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Presidents Report

Presidents report

Please find attached the Presidents report and AGM information which is being held this Saturday at the Jefferies Road Catholic Hall.

Start time is 1P.M. and please bring a plate.

Beeline will be in attendance with goodies and the latest information

The AGM will be short and a Field Day will promptly follow.

ADVERT: Our secretary wants a break can someone please step forward to take up this exciting position!

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Working as a team

Hi Members,

Working as a Team!

What is a team? One explanation is group of people working together for a common cause. One might say a CLUB! And that is what the Christchurch Hobbyist Beekeepers Club Inc, is!

Because of this Covit thing our club has suffered.  Some members have been on the grounds planting, gardening, and lawn mowing: these people have my heartfelt thanks.

In October we will be having an working bee and this is what the cartoons should remind you of, we will need lots of members and gear,  so keep an eye out for a date and list of work to be done.

To the few people that have given me stick for moving the AGM dates and field days, well you can elect someone else at the coming AGM 26th of September.

The buck stops with me and I will not shirk my duty.

Members are the most important people and it is up to the management to ensure total safety:  risk taking is not an option.  We are nearly returning to normal and hopefully  all will be normal by October the 3rd which will be our first club grounds field days.

The AGM will also have some field day input plus Ecrotec presentation.  DO bring a mask if you want to, I am guessing we will be back to normal, but we have gone through a rough time so if you feel comfortable wearing a face covering do so.

FINALLY: A committee meeting is scheduled for 12th September, if you have a question or a remit for the AGM, this will be your last opportunity to notify the committee in writing, before the 12th,  either in writing or by appearance. Remits will not be accepted on the day of the AGM. For example: a remit might read: “Drop the word Hobbyist from our official title”.

Reason: Our title is too long for logos and why should we be different than any other beekeepers?

Somebody might like to put that thought forward for discussion at the AGM.


Paul O’Donnell


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Annual General Meeting

We have postponed the 2020 AGM because of being at Covid 19 alert level 2 – which requires us to socially distance and hold no gathering of over 100 people.

Saturday Sept 26th 2020 is the tentative, rescheduled date for the AGM and first Field Day of the season.

Thanks everyone for your understanding. Please reach out to any new beekeepers who may need your support at this time. I will suggest that interested newbees get in touch with committee members if they need help. Wishing you and your loved ones well. Take care.

Please consider standing for re-election to the committee in the coming year. You will need to declare your intention by completing a nomination form and returning it to me as soon as possible.

AGM start time is 1pm to 2pm, Club day to follow after in the  hall.

Talk and display by Ecrotek.Start of a new season talk of what is happening to your club  grounds.

Program of club days. See you at Holy Trinty Church Hall at 108 Jeffrey’s Road Bryndwr.

Afternoon tea     ….bring a plate of food to  share.
More chitchat than home.

Let me know if you have any questions.


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Queen thinks winter is coming

Well I’m pretty pleased with how my queen thinks winter is coming along and has started to get laying again. She has over a month off so  no brood capped NO varroa also. 
She started to lay two days ago with about 20 eggs. I will check in a week or so to see if all is well.
Feeding your bees has become the norm this year and we have added pollen patties food to keep them fit so when the spring comes it’s all go. We have all tasks completed over the lock down cleaning boxes, frames rewired so waiting for spring. Even cleaned my bee suits. 
If you want to get more gear don’t leave it to the last minute thinking that the retailer will have plenty of stock. Hopefully I will see you soon at the club grounds when we get back to normal. 

Gordon. Club Hivemaster. 

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May News Brief

Greetings Members,

Well we are nearly through the most trying time for some and perhaps the best paid holidays for others.

Hope you got much done over the prison period with your bees, even down to a lick of paint after the maintenance required for wintering down!

The weather of course has been quite balmy and we are all so fortunate to have had this lockdown during such an forgiving weather pattern, the temperatures have kept the bees active and flying and there appears to be a surprising amount of nectar still being generated by flowers!

However, do NOT stop feeding, in fact, keep that liquid sugar up and make sure you do not take too much honey off. The weather is bound to turn nasty sooner rather than later!

Bees are still breeding and they will need food for the newbees as well as themselves, likewise if the weather turns hellish much food will be consumed keeping the hive warm

Remember: bees to NOT hibernate. They cluster together in the brood box, mainly, creating heat, and they will rotate from the outside cluster perimeter to the comb face as the outer bee gets colder. So much energy is used: Energy= Heat!

Now at this stage there will be NO committee meeting tomorrow night (Monday) .

Our next field day, our last for the season, will probably be mid-May.

We will post immediately as soon as a safe period can be determined.

Regards to all

Paul O’Donnell


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Greetings Everyone

Greetings Everyone from prison Tuahiwi!,

Well we are well through the lockdown stage 1, it would appear!  How are you all shaping up to your compulsory holiday? Me? I’m loving it!

By now you would have hopefully cleaned out your hive(s) completed much needed maintenance like a replacement box or a repaint.

Got your hive up off the ground a bit? Winter is nearly here (I think), so those with vented bottoms shut them off with a bit of corflute (no, I meant the hive bottom box!)

If you are feeling lonely, go sit down near your girls and watch them.  You now have time to actually spend  because the garage is clean, gardening nearly done, minor maintenance completed (well soon anyway!)

You probably have your partner screaming in the house anyway! So take your Bee book and read the sections on bees ejecting stuff: bodies or apparently live young bees out of the hive.

Observe what these bees are doing with the youngsters and cross reference with your book or use the net (if your kids will let you on).

Watch what the wasps are doing, are they attacking bees on the ground, cutting them up and flying body parts out? If so, try and follow the direction they are going!

Study what product the bees are taking into the hive, watch for the actions of bees, how they communicate with each other.

Study where your hive is, in the open to the cold southerly?  Now that the sun is going into winter mode, will your hive get the full effects of the sun?

Finally and most important,  have you wintered down properly and are you feeding sugar both dry and liquid (2 to 1) mix? Remember our hive master Gordon has a power of knowledge he is only too happy to answer any questions: 0275389568.

THE ATTACHMENT: this is from a friend of mine who operates a First Aid supply business. The hand sanitiser is of top quality so just ring or send an email. The prices include delivery by local mail.

Keep on Keeping on (KoKo).

Paul O’Donnell


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canceled event

Field Days cancelled


Please be advised that the club Field Days will be cancelled until further notice in keeping with the current government regulations.

As soon as there is a change I will, by way of Google groups email, and our Web site, release a further statement.

Therefor our Apiary is closed to all persons except our gardeners, hive master and selected people authorised by me.

These are mainly committee members. When you do enter the Apiary please use soap and water and wash your hands thoroughly

before touching club equipment.

If you are buying second hand hive components etc., wear disposable gloves and disinfect all items immediately,

still with your gloves on of course!

Again we in Christchurch face troubling times, so, heads up, follow the rules and look forward to normal times soon!

Paul O’Donnell


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Beekeepers’ Day Out


Improving Bee Health and Sustainable Hive Production

SUNDAY 17 MAY 2020



Event Properties

Event Date 17-05-2020
Registration Start Date 05-03-2020
Cut off date 04-05-2020
Individual Price $65 for APINZ members and members of affiliated clubs, $75 for non members
Location Lincoln University


Please advise any dietary or mobility requirements. Theatre is tiered. Registrations close 4th 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 

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Selling a hive protocol

Here are some of the rules concerning the transfer and selling of hives:

1. When a hive is transferred from one beekeeper to another it is a requirement upon the seller to guarantee that the hive is free of any diseases and other pathogens as well as unwelcome insects such as varroa, etc.

This requirement is written into law.

2. The seller must ensure that the buyer has registered the site upon which the hive will be placed and that the site meets any local requirements and by-laws.

3. If the buyer is a new beekeeper then the seller must furnish the buyer with a form so that the site can be registered with the authorities. Very often the seller will assist the buyer to fill out the form. This is because a requirement on the form is that the coordinate map reference using the NZ 260 maps must be given and it is most likely that the new beekeeper will be totally unfamiliar with this.

Registration is free but it is nonetheless a lawful requirement.

4. When a seller transfers a hive to a new beekeeper then the seller will also give support for a minimum period of (usually) six months so that the health and well being of the hive can be periodically checked and maintained in the new condition. Working with the buyer, many skills can be transferred to the buyer so he/she can maintain the hive without further assistance. Telephone and email support is also usually offered.

5. Normally, the seller will advise upon the best place to site a new hive. This is typically in a position so that morning rising sun will be on to the front of the hive. The placement should also be free of cold wind, dampness and other livestock and threats to the hive. A hive strap is often needed, particularly if the area suffers from seismic activity such as is the case in most of Christchurch.

6. The new beekeeper must be educated with some of the facts concerning bee colonies to ensure that the novice is not placed in any danger. Bees can be aggressive and can inject a toxin via a stinger at the bees rear end. Some people react badly to this toxin to the point that breathing becomes impossible and in some cases death may ensue. Some others suffer huge swelling that can be dangerous to health.

It is therefore imperative to wear a protective suit with a veil and suitable gloves.

7. Members of the new beekeepers family and friends must be told of any dangers that may occur when working around bees. This particularly applies to children and family pets. Bee venom is highly toxic to dogs

Derek T Skinner

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