30 Apr 2015

New Zealand A to Z - Beekeeping

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:20 pm on 30 April 2015

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Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

With hundreds of new beekeepers signing up for the hobby every year, there's a real buzz around the humble honey bee. As well as being a hot new hobby, beekeeping has long been a business in New Zealand, with commercial hives making a significant contribution to the agricultural sector every year.

Gallery: Beekeeping in New Zealand

Jesse Mulligan talks bees with John Hartnell, head of Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group; Kim Kneijber from the Auckland Bee Keepers Association; Walter Dendl, Auckland backyard beekeeper, Auckland; and the beekeeping lawyer Stephen Franks.

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John Hartnell’s top five tips for newbies:

  1. Read one book, and one book only. He recommends Practical Beekeeping in New Zealand.
  2. Join a club, and observe someone at work.
  3. Get some hardware. Your local association can tell you where to find bee suits, smoker, hive tools, hives, swarms and a queen cell.
  4. Register your hive - you must by law.