Stories and Tales-Approved Ramblings

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RAMBLINGS OF AN "APPROVED PERSON"
By Andrew Beech
As many of you know, I have been carrying out surveillance work on behalf of Agriqual to find out how far the varroa mite has spread in the Haywards Hill area. I have also done some work in the Wainuiomata, Tawa and Paraparaumu areas. The weather at first was shocking, but I picked what I thought would be two good days – one for putting in strips and the second to take them and the sticky boards out.

RAMBLINGS OF AN "APPROVED PERSON"

By Andrew Beech

Crop Report, February 2001

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Crop Report

Looks like an above average honey crop for our area. Some members have hives 8 high. Good early Kamahi and a long protracted pohutukawa flow. Bees were slow in going on to manuka but eventually did. Further north they received rain and clover has produced well. Now that we are in drought conditions most honey sources have dried up.

Generally over the country honey production has been mixed. Some up and some down. Manuka in the far north was rained out so will be in shortage. Bulk Prices for this honey have already risen to $5.00 per kg.

Frank Lindsay

About Bee Pollen

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About Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is the male seed of a flower blossom which has been gathered by the bees and to which special elements from the bees has been added. The honeybee collects pollen and mixes it with its own digestive enzymes. One pollen granule contains from one hundred thousand to five million pollen spores each capable of reproducing its entire species.

Hive Construction Workshop

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There’s a  hive construction and wax dipping  workshop next Saturday 16 July .  It will be from 1.30 – 4pm at  206 Coast Road, Wainuiomata (about 2km south of Wainuiomata) – look for the ‘Honey For Sale’ sign at the gate on the right hand side of the road.

Come along to learn how to assemble hive boxes and wooden frames.  If you want to make up your own, you will need to organise your hive equipment beforehand.  John’s email is johnburnet@xtra.co.nz  Tel  04-232 7863.  We’ll have some nails and framing wire available if you need it.

Official Beekeeper Returns

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We’ve received our annual AFB disease returns in the mail recently with a due return date of 1 June.

Some new members may not be aware of the ropes so here’s the drill.

Every beekeeper completes this form and sends it in.  However, if you haven’t got a DECA enabling you to check your own hives for AFB, you will be sent an annual disease inspection form in the next month or so.

This is due by the middle of December at the latest and is signed by someone with a DECA who has checked your hives for AFB sometime between 1 August and 30 November.

Calendar 2016

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Calendar of club meetings for 2016

 

Beginners

Main

Workshops

3 Feb

Looking after your new hive

Steffan Browning - Greens’ neonicotinoids campaign.

21 Feb: Honey Extraction

2 Mar

Varroa Treatment

Paul Chapman - Eliminating Wasps

Photo Competition Rules

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There are four Categories:

1. People and Environment

Portrayal of the people, activities, locations and environments that comprise the world of beekeeping

2. Bees

Photographs that reveal insights into the life cycle, habits and biology of the bee

3. Photo story

A series of four photographs that tell a story on any theme to do with bees and beekeeping

4. Creative / Open

Mead Competition Rules

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Mead Competition Rules

The following rules govern the Annual Mead Competition of the Wellington Beekeepers Association:

  • The mead must be derived from fermented honey.
  • Entries must be in a clear glass bottle (preferably 750ml) and secured with a cork or replaceable cap or stopper.
  • Sparkling mead should be presented in stronger bottles designed to hold a liquid under pressure.
  • The judge’s palate is final.

There will be four classes:

Honey Competition Rules

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The aim of this competition is to get members to prepare and present a sample of their own honey.

A cup is awarded to the winner of the liquid honey class.

There are three classes in the competition:

Facts about Tutin

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Tutin toxin is potentially fatal to humans and can get into honey collected by bees in the Wellington region.

You need to understand the risks associated with Tutin and manage your hives to minimise these risks and keep your honey safe.

The following information will help you to do this.

The Bee Products Standards Council (PBSC) have produced a series or three pamphlets that explain what tutin is and how to manage it:

Configuring My Account

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There are a number of settings on your account that need to be configured.  In all cases select the "My Account" link in the "User Menu" on the left, and then click on the "Edit" tab at the top.

1. Time zone

This is used for displaying the time of various events recorded in the system.  In almost all cases, you should select "Pacific/Auckland" which is the generic New Zealand time zone.

2. Picture

You can upload a picture or avatar to go with your account.,  This will be displayed in various places, and against posts that you make.

Swarms: Offer to receive

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Members can flag their willingness to receive swarms that have been collected by a member but are surplus to his/her requirements. To get on the swarm recipient list, please go to your account (easiest to follow the link on the User Menu on the left), and click on the "Edit" tab. Tick the checkbox labeled "Receive swarms" and enter details of your availability to receive a swarm. These details will be shown along with your name and phone number on the map available to members wanting to find a home for a surplus swarm.

Swarms: Offer to collect

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Members can offer to collect swarms as a service to the public. To get on the swarm collection list, please go to your account (easiest to follow the link on the User Menu on the left), and click on the "Edit" tab. Tick the checkbox labeled "Collect swarms" and enter details of the area and time you are available to respond to a swarm requiring collection. These details will be shown along with you name and phone number on the map available to people wanting to find a swarm collector.

Next Meeting

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When: Wednesday 5th October 2016, starting at 7:30pm

Where: Johnsonville Community Centre & Upstairs Room (see below) Everyone welcome!

Topic: 1) Phil Lester on native bees; 2) Dealing with anaphylaxis and use of epipen

Beginners (Upstairs Room) from 7:00 to 7:30  - Introducing a new queen (please be on time).

NOTE: the club's monthly Meeting is the 1st Wednesday of each month (except January)

Club Information

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Join the club

Purchasing from the Club

  • Please make payment to:
  • Wellington Beekeepers Association Incorporated
  • Account number: 03-1534-0009311-000
  • Payment instructions: Please use your name in the particulars field, and the order number in the reference field

Calendar of Activities

Nucleus Colonies 2015

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Members are now invited to order nucs colonies with a new season’s laying queen in each.

The Wellington Club has placed a bulk order with a Manawatu commercial beekeeper.

Owing to the amount of interest from members (over 100 nucs are likely to be required) orders are being taken only via the Club website www.beehive.org.nz.

This will significantly streamline the whole process and ease workload for the organising committee.

Cost will be $220 each which includes a re-usable Hive Doctor core-flute nuc box.

Bees at Berhampore School

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Tony Eagle & NZ Beekeeper: July edition

Tony Eagle has been teaching students about bees and bee products at Berhampore School. You can read the article by double-clicking the images below. Otherwise, see the article in the journal itself.  Well done Tony!

Thank you Andrew

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It is with profound sadness that the club acknowledges the death of Andrew Beach on Sunday 24th May 2015 following a brief illness.

Andrew had been part of the Club for many years, since he arrived in New Zealand from England. Over the years he served on the committee in various roles – President, Treasurer, Secretary and more recently committee member, tutor and presenter of the Club’s own Beginners Beekeeping DVD.

 The club extends our condolences to Marion and his family.

 

Internation Meeting of Young Beekeepers

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The IMYB invites young beekeepers to take part in an international beekeeping experience to meet enthusiastic people from other countries, who enjoy being in touch with bees. The event takes place in Slovakia in the Centre of Special Education of Beekeeping in Banska Bystrica and is organized by Secondary Vocational School from 9th to 12th of July, 2015.

If you wish to take part in IMYB 2015, please send a confirmation of your participation (numbers only at this stage) before January 31st 2015 to either:

Jiří Píza (IMYB co-ordinator): piza@apislab.cz

Mentoring and AFB Checks

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Mentors and DECA Holders

Here is a list of club members who are willing to help those who are new or have a situation which they are not sure how to handle.

Also listed are those who are willing to check hives for AFB and are able to sign the Certificate of Inspection which non DECA holders have to submit by the end of November each year.

The areas which they are willing to cover are also indicated.

Honey Competition Rules

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The aim of this competition is to get members to prepare and present a sample of their own honey.

A cup is awarded to the winner of the liquid honey class.

There are three classes in the competition:

Photo Competition Rules

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Four Categories:

1. People and Environment

Portrayal of the people, activities, locations and environments that comprise the world of beekeeping

2. Bees

Photographs that reveal insights into the life cycle, habits and biology of the bee

3. Photo story

A series of four photographs that tell a story on any theme to do with bees and beekeeping

4. Creative / Open

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