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Field Day, 6 Dec 2014 See FIELD DAYS,

SUBS for 2014 $25 per family
Payment can be posted to Kerry at 28 Fairway Drive, Shirley. Also online is ok too.
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ARE YOU REGISTERED,  IF NOT WHY NOT ,  IF YOU HAVE A HIVE YOU MUST BE REGISTERED,  This is all part of bee keeping and helping to control AFB so please do your bit for the good of our hobby and those precious wee fuzzy bees!!!!!!!


Shirts  $35      Caps  $20



29th November 2014

Kindly sponsored by Agribusiness

An American Foul Brood Recognition and Elimination course is to be held on Saturday 29th November 2014. The cost of the course is $35. The cost of the test at the present time is an additional $30, these are two separate costs and are paid to two different bank accounts.


The course will be at Lincoln University. The venue is the Young Farmers Memorial Hall Club. Directions to the YFMHC can be found on http://www.chchbeekeepers.org.nz/


The course will run from 8.45am to 1.30pm followed by a break for lunch of one hour. Bring your own lunch.  Tea and coffee will be provided at morning break and at lunch.  The test will commence at 2.30pm. 40 minutes is allowed for the test, though most candidates are finished in less than 20 minutes. The course is based on the book “Elimination of American Foulbrood Disease without the use of Drugs” the author is Mark Goodwin. This book can be obtained from Ecroyd Bee Supplies, 6a Sheffield Crescent, Christchurch. Ph. 358 7498 or from the NBA.  It is also available from some other beekeeping suppliers.

To register your interest and for any inquiries contact Lindsay Moir or Jeff Chandler (contact details further down the page).

If you are interested in attending, please supply your details as listed below. There is no commitment in registering but we need to know how many are likely to turn up

Would you please advise other beekeepers that you believe may have an interest in the course, and of the required details below.

  1. Given name.
  2. Family name.
  3. LANDLINE phone No.
  4. Mobile phone No.
  5. Physical address.
  6. Email address.
  7. Wish to attend course and the test.
  8. Wish to attend the course only.
  9. Registration number.  You need to be a registered beekeeper and to sit the test have one year of beekeeping experience.
  10. Are you a commercial beekeeper or employed by a commercial beekeeper. If you do not have your own personal beekeeper registration number please include your employers number here.

At the course you will be provided with a handout, on which you should make notes etc. Bring your AFB manual, a pen and it is suggested that you bring along a highlighter pen, a pencil, a rubber and a few sheets of paper for any other notes you may wish to make.

It is most important to be able to identify the conditions of the 15 test paper photos, as an incorrect answer will be a fail for the test paper. These 15 test paper photos are available on the Chrischurch Hobbyist Beekeepers Club website   http://www.chchbeekeepers.org.nz/

Please advise us if you have trouble reading English (i.e. second language, dyslexia, etc).

The $35 course fee is payable to L N Moir, account number 117892-0103292-55 . Please identify your payment by ensuring that your name and phone number appear on Lindsay’s bank statement. If paying by cheque please write your name and phone number on the back of the cheque. Payment may be made over the counter, please contact Lindsay for details.







Mary-Ann Lindsay

26 Cunliffe St.


Wellington. 6037

ph. 04 478 3367




$35 to account number 117892-0103292-55

Lindsay Moir

33 Shackleton St

New Brighton


home. 3883313

mobile. 021 1166713


Jeff Chandler

2 Cherryburton Place.

Christchurch 8013

Home. 4211994

mobile. 0223064250 please text as rarely carried..



Directions to the Young Farmers Memorial Club Hall.

From Christchurch take Springs Road to Lincoln university.   At the roundabout junction of Springs Road and the university, continue through the roundabout (still Springs Road) for about 300 metres and turn right into entrance number 3.   Take the first right again into the car park (Orchard Car Park)) and go to the opposite side of the car park.   Park and make your way between the high building on the left and the low building on the right, turn right and enter that low building.

See (Building 15) Lincoln University layout on


Official AFB Photos (test Paper Photos)

Directions to Club Site (Click here)

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Welcome to the Christchurch Hobbyist Beekeepers' Club 

Based in the beautiful Garden City of Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand, our club has over 160 active members and has been supporting local beekeepers for over thirty years.

The purpose of our club is to support beekeeping in Christchurch, for both professional and hobbyist beekeepers.  Beekeeping is becoming ever more popular and our club is here to help people learn about bees, how to keep them and how to produce bee products.  Of course, that includes honey, one of the purest foods and the only food produced by insects.

Our club members include individuals and families and we welcome contact from anyone with an interest in bees.  It doesn't matter if you just want to know more, if you think you might like to become a beekeeper or if you already have some hives; our club is the place for you.

We believe that the 
best way to learn is by doing!  We have a regular programme of Field Days where more experienced hive masters demonstrate some of the skills and techniques used in beekeeping today.  Club members are encouraged to get involved and play an active role, whether by helping to set up, lifting boxes of honey, lighting the smokers or brewing the tea. 

Although we are a volunteer organization, we have an elected Committee with formal roles such as President, Secretary and Treasurer as you would expect.  All of our Committee members are volunteers and we actively encourage every member to play an active role in making the Club a success. 

You will learn more about our Club and the opportunities we offer as you travel through the rest of our website.  In the meantime, if you have any questions or feel that you would like to know more about what the Club can do for you, please send an email to chch.beekeepers@gmail.com.  Better still, come along to our next Field Day and have a taste of locally produced gold.

We look forwards to seeing you there!


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Photos on our web site are credit to David Alexander where marked