Learn, How-To, Getting Started
23 Jul 2018

Set up for spring

After a long, cold winter spent huddled inside, everyone is looking forward to spring – bees included. For your hives, spring is a time of intense activity. Egg-laying, brood-raising, and nectar-gathering all start to ramp up after being almost non-existent in winter.
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23 Jul 2018

Old pets, new hives

For the most part, bees, pets and other domestic animals can coexist happily, but there’s always the potential for harm. The larger the property, the easier it is to keep your pets away from your hives. Simply choose a spot with low traffic, away from cages, coops and kennels, and you should be fine.
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04 Sep 2018

Irritating Invaders

​As anyone with a kitchen knows, ants are annoying scavengers. They’re constantly on the lookout for new food sources, and will use the tiniest entry point to gain access. If your kitchen is particularly messy – with food left on bench tops or jars left open – you may be more likely to attract these tiny invaders. It’s a similar story with your beehives.​​
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Learn, Save the Bees
02 Mar 2018

A bee or not a bee?

If you’re a new beekeeper, or you’re simply interested in the insects that populate your garden, it’s good to be able to differentiate between the honey bees you’re caring for, other harmless species of bee and fly, and potential threats like wasps.
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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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23 May 2018

​Powerful properties in an unexpected package

The powerful health benefits associated with manuka honey have made it a huge success story for New Zealand exporters. Manuka’s cousin, kanuka, is far less famous – but may be equally beneficial.
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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, Disease, Health
17 Apr 2018

The spread of a deadly disease

American Foulbrood strikes fear into the hearts of beekeepers – and for good reason. The bacterial disease infects larvae, kills bees before they reach maturity, and eventually destroys the colony.
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Buzz on in! We're Open Saturdays!

Both our Auckland and Christchurch Stores will be opening up again for the Spring/Summer Seasons, starting Saturday 1st September 2018! Bee sure to buzz into our Auckland Store every Saturday between 8:30am -12:30pm. Or buzz into our Christchurch Store, every 2nd & 4th Saturday between 8:30am – 12:30pm.

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