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Hire our extraction room

Our food-grade extraction room is available for members to hire from 1st December to 30th April. It holds a current NP1 certificate (certified by an independent verifier) confirming it complies with the Food Act 2014 as a certified premise to extract and jar honey.   

Cost breakdown

Payment in full is needed to secure your booking.

  • $40 hireage fee
  • $20 cleaning fee
  • $10 per box extraction fee
  • $72 per box of 72 (400ml/500g) glass jars and lids (optional – see below)

Hireage fee

Increased to $40 as $30 wasn’t recovering its running costs. Covers petrol for power, gas for hot water, protective gear, extracting equipment and cleaning chemicals.

Cleaning fee

As our extraction room is a registered food-grade facility it must remain scrupulously clean. It also can be independently inspected at any time to check we’re meeting our obligations. To avoid the challenge of training you to perfectly meet the food-grade standard of cleaning, we’re introducing a $20 cleaning fee. 

This cleaning fee does not lessen your requirement to clean when you’ve finished. You must still clean to at least the standard the room was in when you arrived (allow 1.5 hours). Instead, this fee funds cleaning to meet food-grade standards at the start of the season, end of the season and during the season as required. It’ll be used to either pay for a morning tea for extraction room cleaning volunteers with coffee and cake at the Red Shed (in May, at the end of the extraction season) or pay for commercial cleaners. 

Extraction fee

We charge $10 per box (i.e. $1 per frame). So, you need to estimate the number of boxes you’re extracting at time of booking and pay for them at time of booking too. But don’t worry - if you extract less boxes we’ll refund you the balance. And if you extract more boxes we’ll invoice you the balance.

Glass jar fee

This is an optional fee. We charge $72 per box of 72 (400ml/500g) glass jars and lids. The number you pre-purchase can be collected from our clubroom on Club Meeting Days. Unfortunately, if you run out of jars we can’t make more available to you on the day (due to processing issues) nor can we re-purchase surplus jars from you (due to sterilisation issues).

Lowering costs for smaller extraction runs

We recommend using the extraction room if you have at least 6 full boxes of capped honey. Why? It makes it cost effective + cleaning to a food-grade standard takes 1.5 hours so you need to feel it’s worthwhile!

If you only extract 1 box, your total per box cost is $70 ($40 hireage fee, $20 cleaning fee and $10 extraction fee). As this cost is high (and we want you to experience the fun and satisfaction from getting your delicious fresh honey out of those intricate little wax compartments on your frames) we’re introducing small extraction run groups.

Small extraction run groups: Here’s how it works. If you estimate you’re extracting 5 or less boxes of honey, simply fill in our small extraction run form to enable the club to connect you to other club members with similar small extraction requirements (including preferred booking dates), so you can work together and do a group extraction run. This keeps your costs down (hireage and cleaning flat fees are divided amongst the group but you still pay for your own boxes extracted), makes it a fun, social day and satisfies the requirement of having at least 2 people in the extraction room. But your group must still satisfy the cleaning requirements of our extraction room, meaning you’ll all have to organise final cleaning within your group. 

2-bucket extraction option: Using this 2-bucket extraction method at home if you don’t have plans to make a fortune selling your precious honey.

Commercial extraction operator option: Taking your box/es of honey to a commercial extraction operator (typically around $23 per box). Boring but easy. And you’ll miss out on all the fun of having a hot sticky hour or two extracting your own liquid gold in the company of friends. 

How to book

  • Login with your membership details here
  • Use the Tasks tab and go to the Purchases and Bookings
  • (Required) Select 'Extraction Room Booking' by ticking ‘Yes, please’
  • (Required) Select 'Extraction Room $10/box extraction fee' by estimating how many boxes you'll be extracting 
  • (Optional) select 400ml/500g - box of 72 jars by estimating how many boxes of 72 jars you'll need
  • Click the blue ‘continue’ button
  • Confirm you have at least one helper to work in the room with you by ticking ‘yes’ 
  • Confirm you or your helper hold a food handler safety certificate by ticking ‘yes’ 
  • Select the date you want to book
  • Click the blue ‘continue’ button
  • Select the words highlighted in blue 'Make a Payment'
  • Make a note of the total in red font
  • Go to your internet banking and make full payment

Once you’ve booked

Once we receive payment confirmation, one of our committee members will call and give you the location and your unique code to our lockbox, so you can access the extraction room key and clubroom front door. Note: The portaloo is accessed from our apiary garden.

Your legal requirements

If you sell, donate or barter honey the law requires you must:

Extract and jar in a certified premise

  • We recommend retaining a copy of our NP1 certificate because Auckland Council inspectors can go to farmers markets or drive past your front gate and could ask you to prove you extracted and jarred your honey in a certified premise. Our NP1 certificate is your proof (hardcopies in our extraction room or download electronic copy here).

Be trained as a safe food handler before you extract

Fill out a Harvest Declaration form

  • Forms are available in our extraction room to fill in and leave (or download electronic copy here).
  • Honey sample pots (non-screw lids) are available to fill, label and leave
    • a sample must be taken from each batch (e.g. bucket) regardless if they’re from one apiary/hive or from several i.e. if you have harvested 2 buckets of honey you must provide 2 samples.
    • label sample/s with your name, registration number and date.
    • leave sample/s in ‘honey sample’ container in our extraction room (we are required to hold your sample/s for up to 5 years with a copy of your food handler safety certificate).
    • note: the ‘honey sample’ container is different from the ‘tutin test’ container also in our extraction room which you are also required to leave samples in (see info below).

Test for Tutin if removing honey from your hives between 1st January and 31st July

  • Tutin test form is available in our extraction room to fill in and leave. 
  • Tutin test pots (screw lids) are available to fill, label and leave
  • A sample must be taken from each batch (e.g. bucket) regardless if they’re from one apiary/hive or from several i.e. if you have harvested 2 buckets of honey you must provide 2 samples.
  • Label sample/s with your name, date, registration number.
  • Leave sample/s in ‘tutin test’ container in our extraction room (we will send to Hamilton lab for composite testing).
  • note: the ‘tutin test’ container is different from the ‘honey sample’ container also in our extraction room which you are also required to leave samples in (see info above).
  • Testing through the club – click here for full information on the process.

Guidelines for use 

  • You are required to pay a hireage, cleaning and extraction fee at time of booking.
  • You are responsible for cleaning the extraction room to at least the standard it was in when you arrived (photos showing expected standard are on our extraction room wall). Allow 1.5 hours for this.
  • You are responsible for removing all your rubbish (i.e. remove entire rubbish bag) when you've finished. Take it away with you to avoid attracting ants.
  • For health and safety purposes you must have at least one helper (they don’t have to be a club member) in the extraction room with you at all times and you are responsible for their safety.
  • You or your helper must be a club member.
  • You or your helper must hold a food handler safety certificate.
  • Your honey boxes/frames must be free of bees. Tip: keep them warm to ease extraction.
  • You and your helper must wear covered shoes inside the extraction room.
  • You and your helper must wear a disposable hairnet, apron and shoe coverings inside the extraction room (provided by our club).
  • No food (except your yummy honey!) can be consumed in the extraction room.
  • No water is to be put inside the extractor at any time during the entire extraction season as this may mix with your (or the next member's) honey and may lead to the honey fermenting during storage.
  • You are responsible for checking all equipment is operational prior to use as subsequent damage will be at your cost. Please report any damages to the committee.
  • You must read our Extraction Room Induction summary (helpfully it includes troubleshooting points).
  • You must fill out our Rate the Room form (once you’ve cleaned the extraction room and are about to lock it up) so the committee can monitor the food-grade standard of cleaning + monitor if/when things need replacing.

What our club provides:

  • Protective clothing (disposable hairnet, apron and shoe coverings). 
  • Uncapping knives, cappings scratcher, uncapping bin, honey pricker, scrapers and spatulas.
  • Buckets (2 have honey gates) to collect honey from the extractor.
  • Cleaning chemicals.
  • Optional 400ml/500g glass jars for pre-purchase.
  • Harvest declaration form + sample pots (non-screw lids) for our records (we’re required to keep for up to 5 years).
  • Tutin test form + test pots (screw lids) for composite lab testing.
  • Steam cleaner to remove propolis off the floor.

What you provide:

  • Buckets for your wax cappings.
  • Buckets for your honey (if you're not jarring up on the day).
  • An empty hive box for your extracted frames so you don’t mix them in with your yet-to-extract frames.
  • A pair of dishwashing gloves as you’ll be handling hot water. 
  • A 3M green Scotch-Brite as you’ll be scrubbing sticky stuff (note: steel pot scrubs are non-compliant for food-grade cleaning).
  • A clean tea towel (to dry utensils and buckets).
  • Covered shoes.
  • Lunch and drink. If you want a hot drink bring a thermos of hot water.
  • A photocopy of your food handler safety certificate to leave for our records (we’re required to keep for up to 5 years with your honey sample pot).

In case of emergency

We have an EpiPen onsite in the first aid box beside the internal door leading out to our apiary. This is for extreme reactions only. If you use the Epipen you must call 111 and be taken to hospital. You must also advise us for our health and safety records plus we will replace it.