End of the Season – KM072

Hi this is Episode Seventy two of our beekeeping podcast, This week we are talking about Disappearance of bees, Liquid Gold and transforming your balcony.

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

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

This is the last show of our season, we will back in August with new shows and blog posts. Have a great winter break, our shop will still remain open for all your Beekeeping needs.

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


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    New WebSite Launched, Mr Google happy now 🙂
  • Did you know the Show Notes are behind the screen? Click on the podcast image on your phone.
  • Been cleaning up work shop and battling mice making homes for winter.
  • Bad winter weather this week.
  • Hunting Wasps update, many people having issues with wasps/Yellow Jackets


Courtesy of Treescape
Ethan gently levering down the colony

Flooding in Texas, more info HERE

  • Beekeeping courses started
  • New Fire on its way
  • Tree hive Bee Hive
  • Demo of kiwi Oxalic Acid Vaporizer at the Auckland Bee Club
  • Annual Disease Return Forms need to be sent by the end of May
  • American Foul Brood Found in customers hives
  • Summary of what the season was like in New Zealand for us
  • Blog Recap – Top three Blog Posts Last Month

    1. Don’t Pee on Beehives – KM070
    2. How to Prepare a Beehive for Winter In New Zealand
      There is an ARRRT to wintering down a Beehive and this is kiwimana’s guide on how to do it with this simple 5 step method.
      How to Prepare a Beehive for Winter in New Zealand
      1. Assess
      2. Record
      3. Rearrange
      4. Reduce
      5. Treat

      The thread in the NZ Beekeepers forum can found HERE.

    3. Treatment Free Beekeeping with Solomon Parker – KM069

    Beekeeping News

    A worrying story from New Zealand about CCD like symptoms experienced in New Zealand. We discuss the Radio New Zealand article about this situation.

    Bee scientists have been left baffled by the disappearance of thousands of honey bees from hives last spring, and say unless it happens again, it remains a mystery as to what caused it.

    Disappearance of bees a mystery

    The full audio can be found HERE

    Your Feedback

    Jude Purenti – Yes had Bees in September then October they were gone. Also was not a good growing for alot in this area, very Strange season.

    Laura Fogleman Doughty – I am sorry to hear this.

    A three year study has concluded that honey is the best feed for bees and it even makes the average life span of a bee increase by up to six days.


    It’s a common habit of most beekeepers to remove all the honey from the hives and then feed with sugar syrup, so they come through the winter.
    But now the question is to what extent this artificial diet harm the bees?

    Sugar syrup shortens the life of bees

    Your feedback:-

    Caroline Davies – thank you! take away the “natural” and varied food source for any living thing, replace it with sugar and – well, it isn’t rocket science. The metaphor/equivalent can be seen almost endlessly here on earth…

    A great primer in how to catch a swarm, read all about the “Bee Catching: Iwo Jima Style method with Linda Tillman who we interviewed on Episode 46.


    Whether you’re a new beekeeper or a homeowner with a problem, here’s what to do if thousands of honeybees descend upon your backyard.

    How to capture a bee swarm – Tom Oder

    Here is Linda’s article about the swarm capture:-
    There’s no Such Thing as a Free Lunch!

    This was sent in from Kade from Sheffield, Tasmania.
    This video is about the Manuka honey industry in New Zealand and Australia’s endeavours in copying the success of Manuka honey with Jelly Bush Honey. Well worth a watch.

    Real Manuka Honey
    Real Manuka Honey

    Dairy may still be the darling of New Zealand agriculture, but there’s a growing buzz about gold – liquid gold.


    Liquid Gold – Great Doco about Manuka

    A great article that discusses ways you can use Manuka Honey in your beauty routine. Did you know you it can Heal acne, Repair skin, Hydrates your skin and has Anti-ageing properties.

    A few months ago, the stress I was experiencing in my life started showing up on my face. Major life changes, lack of sleep and a less-than-perfect diet began taking a toll on my emotional and mental wellbeing. Physically, the stresses manifested in a lackluster complexion, facial dryness and breakouts the caliber of which I hadn’­t seen since my early teens.

    Manuka Honey: Why It’s Great For Your Skin

    Your feedback:-

    Renee Wynyard – Awesomeness 🙂

    A great article about how to help nature, even if you live in the city and don’t have much land.

    6 solutions for transforming your balcony into a biodiversity sanctuary


    These include:-

    • A insect hotel
    • Honey-producing plants
    • Set up a beehive
    • Offer bird lodgings
    • Bird feeders
    • Cultivate an outdoor garden

    Some plant and animal species are under threat in our towns. We can all help encourage urban biodiversity and many townspeople do encourage birds and insects to settle on their balconies.

    6 solutions for transforming your balcony into a biodiversity sanctuary

    Our Bird Feeder / Grass Land


    Questions from you…

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

    How to keep wasps away from bees hives – Liz – Tarnaki

    Do you need to feed bees when it rains – Debby – Wellsford

    How does apistan work…Jarvis – New York

    • Contains Fluvalinate
    • It rubs off onto the bees from the strips
    • Its Fat Soluble so will soak into your wax foundation
    • Fluvalinate is very highly toxic to fish

    Here is our article about Apistan:- Apistan – What is it and Why we don’t use it

    Residue of fluvalinate, a unique pyrethroid material
    with reduced toxicity to honey bees, is rubbed and tracked off the plastic strips onto the
    bees. Over time, the bees absorb enough acaricide on their exoskeletons and track
    enough material over the combs to make them toxic to the mites.

    Dr. Eric C. Mussen – UC Davis

    Blog Post Coming Soon

    Lauren and Andy from Jennings Apiaries
    Interview with Bill Catherall from BeeVlog.
  • Lauren and Andy from Jennings ApiariesInterview Lauren and Aaron from Jennings Apiaries
  • Tree hive Bee Hive
  • Top Free Beekeeping Podcasts
  • Feedback from you guys!!!


    I like listening to your show. I became interested in beekeeping
    In the summer of 2014 while cutting hay around an apiary.

    I was on my tractor and discovered iTunes and found your podcast and have listened to every episode, Some twice. Ok, maybe three times. Lol. Great info and humor. Keep up the excellent work.

    I started this spring with two small cell nucs. I’ve since caught several swarms around our hayfields. THIS IS ADDICTIVE AND I SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO MICHAEL BUSH WHEN HE SAID RUN AWAY QUICKLY. lol…..Bobby Whitfield.

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    One thought on “End of the Season – KM072

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      Rob Daniels says:

      Honey is very important for us we use it in different ways if there are no bees then how we would get the hone so we should take care of the bees for our own good and thanks for being informative.

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