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More than one Queen 3 Replies

I took out the varroa strips from my hive today, and had a check.  The frames in the bottom box were very mouldy, so I have removed them, leaving the box empty.  Built a stand to elevate the hive…Continue

Started by Maree W. Last reply by Gary and Margaret - Kiwimana Aug 19, 2013.

Beekeeping Club in Rotorua? 3 Replies

I am new to beekeeping. I did a beginners course and have a hive in my backyard but no bees yet. Is there a club in Rotorua or maybe Pyes Pa area in Tauranga? I am keen to collect a swarm but have…Continue

Started by Judy. Last reply by Sandra Lomas Jul 19, 2013.

RE: Help please: Bees (question from Jacqui Knight) 3 Replies

Hi Jacqui,I got your question in an Oooby email but it doesn't seem to link to where you posted it so I am starting a new discussion. Hope you find it.Use branches of Wormwood (Artemisia…Continue

Started by Liz. Last reply by rosie walford May 14, 2013.

Top Bar Beekeeping 5 Replies

I live in the Auckland area and have been interested in Top Bar Hives for a while. I'd love to start keeping bees but before I do that I'd like to find a mentor who has experience with TBH beekeeping…Continue

Tags: natural beekeeping, TBH, top bar hive, beekeeping, bees

Started by Steff. Last reply by Janet Luke Apr 30, 2013.

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Comment by Stu Miller on August 10, 2011 at 7:11pm

Hi there,

I'm looking at starting out with a few hives this year. Is there anyone in the Wellington region who is able to give me advice on setting up organic hives, looking at using foundation less frames etc.
Comment by Gary and Margaret - Kiwimana on July 15, 2011 at 4:19pm

Hi  Kali,

No I haven’t seen them in use.  I can’t see how these are any different from a screen bottom board using steel mesh.

I guess if you use an acid based product to control mites, then the tubes may give off fumes or melt.  I have read this somewhere, but have never tried it myself.

Having some kind of screen is of great benefit in removing any mite that falls of the bees and provided ventilation the hive.

As far as the expense, we make and sell steel mesh based Screen Bottom boards right here in New Zealand.  Get in touch if you would like to purchase some.



Comment by Kali on July 15, 2011 at 11:11am

Has anyone looked into the bottom boards made with tubes to help with varroa infestation, a variation is made and marketed in France

but expensive to import, any thoughts

Comment by Tony Ross on May 20, 2011 at 10:03pm
Hi I have just shifted to Auckland from Dunedin and had to sell my hivesbefore leaving I am looking for a nuc of bees or a box that maybe someone doesn't want to look after over the winter so are keen to sell or take a cut from the honey flow
Comment by Christopher Dempsey on April 7, 2011 at 11:52am

Interesting story about bee adaptation to environmental problems...



Comment by Janet Luke on March 17, 2011 at 1:55pm

Hi Everyone, There is a new American made film called Queen of the Sun, soon to be released. It is advertised as'a thought provoking film showing how the humble bee is so crucial to human survival.  It is screening at Rialto cinemas nationwide from 22 April, 2011.


May be worth seeing with your popcorn and Jaffa's.

Comment by Erin Fae on March 16, 2011 at 4:55pm
I want to manage a hive in someone else's garden, and share the honey and wax, etc. Is anyone in central auckland interested in having a hive in their backyard? Send me a message.
Comment by Christy Ralphs on March 14, 2011 at 5:30pm
Hi everyone - Marcia Meehan has kindly agreed to run a top bar beekeeping workshop for us on Waiheke, on Sunday 3 April from 1pm-5pm. If you are in Auckland and want to come on over to our beautiful isle you would be welcome. Cost $50. Email me on if you would like to participate. Marcia will also be holding a 30minute intro talk at the Fossil Bay Harvest Fayre (58 Korora Rd, Oneroa) from 1030-1100 on the same day – koha appreciated. Look out for the signs at the fayre.
Comment by Raven on March 9, 2011 at 8:41pm
Hey everyone, just letting you all know that there's a Green Party fundraiser on for those in Wellington showing the new documentary film "Queen of the Sun". It looks really good! The trailer is here Tickets are $25 with drinks and snacks provided. Email me at if you're keen :) Thanks!
Comment by Sarah Heeringa on March 8, 2011 at 11:14pm

Hi Christy,

We have lots of high res images from when we did a feature in Good

about building your own top bar hive.  I'll see if I can dig them out.


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