kiwimana Buzz Beekeeping Show - A Beekeeping Podcast/Show

Established in 2009. If you want to learn about beekeeping this is the show for you. It's been described by many as fun and informative. Hosts Gary and Margaret from New Zealand share tips, interviews and news about beekeeping. We discuss ways to bee more successful with your bees, get a sweet honey crop and keep your bees healthy. Please give us a listen.


episode 142: Beekeeping in the Hawkes Bay with Beekeeper John Berry

Yipee, we have just released a new beekeeping show. We hope you will enjoy this one. We sure enjoyed bringing it to you.

John Berry is a third generation beekeeper and has worked in the family Business "Arataki Honey" before starting his own business “Berry Bees” with his brother Peter. He now produces comb-honey for the Hawkes Bay Farmers Market.

Links / Resources mentioned this week

John's website is Here:-

2011 - Beekeepers fire up over outbreak

2015 - An interview with John’s Father “Ian Berry”

2016 - John Berry: Buzz off, you beekeeping bandits

2019 - Beekeepers say there's not enough food for all hives as more and more are created

2019 - Corporate interests stinging local beekeepers

Arataki Honey website is HERE:-

What is in the Show

  • What do you love about beekeeping? 00:02:00
  • What happened to the clover this year? 00:02:59
  • How did John get started in Beekeeping? 00:03:28
  • How did Arataki Honey get started 00:03:45
  • What would John tell his younger self 00:06:06
  • Do you have a funny beekeeping experience that you would like to share? 00:10:31
  • What can we do about AFB in New Zealand 00:12:19
  • The Honey levy proposed by Apiculture New Zealand 00:16:29
  • What does John think about the overstocking of hives in the Hawkes Bay? 00:18:12
  • What's the biggest issue facing beekeeping In the Hawkes Bay? 00:20:05
  • John work with VSH Queens 00:22:13
  • John is a Comb Honey Specialist producer 00:23:10
  • What does John use to Control Mites 00:24:46
  • John's mites showed signs of resistance to Bayvarol Strips 00:25:00
  • John is going to try Oxalic acid 00:27:30
  • Treated Bees produce more Honey 00:29:29
  • What's the biggest mistake you see a lot of new beekeepers making? 00:30:21
  • Is monitoring varroa mites a good idea? 00:31:15
  • Has Varroa benefited New Zealand Beekeeping? 00:34:30
  • Will Feral Bees return to New Zealand? 00:35:34
  • Why do bees turn nasty 00:37:59
  • Our Bees are designed to have a winter 00:41:00
  • Does the Hawkes Bay have a lot of wasps? 00:42:11
  • What are John?s plans for the coming season? 00:43:56
  • Is overstocking because of Manuka? 00:45:49
  • The pollination of clover is being threatened 00:46:40
  • The price of manuka sites is getting stupid 00:50:12
  • The Manuka Crop was zero this year in the HB 00:51:07
  • What does John think of the new Manuka Standard 00:54:20

Full show notes

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