hives and lots of questions about what you should have done.

More information next week.

Thanks Gordon.

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Beekeeping help and advice

The good news is here so please call me if you are having any trouble with your bees. It is essential that you can look after them. By now blossom is arriving all around us so when the sunshine gets out they will be happy bees.

The most important part is to get into your hives, clean up the frames, discard dirty frames with new ones. Look  for Queen cells. The warm weather snaps we have been getting will make Swarms starting now.

Next make decision of whether you are going to put treatment in for Varroa. It needs to be done and removed before the HONEY flow.

I advise that Club Day on Saturday 4th.September is canceled….again….but as soon as possible we can have Club Day we will. Thanks Gordon Club  Hivemaster. Ph  0275389568.

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Newbee Introductory Course.

Good news here.

The club is to hold a special training course for Newbees! Hive Master Gordon and AFB inspector Lindsay Moir are the tutors.

The charge will be $150.00 per club member and $190 per non-member. Two days from 9am to 4.30 am on Saturday 18th and 25th Sept. Booking is essential.

This is a full and very thorough introductory course to bee keeping from two very experienced tutors!

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Greetings club members.

Yet again I have to announce a cancellation of the coming AGM on Saturday 21, because of Covid.

All officers of the club will maintain their present status until the AGM date is reset.

I know you will share my frustration as we seem to have cancelled a number of events this last year or so because of weather

and Covid. This new form of Covid it is really quite deadly, and although the chances of it affecting the South Island is less than the North Island,

I cannot countenance having any of our member’s put in danger. You will be notified as soon as a clear path forward becomes available.


Attached are the minutes of the last committee meeting for your perusal. Any questions or suggestions please contact me by email (

In the second attachment you will find the rules pertaining to the club site (apiary). All persons on site must follow these, members or not!.

The third attachment is the actual club rules for all members.

As member’s, please ensure that you know and understand them and be able to assist Newbees! Also if you wish to have something added or changed

the next AGM is the place. So write up your suggestion or submission and send it to me or the secretary.

Honey Flow,

Are you ready? Boxes prepped, disease control ready? Refresh yourselves with the myriad of available written and electronic information and talk to other

experienced beekeepers within our club, the hive master for instance!. I feel that September will be clear start, though, I note my bees are already bringing pollen and nectar.


Paul O’Donnell


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Greetings Members


Hello Team,

SORRY but the hive master informs me the apiary is awash with water.

It is pointless hoping for the best, therefore, tomorrow has been cancelled.

So folks see you all at the AGM .

Don’t forget to be thinking about any business you wish to bring forward, now is your chance!





Well in two days’ time starting 10-30am we have our first Field Day of the new beekeeping season.

Then, two weeks after that on the Saturday 21st, will be our AGM!

The question, as usual, it seems is should we hold the field day as we are in a band of inclement weather?

Well, we have hive preparation work to do before the honey flow which is looming on the horizon! In fact I am not sure if my bees have gone

nuts because the temperature outside is dead on 9 Deg and they are flying straight and true directly into the South- West returning with loads pollen..

Apart from the four hives lost due to AFB the other two are looking fine and, this is the first time I have nearly got through winter without cold weather problems.

The brood boxes are wrapped and the hives are now about 230mm clear of the ground on pedestals.

And, we have also had a number of minus 6deg frosts in the paddock this year! I digress!

This Saturday will be held unless it is absolutely pouring down but the weather prognosis to date is for partly cloudy and 12degC.

Keep an eye out on the web page or this email for any possible changes. It is doubtful at the moment if we will open any hives.

Still, this is a critical time to prepare your hive(s)

The syllabus will be as follows:

Cleaning frames and boxes, repairing and painting.

Prepping hives for the honey flow and what you will need and do.

Discuss weather and variations: colony collapse.


Cleaning of equipment or disposal of.

In depth discussion on the new season.

AGM: have you put in a submission: what is a submission and why? This can be on voting or general items you want discussed.

I will post a confirmation again early Saturday morning and do check the web site as well.


Paul O’Donnell


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