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Music stars showcase their talents
SOUNDS GREAT: Auckland's Marian
Burns and Laura Downing, from
Australia, entertain the crowd at this
year's Woodend Beach Country
WOODEND S SOUNDSHELL
played host last weekend to the
annual Woodend Beach Country
Music Festival, which attracted
performers from around the North
and South islands, and from across
the ditch, as well as local talent.
The high point was the concert on
Saturday at the Hornby Working-
men s Club, says Woodend Country
Music Club secretary Russell Driver.
That night is always standing-
room only, and this year our head-
line acts played to an audience of
More than 200 musicians also
appeared in front of the walk-up
microphone over the weekend,
including Rangiora s rising country
star Craig Adams.
It would just be nice to see more
young people getting involved -- not
necessarily in country music, but in
music in general, Mr Driver said.
PRECIOUS: Ohoka beekeeper Kathie Nicholson with some of her healthy bees. Two
of her hives had to be destroyed after contracting American Foul Brood disease.
Future of bees
By CATE BROUGHTON
It was really sad. I had to
block the entrance and
pour petrol in to kill them.
AN OUTBREAK of a deadly and
highly infectious bee disease is pos-
ing a huge threat to the native bee
population of North Canterbury,
says a local beekeeper.
Ohoka beekeeper Kathie Nichol-
son is devastated she had to destroy
two of her six hives after discovering
they had contracted American Foul
Brood (AFB) a few weeks ago.
It was really sad. I had to block
the entrance and pour petrol in to
Then we dug a big hole and burnt
each box and frame and all the
honey and everything.
AFB is spread naturally by bees
from healthy hives robbing out
weakened diseased hives.
There is no treatment for the dis-
Hives need to be destroyed by
burning all infected bees and infec-
ted bee equipment.
Mrs Nicholson is frustrated that
the source of the disease that infec-
ted her hives has not been able to be
She is urging hobbyist beekeepers
to make sure they are registered
with the national apiary database so
that diseased hives can be located
I know there are people who have
hives who are not registered.
The cost to register is $20 plus $12
per apiary, and includes an annual
inspection of hives.
Mrs Nicholson, who completed a
beekeeping course in 2008, said look-
ing after bees was more complicated
than some people realised.
I think most people that get into
bees have good intentions but it s a
lot of work.
Every hive is different and will
bring different stresses.
I think it gets overwhelming to
But she said it was imperative to
look after hives properly.
If we don t take care of our bees
we re going to spread disease, and
then all of the bees will have to be
destroyed and there will be no polli-
Mrs Nicholson had been asked to
put hives on local properties because
the owners wanted to attract bees --
which they had noticed were in short
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