The club offers an introductory course for those new to beekeeping. The course consists of two 4-hour sessions. The tutors are Otto Hyink and Murray Rixon both with many years’ experience of beekeeping.
The first session is theory on honey bees and beekeeping held at the Malcam Trust, 45 Maori Road, Dunedin. The second is a practical demonstration, held at Murray Rixon’s apiary on the Taieri, where participants are able to view inside a hive and learn the basics of how to care for a colony.
The theory session is held in late winter/early spring and the practical is held shortly after but when the weather is suitable to open a hive i.e. warm and dry. The club has a limited number of bee suits that may be borrowed for the practical session. The number of participants is limited to 16 for the practical session.
Demand for this course usually exceeds the number of places available. Those who express interest in beekeeping throughout the year are notified in mid to late winter of the dates and cost of the course together with an application form. For further details of the course email Brian Ellis or phone him at 027 460 5985.
Fraser Bees – Beekeeping for Beginners
Fraser Bees offers a beginners beekeeping course several times each year. Fraser Bees is owned and run by Chris Fraser who has been keeping bees for the last five years and has 100 hives located south of Dunedin. Chris is also a bee breeder with farming and tertiary teaching experience. The course is run in small groups over 10 sessions and includes hands on work with their hives. The course is designed specifically for non-commercial beekeepers. The goal of the course is to learn the basic skills needed to keep hives healthy, productive and survive the winter.
Otago Polytechnic Courses
New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3)
Graduates of this programme will be able to work as an assistant beekeeper for commercial operators, as an independent beekeeper with a small number of beehives or even develop their own business. Alternatively, they will be able to pathway into Level 4 Apiculture training (either as a Leading Hand or specialising in queen bee rearing).
New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 4)
This programme will enable graduates to operate as a Leading Hand in a commercial operation or to run their own commercial operation.
New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Queen Bee Rearing)
This programme will enable graduates to rear queen bees for a commercial operation or to operate their own queen-rearing operation. Graduates will be able to work independently and could supervise others.
For further information see www.op.ac.nz.