2014/15 Season
  • In December 2014, a total of 544 beehives were flown onto Trust lands by helicopter. The beehives were placed along the Mangamaire and the Taruarau river valleys. This was the first time beehives had been placed on the land.
  • Just over 19 tonne of Mānuka honey was extracted.
2015/16 Season
  • A total capacity of just under 1,300 beehives for the 2015/16 season was estimated following a fly-over inspection of the lands with a beekeeper.
  • Two separate beekeeper businesses placed 1230 beehives on the block for the 2015/16 season. The beehives were lifted out by chopper in mid-February 2016.
  • Spring 2015 was colder than normal, and that affected the yield of honey. A total of 23 tonne was harvested.
2016/17 Season
  • Planning for the next season has started. Between 1200-1300 beehives are likely to be placed on the land this season. 

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 The region of dense manuka bush is landlocked and the only way to transport the 100's of beehives is airlifting by helicopter. 

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 Flowering manuka bush - the manuka flower is very small and the bees must make many visits each season to collect the nectar