End of the Season – KM050

kiwimana buzz EP 50Hi this is Episode fifty of our beekeeping podcast, This week we are talking about Bee Friendly Plants, Scientific findings and Wasps Everywhere.

You can download the podcast directly HERE, or click on the play button above. Feel free to share it with your friends.

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


  • Wow almost got to 10,000 downloads on the podcast in May!!!
  • Google “Beekeepers Hangouts”?, you can find the next one HERE, watch the last one HERE.
  • Season ending soon, Winter break starts today 🙂


  • Hives closed down for winter, lots of robbing going on…
  • We have lost hives due to Robbing Incidences
  • Season very strange this year in New Zealand
  • Check Your Bees Food Levels
  • Ensure your hives are leaning forward to stop any puddles forming in your hives
  • Ensure you check your mite levels over the winter month

Blog Recap

    Megan Paska - Rooftop Beekeeping

  1. Beekeeper Linda – We chat with Linda Tillman – KM047
  2. Megan Paska – The Rooftop Beekeeper – KM048
  3. How To Move A Beehive

Special Mention:-
Michael Bush – Treatment Free Beekeeping – KM049

News Topics

Camilla Goddard began beekeeping as a hobby. Photograph: Julian Love
Camilla Goddard began beekeeping as a hobby. Photograph: Julian Love
An article from the Guardian in the UK about how Camilla Goddard got started with Beekeeping.
Camilla Goddard was sitting in a deckchair when she experienced what most people would frantically air slap away, but she took it as a career omen. “As I was chatting to my friend, a honeybee landed on one hand and a bumblebee on the other.
How do I become…a beekeeper

Gorse – Good source of pollen
Researchers identify bee friendly plants Researchers have made big strides in identifying the plants and trees that provide the best food for bees. Beekeepers, farmers and farm foresters are catching up with the latest developments at the second trees for bees conference which happened back in May.
Researchers identify bee friendly plants

You can find the Tree for Bees site HERE.

photo credit: Steven Jackson Photography via photopin cc
photo credit: Steven Jackson Photography via photopin cc
The secret is out – bees have been disappearing for now, and scientists are scrambling to understand why. almost a decade Some sources relay that the colonies all across the world are vanishing due to pesticides, electromagnetic frequencies, mites, and even GMO crops, but what researches have recently found to be the cause of the bee catastrophe will shock you.
This New Finding Explains Why Bees Are Disappearing

An article from Amy Parachnowitsch about here views on new Avaaz.org campaign

Amy writes…I’m all for saving bees. Heck they’re some of the most important players in the plant systems I study. No bees means no sex for my plants, so there’s that. And I generally have a soft spot for bees. While I was an undergraduate my first real experience in research was working in Mark Winston’s bee lab. I was one of those all round research assistants who moved between projects as the need arose. It was a great experience and the fact that I’m still doing research speaks to that. Maybe it is why I have gone on to study mainly bee-pollinated plants but that is speculation for another day.
Save the bees, but maybe not this way

Do you agree with Amy, please comment below:-

German Wasp
German Wasp
MARTIN DE RUYTER/Fairfax NZ Entomologists are frantically trying to drum up increased funding to fight a huge wasp problem that has been made even worse by the recent arrival of another invader. Warm and dry weather stretching back well over a year is one reason for the large numbers of wasps this summer and early autumn.
Huge wasp numbers concern

New Zealand honey industry to benefit from new three-in-one manuka test New Zealand’s honey industry can now test manuka honey faster and more cost effectively than ever before thanks to a new three-in-one test introduced by the country’s leading analytical testing laboratory, Hill Laboratories.
Honey industry to benefit from new three-in-one manuka test

Questions from you…

    Robbing Screen

  • Do bee hives keep wasps away? Raymound – Virginia, United States
  • How to deal with wasp in your honey bees? – Kat – Wellington, New Zealand
  • What to do when your beehive is overrun with wasps? – Eliot – British Columbia, Canada
  • Do robbing screens work? – Alicia – Auckland, New Zealand

If you have a question, email [email protected] and the team at kiwimana will do our best to answer it. Feel free to also email us MP3 files of your questions.

Rik Mayall Passing

Rik Mayall from Young Ones fame passed away this week 🙁

Blog Post Coming Soon

  • Beekeeping Courses Coming up
  • New Zealand based Podcasts

Feedback from you guys!!!


Really interesting, really helpful to have reminders about what needs doing.

Itunes Review and Stitcher Reviews

HoneybeesinJapan (Japan) – Great Podcast Guys !!!

Rating: 5 Stars

I’m an American living in Japan and I really enjoy listening to your podcast. As a fourth year beekeeper in Japan, I really appreciate the interesting topics and the fun light-hearted atmosphere. I also enjoy hearing your New Zealand accents. I have six hives now and am hoping for a great honey flow this year. Thanks for your great podcast.

Snow*Cloud (Great Britain) – Brilliant and relevant world-wide

Rating: 5 Stars

Superb beekeeping podcast from this pair of beekeepers talking about their experiences in beekeeping, collecting swarms, dealing with other beekeepers and their views on beekeeping topics – I am in the UK and even though their beekeeping season is in reverse to mine, their content is great and their presentation is cheery and informative. Often they have good guests too, from around the world, adding their experience to the show. Really worth a listen.

From Stitcher:-

Mark D. Rea · West Virginia University

Phenomenal podcast about the important topic of bees. Presented with engaging conversations and great tips for beginners! Highly recommend for the serious or hobbyist or interested beekeeper!

Please review our podcast on itunes? https://kiwimana.co.nz/iTunes.


4 thoughts on “End of the Season – KM050

  1. Patrick Purcell says:

    Hey this was a great find. I really enjoyed your podcaste. Just found it via http://search.genieo.com/
    As a second year keeper in the Solomon Islands I have been hunting for more non-North American / closer to home bee news.
    I’m glad we don’t have your issues with wasps, but I picked up some great tips on robbing evidence that I will remember.
    Warm regards,
    from the tropics

    • Gary Fawcett says:

      Hi Patrick,

      That is fantastic that you found us, and thanks for listening to the podcast.

      I have never heard of Genieo.com I will have to check it out.

      Do you have varroa in the Solomon Islands? And what kind of bees do you have there, are there the Asian honey bees?

      Yes hopefully you don’t get the wasps like we do, it can a real pain. Wasps here have no natural enemies, so people have to try and control them.

      Thanks again for listening and please consider subscribing to the show.

      Gary Fawcett

    • Gary Fawcett says:

      Thanks you Noel for the feedback and comment, we are glad you like the show.

      Wow 7 million stars; we are very chuffed with that amount 🙂

      Yes we do replace frames on a regular basis; yes I will add that to question part of the next show. We normally replace them after a couple of years.

      We used to stamp the date on frames, but we have been a little slack with that process last season.

      Cheers for telling everyone at your Beekeepers Society about us, feel free to burn some cd’s of our show to give out.

      I will check out your facebook page.

      Gary Fawcett

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