Kanuka Honey better than Manuka Honey?

Kanuka honey – Is it better than the more marketed Manuka honey. These both come from trees in the tea tree family, so some of the elements are the same.

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Working in the shop at the Auckland Bee Club

I went along to Auckland bee club today, and spent most of the time helping Sue in the shop. It was a very busy day and I enjoyed meeting and talking to everyone that came in. I managed to sneak out during the talks. The topics today were:- Harvesting honey Tips on entering the honey[…]Read More

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AFB Check at Earthsong

Went along to check on a hive at the Earthsong, which is an Eco-Neighbourhood project based in Ranui in West Auckland. For more information about this project please check out their web site http://www.earthsong.org.nz It seemed like a great place indeed very peaceful with loads of gardens about. Conny had asked us to come and[…]Read More

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Picking up the Hawthorn swarm – Part 1

Tonight we got a call from Tom Dixon the Auckland bee club swarm co-ordinator about a bee swarm in Remuera. We arrived to discover that the swarm had taken up residence in the middle of a hawthorn bush. A difficult proposal indeed. We tried to brush some bees into the new hive, but they were[…]Read More

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Save the bee, stop the fee!!!

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.

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Inspecting Hives and Sending Bees in the post?

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[…]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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Queen of The Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?

A new movie that should be of interest to Beekeepers everywhere… A profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN. Juxtaposing the catastrophic disappearance of bees with the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic[…]Read More

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Keeping nine frames in a ten frame box

I found this clever tip on the beebehavior.com site to keep nine frames easily spaced in a ten frame box. Using only nine frames causes the bees to build out the wax further, and surprisingly you will get more honey than if you used ten frames. Also as the wax extends out further, it’s easier[…]Read More

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Rainy Day at the Franklin Bee Club

Well it was a wet day in Auckland, and we were surprised the meeting was still on. But we were told by the Hive Manager “Peter” that weather forecast predicated clear skies until Lunch time. So it was off down to Franklin to attend the club day.

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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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Auckland Bee Club Meeting

Went along to the Auckland Bee Club today, wow… it seems every meeting has more people. Which is a good thing indeed, hopefully the new people will take up Bee Keeping and join us to help save the Bees. Coincidently, our neighbours from just up the road from our home, were at the meeting and[…]Read More

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