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  1. 1 hour ago, Grant said:


    There is and you did I believe.

    As already mentioned if you want a safe platform for buying and selling,  you can purchase bees via reputable supplier in the marketplace, where a registration number is required to sell bees.


    We don't have listings for boats. 

    Sadly you miss a point again Grant, if your trying to solve the problems on the current level of thinking your good backwards. Ego and arrogance are the pills that dull the pain of stupidity.

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  2. On 1/9/2017 at 10:21 AM, frazzledfozzle said:

    As mercenary as it sounds I'm hoping this season will see some real hardships in the industry we need to hear about beekeepers losing businesses and houses rather than the ra,ra, beekeepers are raking in the money. Only problem is this would also affect the good beekepers along with the ones in it for what they can get before moving on to the next thing.

    For some its not about money and there are more hobbyists out there doing it for love.

  3. On 1/8/2017 at 10:27 PM, jamesc said:

    PS .... I forgot to mention the contract extraction rate per box from our good mates upin Opotiki worked out at a bit over $38/box.

    Our home price is down around the $9.00 mark.


    On 1/9/2017 at 9:33 AM, frazzledfozzle said:

    @myrtle4 my dad has been a beekeeper since hiving a swarm back in the 1960's he went from one swarm to his own pollination business. Now bees are the life blood of two of his children who both have their own business and also pays the wages of other friends and family on the packing and selling side of the business.

    My dad is now 84 and is still raising awesome queens he's amazing and I am so lucky to be able to spend time with him " doing bees".

    Some things our mums and dads tort us are worth handing down 

  4. "Push for tighter rules for selling bees on Trade Me"

    Beekeepers are worried Trade Me could be used by unregistered beekeepers to sell beehives, which could unwittingly spread pests and diseases.

    Andrew from ApirNZ had a meeting with Trademe yesterday to push for change, it is in all our interest to watch for the crooks.



    Why is the not on NZBee.net a watch dog page where we can report questionable and stolen items? They have a section for stolen boats among other things.


  5. On 1/17/2018 at 6:53 PM, Stoney said:

    We run quad set up with mesh floors and shift with our hiab trucks.. the entrances are full open and never overheat while shifting.. sometimes especially warm full moon nights we can have pretty feral beards on them but generally fine. 

    Sounds like you have cooked them as they generate a lot of heat when stirred up, trailers behind Utes or trucks are worse I recon as they seem to bounce and if they can't get out and beard up then they'll cook. 

    I use whitebait mesh folded over to block my own singles when shifting and open soon as they're off the ute. 

    I am just getting started and have looked at a lot of what people have done around this area and venting of hive, I have made all my hive bases vented and going to Quad. I found Ali screen door mess at Burnings for $11 a meter last week. The question I have is now Im starting to needing to move hives is it a problem to vent the 2nd box?

  6. On 9/12/2017 at 3:03 PM, Grant said:

    I was going to mention this but in the link it says 


    • Giving honey to, or swapping it for produce with, your friends and family, is not regulated under the Food Act.

    So it leaves things a bit ambiguous 

    If you are your own crash test dummy and test the honey first to know its safe then what is the issue in giving it away we get given veg from friend gardens all the time. Our country has become a nanny state.

  7. 7 hours ago, Alastair said:

    Now I have to brand every box, I need the fastest option, suitable for doing it at the apiary site. 


    I'm thinking of a gas heated one that burns the registration number in, but would like to hear from anyone using them about how good they are and how fast they are. And if all good, where to get one?

    there are some people on Trademe offering this service in the Beekeeping section

  8. On 10/23/2017 at 8:11 PM, Alastair said:

    When I got the truck I had a good look at the chassis, it was 100% painted. But I think it's thinner in those areas and probably crap paint that seems to have got thinner or dissapeared entirely.


    I have already talked to a panelbeater, and the guys at Mahindra. The panelbeater just said "spray some (mild profanity) on it", and Mahindra weren't a great help either. So decided to consult the panel of experts here at NZBees :). I'm sure their advice will be as good as anything I'll get.


    I would just go ahead and spray fisholene all over it, but know that once that has been done there will be no going back to any rust converter type product. So going to take all opinions on it first, then decide where to go.

    I had an uncle who always had his new cars sprays with black tar like anti rust. 

  9. 22 hours ago, Lindaloo26 said:



    I reckon it would be great. Nice deck height.  Very expensive new here- over 100k.  Fit some good off road tyres. 

    You may want to check the price I was looking at these also, VW Crafter base maybe an option as well.

  10. 2 hours ago, karuhi said:

    Hi all, been awhile since posting - but i now have an opinion i'd like to add ......

    Being in the thick of tai tokerau - i think "maori" agenda is the same as Pakeha agenda - make money & gain sustainability - of the brand as well as the manuka plant. 

    to talk of a separatist agenda stinks of racism, red neck chest beating, and more ridiculous conspiracy theories.

    It's not needed nor wanted

    of course this is purely my opinion :3_grin:     

    Red neck saying came from the Southern states of America and the working men and woman in the fields are we as Beekeepers not a kim to those very same people. The issues remain the same in many way.

  11. @Daniel Benefield have a look at this one also. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17203363


    Dr. Mark Goodwin tell of some research he did that stopped due to a lack of funding, Now surely the NZ Govt innovation fund would go for something like that it would have major impact internationally. 

    Have a listen to Mark on RadioNZ https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ourchangingworld/audio/1737559/bees-in-decline

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  12. 19 minutes ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

    I love it. Do you understand how much trouble I would like to be in if I tired that in the house.

    Wouldn't we all be in a hot seat if we did that at home? 

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