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  1. Looks like a beautiful spot
  2. Didn't they used to call their version tea tree?
  3. A lot of negatively on the approach, at a time when people will be retraining having lost their current employment due to Covid. So from me it gets a thumbs up and for Comvita I'd assume it fills a (cheaper?) labour gap. Perhaps this is the way the fruit growers need to go to fill their labour shortfall? I'd be keen on understanding the differences between Comvitas offering and that of ApiNZ's. The latter brings people out with a qualification at Level 4 from my understanding which is an important aspect. Always keen on hearing the alternative solutions offered from the
  4. New Zealand honey is one of our most prized exports but most of the headlines are dominated by Mānuka. However, one couple in the Chatham Islands is creating a honey product unlike anything you've ever seen. Chatham Islands Go Wild Freeze Dried Honey is described as “light and crunchy with rich floral flavours”. It gets its distinctive taste “from the nectar of endemic flowers and fauna found nowhere else in the world”. Its creator describes it as being like “candyfloss” or a “honey cloud with light floral flavours”. Chatham Islands' freeze drie
  5. Mānuka honey company Comvita says trading has continued to improve in the first quarter of its new financial year as it seeks to turn around its performance after two years of losses. Chief executive David Banfield, who took over in January, told the company’s annual meeting in Paengaroa on Thursday that Comvita had a “strong” start to the new financial year, which commenced on July 1. Mānuka honey company Comvita has 'strong' start to new year | Stuff.co.nz WWW.STUFF.CO.NZ Honey company will pay back its wage subsidy when it returns to
  6. Australian beekeepers are calling for an end to the ongoing trademark dispute with New Zealand producers over manuka honey that continues to threaten their livelihood. For the first time the Australian Manuka Honey Association (AMHA) has filed evidence to defend the use of the term manuka on Australian honey products. "We're not a big association and we are defending beekeepers' livelihoods," AMHA chair Paul Callander said. Australian beekeepers livelihoods on the line as they defend their use of term manuka - ABC News WWW.ABC.NET.AU
  7. On the positive side we must remember that pollen is essential for pollination and seed production and that pollen is collected by bees and other insects as an important ingredient in their food supply. These days we are told that bee pollen is the richest source of vitamins found in nature and in some places it's being marketed as a super food for human consumption. We can't do without pollen and it's increasing in value. Pollen allergies in spring | Stuff.co.nz WWW.STUFF.CO.NZ You can't avoid pollen whether it be spring or autumn.
  8. Their paper - High-Quality Assemblies for Three Invasive Social Wasps from the Vespula Genus has been published in the Genetics Society of America journal G3: Genes, Genomes and Genetics at High-Quality Assemblies for Three Invasive Social Wasps from the Vespula Genus WWW.G3JOURNAL.ORG Social wasps of the genus Vespula have spread to nearly all landmasses worldwide and have become significant pests in their introduced...
  9. New Zealand Honey & Co, Deloitte Fast 50 winner 2009 NZ Honey & Co managing director Scott Brundell said Covid-19 reinforced the importance of having strategic third-party logistics in key marketplaces. “Having your inventory stuck in New Zealand while global logistics are under stress is no kind of fun,” Brundell said. Brundell said securing strong partnerships also helped the business operate during the different Covid-19 restrictions. “Ensure you have excellent relationships with your key business partners/suppliers. We were able to be top of the list when
  10. University of Waikato researchers have found a unique group of microorganisms on the surface of mānuka leaves, which could help explain wide variation in the antibacterial properties of mānuka honey. The microbiome—a complex community of bacteria—was surprisingly specific and consistent for mānuka leaves, even across distant geographical locations, suggesting that these bacteria may play important roles in how mānuka responds to stress and different environmental conditions. Further research expanding on these findings could help develop strategies to maximise the production of high-
  11. Comvita, a world market leader in mānuka honey, has launched its inaugural apprenticeship programme in beekeeping. Established in 1974, Comvita has enjoyed a long and successful history in the industry but recognise these are challenging times for many New Zealanders, and believes the creation of jobs is key to long-term economic and social recovery. "During these unprecedented times, consumers all over the world are turning to natural health products," chief executive David Banfield said. "We have an important leadership role to play." The scheme, Banfield said, allowed th
  12. A lagoon near the Clarence River mouth was drained by police in the days after Melissa Ewings disappeared after one of her shoes was found in the water. The other shoe was found sitting on a gravel bank not far from the water’s edge. Along with her cellphone, which police have confirmed was in the pocket of her dressing gown, these are the only items belonging to Ewings that have been found outside her property since she didn’t turn up to work on September 21. A three-week search of the Clarence area officially ended on Wednesday. Clarence lagoon dra
  13. Is that down to temperature and conditions in the same way that it is for white clover?
  14. In English, a pollinator can come up against boundaries in the landscape. Common types would be altitude, temperature changes, or by resources for instance.
  15. We've completely changed the way the public interact with the site when they have a swarm. Instead of posting to say they have one and asking for a beekeeper in their area, we now provide a directory service for member beekeepers to list their contact details. You can find the directory at https://www.nzbees.net/classifieds/category/35-swarm-control-service/ Please ensure you listing is concise and clear. Beekeeper members should bear in mind, some people may find the listing directly from a search engine, so ensure it contains a paragraph of relevant information to improve your
  16. Grant

    time for coffee

    I deserve a coffee
  17. Can I just say that even NZ Post has had sufficient time to deliver one of these to me by now. It's not arrived.
  18. David Beckham 'set to start selling his own range of organic honey' after becoming interested in beekeeping during lockdown. The former professional footballer has shared updates about his hobby over the past three months, including snaps of himself collecting honey from a hive in his Cotswolds garden and even getting his children involved. David Beckham 'is set to start selling his own honey' after taking up beekeeping in lockdown WWW.DAILYMAIL.CO.UK The former professional footballer, 45, is thought to be preparing to launch honey from
  19. Study from the UK. Enthusiasm for beekeeping in the UK's major cities is threatening other local wildlife, according to a new report. Beekeeping in cities is harming other wildlife, study finds WWW.NHM.AC.UK
  20. While researching this topic I also found several references to urban beekeeping in other countries with the same results, so you could be right
  21. Melissa Ewings has not been seen since Sunday, September 20 in the Clarence Valley. The physical search for missing Marlborough beekeeper Melissa Ewings has been scaled back – but police say a wider probe is ongoing. Melissa Ewings, 31, has now been missing for nine days in spite of a massive search and rescue operation. Her worried family have mounting fears for her safety and say it's out of character for the keen adventurer not to keep in touch with family. Ewings lived alone in a rented house at Clarence, 60km north of Kaikoura. She was last seen just
  22. Grant

    Bee brush

    Bee on bottle brush
  23. Why Some Ecologists Worry About Rooftop Honey Bee Programs.... Urban beekeeping has given some scientists pause. They wonder if these efforts are really helping to save the bees—especially native species. Why Some Ecologists Worry About Rooftop Honey Bee Programs | WIRED WWW.WIRED.COM
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