Beekeeping Course

Embark on a course that will leave you buzzing!

Tutors: Mac Koia and Judy Knipmeijer!

There are many reasons why people take up beekeeping. It is a scientifically stimulating hobby, a great way to make additional income, involves kids in nature, enhances your outdoor or garden space, increases biodiversity, regenerates the dwindling bee species, contributes to critical pollination, and let’s not forget the bonus of the honey and wax!

Mac Koia, the passionate and knowledgeable founder of the Eastern Bay of Plenty Beekeepers Club and Judy Knipmeijer from Taratahi Agricultural Training, are offering you all an unbeelievably awesome course! It is comprehensive, exciting and affordable.

The course will cover the following: 

  • Introduction
    • Becoming a Beekeeper
    • History
    • Hobbyists Beekeeping
    • Environment
    • Allergies
    • Equipment
    • Hive types
    • Protection
    • Hive hygiene
    • The Honey Bee – Apis Melifera
    • Bee Life Cycle
    • Bee Brood Patterns
    • Disease and Management
    • Hive Placement
    • Four Seasons
    • Honey Flow
    • Feeding
    • Pests
    • Swarming
    • Making Splits
    • The Queen
    • Harvest, Wax, Propolis.
    Registration and red tape.
    • Beekeeping Resources.
    • Tutin
    • Varroa mite.
    • AFB

Please contact for more info and to register for the initial training meeting.

First up, we have a FREE and CASUAL interest meeting.
This first training meeting is a general introduction to see if beekeeping and continuing the rest of the course is something for you!

When: Saturday 28 April, 10am – 12pm
Historic Village Cinema.

Please contact for more info and to register for the initial training meeting.

Tutor, Mac Koia, is looking to find 10 committed participants to continue along on the beekeeping journey. The course will be 8 biweekly sessions (Saturday 10am – 12pm) in Tauranga, and some online material. He is offering a freebee starter hive upon completion of the course for your own backyard.

Total cost of the course:

$100 for Regional Environmental Network Group Members,

$150 for non-members