Dangerous Extractors – KM031

Hi this is Episode thirty one of our beekeeping podcast, This week we are talking about Fake Honey, Extractors and trickery at the Supermarket.

Welcome to the kiwimana buzz, A show where we talk about Beekeeping, gardening and life.

Hi, it’s Gary and Margaret here, We are beekeepers from the hills of the Waitakere Ranges in West Auckland, New Zealand. Our podcasts are 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


  • Busy doing DECA Checks
  • Margaret doing AFB Checks

  • Need to build some more Meshboards
  • Built a new Hive Stand for our remote sites
  • Knocked down with the flu 🙁


  • Beekeeping Introduction Course
  • Raising Queens
  • Packing orders for customers
  • Queen-Rearing and Visitors to kiwimana – update
  • kiwimana will be at the Craft Out West Show In November

Blog Recap – Popular Blog Posts last month

  1. Paul Berry Discusses being an Organic Beekeeper – KM030
  2. Spring is a Sprunging! – KM029
  3. Queen-Rearing and Visitors to kiwimana HQ
  4. 6 Big Reasons Why Rural Life Might Be The Best Option For You

News Topics

A live webcan from inside a bee hive in Bavaria, Germany. It provides live images from inside a bee log. There is a feed from inside the log and one pointed at the entrance. Check it out below:-
Get inside a bee colony without ever getting stung

Frames are placed in extractorRusty wrote an article the dangers of using borrowed beekeeping equipment. Its extremely important that you clean the extractor before and after use.
Sharing more than Extractors

A great article from Rob Butcher about the governments desire to allow import of foreign honey into New Zealand.
Honey imports a manifold threat to our bee population

photo credit: Nic Taylor Photography via photopin cc
photo credit: Nic Taylor Photography via photopin cc

An interesting article about tricks that supermarkets use to get you buy more on your weekly shop.

Our ancestors encountered all sorts of dangers when hunting and gathering food, I guess not much has changed. Although we don’t face the immediate threat of death in our local supermarkets, they have become a treacherous environment for people wanting to eat healthy and well.
Are you being tricked at the supermarket

Two major New Zealand retailers have moved to stop stocking a controversial group of insecticides over claims they harm bees. The Warehouse and Placemakers plan to removed neonicotinoids from sale, once existing stocks run out.

Will other companies follow suit?
Retailers pull insecticides deemed harmful to bees

Questions from you…

  • When is the best time to split a hive?
  • Can oxalic be used with honey supers?
  • Best time of year for catching a swarm in New Zealand?

Blog Posts Coming Soon

  • Bee Swarms – How to deal with them
  • Spring Honey flow
  • Matt Brake Discusses how he keeps Bees – KM032
  • Kiwimana Garden Project
  • Borage – Why is it so good for bees

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Feedback from you guys!!!

No new itunes reviews this month, but we got some great feedback on the Paul Berry podcast :).

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After hours Bonus – Marla Spivak Why Bees Are Disappearing

Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us?

Link to the Ted Talk is here:- Marla Spivak Why Bees Are Disappearing

This talk has been released under the creative commons license.

2 thoughts on “Dangerous Extractors – KM031

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    Christopher James says:

    Hi Gary, Nice to see and read your website and views. I am in the same boat as you – bees, tramping, gardening – so it is nice to make contact with a like minded chap. Always looking to talk bees and looking for new adventures in the Waitakeres. (not done many as yet). In Warkworth with 4 hives so far.
    Keep up the good work.
    Marla makes so much sense. I can’t believe there is so much unawareness about bees in even our community. More or less “We need bees but not around me”.
    Thanks for taking the effort to make this website and looking after the bees.

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      Gary Fawcett says:

      Thanks Christopher for the feedback.

      Yes I must get out in the bush more, so busy with the bees that this has taken a big seat :(.

      We are always up Warkworth way, as Mum and Dad live in Point wells.

      Yes I enjoyed Marla’s talk as well, some common sense in her talk. Be sure to share it with all your non-beekeeper friends.


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