Honey Extractors Every hobby beekeeper either has access to a honey extractor or would love to have one of their own but is it really necessary to own one? Honey extractors certainly are the best way to extract your honey.  Some clubs hire them out.  Maybe get a group together and share the cost if […]

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I often get customers who say to me that they have planted some manuka bushes in their back yard or lifestyle block and are hoping to get into harvesting manuka honey.  Unfortunately if you have other plants flowering at the same time your manuka honey will be very diluted.  This will mean it can really […]

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Keeping Your Honey – Part 1  Avoiding Spoilage Strange as it may seem, you need to treat honey direct from the hive carefully to ensure it will keep well.  Keeping your honey – part 1 helps you understand the reasons for this. Because honey is composed primarily of sugars and water, it will therefore degrade […]

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Extracting from Top Bar Hives brings its own challenges!  For those of you who have embraced this fascinating, more natural method of beekeeping, take a look at this.  Thomas Apiculture supplies a simple and effective innovative solution for extracting honey from raw combs and top bar hive combs. Placed in an upright position in a […]

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Autumn at Hive World is a busy time not only for us! Thank you for the beautiful picture, Indi! (aged 6) As you can see our bees are still busy bringing in pollen and nectar. When it is sunny they disappear up into the bush somewhere and come back loaded. Make sure you have all […]

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Hive World NZ are the New Zealand distributors for Thomas Apiculture beekeeping equipment manufactured in France. We currently stock some of their unique products including: “APIFUGE” an aerosol that calms bees down.   http://hiveworld.co.nz/product/apifuge-smoke-substitute/   In New Zealand, this product is uniquely appropriate for helicopter pilots to use when ferrying beehives into bush country.  Due […]

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The miracle of beeswax: Beeswax is a truly amazing substance with many uses by us humans!  However, the true miracle of beeswax is in how the bees actually produce it. Between the 12th and 20th day of a bees lifespan they form special wax producing glands in their abdomen. By eating the honey they convert […]

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