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Field Day
This Saturday the 7th of September is CANCELLED.
NEXT Saturday the 14th of September will be our first official Field Day.
All welcome.


SUBS now due for 2020 $40.00 per family.

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

AGM 17 August 2019, 1:00pm

Nominations can be sent to the club secretary chchbeekeepers@gmail.com

Honey Show and our speaker Clifton King of AFM management
Catholic Church Holy Trinity Hall,
108 Jefferies Rd
Here's a link to the Google map to show folks how to get there
https://bit.ly/2MhKvUm -Google Maps link


Christchurch Hobbyist Beekeepers Honey Show

The 2019 Honey Show will be held at the AGM, so do come along and enter

your hive products.

We have a wide range of bee products, beekeeping inventions, and photos.

All classes are for hobbyists with less than 40 hives. A shield is awarded to the

entrant with the most points overall and a novice shield is awarded to a first or

second year beekeeper. (This must be stated at the time).

General Rules:

• Members may only have one entry per class. If required, guidance will be given as to

which class your entry should be exhibited in. The judges decision will be final.

• Exhibits must be delivered at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the judging.

• Liquid and creamed honey and pollen must be in standard 500 gm square or round

plastic jars with white lids.

• No labels on jars.

• Only exhibits from Financial members will be accepted.

• Write your initials (which may be on a small sticky label) on the BASE of the exhibit.


1. Dark honey creamed

2. Dark honey liquid

3. Light honey creamed

4. Light honey liquid

5. A cut, boxed section of wooden or plastic foundation capped honey

6. Wax blocks 500 gm minimum weight

7. Mead 750 ml clear glass bottle

8. Pollen 500 gm square "round"

9. Edible items that include products from the hive (could include honey cake,

propolis lozenges etc)

10. Non edible bee related crafts (e.g. candles, bee jewelry etc)

11. No 8 Wire class - inventions and gadgets

12. Bee related photograph which must be a photo taken by yourself

Details of each class

1 & 2. Dark honey or light creamed honey The entrant is to decide which class to enter.

The judge will take notice of flavour, colour, fineness of grain and freedom from foreign

material. Please remember to obtain standard show jars. The reason for this uniformity

is that different types of jars have varying light densities depending on the thickness of

the glass.

3 & 4. Liquid honey light or dark same criteria as above.

5. Sections wooden or plastic. Points awarded for flavour, comple-tion of capping and

freedom from travel stains. Entrants are urged to present their exhibits to the best

advantage. E.g. propolis should be removed and the woodwork cleaned by sanding or

other means. Exhibits to be in clear plastic comb section boxes. Plastic rounds or squares

must have clear plastic covers.

6. Wax -each exhibit must be at least 500gms in weight and from this season. It must be

presented as tipped from the mould; points will be lost for chipping or scraping. The

Judge will look for colour, texture and purity. No restriction as to the shape of the

mould. Entrants are advised not to heat wax in iron or enamel containers as this can

discolour the wax, for prefer-ence use an aluminium container. Do not overheat the wax;

strain through stocking or similar; cool very slowly as this makes for uniformity of

texture and freedom from cracking. Avoid propolis as this tends to darken the wax. Pure

bees wax only to be used. One tea-spoon of vinegar helps to clarify wax.

7. Mead 750 ml clear glass bottle with removable cork or screw top.

8. Pollen must be dried with debris removed.

9. Baked goods -minimum of 1 plate of baked goods or sufficient other edible product

for the judges to assess adequately.

10. Bee related products , must be hand-crafted -can be made of any material, or art

work, e.g. poster, short story, poem.

11. Inventions and gadgets to be used in relation to beekeeping.

12. Photographs must be at least A5 in size, unframed, colour or mono.


Go to   http://www.afb.org.nz/beekeeping-courses  for a list of centres and dates where courses are to be held.  At the bottom of this list is an application form.

Any queries should be directed to Janette Gwilliam at  training@afb.org.nz  or phone  045660773

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!!!!!!!

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!

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