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Happy New Year Beekeepers – KM062

kiwimana_62_pc_coverHi this is Episode Sixty Two of our beekeeping podcast, This week we are talking about Anarchist Beekeeping, beekeeping training programs and an new Effective Biological Varroa mite Treatment.

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Welcome To the kiwimana buzz…

Hi, it's Gary and Margaret here, We are beekeepers from the hills of the Waitakere Ranges in West Auckland, New Zealand. Our podcast is about beekeeping, Gardening and bit of politics about environmental issues. We also have been known to go off on tangents about other issues.

What's happening at kiwimana


  • We both met Peter Molan and Cliff Van Eaton in Hamilton. Movie coming soon…
  • Met Lene from Denmark
  • Christmas work, moving hives and making frames.
  • India_Gary_MargaretShout out to India our niece who is listening to the show on her new iPad that Santa gave her.
  • Trip to Wellington to see friends and family. Jim and Jill listening to our show in a tent.
  • Transcriptions? We're asked about the for deaf or hard of hearing beekeepers, much interest?


  • photo credit: Koman Tam Photography via photopin cc
    photo credit: Koman Tam Photography via photopin cc
    Our community beekeeping courses have been announced. You can book your spot HERE
  • Busy with Beeginner kits
  • New Zealand Parliament building in Wellington looks like a Beehive
  • Keep creating room for your Queen to lay
  • Check that Bees are not Honey-Bound
  • Have you checked your Mite Levels?

Blog Recap – What was popular last month

  1. Randy Oliver from Scientific Beekeeping – KM061
  2. The Swinging Sixties – KM060
  3. Vaporizing Varroa Mites

Beekeeping News

A great story of a 11-year-old’s quest to keep honey bees and the club he has joined.

Anarchist BeekeeperJake Reisdorf of Carmel is sectioning off a spot in his yard for his special project. He'­s done his homework and made it into a fifth-grade project on entrepreneurship as well. It's a bit risky, but his parents agreed to let him go for it.

Anarchist Beekeeping Collective builds a community of urban pollinators.

Getting the male varroa mites to mate at the wrong time could this be answer to varroa mites?

More Varroa MitesResearches of University of Hohenheim (Germany) manage to create first effective biological protection against Varroa mites.

Effective Biological Varroa mite Treatment

Some animation of pesticide use the US in the last twenty years from Tom Theobald from the Boulder County Beekeepers. Check out episode 63 of our podcast, where we will be interviewing Tom ***Coming Soon***.

Tom_Theobold_PodcastRecently the United States Geological Survey released a huge database of Pesticide Use Maps that map the use of 459 pesticides from 1992–2011.

Animated Pesticide use maps

Auckland Transport No Spray List can be found HERE

A great post about some great uses of honey in the Household. Did you know it can be used as a Hangover cure and goes well with blue cheese?

BottlingHoneyHoney is a wonderful tool for healing the body, both inside and out. It is moisturizing, exfoliating, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory: all boons for our skin. Plus it soothes throats, relieves upset tummies and even fights off hangovers.

15 Household Uses for Honey

Janet Luke shares some great tips on how to create a edible garden in this video. Janet has some other great videos with many special benefits to help you become more sustainable in your daily life.

janet-luke-profileWatch as Landscape Architect Janet Luke shares her passion for permaculture, edible landscaping and sustainable garden design. Her advice includes where to put your vege garden, which items are “garden gold”, and what it's important to splurge on.

How to grow an edible garden without it costing the earth

You can find more out about Janet's Green Urban Living Membership Benefits HERE
Green Urban Living Banner

A new program in high schools in New Zealand, hopes to gain Education-approved NCEA qualification in 2017 and teach students Agribusiness subjects such as beekeeping.

Agribiz-targets-bright-kidsAgribusiness studies are coming to secondary schools throughout the country with New Zealand’s brightest senior college students being targeted to learn a raft of career skills from agriscience and agritechnology to agrimarketing and finance.

Agribiz targets bright kids

Lack of responsibility by some beekeepers in the far north is causing an outbreak of American Foul Brood. Sad news for the responsible beekeepers in the area.

Far North Literacy tutor Hine LeLievre and studentsAmerican foulbrood, described by Far North Adult Literacy student Brian Sillick as the Ebola of the bee industry, has not only arrived in the Far North but is running rampant according to FNAL tutor Hine LeLievre.

Ebola of bee industry’ has hit

A great new course for new beekeepers that involves on the job training and classes, so beekeepers don’t need to take extended periods off work to complete. It’s open for hobby beekeepers as well.

Earlier this year, Primary ITO developed a programme for on job training for the National Certificate in Apiculture – Level 2 with input and peer review from industry experts.

On job training program welcomed by beekeeping industry

Questions from you…

  1. Can selleys aquadhere exterior (PVA) be used on beehives? – Paul – Wellington
  2. How to move beehives short distances, Here is our POST – Jamie – Brisbane

If you have a question, email and the team at kiwimana will do our best to answer it.

Blog Posts Coming Soon

  • We talk to Tom Theobald
  • How to deal with a laying worker

Feedback from you guys!!!

Keep up your great podcasting, and say hi to Margaret (the mighty mite monitor) from me.
Best wishes, Ingo.

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Gary Fawcett

Gary enjoys designing new kiwimana products which we sell through our on-line shop.He is passionate about saving the Bees and encouraging urban beekeeping.Gary loves to write about issues that affect the Bees and our environment.He is also into tramping/walking in the beautiful New Zealand bush.

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