Hi from New Zealand!!

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by KiwiMana, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. KiwiMana

    KiwiMana New Member

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    Hi,

    I'm enjoying this forum looks like a helpful bunch of people.

    We are from the hills of West Auckland in New Zealand and have been Bee Keeping for a year now, so we have gone through all the seasons. We were sad to lose one of our hives over the winter due to damp weather.

    At present we only have the one hive and one Nuc which we hope to get a Queen for soon by using the Miller method. We are also going to try and go chemical free this year by using Screened Bottom boards, Drone Brood management and sugar shaking. We do have Varroa mites in our hive sadly.

    We also run a blog with at http://kiwimana.wordpress.com and you can follow us on Twitter at KiwiManaBuzz.

    Thanks

    Gary
    KiwiMana
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Welcome... Always glad to to see new posters from down under. It's nice to hear springtime stories during our winter.
     

  3. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Welcome to the forum!!
     
  4. Walt B

    Walt B New Member

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    Wecome KiwiMana. :wave: I think you'll like it here. Just finishing my second year of beekeeping.

    Walt
     
  5. Mama Beek

    Mama Beek New Member

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    Hi there :wave: Glad to have you here
     
  6. KiwiMana

    KiwiMana New Member

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    Thanks everyone for the kind Welcome.

    See ya...Gary
     
  7. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    welcome aboard kiwimana...

    I may have the opportunity to visit you fine country in the next year or so. Are you on the north Island or the south Island?

    I will check out your blog site..
     
  8. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    I take it foul brood is now running across New Zealand in something that approaches epidemic proportions? do folks in New Zealand treat or do they burn affected hives?
     
  9. Hobie

    Hobie New Member

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    Welcome! I would love to visit your country some day. My Mom went biking there and said it was absolutely beautiful, and the only place where you can bike through a rain forest and along a glacier in the same day!

    Do you ever get Manuka honey?
     
  10. KiwiMana

    KiwiMana New Member

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    Hi tecumseh,

    I wouldn't say its epidemic proportions but it does seem to be common this spring for some reason, so far we gave been fine.

    Yes in New Zealand we are required by law to burn the infected hive within seven days to prevent AFB spreading to other hives.

    For info about AFB in New Zealand have a look at this site:- http://afb.org.nz/

    Thanks

    Gary
     
  11. KiwiMana

    KiwiMana New Member

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    We are in the North Island in Auckland, give us a yell before you come over and we could meet for a coffee if you are in town.

    See ya...Gary
    KiwiMana
     
  12. KiwiMana

    KiwiMana New Member

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    Hi, Yep we do later in the year.

    Buts its hard to get the Bees to only take nectar from Manuka, Our hives are in a Manuka Forest but whats that old saying "You can make Bees do exactly what they want to do :D"

    See ya...Gary
    KiwiMana
     
  13. Hobie

    Hobie New Member

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    ... which is why all mine is "wildflower" honey!