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5 hours ago

If you want to tackle big problems, try thinking like a bee!

Rod from Hive World Honey

So you've woken up and decided to take on that BIG problem, perhaps its helping homeless dogs or fighting climate change.
Yet as much as you'd like to act, you're stopped by some persistant piping doubts: where do I start? And even if I do something, will it really matter?
Maybe its … View more
So you've woken up and decided to take on that BIG problem, perhaps its helping homeless dogs or fighting climate change.
Yet as much as you'd like to act, you're stopped by some persistant piping doubts: where do I start? And even if I do something, will it really matter?
Maybe its time to look to the humble honeybee for inspiration.

Most of the the lifespan of a worker bee (6 weeks in summer) is spent gathering nectar to make honey.
A bee makes only 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime - a tiny fraction of the many kilograms a colony needs to survive. The most remarkable thing isn't that she does the work but that she doesn't even do it for herself. A bee won't directly benefit from the honey she makes; instead it will allow future generations to survive after she is gone.
This too is how we can change the world - not by worrying about the size of our contributions but getting in and joining with others.

Keep making honey - Your 1/12th of a teaspoon counts!

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13 days ago

What is in a beehive? apart from bees!

Rod from Hive World Honey

How do bees store their honey?
Is a beehive just a couple of boxes?
In New Zealand it is illegal to have a beehive in a Skep (the old traditional upside down basket shaped hive) bees must be kept in a hive with removable frames. This is so the hive can be inspected for disease regularly.
Each box … View more
How do bees store their honey?
Is a beehive just a couple of boxes?
In New Zealand it is illegal to have a beehive in a Skep (the old traditional upside down basket shaped hive) bees must be kept in a hive with removable frames. This is so the hive can be inspected for disease regularly.
Each box usually has 10 frames with beeswax sheets to encourage the bees to make their comb in an orderly way.
The bees draw out the wax to make the comb and in the cells the queen lays her eggs, and the bees store pollen and honey. The beekeeper can lift these frames out to see how the queen is laying and to see how much honey the bees are collecting and inspect for disease.
The bottom box is where the queen lives with the eggs and larvae. On top of that we have a queen excluder that the workers can fit through but not the queen as she is bigger. The boxes above this are the honey supers where the bees put all the honey.

21 days ago

Beeswax Facts

Rod from Hive World Honey

Beeswax, like honey does not deteriorate.
Beeswax is used in cosmetics, hand creams, polishes, candles and wax wraps.
The colour of beeswax depends on the flowers the bees visit as the colour comes from the pollen content.
Bees will consume up to 3 kg of honey to produce 500 grams of beeswax.
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Beeswax, like honey does not deteriorate.
Beeswax is used in cosmetics, hand creams, polishes, candles and wax wraps.
The colour of beeswax depends on the flowers the bees visit as the colour comes from the pollen content.
Bees will consume up to 3 kg of honey to produce 500 grams of beeswax.
Beeswax candles burn brighter and last 2-3 times longer than paraffin candles and emit negative ions that help to purify the air.

27 days ago

Have you run out of things for the kids to do?

Rod from Hive World Honey

Get them in the kitchen to make Honey Bubble.
I remember making this when I was a child - lots of fun.
Ingredients.
125 grams butter
125 grams sugar
2 heaped table spoons of honey
4 cups rice bubbles
In a large pan gently heat butter, sugar and honey. Stir so it doesn't stick to the bottom … View more
Get them in the kitchen to make Honey Bubble.
I remember making this when I was a child - lots of fun.
Ingredients.
125 grams butter
125 grams sugar
2 heaped table spoons of honey
4 cups rice bubbles
In a large pan gently heat butter, sugar and honey. Stir so it doesn't stick to the bottom and burn. Heat until boiling and boil for 4 minutes
Remove from the heat and add rice bubbles and mix well. Pour into a lined slice pan or use cupcake cases and put in the fridge to cool
Once cooled, cut slices to desired size.
ENJOY.

41 days ago

Interesting Bee Facts

Rod from Hive World Honey

As you probably realize by now, I am passionate about bees.
Here are some interesting bee facts.
Every worker bee (females) have a particular job to do depending on her age.

When they hatch their first job is to keep the hive clean.

Next they progress to feeding the larvae and attending the … View more
As you probably realize by now, I am passionate about bees.
Here are some interesting bee facts.
Every worker bee (females) have a particular job to do depending on her age.

When they hatch their first job is to keep the hive clean.

Next they progress to feeding the larvae and attending the queen.

Then they are responsible for taking the nectar and pollen that has been gathered and put it into the honeycomb.

Next they move on to producing beeswax for making the comb.

Then they have the important job of guarding the hive from intruders

Finally they get to be foragers, collecting nectar and pollen, also water. They will do this until they are worn out and their wing are in tatters (about 6 weeks in summer)

40 days ago

Local Honey for sale

Rod from Hive World Honey

Hive World have local raw honey for sale from our factory shop at 39 Raiha St Porirua.
Bring along your favorite jar and we will fill it for you.
Multi- Manuka $21.85/kg

Negotiable

47 days ago

Bee Friendly Gardens

Rod from Hive World Honey

If you are heading to a garden centre this summer, don't forget the bees.
Bees prefer flat open flowers or small clusters rather than large frilly double flowers, as it is easier for them to get into them to feed.
Bee friendly plants include:
ANNUALS -
Marigold, sunflower, poppies, … View more
If you are heading to a garden centre this summer, don't forget the bees.
Bees prefer flat open flowers or small clusters rather than large frilly double flowers, as it is easier for them to get into them to feed.
Bee friendly plants include:
ANNUALS -
Marigold, sunflower, poppies, nasturtiums, calendular, cosmos, etc
PERENNIALS -
Dahlias, geraniums, gladiolus, echinacea, comfrey, lavender, aquilegia, etc.
CLIMBERS-
Honeysuckle, clematis, NZ Jasmine, wisteria, etc.
FRUIT AND VEGETABLES -
Blackberry, cucumber, pumpkin, corgettes, all brassicas, pip and stone fruit, etc.
HERBS -
Borage, thyme, coriander, basil, mint, rosemary, all salvias, etc.

If you want to encourage bees, put similar plants in a group, this will provide a billboard for bees proclaiming "Lots of food here!"

58 days ago

Bees, Wasps, and Bumblebees

Rod from Hive World Honey

A lot of people have difficulty telling the difference between Bees, wasps and bumblebees.

Bees are a bit furry and can vary in color from almost almost black to pale yellow with black bands. They only sting in self defense and will die after stinging as the barbed sting will rip out of the … View more
A lot of people have difficulty telling the difference between Bees, wasps and bumblebees.

Bees are a bit furry and can vary in color from almost almost black to pale yellow with black bands. They only sting in self defense and will die after stinging as the barbed sting will rip out of the bee's body. Bees feed on nectar and pollen from flowers. A beehive (nest) will continue year after year. There are no feral nests now in New Zealand.

Wasps are yellow and black with no fur. and are longer and slimmer. Wasps can sting multiple times as their stinger has no barb. When wasps are feeding their larvae they will eat protein (meat) later on in the season they will only eat nectar or other sugar sources (Fruit etc). At the end of summer a wasp nest will die off and the queen wasp will hibernate until spring.

Bumblebees are very furry and are short and fat with stubby wings They can also sting multiple times but generally do not sting unless their nest is disturbed. Bumblebees eat pollen and nectar as bees do. Bumblebee nests do not survive winter and the queen bumble bee will hibernate until spring.

64 days ago

Christmas Stockings

Rod from Hive World Honey

Pity poor Mrs Queen bee with so many stockings to hang!
Hive World doesn't just sell honey, we have great stocking stuffers available: Bee umbrellas, honey soaps, fridge magnets, tea towels, honey drizzlers, key rings and more.

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70 days ago

Honey on tap

Rod from Hive World Honey

Our honey is available straight from the hive without you having to go and get it yourself.
Raw honey is unprocessed and has not been heat treated or micro filtered
It has enzymes and antioxidants and local pollen that is suggested to help with those who suffer from seasonal allergies if taken … View more
Our honey is available straight from the hive without you having to go and get it yourself.
Raw honey is unprocessed and has not been heat treated or micro filtered
It has enzymes and antioxidants and local pollen that is suggested to help with those who suffer from seasonal allergies if taken regularly.

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76 days ago

Honey Recipes with a difference

Rod from Hive World Honey

Honey Fermented Garlic
Honey With Apple Cider Vinegar
Bourbon Cough Syrup

HIve World NZ have local honey on tap. Bring along your favorite jar for a fill of our delicious raw honey.

Honey recipes with a difference.pdf Download View

84 days ago

Be healthy - use honey instead of sugar.

Rod from Hive World Honey

How to use Honey for cooking and for sweetening food and drinks. For cooking you may need to reduce the amount of liquids slightly.
Lemon and honey is a great drink but do not put the honey in boiling water as it will destroy the goodness in the honey.

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92 days ago

Christmas gifts

Rod from Hive World Honey

Do you have a beekeeper in your life or know someone who is buzzed on bees? We have a large range of original gift ideas for you to choose from.

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