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Field Day 5 Dec 2015, 1:30pm

Hi everyone,

Field days are for members only. Those who are new are welcome to come a few times, then become a member for $25

**Parking will be available up the drive and in the first paddock on the left (if the ground is dry)**

We expect you to bring your own bee suit.  Limited number of suits available only to first time new people being introduced to beekeeping.

DO NOT bring any gloves to our hive site as this can spread disease.

**Cancellations will be posted to the website so please check if you are unsure, or you are very welcome to phone a committee member to confirm**

SUBS for 2015/16 $25 per family.

Payment can be posted to Kerry at 28 Fairway Drive, Shirley. Also online is ok too.
How to join

Beekeeper Registration

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

Directions to Club Site (Click here)

Beekeeper related articles

Christchurch Bee Stories and Tips (looking for article writers) at http://chchbeekeepers.blogspot.co.nz/

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!



 28th November 2015


Kindly sponsored by Agribusiness


An American Foul Brood Recognition and Elimination course is to be held on Saturday 28th November 2015. The cost of the course is $40. The cost of the test at the present time is $30. PLEASE NOTE, these are two separate costs and are paid to two unrelated bank accounts. Details later in this notice.

The course will run from 8.45am (please be there by 8.30) 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 or from the NBA.  It is also available from some other beekeeping suppliers.

Contact Lindsay Moir or Jeff Chandler to register your interest and for any inquiries (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.

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.

10.   If you are employed as a commercial beekeeper, please provide the company name and registration number here.

At the course you will be provided with a handout, on which you should make notes etc. Bring your AFB manual (the yellow book), a pen and it is suggested that you bring along a highlighter pen, a pencil, eraser 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 Christchurch Hobbyist Beekeepers Club website. here

These photos are also shown on page 55 of The NZ Beekeeper of October 2014 Vol. 22 No 9.

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

Pay the $40 course fee no later than the 12th November preferably by Direct Credit to Mr. Lindsay N Moir, account number 117892-0103292-55   Ensure you put your name & phone number in the reference fields.  An email or other communication alerting Linday Moir to the deposit would be appreciated.  Individual payments are not acknowledged.  Early payment will improve your prospect of a place on the course.

If paying by cheque please write your name and phone number on the back of the cheque.  Payment may be made over the counter, contact Lindsay for details. Indicate if a receipt is required, these will be distributed at the course venue


Lindsay Moir

33 Shackleton St

New Brighton


home. 3883313

mobile. 021 1166713




Jeff Chandler

2 Cherryburton Place.

Christchurch 8013

Home. none

mobile. 0223064250 please text as rarely carried..




The venue is the Young Farmers Memorial Club at the Lincoln University campus.. 

See building No 15 on the nearside of the Orchard Car Park on the campus layout at http://www.lincoln.ac.nz/Documents/footer/Lincoln-University-Campus-map.pdf


Driving from Christchurch along Springs Road, cross Ellesmere Road (Roundabout) and continue for 300 metres.  Turn right into the campus at the number 3 entrance and first right into the Orchard Car park.  Drive to the opposite side of the car park and park up.  The venue is the second building from your left adjacent to the car park.



Test Paper Application here AFB Test Paper Application


Please download the Test Paper Application

Mary-Ann Lindsay

26 Cunliffe St.


Wellington. 6037

ph. 04 478 3367


Account number 15-3959-0146898-02 ( Note the 02 suffix number).

Please provide proof of electronic and over the counter payments with your  application




Photos on our web site are credit to David Alexander where marked
Christchurch Hobbyist Bee Club,
18 Oct 2015, 02:24