north canterbury bee club

The North Canterbury Beekeepers Club welcomes you. 

Please note: No evening meeting in April with ANZAC day and Easter weekend being so close together.
No Sunday meeting May as the beekeepers day out is happening.
Head here to see the line up of speakers & to sign up.

We are a group of hobbyist beekeepers based north of Christchurch, New Zealand.        

Some of us have kept bees for many years, others are new to beekeeping.

Whether you currently keep bees, have in the past or just want to know more!,
you are welcome to come along.  We like to meet and learn from one another in a
social atmosphere.

Winter is coming, soon. Hives should have roughly 40kg of feed on board to see them through the winter and a feeder on top. Weak hives may not be able to store sugar feed in low temps, consider combining hives. Avoid opening hives below 13 degrees or when the bees are not flying.

Financial members can join here on Facebook too.

If you want to be part of the phoning and contacts list, it is available to financial members that have opted in. Please contact the secretary for your copy.

Hive Days:

The dates for our Hive meetings are from August to April inclusive.
May, June and July meetings are TBA and weather dependent.

Our regular Hive Day is on the second Sunday of the month.

Meetings will normally be at the property of

Olly Glintmeyer, 176 Giles Road, Clarkville.
This is where we have our club hives and extractor.

Please note changed times

Next Sunday Meetings: 9th June,  at Olly's place

First years  10.00 - 12.30: 
The start of the new beginners course, Q&A time.

00 Lesson plan for 22 lessons - Google Docs You can bring lunch for 12.30pm.  Tea, coffee and bikkies available free.

Second years  1pm till about 3pm
Wax moth and how to deal with it, repairing boxes and feeding.

Evening QnA:  Our regular evening meeting night is 10 days after Hive Day.

Please note new evening meeting place

Next evening meeting:  Wednesday 22nd May, 7pm,
Bruce Walker's place, 20 Regent Avenue, Rangiora

The dynamic, enthusiastic and knowledgeable Katherine Anderson, from Ecrotek, is our speaker.  She will talk to us about all things to do with beekeeping, and about bee gear that is commercially available.

Question time will follow, while we enjoy a cuppa and nibbles.


$25 for individuals or $40 per family for 12 months starting in August. A membership application form can be downloaded here and emailed to the secretary.

A lesson sign up form can be downloaded here and emailed to the secretary.

- Direct Credit to: Kiwibank, 38-9018-0175002-00, Nth Canterbury Beekeepers Club.
         Use your first initial, last name and item being payed for as reference. eg. NHobson sugar
- Cash, on one of our hive days or evening meetings to Noeline Hobson or Don Weaver.

Financial members benefit from;
- The club library, a wide variety of books on beekeeping, pests and diseases. Please sign out and sign back in any books you borrow.
- Access to the club's 4 frame extractor. Please do not pull the the extractor apart to clean it after you use it. Let it drain and then Olly will clean it as necessary.
- Discounted items such as sugar for feed in Autumn.
(By prior arrangement and payment)
- Access to a workshop for making/assembling hive parts during winter months. (By prior arrangement and at Olly's discretion)
- Our club news letter, sent out the first Sunday of each month.
- A great group to hang out with, ask questions of and share with.

A copy of the latest version of the club's constitution is available here by searching for the organisation number 2650171 in the Incorporated Societies Register.
Alternatively you can download the Google Doc version here   (This gives you the latest version with the changes highlighted)

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