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Summer Awesomeness in New Zealand Beekeeping – KM118

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Ho Ho Ho, The Joy of Christmas is on its way. This is Episode One Hundred and Eighteen of our beekeeping show.

We are Gary and Margaret, we love Honeybees, we are kiwimana and we are Beekeepers who live in the Waitakere Ranges, on the Wild West coast of Auckland, in New Zealand.

kiwimana is a place where the beekeeping community can share a conversation and connect and in this episode we talk about

  • The Auckland Beekeepers Club 70th Birthday
  • The Manuka Wars Continues
  • New Tool in the Battle Against a Bee-Killing Bacteria

..we also – as if that wasn’t enough – build and sell beekeeping supplies, we teach beginner Beekeepers and provide beekeeper services and advice. And we are the “beesknees” Club, on Facebook.

It’s Summer in New Zealand!!! What has been happening in the weather?..and this means the bees are dealing with…!!!

What’s been happening at kiwimana?


  • Kiwimana Rewards Program on Patreon, Check out of Merch Store HERE
  • Birthday Surprise at the the Bee Knees Event
  • This podcast is now on spotify!!!
  • We got a Bottle of Joy from Mead in New Zealand, Since its the Christmas show, we opened up a bottle of joy.
  • We went along to the Auckland Beekeepers Club 70th Birthday Event, we talked to a few people on the day


  • Last beekeeping course of 2017 – Completed
  • Stuck in the driveway – bee delivery needing a tow truck
  • Deca/AFB checks finished
  • Bee colonies by our beeginuzz all sold out
  • What an awesomeness banaNas season so far
  • Honey and nectar management an issue for swarming – what is the difference between swarm in and absconding?

What should you be doing with your bees?

  • In New Zealand
  • In Uk
  • In USA

Blog Recap

Top three Blog Posts you choose Last Month

  1. Manuka is a Maori Word (so there)
  2. Beekeeping in South Carolina with Beekeeper Charlotte
  3. 6 Best Methods to Create a Bee-Friendly Garden

What products have been used in our work?

  • Margaret – Bee Frame Holder
  • Gary – Camping Chair for resting

Beekeeping News

Lisa’s Amazing Cup Cakes

This piece of news was brought to you thanks to Lisa Morrissey

Lisa have been supporting the kiwimana buzz since October 2016

Thanks Lisa for all the help you give us and hope you and Alan have a wonderful Christmas

Thanks for your support!!!

Pleasant Point beekeeper warns of the risks of ‘gold rush’ mentality

Pleasant Point Apiaries beekeeper Paul Bartrum is concerned that new operators in the Canterbury region may not have skills to identify American Foulbrood in colonies.

Paul Bartrum was concerned that other, less professional apiarists, might not take such swift action.

It’s a disease that’s been here since bees first came to New Zealand…some areas have had really high incidences of it, others have been pretty good.

An experienced South Canterbury beekeeper is warning of the risk the “gold rush mentality” around Manuka honey, could pose to the apiary industry

Pleasant Point beekeeper warns of the risks of ‘gold rush’ mentality

Your Feedback

Michael Bauer How the hell are new Beekeepers supposed to get involved???
>>> kiwimana I guess talk to local Beekeepers first?
Daniel Walker Gotta be in to win

The Trans-Tasman war over manuka honey now has extra players

The Battle of words is getting more and more silly. Lindsay Bourke was interviewed in the media in Australia, the full interview is below:-

Tasmanian Beekeepers Association president Lindsay Bourke chaired the first meeting of the new Australian Manuka Honey Association, which was formed in response New Zealand honey producers’ attempt to trademark the word “manuka”.

The fact is New Zealand has only one species of manuka, whereas Australia has more than 80 manuka species, including a number of sources with exceptionally high levels of antibacterial activity

Paul Callander

The Trans-Tasman war over manuka honey now has extra players

This is a amusing:- Brian Carlton speaks to Lindsay Bourke

Your Feedback

Paulo Jmd Silva Silly wars when the honey can be properly tested and labelled with all the main sources of nectar so the buyers can buy their favourite.
Jason Sanford The plant he is showing in photo looks like kanuka to me
>>>Wayne Parr Yip
Andrew MJ Am I correct in saying Manuka is a kiwi word but the plant is not native to NZ?
>>>Wayne Parr Native to nz and ozzie
Markus Bärmann China and Mexico are also starting to grow Manuka.

Australian Growers Working Have Cloned The Strongest Medical Manuka Honey Available And Produce It On A Medicinal Honey Plantation

The honey produced by the Australian native Leptospermum is being tested for dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and cuttings are being taken from the best producers.

Australian promoters are reported working on a project to clone the strongest medical Manuka honey available and produce it in a medicinal honey plantation.

Australian Growers Working Have Cloned The Strongest Medical Manuka Honey Available And Produce It On A Medicinal Honey Plantation

Your Feedback

Phil Evans If it is grown in Aussie, it is NOT Manuka. It pisses me off that they want to steal that brand and name. Manuka is a Maori word, and nothing to do with Australia…
>>> kiwimana In reality it’s not really Manuka, because The
the word Manuka is the Maori name for tea-tree. In Australia don’t they call it jelly bush ?

Sam Redman I call it a tea tree we all do 😉
Phil Evans Australia need to find another name for their honey, cloned or not. Manuka is a maori word, and should only be used for New Zealand honey.
Aussie, Manuka is not yours. Find another name for Aussie grown honey.

A Potential New Tool in the Battle Against a Bee-Killing Bacteria

Positive from an article from “Journal of Insect Science” a new study results suggest that inhibitors of Paenibacillus (agonist). larvae spore germination, could provide another method to control American Foulbrood (AFB).

It’s a beekeeper’s nightmare: She lifts the lid on her carefully tended hive and is greeted with a whiff of rotting flesh. Further inspection finds that the young bees of the colony, who should be plump, pearly-white larvae, have melted into a puddle of brownish goo at the bottom of their cells. This colony is infected with American foulbrood disease—most likely a death sentence.

Meredith Swett Walker
  • AFB is caused by Paenibacillus larvae

“…it is a promising development in the battle against AFB. If the researchers find continued success, beekeepers may soon be armed with a more effective, less drastic treatment for AFB, and fewer bee hives will be sent to the burn pile.

  • 5-chloroindole was an effective antagonist.

A Potential New Tool in the Battle Against a Bee-Killing Bacteria

The Full Study is available here:-
Inhibitory effect of indole analogs against Paenibacillus larvae, the causal agent of American foulbrood disease

Your Feedback

Kevin Tinker Very interesting. Difficult finding a natural source of this indole. Welcome discussion from anybody considering this as complementary to standard AFB control methods.

Why are Hives Damp in the Winter?

A great article by Ron Miksha about moisture in hives and what you can do to combat over the winter months. I think we need to look into adding upper ventilation in our colonies.

In many parts of the world (I’m looking at you, England.), the biggest winterkill comes from moisture, not disease or starvation. During the winter, water may collect under the hive’s lid and drip down on the cluster, soaking the bees and ultimately turning them into moldy compost.

Ron Miksha
  • Every 45 kg of Honey produces 30 kg of water.
  • Your winter hive needs to breath
  • 3–10 Grams of water are produced every hour by a colony.

Why are Hives Damp in the Winter?

‘Alarming’ amounts of nerve agent pesticides in world’s honey, tests show

A study has been released that shows that 75% of the worlds Honey contains at least one Neonicotinoid. Hmmm not really surprising with the amount that is sprayed into the environment.

As well as posing a potential health hazard to humans, nerve agent pesticides can cause brain damage in bees.

Beyond doubt… anyone regularly eating honey is likely to be getting a small dose of mixed neurotoxins.

In terms of acute toxicity, this certainly won’t kill them and is unlikely to do measurable harm.

What we don’t know is whether there are long-term, chronic effects from lifetime exposure to a cocktail of these and other pesticides in our honey and most other foods.

Dave Goulson, professor of biology
  • 198 Samples from six continents were tested, 75% contained at least one Neonicotinoid.
  • Concentrations were highest in North American, European and Asian Samples.
  • Well Below the Safe Limits (Who sets the safe limit)

‘Alarming’ amounts of nerve agent pesticides in world’s honey, tests show

Questions from you

No Questions this month….

If you have a question, email us at and will answer it on the next show. Or visit our speakpipe page HERE and leave a question

If you have a Urgent Question, please check out our Bee Knees Facebook group here:-

Customer Review Reward goes to…

As a small thank you to our customers we ask for a ‘product review’ and from there, we randomly select one customer product review in each month so they can go in to a draw for a $30 kiwimana gift certificate – a prize you can use !

We have moved this to the kiwimana Newsletter this month’s winner was:-

Justin from Waihi, the certificate is on its way Justin.

Feedback from you guys!!!


Wow great response from the last show, This month we have these great new supporters.

  • Finn Manhire
  • Nathan Organ
  • John Paff

Thanks guys for supporting what we do at kiwimana

The Bonus Show

In this week’s Bonus show we talk about Varroa Mites on Queens and why hive stands that defy the wind. The bonus show is for our Patrons and Podcast application users.
The Bonus show can be found HERE

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We talk about Yappy’s Philosophy to removing keeping Honey Bees in Alabama.

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Show Times

  • What’s been happening at kiwimana? – Gary 02:31
  • Auckland Beekeepers Club 70th Birthday Event 06:38
  • Whats’s been happening at kiwimana – Margaret 17:28
  • What should you be doing with your bees? 24:00
  • Blog Recap 27:07
  • What products have been used in our work? 28:10
  • Pleasant Point beekeeper warns of the risks of ‘gold rush’ mentality 30:03
  • The Trans-Tasman war over manuka honey now has extra players 34:51
  • Australian Growers Working Have Cloned The Strongest Medical Manuka Honey 41:51
  • A Potential New Tool in the Battle Against a Bee-Killing Bacteria 44:58
  • Why are Hives Damp in the Winter? 48:19
  • ‘Alarming’ amounts of nerve agent pesticides in world’s honey, tests show 50:57
  • Questions from you 53:40
  • Customer Review Reward goes to 54:45
  • Feedback from you guys 55:39
  • What’s in the Bonus Show? 56:14
  • The Next Show – Yappy Beeman 56:40

Media Credits

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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