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By: Kiwimana  05-Apr-2012
Keywords: Bees, Hives

Photo’s courtesy of Kevin Krejci We went to along to a meeting set up by the Auckland Bee Club on Monday to discuss the $190 (annual) consent fee to keep Bees, proposed within the Auckland Council long-term draft plan. The draft considerations include public consultation and a submission process. The meeting was chaired by ‘Christopher [..]

Hi, You may have heard of the councils plan try to push through a consent fee for keeping bees within Auckland City. This fee is planned to be $190 per year. The Auckland Bee club have organised a public meeting for all concerned bee-keepers and lovers of bees to discuss the best way to prevent [..]

This was spotted by Kerry from the Auckland bee Club:- The Auckland Council draft plan has this in section 5.7 Schedule of changes to regulatory fees and charges. Page 146 – Category Other (iii) keeping of bees (consent fee) $190 What does this mean for beekeeping in Auckland?, does this mean if the plan is [..]

We decided to go away for Auckland anniversary weekend. So while I was out and out in the Coromandel bush pursuing another one of my hobbies (Locating treasure with a GPS device or Geocaching). I had heard that Tutin in honey is more of a problem in the Coromandel Peninsular. I managed to find quite [..]

Great episode here from TVNZ 7, it has some really interesting information about the Varroa mites and the work been done at Mercury Island to produce a bee that is resistant to the mites. Which has been successfully done? Where can I get some of those bees? We must try to get hold of Mark [..]

Great story about beekeepers in Australia helping protect their own industry after the government pulled support in the fight against the Asian honeybee. Bee-keepers are fighting a lonely battle to defend the country from an invading swarm. Full article here.

In doing research for our Bee Conference blog post, here is an interesting interview with one of the speakers on day “Randy Oliver”. Even thou it’s a few years old its very interesting and Randy discusses some of the key points of his conference talk. You can find Randy’s web site at Part 1 [..]

In my opinion I don’t see how a Top Bar hive is any harder to inspect that a Langstroth hive. The assertion here seems to be that people with top bar hives don’t inspect their hives as much as other beekeepers. I don’t know if this is the case or not. But I have seen [..]

Good article, but I don’t agree that the Green Partys concerns about CCD and unfounded, why wait until we have it to address the issue. Isn’t that like building a fire engine when you have a fire to fight? And good luck trying to get Bayer to change its products? “had a minimal effect on [..]

This is another reason, why we as Beekeepers need to find alternatives to using chemical treatments in our hives. Beekeepers are concerned about reports of varroa mite showing resistance to chemical treatments in some hives around Auckland and the Waikato. Varroa is the biggest killer of bees world-wide. The Beekeepers Association says the anecdotal evidence [..]

The information in this article was current at 27 Mar 2012

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