Just plain stupid’: Manuka honey explosion leaving Hawke’s Bay bees ‘starving’

Just plain stupid’: Manuka honey explosion leaving Hawke’s Bay bees ‘starving’

A veteran Hawke’s Bay beekeeper says many people trying to get on board the manuka honey gold rush are actually causing the local honey bee population to starve.

Third generation apiarist John Berry , who has more than 50 years’ experience working with bees, says the region’s population is now the largest it’s ever been.

Overstocking of hives was causing big problems, he said.

“It’s just plain stupid. But that’s what happens with the bees.”

The former Arataki Honey worker and Apiculture New Zealand president said huge areas of the region were being taken over by beekeepers only interested in manuka production.

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