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Learn, Getting Started
13 Feb 2017

Beekeeping in the city

You don’t need a huge property to become a beekeeper. In fact, urban hives are becoming more and more common in New Zealand...
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Learn, How-To, Getting Started
28 May 2017

Spring Beekeeping

Spring is nearly here, the days are getting longer, and it's time to get ready for increased population and swarming.
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Learn, How-To, Getting Started
01 Sep 2017

Starting Beekeeping

Whether you want 1 or 1000 hives, beekeeping can be a hugely rewarding hobby. Beehives take time; they need to be managed carefully...
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Learn, How-To, Getting Started
20 May 2017

Tips for a Bee Friendly Garden

When we hear about bees most of us think of honeybees (Apis mellifera) but there are many more bees around us.
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Learn, How-To
28 May 2018

The basics of Queen Rearing

​The matriarch of the hive, an egg laying machine, the mother and surrogate father to all the workers and drones, and a creature of true beauty.
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How-To, Getting Started
27 Oct 2017

More than just a hobby

Many Kiwi beekeepers start out as hobbyists, with one or two hives in a back garden or on a rural property, then make the jump to selling honey and beekeeping full time.
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09 Nov 2018

Changing seasons, changing colony

After a long, cold winter, we’re all looking forward to spring – and bees are no different. As the days get warmer and blossoms appear, bee behaviour starts to change in preparation for a busy summer of honey production. If you’ve left your hive to its own devices during winter, it’s time to do a comprehensive inspection and make sure all is well. Then there are a number of jobs that need to be done early in the season, to keep your colony in good condition throughout spring and summer.
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Learn, Disease, Varroa, Health
19 Apr 2018

Tiny mites, huge problems

Varroa mites are a threat to bees all over the world, and New Zealand is no exception. The tiny creatures spread disease, weaken colony health, and, left untreated, eventually kill the hive.
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Learn, How-To, Getting Started
08 Jan 2019

Process, package, profit

​Like any food product, honey needs to be handled safely before it can be sold. In New Zealand, safety standards cover everything – processing, testing, packaging and labelling. If you want to sell your honey, you need to meet these standards – and prove that you’ve met them. But before you do that, here’s our rough guide to safe processing and packaging:
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