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About Franklin Beekeepers Club

We’re a friendly bunch of country folk on the fringes of the Auckland Super City with an interest in beekeeping as a hobby and industry.

We've a strong focus on teaching the art of beekeeping, sharing knowledge and providing a welcoming environment for everyone interested in beekeeping and bees.

New members and enquiries are always welcome.

Club Meetings

We meet on the second Sunday of every month (except at Covid levels 3 or 4) from 10am to midday at our clubroom and apiary (137 Sim Road, Paerata).

Starting with a cup of tea/coffee and chat amongst members (a great opportunity to catch up + get or give advice), we move into the monthly discussion and/or demonstration (with Q&As) before heading outside (weather permitting) for a practical session in our hives.

These practical sessions are a great opportunity for you to get some hands-on experience by getting up close and personal with our bees. We’ll also provide you with bee suits, gloves and equipment.

Click here for the date of our next club meeting.

Who to contact

Email president@franklinbees.co.nz if you want to come and check us out. That way we can reply, then watch out for you, welcome you at the door and introduce you to people.

Where to go

From Pukekohe, head to Drury on Paerata Rd (which turns into Karaka Rd). Sim Rd second on right (has turning lane) after passing Caltex and Pukekohe Golf Club.

From Drury, head to Pukekohe on Karaka Rd. Sim Rd on left after passing Blackbridge Rd on right.

Clubroom and apiary are approximately 1.4 km along Sim Rd on left. Watch the sharp right-hand corner halfway along. Please park on the verge to allow room for residents to drive past. When leaving Sim Rd please take care re-joining traffic on Karaka Rd (as it's also SH22).

What to bring

To reduce the risk of spreading disease, please do not bring your beekeeping equipment like gloves or hive tools to the club. You’re welcome to bring your bee suit and we’ll provide you with gloves and other equipment (and bee suits too if required). This protects our club hives plus protects you from taking diseases home to your hives.

How to become a member

  1. Click the yellow ‘join’ button on our website.
  2. Fill in the member registration form (includes member information, extra information and confirmation sections) by clicking the blue ‘continue’ button after each section.
  3. Go to your online banking and pay membership fee.
  4. Go to your inbox and open Franklin Beekeepers Club Registration email and click the blue link inside it to login. 
  5. Note: 
    • If email isn’t in your inbox, check your spam folder and mark as ‘Not Spam’. 
    • Regardless of if our email is in your inbox or spam folder, create a contact in your address book called ‘ClubHub Do Not Use’ (as emails sent to this address are not read). 
    • If you can’t find our email anywhere, please email secretary@franklinbees.co.nz with your correct email address and we’ll update it.

Membership fee

The club membership fee is $40 annually. The year runs from 1 April to 31 March.

Payment details

Account number: 02-0404-0090129-00
Account name: Franklin Beekeepers Club
Particulars: Your full name
Code: Your ClubHub Payment Identifier (to find your Payment Identifier number login and go to 'Manage payments and existing purchases and bookings' then look on right-hand side under Account Details)
Reference: What payment is for (e.g. Subs, Extractor or Course)

If you have any questions, please email treasurer@franklinbees.co.nz

Membership benefits

Click here for our membership benefits.