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30 October 2018 WDBA AFB Eradication Programme
The Waikato Domestic Bee Association (WDBA) is calling on all Hamilton beekeepers to help rid the city of of the hive-destroying American Foulbrood Disease (AFB). AFB is a fatal bacterial disease of honeybees which has serious implications for New Zealand’s apiculture industry. Infected colonies must be destroyed by burning to prevent infecting other colonies.

The Association is planning an AFB Eradication programme with the goal of making Hamilton city the first AFB-free city in New Zealand. The programme involves testing all hives and colonies in Hamilton, as well as the hives of Association members outside the city.

“We would like to hear from all beekeepers in Hamilton city to arrange a small sample of 30 bees from the brood frames of each hive for testing from November,” says committee member Teresa Gibbison.

“Assistance will be provided where required and to help beekeepers with infected hives. We also need information from the public about any feral hives in the city that may be living in holes in trees or buildings so they can also be tested.”

WBDA are holding a free public lecture “Eradicating the Honeybee Disease from AFB from Waikato” at 7:30pm - 8:30pm, Tuesday 6th November in SG 02, the University of Waikato.

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19 November 2017 New WDBA Facebook Group
We have created a new Facebook Group which can be found linked from our Facebook page. This allows members and fans to easily communicate with each other and share experience and ideas. Join today!
13 September 2017 Unique Israeli research reveals why honeybees are dying
Unique Israeli research reveals why honeybees are dying
Fewer wildflower choices thwart bees’ natural inclination to choose a balanced diet and they suffer cognitively from lack of omega-3 acids.
29 June 2017 Pesticides damage survival of bee colonies, landmark study shows
The world’s largest ever field trial demonstrates widely used insecticides harm both honeybees and wild bees, increasing calls for a ban.

Widely used insecticides damage the survival of honeybee colonies, the world’s largest ever field trial has shown for the first time, as well as harming wild bees.
5 August 2016 New Zealand Features Honey Bee on World’s First Silver Hexagonal Coin with Resin Inclusion
The honey bee is brought to life on the coin with three-dimensional engraving and color printing. It is depicted sitting on the honeycomb, which has been partially filled with translucent amber-colored resin, replicating real honey. The honey bee coin will be available from September, and is housed in a unique hexagonal case. Made from colored acrylic, the translucent case allows you to see the coin within and replicates the translucent nature of pure New Zealand honey.

11 April 2016 Why wasps attack and how to avoid them
Nearly every pest insect on the planet is preyed upon by a wasp species, either for food or as a host for its parasitic larvae. Wasps are so adept at controlling pest populations that the agriculture industry now regularly deploys them to protect crops.
4 April 2016 MPI investigate thousands of bees dying suddenly over Easter
MPI is investigating after thousands of bees died suddenly in a valley in the Far North over Easter.
31 March 2016 NZ needs to refocus on pollination - beekeepers
High honey prices are pulling more people away from pollinating orchards and crops, which could cost the agricultural industry millions of dollars, beekeepers say.
24 March 2016 Honey Price Sting
Consumers are being stung by over the top prices for table honeys as exporters make a beeline to corner available supplies of mono-floral and bush honeys to blend and label as authentic Manuka honey and make up the shortfall in production to meet voracious overseas markets.
23 March 2016 New business Tasman Honey processes honey for hobbyists
A honey extraction business in Nelson has been set up with the ability to process small quantities of honey, especially for those who keep bees in their backyard.

10 March 2016 Bees in better shape than overseas: survey
New Zealand bees are in a healthier state than those in the northern hemisphere, a survey has shown.
23 February 2016 Wanted: varroa mites for research
A shortage of varroa mites is not stopping a Dunedin researcher studying some remarkable behaviour in bees that might one day mean a natural resistance to the mite.
23 February 2016 National Beekeepers Association to change name
The National Beekeepers Association will become Apiculture New Zealand from the start of April, after members voted to change the constitution.
23 February 2016 New Middle-earth Honey!
For the first time ever, Beorn’s treat is available worldwide from Middle-earth Honey, a New Zealand based company striving both to bring the tastes of Arda to the world and to also save the precious bees that produce it.
23 February 2016 Land wars loom over manuka honey
High-grade manuka honey is shaping up to be New Zealand's next big gold rush, but smaller-scale beekeepers are worried about losing land for hives to those with bigger chequebooks.
18 February 2016 Manuka honey put under the microscope
Scientists have completed a four-year research programme to identify the key chemical markers of manuka honey.
9 February 2016 Manuka honey replaces anti-biotics in hospitals
Manuka is so effective at preventing infection it's now in high demand in hospitals where anti-biotic resistant bacteria like staphylococcus plays havoc with patient health. Australia could be on the threshold of joining this multi million dollar industry
9 February 2016 Researchers hope for varroa bee mite breakthrough
There is an epidemic of deformed wing virus in hives across New Zealand, says Otago University zoology professor Alison Mercer.
9 February 2016 Hobby beekeepers are leading the surge in bee hive numbers
Beekeeping is taking off in South Canterbury, but that reflects the trend in the rest of the country. Registered beehive numbers increased by 200,000 from 2010 until 2015 in New Zealand.

9 February 2016 Bee Business Booming
A merger of Apitech New Zealand and The Honey Company is a coming of age for Marlborough’s biggest honey producer
8 February 2016 Bees Could Engineer Next-Generation Energy Storage
Energy storage could be the next item on the list when it comes to listing all the reasons we need to save the world’s bee population from collapse. A research team at Purdue University has found that bee pollen can be used as an efficient, renewable source for anodes in lithium-ion batteries.
4 February 2016 Exciting Mānuka honey scheme launched
A new initiative to boost the mānuka honey industry in Northland and provide educational and employment opportunities has been launched today at Northland College by Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell, Education Minister Hekia Parata and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.
4 February 2016 Manuka's health-giving properties
The most widespread native plant in Southland is manuka, which is also said to be the only native plant cultivated for commercial sale for its food value.
4 February 2016 NZ Honey's fight with MPI reaches Court of Appeal
New Zealand Honey is appealing a High Court ruling in November that found its trademarks, Manuka Doctor and Manuka Pharma, amount to health claims and cannot be used on the company's products. That ruling came after the MPI withdrew export approvals, blocking the firm's sales into certain markets.
2 February 2016 Wet weather makes a poor summer for the bees
For a person, being stuck inside on a rainy day is inconvenient. But for bees, being hive-bound for over a week can put them in a sticky situation. If a bee can't go outside to poo and does its business inside, the others will eat the mess to keep the hive clean.
28 January 2016 Southland beekeepers pray for sun to catch export dollars
Southern beekeepers are praying for a decent window of sun before the end of the season to bring in valuable export dollars.
21 January 2016 Waipa River catchment buzzing with potential honey
Landowners near the Waipa River have a chance to protect their land and the river itself, plus earn cash by helping to produce manuka honey.
20 January 2016 Australian study reveals the disease fighting powers of bee semen
Honey isn't the only powerfully anti-microbial fluid bees are capable of producing, with new research revealing the seminal fluid of male honey bees can destroy the fungal spores of one of the most widespread bee pathogens.
15 January 2016 Queen creates army of super honeybees that can defeat deadly varroa mites
A beekeeper in the US is breeding honeybees that can kill the varroa mite
6 January 2016 NZ honey exports double in November on manuka demand
New Zealand honey exports doubled in November as the country benefited from demand for high-value manuka honey.
6 January 2016 NZ - The land of poo and honey?
Manuka honey is now big business and sending human waste to land fill seems, well, a waste.
23 December 2015 Plant-based miticides sting bee mortality
Plant-based miticides that act against Varroa destructor mites may help stem honeybee deaths - several plant-derived miticides activate a sensory protein found on the mites’ front legs.
21 December 2015 New Zealand’s Honey Trail
Create your unique New Zealand honey adventure
14 December 2015 10 Years of Manuka Honey Science
Manuka Health is preparing to celebrate 10 years of manuka honey science next year. 2016 marks a decade since the compound methylglyoxal was discovered in manuka honey, a discovery that revolutionised the manuka honey industry.
9 December 2015 Health 101: The many ways that honey can give your health a boost
Natural remedies are often the smartest and most effective way to go. But after doing a little digging, we noticed one natural item in particular that helps us out in more ways than one. So what is this magical item, you ask? Well here's a few hints: it's sticky, golden and bees LOVE IT.
7 December 2015 Kids create magazine to help save the bees
Year 3 and 4 students at Alstonville Public School are buzzing about their new magazine that raises money to save the bees. A couple of students heard about how Varroa mites hurt the world’s bees and wanted to help.
3 December 2015 The Melissa Silver Coin of Ephesus
The first coins of Ephesus featured Bees (Melissae in Greek), dating to as early as 600 B.C.!
3 December 2015 Pesticide under scrutiny by beekeepers
An Environment Protection Authority (EPA) hearing is deciding whether a new crop pesticide, which could be harmful to bees, can be used in New Zealand.
1 December 2015 Insects apart from bees deserve positive buzz
Honey bees are heaped with positive buzz for their pollinating efforts - but researchers have just found there are plenty of other insects that deserve just as much praise. Insects like flies, beetles, butterflies, moths - and even wasps - are just as important in pollinating flowers.
30 November 2015 Bees Learn Which Flowers Have Pollen
Because bees visit a wide variety of flowers which differ in the quality of food they offer, it makes sense for a bee to be able to rapidly learn which flowers have the best food available.
28 November 2015 EyesOnHives: App uses real-time analytics to monitor beehive health
Liberty-loving humans may not like the idea of mass surveillance, but for the embattled bees, technology that monitors their numbers may help in the epic fight against colony collapse disorder.
28 November 2015 What Is Beeswax?
The building block of the hive, beeswax is useful in a variety of applications from health and beauty products to candles and home items.
28 November 2015 Call to regulate manuka honey ‘theft’
Unethical practices by beekeepers who install hives on land in the vicinity of manuka is basically theft, says Victor Goldsmith, chairman of a number of East Coast land trusts.
27 November 2015 Beekeepers and researchers are collaborating to build a better honeybee
Maryann Frazier, a researcher at Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research, checks on one of her experimental honeybee hives. Frazier says the Varroa mite poses one of the greatest dangers to honeybee populations.
26 November 2015 Beehives may harm conservation efforts - report
The Department of Conservation (DoC) is worried large-scale honey operations could be having a negative impact on conservation. New research from DoC shows that honeybees can alter the pollination process of indigenous plants, help reproduce weeds and transfer viruses.
19 November 2015 Honey NZ cannot use trademarks, High Court rules
The High Court has agreed with the Ministry for Primary Industries that Honey New Zealand's international's trademarks Manuka Doctor and Manuka Pharm amount to health claims and cannot be used on the company's products.
19 November 2015 Nurturing bee life a hive of activity
The team of volunteers from Connecting Communities and the Masterton District Council sowed a 40m2 area with the wildflower seeds to create a bee friendly garden.
18 November 2015 Annabel Langbein urges Kiwis to help save the bees
Popular cook Annabel Langbein urges Kiwis to try beekeeping, to help save these precious insects.
17 November 2015 UNCG student’s research could save honey bee colonies
Nurse bees uncap the wax covering from the cell to check for the mites, and if present, remove the larvae, research suggests that a natural chemical could be used as a tool to breed hygienic honey bee colonies that show increased hygienic behavior
17 November 2015 Highly effective new bait decimates wasps while keeping bees safe from toxins
New Zealand's primary producers have a new weapon in their fight against European wasps, thanks to a new bait.
13 November 2015 Manuka caution advised
Manuka plantations could offer landowners and farmers a good economic return in the future but it is still considered a risk by some involved in the industry. Mossop's Honey owner Neil Mossop advised caution.
10 November 2015 Scientists hope to develop made-for-Canada honeybees
A new project by a pair of Canadian scientists is creating buzz in in the country's beekeeping community. ... a four-year-long quest to genetically modify bees that are healthier and more resistant to Canada's winter weather.
5 November 2015 New definition to prevent false honey labelling
What exactly is manuka honey? The Ministry for Primary Industries is hoping to have a precise definition within the next year to 18 months.
5 November 2015 New poison promises to turn tide on New Zealand wasp invasion
Wasps had been estimated to cost around 120 million NZ dollars a year through the disruption to bee pollination and lost honey production. The Department of Conservation had trialled Vespex over 5,000 hectares at five South Island sites last summer.
29 October 2015 Types of Beehives (USA)
If you're thinking about getting bees, you'll find there are a lot of choices for hive designs. It's important to choose what will work best for you, and to be familiar with how each style of hive effects the colony within.
29 October 2015 Bumblebees deployed to spray crops with pesticides
Bumblebees buzz from plant to plant collecting food, and plans are afoot to give them another task while they do it – carrying pesticides to where they are needed.
29 October 2015 Researchers Test 42 Ag Chemicals for Bee Toxicity
A recent study evaluating 42 common agricultural pesticides' impact on bee health
29 October 2015 Substance from Australian bees could be used to relieve arthritis and heal wounds faster
A substance produced by Australian stingless bees could change the way wounds are treated, according to new research at a Queensland university.
22 October 2015 Bees found farming fungus for first time to feed larvae
Flowers are not enough, it seems. For the first time, bees have been discovered farming fungus to provide extra food for their larvae.
22 October 2015 Video: German bees can snag English bees if they vibrate like their U.K. counterparts
Good vibrations indeed. Female red mason bees (Osmia bicornis, seen in video) choose to have sex with a male based on how well he can vibrate his thorax.
22 October 2015 Bees and Social Insects: Highly Complex Chemical Communications
And we thought we were so great with Alexander Graham Bell, Nikola Tesla and iPhones. Turns out that bees, ants and wasps have a system of signaling by chemicals, and it is far more complex than previously thought.
22 October 2015 Female bees choose mates based on buzzing ‘language’
A recent study details the mating preferences of bees — or, more specifically, how some female bees choose with males they’ll mate with.
22 October 2015 Biting Back
Backyard breeders are creating a new kind of hero honeybee—one that chomps off the legs of mites and saves the hive.
22 October 2015 Under the Microscope - MU Study Finds Some Bees Evolve with Climate Change
Research shows that the Earth’s warming climate can have a massive impact on many parts of the ecosystem, from the ocean down to the tiny bee. Recently, bees have been dying in increasing numbers due to environmental changes. Some sub-species, however, seem to be putting up a better fight than others.
16 October 2015 Sweet invention for honey lovers
A sweet Kiwi invention has been unveiled at Parliament - a device to prove a jar of manuka honey is the real deal. An Auckland University team has created a small, portable unit that can shine a light on the honey and pick up two signature compounds that set it apart from other blends.
15 October 2015 Detector to identify fake Manuka honey launched
Analytica Laboratories in Hamilton have developed a device to test the purity of manuka honey.
14 October 2015 Police seize 34 beehive boxes
A police campaign targeting bee thieves is paying off with Kawakawa police seizing 34 hives believed to have been stolen around the Mid North.
6 October 2015 Beekeepers want action on pesticide use
The National Beekeepers' Association says there is no effective system in New Zealand for dealing with the mass killing of bees by the careless use of pesticide sprays.
2 October 2015 Beehives Hang off Rocky Cliff to Boost Dwindling Populations
The Shennongjia Nature Reserve in central China has an unusual approach to boost the country’s dwindling bee population: a sky-high, vertical apiary. Roughly 700 wooden beehives hang from a cliff 4,000 feet above sea level on a mountain in the conservation area.
22 September 2015 Bees get help for upset tums
Who knew that bees could get diarrhoea?
Those who do know might be interested to hear that a Wanganui manufacturer has a new product to prevent it.
21 September 2015 Bee Blitz: Four New Pollinator Species Discovered in Australia
One of Australia's top bee experts, reported that he witnessed 26 different bee species visit a single eucalyptus in the Hiltaba Nature Reserve, SA...
10 September 2015 Sowing the seed in the name of the bees
Dunedin is doing its bit for the bees. A small plot of land on Shore Street has been set aside to grow bee-friendly plants to help feed the bees.
9 September 2015 Argentine ant virus hurts them and honey bees
Scientists have come across a previously unknown virus in the Argentine ant population which could be the invasive insects' downfall.
9 September 2015 These Scientists Say We Should Be Feeding Bees Mushroom Juice
In the face of such troubling numbers and bees’ 22 billion euros-per-year contribution to European agriculture, conservationists are backing increasingly unconventional methods (medieval mead, anyone?) in an attempt to save the winged critters.
9 September 2015 Thieves target beehives as global buzz grows over manuka honey
Farmers and apiarists are urged to be on the lookout for suspicious activity with demand for premium honey products apparently behind a spate of beehive thefts.
6 September 2015 City abuzz as beekeeping recovers
Dunedin is buzzing with beekeeping activity, as the commercial sector thrives and domestic beekeeping numbers increase.
4 September 2015 Join Plan Bee: Show us where your bee-friendly flowers are growing
Bees are facing a raft of challenges right now but there's one that gardeners can easily and quickly do something about: nutritional stress. The way we live now means bees have access to less of what's called "foraging habitat" – the plants that provide the pollen and nectar they need to survive – than ever before.
3 September 2015 Native plant shares its secrets
Scientists have sequenced one of New Zealand’s most important indigenous plants and are making the data available to tāngata whenua and New Zealand’s research community.
2 September 2015 Royal Jelly Isn’t What Makes a Queen Bee a Queen Bee
For decades, scientists thought an excess of something special, a substance called royal jelly, elevated a regular honey bee larva to a queen. New research suggests we had it backward: It’s what future queens aren’t fed that matters.
31 August 2015 Join Plan Bee - and save our precious pollinators
September is National Bee Month - and NZ Gardener magazine is calling on Kiwi gardeners to join its Plan Bee campaign by planting more pollinator-friendly plots.
31 August 2015 September buzz is bee-friendly gardening
The National Beekeepers Association has challenged councils to create bee-friendly gardens, with plants bees can forage on, as part of Bee Aware Month
31 August 2015 Manuka honey drive threatens pollination
The reality is that a beekeeper can probably produce 10 kilograms of manuka honey and get a better reward than he can if he puts his hive into pollination...
29 August 2015 Sweet result as honey ointment hits the spot
NZ-made formulation proves effective in trial that could have lucrative spin-offs for company.
26 August 2015 Yard of beehives stolen from Te Awamutu
Thieves have all but cleaned out one Waikato bee keeping site, leaving apiculturists to wonder if the hives were stolen to order.
25 August 2015 Bee Aware Month in September
September is Bee Aware Month and this year the New Zealand apiculture industry is urging Kiwis to ‘Feed the Bees’. Everyone New Zealander can, and is encouraged to, pitch in to help feed the local bees by planting ‘bee friendly’ plants in our gardens
25 August 2015 Kiwis tag along on bee loss study
Partnership aims to help work out why colonies are declining worldwide. The mass of data collected will allow scientists to build a comprehensive 3D model visualising how bees may be moving through the landscape.
24 August 2015 New Plymouth council lends a hand to hungry bees
New Plymouth District Council is taking part in September’s Bee Aware Month, with the theme of ‘feed the bees’, by planting bee-friendly wildflowers in New Plymouth’s Brois Street Orchard.
20 August 2015 Survey launched to save declining bee colonies
A national survey of beekeepers will provide a "starting point" to explore the potential causes of colony losses.
14 August 2015 Could The Mushroom Save The Honeybee?
Honeybee populations have been plummeting for nearly a decade throughout the United States. Now, two scientists in Washington state are teaming up to help the pollinator, and they’re investigating an unconventional source for their remedy: the mushroom.
7 August 2015 Solar farms could make fertile habitats for bees and butterflies
The campaign encourages developers of utility-scale solar projects to plant their land with wildflowers, native grasses and other beneficial vegetation rather than gravel or dirt.
5 August 2015 Hives lost: 'I miss our bees'
As a small hobbyist beekeeper of 20+ years I can say it's a wonderful hobby to have your own bees buzzing around.
5 August 2015 Australian Family beekeeping business sells to industry giant for $6m
Capilano was purchasing about 450 tonnes of Manuka honey each year - about 80% of Australia's entire production
4 August 2015 Backyard beekeeping is the latest urban craze
Participation in hobby beekeeping has increased by 80 per cent in the past four years. So what's the buzz about?
24 July 2015 9 honeybee-friendly plants
It's never too late to get out your shovel and start planting flowers to help bolster the honeybee population... Encourage pollination by planting these flowers in your garden.
24 July 2015 Hamilton Honey Scores Sweet Silver at National Awards
Honey collected from hives at three popular Hamilton locations has claimed a silver medal at the recent National Beekeepers Association National Honey Competition.
21 July 2015 Bee scientists track spread of new parasite
The gut parasite Lotmaria passim has been found in beehives on the Coromandel Peninsula and in the southern North Island. Bee scientists want beekeepers' help in tracking a newly identified honey bee parasite that may be contributing to colony collapses.
20 July 2015 All eyes on bumblebees as bee peril deepens
The bumblebee is being eyed as the alternative pollinator as honey bee numbers dwindle.
20 July 2015 Kiwi trial pits natural honey against pharmacy cold sore treatment
A newly begun study will pit a formulation of kanuka honey against the antiviral drug acyclovir, which is used in the common ointment brand Zovirax
18 July 2015 Hivemind beekeeping technology starts new buzz
Hivemind allows beekeepers to monitor their hives from afar.The Hoyt brothers, Berwyn, left, Bryan and Ben, install the technology at a sample hive in the Christchurch CBD.
17 July 2015 NZ kanuka honey could treat nasty skin disease
A new treatment for a nasty skin condition suffered by tens of thousands of Kiwis could be found in honey produced from New Zealand's very own kanuka trees.