Don’t Pee on Beehives – KM070

Hi this is Episode Seventy of our beekeeping podcast, This week we are talking about Hive thefts, Wasps and Peeing on Beehives?

Lauren and Andy from Jennings Apiaries
Lauren and Andy from Jennings Apiaries
The executive producers for this months show are Lauren Hoffman and Aaron Jennings from Jennings Apiaries

Lauren and Aaron have a great podcast “Bees and Such”. In they latest podcast interviewed Michael Bush. Check it out…

Thanks guys for your continued support…Gary and Margaret

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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


  • Disappearance of bees a mystery“, worrying article from New Zealand
  • urban_BeekeepingTreatments almost complete
  • Wasp tracking updates
  • Interviewed for Bees and Such podcast 🙂
  • New Facebook Group – Urban Beekeeping in NZ
  • Crush and Strained some Honey
  • Getting the new website up and running


  • Update on Auckland and council bylaws amd Hearings
  • This lovely Rosemary (herb) is growing well, she will need a prune after flowering
    This lovely Rosemary (herb) is growing well, she will need a prune after flowering
    What’s blooming at kiwimana HQ
  • Orders and Stuff
  • Wild Swarms hanging on trees

Blog Recap – Top three Blog Posts Last Month

  1. How To Extract Honey Without An Honey Extractor
  2. German Wasps – How to Keep them out of your bee hives
  3. Sick Queen Bee !!! – EP068

Beekeeping News

Beekeeper Stephen Black has lost thousands in honey and hives in a theft he blames on increasingly cut-throat industry.

Stephen Black, who owns Bees-R-Us with his wife Fiona, had 20 harvest-ready hives about 2 metres tall stolen from a paddock near Uruti, about 50km north of New Plymouth, on March 19.

Taranaki beekeeper stung by hive thefts

The dry conditions in the South Island have led to a major shortage of honeycomb.

Nice Honey CombManaging director of a Timaru honey company, Steve Little, said there had been very little clover in pastures, so bees had produced much less honeycomb than usual.

Drought causes shortage of honeycomb

A Canterbury University scientist says his research suggesting common weed sprays decrease the effectiveness of antibiotics could have major implications.

Also the World Health Organization have announced that Glyphosate was a “probable carcinogen”.

Weed sprays may cause antibiotic resistanceA Canterbury University scientist says his research suggesting common weed sprays decrease the effectiveness of antibiotics could have major implications for agriculture and people living in towns and cities.

The study, published this week in mBio, the journal of the American Society for Microbiology, shows that bacteria exposed to common herbicides, including Roundup, sometimes become antibiotic resistant.

Weed sprays may cause antibiotic resistance

Your feedback:-

“Patrick – The Honeybee Rescuer” The never-ending game of whack-a-mole when using ANY type of synthetic poisons or treatments.

There are moves in the Unjted States to use wasted land around airports for beekeeping.

A new home for honeybeesAirports don’t have a particularly eco-friendly reputation. But they typically have large swaths of land that can’t be developed. And at several airports in the US and overseas, that land has become popular for raising honey bees ? and producing honey.

A new home for honeybees?

Great article, Become a bee-friendly gardener this year by planting these. Wow this post was shared 81 times by you on Facebook!!!

With spring fast-approaching, many gardeners, including myself, are happily spending their winter nights cozied up inside flipping through page after page–or site after site–of seed suppliers. We’re looking for the hardiest, most flavorful and disease-resistant varieties for our zones. We’re also looking for aesthetic appeal in much the same way as our winged-friends are. Thus, planting a garden with ourselves and the bees in mind is easier than we might think.

16 Plants That Benefit Bees

Your feedback

Jo Clarke – And lovely plants they are too!

16 Plants That Benefit Bees

Well for this months crazy beekeeping news we bring you a story from Vietnam. About how a couch trip was interrupted when a male passenger decided to urinate on a beehive.

photo credit: Old Bus via photopin (license)
photo credit: Old Bus via photopin (license)
A whopping 22 bus passengers are seeking medical assistance after being attacked by bees, because an idiot p*ssed on a beehive.

Bees Attack After Bus Passenger

A tablespoon of Raw Honey before sleep replishes your levels of Glocogen in your liver, this allows you to sleep longer. Have you tried this, comment below after your have given this ago.

In our age of western medicine, the society has turned away from the natural health remedies that were greatly used by our ancestors. We often rely more on the modern chemically produced pills than all natural traditional medicine. Honey is much sweeter than sugar and is far better for you.

Can’t Sleep All the Way Through the Night?

Your Feedback

Rob Murray – Especially once it’s turned into mead

Questions from you…


  • How to Mount Comb Foundation Sheet – Paul in Auckland
  • How to Prepare A Beehive For Winter In New Zealand – Julie and many other people

Here is the article about how to winter down a hive, you will find it HERE.

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

Blog Post Coming Soon

  • Interview with Jullion Nelson-Parker
  • Video with Peter Molan
  • Different types of Beehives available to New Zealand
  • How to Mount Comb Foundation Sheet

Feedback from you guys!!!


Victor from Australia writes:-

Hello Gary and Margaret,

I am a small commercial beekeeper in Australia I just wanted to let you know that I have been listening to your podcast for some time and it just keeps getting better. thanks….

Our operation is a treatment free although that may change if we ever get varroa. It would be great to get a spot on your show one day.

Keep up the good work…Victor

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Lauren Hoffman and Aaron Jennings

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