2 May 2017

Nectar wars in Taranaki

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:24 pm on 2 May 2017

Outside companies are bringing their bees to Taranaki to take advantage of their late season flowering Manuka which is hurting the local hive populations.

Brett Mascull is the managing director of New Plymouth honey company Barton Holdings which produces around 100 tonnes of Manuka honey in a season.

He says companies from outside of the region are door knocking and asking for their hives to put on land knowing there's Manuka nearby which puts pressure on the finite food source for bees already there. He talks to Jesse about the liquid gold rush in the Naki.

Manuka

Manuka Photo: Supplied / Bayleys