End of the Spring World Cup – KM080

This week we are talking about fungi, Bee Stings and Killer Bees. This is Episode Eighty of our beekeeping podcast.

This executive producers for this months show are Aaron and Lauren from Jennings Apiaries. Congrats on your wedding day guys, we you all the best for the future.


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…

Sunset in Nova Scotia
Sunset in Nova Scotia
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.

Big Shoutout to our listeners in Nova Scotia in Canada this month. Did you know that Nova Scotia is Latin for New Scotland.

Rugby World Cup Final Reaction from the Team at kiwimana!!

What’s happening at kiwimana


  • Picked up our first swarm, live on periscope
  • Podcast application any interests? Help us with the app at Patreon
  • Excited about new meshboards builder
  • Graeme one of our Patrons is on the mend
  • Allow Fruit and Vege Gardens on Auckland’s Berms petition, sign it HERE


  • Update splits news
  • Swarm update, lots of swarms in New Zealand
  • DECA checks
  • Apiary work
  • Food for bees

Voice Mail

We have our first voicemail from someone in America.

Blog Recap – Top three Blog Posts Last Month


  1. Beekeeping on International Podcast Day!!! – KM078
  2. Getting Young People Interested in Beekeeping with Orren Fox – KM079
  3. Whats happening in Aussie? honey beekeeping Spring

Beekeeping News

Story from the Hawkes Bay by Jonathan Dine. Another story about thieving mongrels ripping off poor beekeepers around the country.

  • Dr Peter Molan, the pioneer of Manuka honey research, the industry will be worth $1 billion in 2025.
  • Perhaps some kind of monitoring system would help?

Thieves stole $14,000 worth of beehives in what a local business owner says was a targeted attack to get their hands on the increasingly valuable manuka honey.

‘Devastation’ as hives stolen

Your Feedback

Barry Oliver – Bugger!!!! What’s the odds of the thieves being caught?
Michael Jordan – Sad, happens all the time
Vickie Wade – I had taken 12 beehives up north and heard on the radio that northland police are taking this seriously and have urged the public to get in touch with them about beehives on the move. Im thinking that perhaps a online public diary that beekeepers can access to log there beehive travel plans (ie number plate and bee rego) and all others on the road with beehives should be targeted by the police. It may put a stop to the thieves.
Rita James – Very sad for the bees and the owners. Need cameras set up round the beehives nowadays.
Cally Brown – Oh no! 🙁

Some great monitoring tools for beekeeping on this Indiegogo fundraiser campaign. Such things as hive location and if the queen is laying, how does that work?

APiS is a startup from Portugal that has created tools for beekeepers to monitor their bees using the Internet. Their redesigned hive and gizmos can help farmers keep a close watch on their swarms through the Internet.

Modular Beehive Connects Bees to the Internet
The Indiegogo campaign is HERE

They is also a video here:-

An interesting article about using bee stings to treat medical conditions such as Parkinson, MS and Cancer. This article also explains how bee stings work. I found it very interesting.

It may sound a bit incongruous: Encourage bees to sting you? On purpose? Using toxins to heal what ails us may sound like contradictory, and perhaps even dangerous, advice – but for at least 5,000 years humans have relied on venom, of all things, for medicinal purposes.

How Bee Sting Therapy Works

Your Feedback

160px-Barney_RubbleBarney Rumble – Well they can’t claim ‘no bees were hurt’….its guaranteed death to the bee…..as if they’re not struggling enough already. 🙁

Warmer weather in California as encouraged killer bees to move further north and are now in San Francisco Area.

Randy Oliver quoted as saying “I don’t foresee Africanized bees flourishing this far north and close to the coast.”

An Africanized breed of honeybees – sometimes known as “killer bees” because of their swarming, aggressive and deadly nature when a colony is threatened – has found its way to the Bay Area for the first time, researchers say.

Killer bees found in the Bay Area

Your Feedback

Kazel Cass – Far out. For a moment I thought you meant the Bay of Plenty!

An interesting discovery from Paul Stamets, using the natural anti Bactria properties of fungi to help the bees.

In the face of such troubling numbers and bees ’22 billion euros-per-year contribution to European agriculture’, conservationists are backing increasingly unconventional methods (medieval mead, anyone?) in an attempt to save the winged critters. Maybe mushrooms are the next logical step.

Feeding Bees Mushroom Juice

Paul Stamets – Report from the Underground

further reading about Paul Stammet:-

He Holds the Patent That Could DESTROY Monsanto and Change the World

Your Feedback

Don Simm – Interesting…anyone keen to try it..
Joyce Kennedy – Just stop poisoning their food with pesticides, fungicides, herbicides then they and us may become healthy!

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This is an article about a campaign called “Plan B” by the New Zealand Gardening magazine. Its also got some great tips on choosing the best plants for the bees.

  • Blue, purple, white and yellow-flowering plants are their favorites.
  • Bees prefer plants that produce a flower with a single row of petals.

Bee Plants

Plan Bee is a campaign by NZ Gardener magazine over National Bee Awareness Month to increase the number and variety of nectar and pollen rich flowering plants available to friendly insect pollinators.


The best plants for bees

Questions from you…

  1. Where can I get new Queens in New Zealand – John – Auckland

    We recommend Dallas and Sara Russ from Dal’s Polination – (09) 276 4855
  2. Will you have any Meshboards “Screened bottom boards – Hershel” this season? – Lynn – Auckland

If you have a question, email us at [email protected] and the team at kiwimana will do our best to answer it. Or visit our speakpipe page HERE

Feedback from you guys!!!


AWESOME – “Hershel” W4TMN – 5 Stars – United States of America

I love listening to the exploits of Gary and Margaret! They make beekeeping fun and provide beginning beekeepers such as myself with great and timely information. Looking forward to episode 100! Hershel


Toni RE: Periscope

Hi Gary and Margaret,
I was so excited to see you on periscope. I had very bad connection so missed most of it. I did hear you ask if I listen to your podcast, and the answer is “absolutely”, “ everything is awesome” I write with a great big smile. I love your podcast and periscope. I did try and leave you a voice mail many times but it won’t go through – I will try to remedy that.
Thank you for all you both do to keep happy bees and share your journey with the rest of us.

Take care,
Toni from Oregon

Malcolm from beekeep.info

I received your latest thanks. I found your web site by looking for podcasts on beekeeping; yours is the best so far that I have encountered. I share some of the same interests. I am retired extension professional from the University of Florida. Since retiring from this formal position, I continue to write my Apis Newsletter.

I featured your podcast with Randy Oliver in my latest edition HERE


You can join Malcolm’s Newletter HERE



The show has definitely improved over time, Gary! Of course, Margaret is as AWESOME as ever. The quality of the sound along with the flow between segments gets better with each episode.

Your choice of guests have been a great mixture of well-known and those who are not well-known but should be! You both are a joy to listen to. Thanks for all that you do for beekeeping. Now, you need to get to work on that book for us!

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2 thoughts on “End of the Spring World Cup – KM080

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    Roman Linhart says:

    Hi Margaret and Gary,
    Your podcasts are really interesting, especially with the guests!
    I have one suggestion for the future: I would be happy to hear about varroa treatment in NZ and how Varroa Destructor changed NZ beekeeping.
    Good luck with your series!
    Roman Linhart

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