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A Tale of Three Swarms

On Our Way to pick up Swarms

Well guys its swarming season season here in New Zealand, we have had a few days of summer weather and the bees have made good use of it. We attended three swarms in the Auckland Region.

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Can the Robinson Vaporiser control your Varroa Mites – Part 1

The party gather before

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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Save the Bees – Stop the Fee – UPDATE 2

Phone CallWe 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 that…

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Save the bee, stop the fee!!!

Chris Dempsey

Photo's courtesy of Kevin Krejci We went to along to a meeting set up by the Auckland Bee Club on Monday to discuss the $190 (annual) consent fee to keep Bees, proposed within the Auckland Council long-term draft plan. The draft considerations include public consultation and a submission process. (more…)

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Inspecting Hives and Sending Bees in the post?

Bees to be sent away

It was time to inspect hives today in between painting bee hive boxes and dodging the ever-present rain in Auckland. Isn’t it meant to be summer here? These are some notes from the inspections today:- Taupaki 1 Hive is very strong and doing very well, loads of bees in the brood area and their have…

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The tale of the Pool Side Bees

Day One Got a call from Mary in Glen Eden, a swarm of bees had taken up residence on the side of her pool house. It was into the Kiwimana mobile after work, with a spare hive that I had gathered together from parts found in the workshop. Mary said she thinks the bees had…

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