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The Swinging Sixties – KM060

PodCast_Cover_Sixties_60Merry Christmas, this is Episode Sixty of our beekeeping podcast, This week we are talking about Bumble Bees, Monsanto and How Do Honeybees Smell?

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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


  • Sprained hand and Food Poisoning 🙁
  • The Swarms are looking good, one looks like a laying worker? Or a wholesome queen?
  • Using Sheep tags for the hives
  • Moved website to hopefully a more reliable host
  • Merry Christmas to you and your family


Rosemary Sewell
Rosemary Sewell
  • DECA checks – Busy doing DECA checks for our customers on fine days
  • Customer inspection
  • RIP Rosemary Sewell
  • Apiary Management – Doing a cutout for a customer
  • Our long do you wait for a queen to get mated?

Blog Recap

  1. PC_Cover_cliffSwarms Coming Out of Our Ears – KM058
  2. Cliff Van Eaton – Manuka Honey The Biography – KM059
  3. Beekeeping 101 (Seven Steps to becoming a Beekeeper)

Event with Cliff Van Eaton and Professor Peter Molan MBE in Hamilton

Come along and listen to Cliff Van Eaton author of Manuka The biography of an extraordinary honey.

With Special guest Professor Peter Molan MBE. The discoverer of the Unique antibacterial property in manuka honey.

Cliff Van EatonHamilton Garden Place Library
9 Garden Place, Hamilton

Tuesday 9 December 2014
06:00-07:30 PM

RSVP to Hannah Dooley on (09) 817 9192 or

Contest for Cliffs book

The prize was announced, did you win (you will have to listen). If you didn't win you can buy the book from us HERE.

Beekeeping News

A great article with some ideas on how to help pollinators. Did you know that fruits and veggies benefit from visits from multiple pollinators.

There is much more to “saving the bees” than spring flowers and a golden mascot. Don't get me wrong, honeybees have very few faults and definitely need some TLC. But we shouldn't label one pollinator as the one to rule them all.

Serious about saving the bees?

Are Bumble bees better at pollination work than Honey bees. Dr David Pattemore From Plant and Food Research thinks so.

BumbleBees on Sunflower
Image Credit: Bumble Bees by Lake Lou
They clumsily bang against our windows and make themselves a springtime nuisance – but the humble bumblebee could prove more valuable to New Zealand’s economy than we ever imagined, researchers say.

Bumblebees create a buzz

Boulder beekeeper, Tim Brod, discusses the value of high quality honey and the importance of maintaining our relationship with the honeybee

The Beekeeper from Spencer Sarson on Vimeo.

A great photo essay by Mathieu Asselin about the impact of Monsanto, something to think about when you buy your next bottle of roundup?

The Monsanto Company has been active for over 100 years in the United States, and yet the St. Louis based genetically modified seed and chemical giant's long legacy of nefarious actions has only recently come into public view.

Mathieu Asselin has been photographing towns impacted by Monsanto and needs about $6,000 to complete his project; click here to support his project.

A Legacy of Destruction

A great rundown from Bryan Bruce about the TPPA Agreement, why doesn't the government tell us what’s in this? Will there be a chance for his to debate this finished agreement?

photo credit: rawEarth via photopin cc
photo credit: rawEarth via photopin cc
The Herald Editorial this morning has John Key advocating for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement as a “ gold standard deal ” agreement. This is deeply concerning.

Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement Concern

A Ukrainian couple were prevented from entering New Zealand recently, they had honey and pollen in their luggage. They were sent back to the Ukraine. If you are visiting New Zealand, please leave Bee products at home. The diease risk is too high for our beekeeping industry.

The Ministry for Primary Industries is to be congratulated for sending home a Ukrainian couple for allegedly trying to smuggle honey into New Zealand.

Beekeepers applaud MPI action

A great article from Karen Bean about how Honey Bees Smell. We interviewed Karen, which you can find HERE. Wow I didn’t know bees can smell with their legs.

Smell FlowerScent means a lot to bees. They use their sense of smell to check queen quality, sort out friend from foe, locate their hive or new hive after swarming, and find forage. Their sense is so acute that they can they can catch a scent while in flight.

How Do Honeybees Smell?

A swarm of bees took up residence at an Hastings intersection and fun ensured.

Best Quote: No pedestrians were harmed by the bees but “a lady on a mobility scooter at the lights was looking frustrated”.

A swarm of bees which tried to make a busy Hastings intersection their home yesterday caused a disruption before being evicted by a local beekeeper.

Bee swarm disrupts Hastings

Questions from you…

We answer this question from David:-
Dave Writes :-

We've been considering set up our own beehive for a while now (one of our dreams whilst building our new home), but really don't have too much of a clue as to where to start. Where to we obtain the bees? What kind of hive is best? How do we look after them and treat any disease? What are the running costs of keeping a hive? What things do we need to avoid?

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

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  • Whats Blooming at kiwimana

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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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2 thoughts on “The Swinging Sixties – KM060

  1. You didn’t say ‘groovy’ or ‘cool’ enough during the Bee-utiful 60’s episode. You should have played the “Happy Days” TV show song. You still have some 60’s to go so work on it you hipsters!! ha ha ha

    1. Yay Man like far out, cheers Steve for your comments. We dug it for sure….Gary and Margaret

      p.s. We rapped about your comments in next weeks podcast 🙂

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