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Hi There, If you own or...

Hi There, If you own or know who owns a hive on the boundary of Koranui School in Stokes Valley can you let them know its been knocked over. It has green brood boxes and around 3 or 4 super of different colours. My colleague has just contacted me about it. Cheers Liz

Hi There, If you own or...

Hi There, If you own or know who owns a hive on the boundary of Koranui School in Stokes Valley can you let them know its been knocked over. It has green brood boxes and around 3 or 4 super of different colours. My colleague has just contacted me about it. Cheers Liz

WAX CAPPING/BEESWAX - Would...

WAX CAPPING/BEESWAX - Would anyone have any wax cappings they do not require. Couple of reasons - I’ve been making sandwich wax wraps in the School hols and there’s a few schools and kindergartens in the area that have been in touch asking me for some beeswax to educate the children on plastic free etc. I don’t have enough personally to spare so thought I’d ask here first. I am happy to take the cappings in any condition as I will boil up to make good. Thanks Shona 021897527

Newsletter Archive

I have added over 340 old club newsletters to the website over the last few days (that is over 30 years worth :).  We need to thank Sandie Matcham who scanned to original paper copies in the club archive for this exercise.

The newsletter archive can be accessed from the "Newsletters" menu entry in the top bar, or for a summary table you can go to "http://beehive.org.nz/newsletters/table-view".

The newsletter archive is complete back to February 1978 (the last 40 years), except for the following issues:

Beginners Beekeeping Course

Last year the club ran a course for beginner beekeepers which proved very popular, so it will be repeated again this year.  The course will consist of five x two-hour indoor sessions, plus one practical session at the Club's hives at Chartwell.

Hi I use oxalic acid as a...

Hi I use oxalic acid as a more control but the last couple of times instead of vaporizing it has turned into crystals that completely cover the hearing pan and look a bit like hoar frost. Is this because it's not getting hot enough? Has anyone experienced this and know how to fix it?

Are there any experienced...

Are there any experienced members that can come to my house to advise if I have a suitable location for a hive? I live in central Lower Hutt.

Understanding Tutin and the Risks

Please see attached document from MPI regarding Tutin and the risks to honey.  Whilst tutin is not a major risk to honey in the Wellington area, it is the responsibility of all beekeepers to be aware of the danger of tutin-infected honey.

All beekeepers are advised to follow the tutin standards, even if they do not intend to sell their honey.

Understanding Tutin and the Risks

Please see attached document from MPI regarding Tutin and the risks to honey.  Whilst tutin is not a major risk to honey in the Wellington area, it is the responsibility of all beekeepers to be aware of the danger of tutin-infected honey.

All beekeepers are advised to follow the tutin standards, even if they do not intend to sell their honey.

All about bee swarms

Bee Swarms are the natural way that bee colonies multiply to increase their numbers. In the world of bees, an individual is not the important entity, as most bees cannot reproduce. The important unit is the colony, which contains a queen (or occasionally multiple queens) responsible for laying eggs which the colony as a whole hatches and raises.  It is therefore important for the survival of bees, that colonies "reproduce", which is done by the bees splitting into two groups, one of which stay in the hive, and the other departs to find a new hive.

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