HappY 2017 from us to you – KM101

This week we are talking about more thieving mongrels, Getting Ripped-Off in the UK, alienation of New Zealanders?, “is my backyard big enough” and what’s goin’ on across the ditch? This is Episode One Hundred and One of our beekeeping podcast.

It’s always important to start off a new year with a few THANK YOU’s !

Our thanks to:-

Rachel and Nick – for their feedback and their Christmas Donation
Aaron for his Donations – He is making the Education Apriary happen

Reviewers and Writers

Lisa Morrisey – Doug Purdies new book…The Bee Friendly Garden
Guest Writer – Laura Bennett, Want to be a guest writer for us, click HERE

Swarm Catchers, so many to mention !!

Please know – our panicked callers tell us how great you guys are – thanks for doing such a great job and we hope the Bees you caught are thriving and healthy.

Bee Clubs, also so many to mention

Our thanks for helping Beekeepers across New Zealand – they tell us how helpful you are, kiwimana appreciate the information you share with us on what you guys are getting up to
Nice time to remind us that those who run these clubs are mostly volunteering their time and energy – so a big shout out to all committees of these clubs on our Bee Club Map.

To all of you who purchased our goods, participated in our Beekeeping courses, to all of you who joined the kiwimana buzz, to all of you who follow us on the Facebook, the Twitter, Pintrest, iTunes …

To those of you who have given us feedback via phone-calls, emails and visits.

We know that your lives are busy so we are sending out our sincere Thanks and Gratitude.

Please know we Appreciate everything you do to help us create the …kiwimana buzz
You guys are AWeSoME !

Special Thanks this episode…

This week we would like to thank Stuart from the Thinking Bee Podcast

He has been supporting the kiwimana buzz for over 12 months

Thanks for your support Stuart!!!

If you also value what we do, please consider supporting us on http://kiwi.bz/banana

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.

The shownotes for this podcast are at http://kiwi.bz/101

Mississippi River, Stone Arch Bridge & Minneapolis skyline

Big Shoutout to our listeners in Minnesota in the United States this month.

Minnesota fact: Did you know the stapler was invented in Spring Valley by Charles Henderson.

Thank you for listening to our show, we know life is busy for you and appreciate you have taken the time to join us today

What’s happening at kiwimana


  • Happy New Year – Restful and busy time at kiwimana HQ
  • Swarm that moved into old boxes and doing well
  • Congrats to Chris and Laura, Jasper has arrived.
  • Met up with Teri and Gary from Half Moon Honey in California
  • New Beekeeping Podcast Bee Smart beekeeping by Tony Sandoval “Big Bear”
  • Congrats to Kevin Inglin from the BK Corner Podcast for reaching the milestone of 100 Episodes Great work Kevin


  • Really busy before Christmas getting orders out, arranging pick-ups
  • Our Top Bar is doing well – Last Season Queen laying well
  • Our 7 frame experimental hive-box colony are thriving – last season Queen
  • Our 2 colonies installed at the Education Apiary – this season’s new Queens – got their first varroa treatment last week – will be doing three more treatments once a week over three weeks – then monitoring results after a further 10 days

Blog Recap

Top three Blog Posts Last Month

  1. Beekeeping 357 with Joe Lewis
  2. Rocking and Rollin at the Speed of 100
  3. Getting your Bees Ready for Winter – Spring-Inspection

Feedback on EP 100

We were so thrilled to get all your recorded messages through Speakpipe, it’s so good that you joined the …kiwimana buzz.. to make this a great episode.

Charles Peter

Congratulations on achieving this great milestone.I have checked almost all the podcasts.I am more than ever impressed through your approach of looking . It shows your visualization, important attempt you take in .Keep up the great work.

Hershel Kreis

Thanks to my Kiwi friends for the birthday wishes! Loved the show and you both keep getting better with every episode. Hope all is well and looking forward to the next 100.

True Nature Education

This is definitely first rated!


FYI Allen @MeadMakr is in Maryland and Tysen @MeadDrinkr is in Virginia, USA.

Feedback on Getting your Bees Ready for Winter

Article written by Margaret was a popular read….

Zelda Wynn

Loved all the images showing the egg stages & the bees, especially the Italian Queen!

Beekeeping News

Reported at the beginning of December just before Christmas…more thieving mongrels on the east coast of New Zealand !

THIEVES have struck again at another East Coast beekeeping operation.
The small-scale beekeepers lost 15 hives from a paddock on the Tuparoa Road near Ruatoria some time in the past two to three weeks.

Stung again

Your Feedback

Kelly Snowden – What is wrong with people! We’ve have 30 set fire to this season it’s beyond disgusting what people out their will do!
Gabriel Henry – ? I hope they find them, unfortunately there are lowlife people out there ?
Craig Lovell – Hope to see the thieves hanging by the hocks sometime soon
Don Simm – Why do people do the like button

An article from Karen a new blog from ViraminBee, this was back in November and proved very popular with you guys, it talks of when the Manuka was flowering big time. It’s all over now for Manuka. It explains how to tell when a honey flow has started.

Why timing your bee build up is so important – If they build up too slowly, then once the nectar starts, there will not be enough bees to maximise nectar collection and honey production and the beekeeper will miss the honey flow, and have a poor harvest

The honey flow is on

Your Feedback

Markus Bärmann – This picture shows Kanuka….or the botanicals are wrong 😀

European foulbrood has been detected in the Northern Territory for the first time. EFB was first detected in Australia in the late 1970s. Katherine is a town south Darwin. They don’t know how it arrived in the Town.

An infectious bee disease that can kill off whole hives has been found in a small number of hives in the Katherine region.

Infectious bee disease found in Katherine

Your Feedback

Xiong Xie – Any EFB in New Zealand? And how to deal with EFB? Many thanks

Victorian apiarist Simon Mulvany has lodged a defamation claim against the Honey Packing company Capilano. Simon is a consumer afficate for better labelling laws in Australia.

A Supreme Court battle between a beekeeper and Australia’s biggest honey producer Capilano over the safety and source of its products is becoming increasingly bitter, with both sides now suing the other.

Capilano and beekeeper Simon Mulvany suing each other as honey dispute turns sticky

We called Simon to ask him about the lawsuits, Full Podcast coming soon.

Simon’s Website is HERE

Brits – leave our Manuka alone! It’s our native tree and grows in our soil, the term “Manuka” is the Maori name – it belongs to our people…I can feel a HAKA coming-on !!

Tregothnan Estate in Cornwall is trying to steal the name ‘Manuka’ to sell honey produced in England. Australia are also trying to the use the name instead of ‘Jelly Bush Honey’

An English country estate cashing in on the lucrative manuka honey market has been given a stinging riposte by Kiwi beekeepers who say, “You can’t call it manuka.”

Kiwi beekeepers tell English honey producers: ‘You can’t call it manuka’

Your Feedback

Lyle Cairns – “From Utah” Good on you. I think some of you bee keepers who know and produce that specific honey should sue to protect the name, maybe it will end Chinese honey with the same label.

Jasmine Skinner – The French are the only ones who can call champagne that, I think that’s what they’re meaning geez ?

Dave Spart – “Calling it manuka is like us taking a grape or vine from France and calling the wine ‘champagne’ – it’s not champagne. I can’t take water and barley from Scotland and call it whisky”

Um, actually you can….you just couldn’t call it Scotch Whisky. Likewise, Champagne is a geographical region and not a grape name so the analogy is flawed. You can call it Manuka, just not New Zealand Manuka Honey.

A great post from Beekeeping Like a Girl “Hilary Kearney”. She ponders how much space do you need in your backyard to accommodate a bee colony.

I often get this question from bee-curious people. It is the first hurdle of becoming a beekeeper: Can it work in my backyard?

How Much Space Does a Beehive Need

Questions from you

  • How to make a super beehive – Scarlett – New York, USA
  • What happens to a swarm of bees in wild – Tara – Wellington, NZ
  • What is the most common beehive used in the uk – Evelyn – Bradford, England

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

Random Review

As a small thank you we randomly select one product review each month. The winner will receive a $30 kiwimana gift certificate. Get in touch within 2 weeks of the podcast release date to claim your prize.

This week’s winning review was:-

(You will have to listen to the show)

You will need to claim your prize before 15 Feb 2017

Feedback from You


This month we have these great new supporters.
Matthew Taylor from Maryland, thanks heaps Matthew 🙂

Regarding patreon, we need to work on the next goal. What do you think, do think we should have transcriptions for our interviews or work on smart phone app that would make it easier for non tech people to listen to the show.

Please tell us http://kiwi.bz/survey101

Itunes Reviews

Kia Ora! – ChromeViking – 5 Stars – Canada

New beekeeper here, hailing from the great white north in Alberta, Canada. Awesome podcast chocked full of all sorts of wonderful information, advice and insight. Started with the first and working my way through them all. Well worth the listen, both entertaining and informative! – Monday, 23 January 2017

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Photo credit: ali eminov Mississippi River, Stone Arch Bridge & Minneapolis skyline via photopin (license)

Song before Questions was by Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane

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