Auckland Bee Club Xmas BBQ 2012

Auckland Bee Club Xmas BBQ 2012

Over the weekend we attended the Auckland Bee Club Xmas BBQ, I am no longer on the committee, so we went along just as members. Here is what we discovered on the day…

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Save the Bees – Stop the Fee – UPDATE 2

Phone Call We got a phone call from Auckland Council’s rep Nigel King – Customer Services Manager this morning (this was in no doubt as a result of an email sent by Margaret first thing, asking why we haven’t received any written confirmation of  what we were told, was to follow, after the hearings!) Nigel advised[…]Read More

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Tutin in Toxic Honey – Searching for Tutu while Treasure Hunting

We decided to go away for Auckland anniversary weekend. So while I was out and out in the Coromandel bush pursuing another one of my hobbies (Locating treasure with a GPS device or Geocaching).

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Treating our new Hives with Api Life Var

In between collecting swarms we checked on our new hives today and treated them with “Api Life Var” the organic mite treatment, the mites counts have been low but we have been told that treating a hive with low brood is more effective. So lets see what happens. So in summary this is what we[…]Read More

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Can the Robinson Vaporiser control your Varroa Mites – Part 1


We starting selling a new beekeeping product a couple of weeks back, “The Robinson Vaporiser”, we have conducted the following test to see if it works as designed. Here is our observations and how you use the vaporiser.

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Inspecting two hives – Swanson and Glen Eden 2

The weather was good and the temperature was 22 degrees today, so I decided to inspect a couple of our hives. Days in which inspections can be done are becoming fewer and fewer, as New Zealand heads into winter. Here the summary of the inspections:- Swanson 1 Swanson is a bustling hive with around three[…]Read More

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Kiwimana hosts UK Visitor – Meeting Caroline

Tonight we had a great time with some fellow beekeepers, myself and some local beekeepers met up with Caroline who is visiting from England. Caroline got in touch via our blog a few months back, it was great to finally meet her in person and talk about her adventures and travels. Great to see that[…]Read More

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Picking up the Hawthorn swarm – Part 2

Second visit to this Remuera hive, we texted the house owner “Nick” this morning and he advised us that the bees had returned to the hedge despite our efforts last night. The bees are clustered in a middle of hedge and a wire fence to boot, so it’s not a simple group of ladies to[…]Read More

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About Us

What is Kiwimana? What are we about? This page is about us… Kiwimana is about our “kiwi spirit” and we want to use that spirit to promote the keeping of Bees, encourage healthy land management practices and create dialogue with the community to support our endeavours. We want other Bee enthusiasts, gardeners & local producers[…]Read More

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Picking up the Hawthorn swarm – Part 3 “Third time is the Charm”

I headed out to work on the Remuera swarm again, hopefully third time lucky. I spoke to Peter from the Franklin bee-club who suggested we take some old comb to attract them. Which I had done last time, but this time I also took a frame of capped honey from our stores. What I did[…]Read More

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