Awesome Autumn – KM066


Hi this is Episode sixty six of our beekeeping podcast, This week we are talking about Dry weather causing chaos and the flow hive.

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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


  • 1000 Subscribers on our newsletter, you join HERE. Thanks to everyone that has joined.
  • A few Bee incidences around kiwimana


  • Treatments starting, using Api Life Var
  • Clean up at the apiary and our driveway
  • Mites are having a great time
  • Jason’s article about Fear-Based Beekeeping 🙂

Blog Recap – Top three Blog Posts Last Month

  1. How to Get Rid of Laying WoBeehive
    How to Get Rid of Laying Workers in Your Beehive
  2. How to get started with Urban Beekeeping in Australia – Doug Purdie – KM065
  3. When I’m Sixty Four – KM064

Beekeeping News

Gary and Margaret remember a recent stressful incident at kiwimana HQ.

Scotland Yard’s SCO19 unit, an elite group of officers who are on standby to attend any armed incident in London, have launched a Metropolitan Police Beekeeping Association.

Scotland Yard’s elite firearms unit launches bee-keeping club

Honey on Tap: Save the Bees & Effortlessly Harvest Endless Fresh Honey

Is the Flow Hive the future of beekeeping? Or just smoke and mirrors.

You may know about the many uses of honey and utilize it daily for the plethora of health benefits. You may be a beekeeper who has spent countless hours delicately collecting honey. Maybe you’­re an activist or environmentalist that wants to help our bee friends repopulate but always thought raising bees was more work than you could handle. Well, no matter which category you fall into, this ingenious innovation is about to blow your socks off!

Honey on Tap

Bill Catherall has an interesting video about this HERE

Dry weather is effecting beekeepers in South Canterbury.

The big dry has cost some South Canterbury beekeepers more than half their average annual crop.

Dry weather stings beekeepers

Bee careful with your smokers guys, looks like a Beekeeper has caused a grass fire in the South Island.

Hot exhaust sparks grass fire

A large grass fire which threatened 46 beehives this afternoon is thought to have been sparked by a hot exhaust pipe touching long, dry grass.exhaust pipe touching long, dry grass.

Hot exhaust sparks grass fire

Notice of hearing for OPC substances reassessment

The EPA advises a hearing is scheduled for the modified reassessment of a bee control affecting five organophosphate and carbamate insecticides. In 2013 the EPA completed a reassessment of a number of OPCs and as a result controls over these substances ÖMedia advisory.

Notice of hearing for OPC substances reassessment

The body representing agricultural chemical companies says bees are not under threat and their population is on the rise.

Threat to bees blown out of proportion

Agcarm’s website is HERE

Eltopia has developed a promising solution to the current honeybee crisis using groundbreaking new technology, codenamed “MiteNot”. The technology is a simple, compostable and pesticide-free way to sterilize varroa destructor mites.

Eltopia Announces a New Technology

Older Beekeepers in America are giving up beekeeping due to the hard work and bee losses, who will replace these beekeepers and will they knowledge be lost forever.

beekeepers are on endangered-species list

“We are not worried about the bees going extinct”, said Dennis van Engelsdorp, a bee researcher at the University of Maryland. “We are worried about the beekeepers going extinct.”

Beekeepers are on endangered-species list

It’s been discovered that 75% of honey in the US has had its pollen removed. Removing most of the beneficial properties and also it the only way to prove its origin.


Honey is one of my favorite foods. It’­s a superfood full of numerous vitamins and minerals and a safer way to sweeten foods and drinks. But did you know that most of the honey you see in the grocery store is treated with a process called “Ultra-Filtration?”

Learn How To Spot FAKE Honey In The Grocery Store

Questions from you…

  • What Treatments to do you use at kiwimana? Api Life Var and the Kiwi Oxalic Acid Vaporizer.
  • What is the ideal for hive going into winter.

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

Blog Post Coming Soon

  • Margaret’s Post about the Auckland Council Bylaw Meeting
  • Extracting Honey with Two Buckets

Feedback from you guys!!!

From Email

Love your podcasts as they are down to earth and not “we know everything trying to teach you dumb dumbs out there”. Love that you two compliment each other. You say weird things and Margaret corrects you. They say to every Ying there is a Yang. If you aren’t married you aught to be. God bless ya’s !!

Steve Bugnack

itunes – Really great… – RegularGuy2014 – 5 Stars – United States of America

Enjoy the content and the interviews. New keeper here, in the US…but the information you provide has no real geographical borders. Really appreciate you experiences and insights. Keep up the excellent work. Look forward to each podcast!


Jennings Apiaries from Ruston, Louisiana, you can get they Raw Honey HERE

Jennings Apiaries

Great episode! Always look forward to the podcast 🙂 My girlfriend went red stag hunting on the South Island last year. I can’t wait to get over there and check out New Zealand!


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