Top Ten Urban Beekeeping Questions – KM045

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Libsyn_PlayerCover_CropHi this is Episode Forty five of our beekeeping podcast, This week we are talking about Urban Beekeeping and Wellingtons Mayor is a Buzzing.

Welcome To the kiwimana buzz, A show where we talk about Beekeeping, gardening and life. You can listen to the show by clicking Play above or downloading the file from HERE.

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


  • Busy in the workshop
  • A Film crew from AUT came over to kiwimana HQ to interview us
  • Some great guests coming up on the podcast
  • Wow 500 downloads in one day!!! and New Cover Artwork!!!
  • We can now send products overseas πŸ™‚

Here is our Chicken Mince Trap as discussed:-


  • Beginner Beekeeping kits still being sold
  • Look at reducing your entrances
  • Wasp a big issue at the moment in New Zealand
  • Plant are flowering again, strange season indeed


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Blog Recap

New Drone with 4 Varroa

  1. infested ! … with Varroa !!
  2. 4 tips to choose the best beekeeping software
  3. Michael Young MBE – Beekeeper from Northern Ireland
  4. The Bee Lady – Sara Russ
  5. Honey Production Down – KM042
    – Some good feedback Steve Bugnacki about mesh bottomed swarm boxes he uses.
    – Feedback from Daz, he enjoys the podcast and listens to them more than once (takes a few go’s for the information to seep in).

News Topics

photo credit: aussiegall via photopin cc
photo credit: aussiegall via photopin cc

In light of all the recent media attention given to mass bee deaths, there has been a dramatic increase in people getting into beekeeping with the hope of saving the bees.

Here is some questions raised by the Beekeeping is Good blog before you take the plunge into Beekeeping.

Points Raised in Article:-

  1. Why do I want to be an urban beekeeper?
  2. How much time does it take to keep bees?
  3. What are the beekeeping regulations?
  4. I’ve never kept bees before, how do I learn?
  5. Will a backyard hive impact my neighbours?
  6. How well do you know the neighbourhood?
  7. What makes bees grumpy?
  8. Where will the bees get their water?
  9. What factors do I need to consider while locating hives on my site?
  10. What is my population growth strategy?

Here is Part one
And Part 2

All photos courtesy Andrew Newey
All photos courtesy Andrew Newey

Twice each year, the Gurung tribespeople of Central Nepal risk their lives collecting wild honey from the world’s largest hives high up on Himalayan cliffs. Travel photographer Andrew Newey recently spent two weeks capturing this ancient but dying art.
Honey hunting in Nepal

Photo courtesy  Josh Price
Photo courtesy Josh Price

Wellington’s mayor “Celia Wade-Brown spent time suited up with the children amongst the bees, before talking with school staff about the importance of nature based education.
Mayor buzzing about Te Aro school’s bee programme

An Italian honey making business has been stung more than Β£100,000 after two million prize bees were killed in a suspected mafia hit.
Hit on two million BEES

Professor Peter Dearden is warning Beekeepers to check the genetic diversity of their stock following the first stage of a nationwide survey that shows significant in-breeding in New Zealand Bees.
Wild bee loss bad for breed

Photo by libookperson
Photo by libookperson

The bee industry will be working with the Primary Industry Ministry on a nationwide survey on bee health, expected to take place later this year.
National bee health survey planned

Our Recordings of the NBA Workshop on VSH Queens in Hamilton
NBA Workshop

Photo by glen edelson
Photo by glen edelson

A recruitment drive is being launched in Tauranga as a Bay of Plenty-based pharmaceutical company looks for people to take part in a honey clinical trial. They are going to be testing Kanukau honey on skin conditions such as acne.
Participants sought for clinical trial

Questions from you…

Blog Post Coming Soon

  • Linda Tillman Chat
  • How to build Beehive Frames, this article can be found HERE

Feedback from you guys!!!

Whether you are interested in trying beekeeping, a beginner or a veteran beekeeper, I highly recommend adding to your list of subscribed podcasts. Each podcast delivers a new perspective in beekeeping and better yet, from beekeepers worldwide. As a beekeeper in California I enjoy learning about different types of honey, bees, laws and practices in beekeeping. If you don’t have time to read about beekeeping now you can listen and catch up on the latest news. Thank you Gary and Margaret! – Thursday, 27 March 2014

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