The Beekeeping Season 2014 is Here – KM053

The Beekeeping Season 2014 Is HereHi this is Episode fifty-third of our beekeeping podcast, This week we are talking about Inspection Tips, a Horrible Whodunit and the five regrets dying people have.

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

What’s happening at kiwimana


  • More than Honey Movie, great movie indeed. Get your copy HERE
  • Had a great time in last months Beekeepers Hangout, joining us on the next one. Details HERE
  • Busy Building in the workshop


  • Building Beginner kits, Our Beekeeping splitting article is HERE
  • Apiary (Bee Yard) work
  • New Stock has arrived
  • Customer Deliveries
  • Margaret and Gary discuss things to look at during Spring

Blog Recap

  1. Urban Beekeeping Threatened in Auckland
  2. Break? …what break? apiary maintenance
  3. Neonicotinoids a Disaster in the making? – Dr Henk Tennekes

Beekeeping News

A great article from the news site about the rise of Urban Beekeeping in New Zealand, great to see one of our customers “Jullion” was mentioned. Yay our bees are famous 🙂

Urban_BeekeepingWhy did the chicken cross the road? To escape the urban bee. Hives are competing with hens as the new “must-have” for eco-conscious inner-city dwellers. Registered beekeeper numbers rose 12 per cent last year, with a Ministry for Primary Industries report showing the greatest increase among hobbyists – defined as people who owned five hives or fewer.
Urban beehives are the new buzz

Britain’s The Grocer trade magazine claims lack of clarity over what constitutes real Manuka honey is allowing dodgy dealers to sell bogus honey.

Real Manuka Honey
Real Manuka Honey
Manuka honey exporters want the Government to clamp down on “cowboys” bringing the $150 million-a-year industry into international disrepute.

“The whole thing is stupid – it’s the whole New Zealand Inc reputation – the legislation is available,” said Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association chief John Rawcliffe last night of a damning report into counterfeit product allegedly crowding British supermarket shelves.
UK rip-off riles honey firms

Peter Starts Inspection
A good article by Better Hens and Gardens about what to look for when doing an hive inspection. We discuss the eight tips.

This is the time of year when new bee keepers and seasoned experts alike are starting to regularly inspect their hives, so here are eight great tips for successful hive inspections: 1) Watch the Front Door – it’s very important to regularly inspect your honey bee colonies (this means taking off the top and going into the colony), but the colonies should be visually checked daily too.
8 Honey Bee Hive Inspection Tips

The 8 tips are:-

  1. Watch the Front Door
  2. Have A Plan
  3. When & Where To Stand
  4. Listen, Watch, & Smell (Interview mentioned with Sam Comfort HERE)
  5. Preserve the Queen
  6. Examine The Frames
  7. Verify Brood/Hive Health
  8. Keep Records

Beekeeper Stephen Mantell from South Carolina has had several colonies destroyed by vandals. Was this related to a letter from his home owners association to remove the bees? We can only ponder.

Damaged HivesBees are becoming as precious as lost water in the drought-stricken Western states. When millions of them die, it might be referred to as a bee ’ holocaust.’ Urban beekeeping has been shown to be safer for bees as it keeps them from agricultural plumes.
Vandals Destroy Tens of Thousands of Bees

An emergency services worker from Oxford, returned to his car after shopping at a mall to discover a bee swarm on his car. Did he call a local beekeeper to remove them? Hmmm, no he didn’t.

A dad came out of a shopping center in Oxford, England, recently to find a surprise waiting for him and his young family – a swarm of bees besieging his car. But what he did to get rid of the insects has some people, particularly beekeepers, upset.
Swarm Of Bees Attacks Car

Facebook Post

A research company is Wellington us looking at using Kanuka honey for the treatment of common skin conditions. Kanuka is another type of honey derived from tea trees.

Dave Burgess There’s a buzz in the air about the medicinal uses of kanuka honey thanks to Wellington-based pharmaceutical research company HoneyLab. Its product, Honevo, has undergone laboratory and clinical studies – including those at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in the United States – to establish its effectiveness for the treatment of common skin conditions including acne, rosacea and cold sores.
Humming over medicinal uses of honey

photo credit: Chad McDonald via photopin cc
photo credit: Chad McDonald via photopin cc

This was was very popular this month, it always good to remember life is short and we must try and live life with no regrets. We reflect on some recent deaths in our lives.

Bronnie Ware says; for many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality.
Top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed

The Top 5 Regrets

  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
  2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
  5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

Questions from you…

  1. How deal with peculiar and cold bees?…Rex
  2. Whats the best place to site a hive in our garden…

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

Blog Post Coming Soon

  • Beekeeping Courses coming soon…
  • And other mystery’s ones?

Feedback from you guys!!!

Email From Andreas

I just want to thank you for all the work you put in with all your podcasts.

The last few weeks I have been listening to your podcasts on the way home from work, really enjoyed the great diversity you cover in your podcasts.

I have just five hives here in Switzerland right next to our house, this is my first year being a beekeeper.

It’s a great hobby and I am very hungry to learn as much as possible to keep them alive.

Keep up the great work there are out there a lot of people that need to learn more about those honey bees.



Podcast Reviews…

Love and hate relationship lol – Nad133 – 5 Stars – United States of America

I really Love that you guys keep on putting out new podcast and especially The Guest that u have on the show ….but I just really don’t like ur accent …and I’m sorry to be so blunt ..cause I know that we don’t choose where we are born …but I love everything else ….PLEASE get more guest on ur show. – Thursday, 7 August 2014

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