Hive Share - Sweet Returns - 7kg Honey/year By Michael Brandon

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About Hive Share - Sweet Returns - 7kg Honey/year

Project 2017-02-12 19:05:40 +1300

Sweet Returns - Purchase a bee hive, we manage it, and you receive 7kg of honey a year for a lifetime. That's the equivalent of a 12% return on your purchase

Hive Share opening evening with Mayor Hamich McDouallAlmost at the end of the Pledgeme campaign... Closes Thursday 23 March. Bee in quick or miss out on this tasty pledge opportunity.

We had over 50 people at our launch party on Wednesday 22 February   when we extracted our new seasons honey - and the mayor Hamish McDouall was there. Honey cookies and honey sweetened tea and coffee with the sweet aroma of freshly extracted honey.

It seems that every week beekeeping is in the news.  With increased awareness about our environment, many are wanting to learn more about nature's incredible insect.  The earth is incredibly dependant on bees with over 35% of our crops reliant to some extent on the honey bee for pollination. But not everyone is able to keep bees in their backyard and bee hive rental in backyards can be expensive with little honey in return.




Hive ShareEnter Hive Share. 

Imagine owning your own bee hive and having someone manage it for you on their hive site (not at your property).

Imagine being able to be part of taking the honey off the bee hive, then seeing it extracted in a boutique honey shop/factory that has been operated from Whanganui for the last 35 years.  

Imagine getting a very healthy sweet return on your hive.

Imagine a lifetime supply of honey!

Hive share enables all New Zealanders the opportunity to become beekeepers and keep in touch with nature's incredible insect.

Beekeeping is in the news

New Zealand has more than doubled its number of bee hives in the last 15 years from 300,000 to almost 700,000. Whanganui has an active beekeeping community with many commercial beekeepers and hobbyists.  Over 20 were part of a community education course taught by John Brandon, and over 30 at a local UCOL course.  Beekeeping is mentioned as one of the regional growth opportunities for the Whanganui region.

What we do

We manage the beehives for you, we cut the timber, screw the boxes together, wax the frames, breed the queens, professionally manage the hives on our sites, pay the hive levies, ... And finally harvest the mouth-watering honey and pack and send it to you for to spread onto your toast or sneak a gourmet spoonful.

Buy a bee hive, get a lifetime supply of honey, visit us and see the honey harvested

Bee-come a bee keeper and we will manage your hives for youBee Education

  • Buy a honey bee hive for only $920 incl GST ($460 for half a hive)
  • Our initial target - 5 hives sold = $4600, but aiming for 100 hives = $92,000
  • First ten hives sold - Purchase now and as a thankyou, receive an immediate (by mid March 2017) 3 x 1kg of mouthwatering honey - half a hive gets 3 x 500g
  • 11-100 hives sold get 2 x 1kg per hive
  • Second year onwards
    • receive 7kg of honey (or bonus own container honey)
    • half a hive gets 3.5kg of honey (or bonus own container honey)
    • 7 x retail 1kg container @ $16 = $112 / $920 = 12.17% return
    • Bonus for own container honey - come to Canaan Honey in Whanganui, choose your honey flavour, and receive the same value of honey into your own containers
  • Buy up to 7 hives per person - that's almost 1kg of honey a week to enjoy!
  • Freight free to your door (rural delivery 500g less honey) - New Zealand addresses only
  • The honey you get is free from income tax - it's honey from your hive

Bee Education

  • Learn about the wonderful world of the bees as they are managed through the seasons via our hiveshare Facebook group.
  • Take a holiday to beautiful Whanganui.  Suit up and join us as we harvest the sweet honey in February/March each year.  Free bee suits and gloves supplied.
  • Smell the sweet aroma of fresh honey as you join us in extracting from the honey comb also in February/March.

Who we are

We are three generations joining forces. Michael and Kim Brandon have joined with 35 year veterans John and Janice Brandon of Canaan Apiaries Whanganui to expand their local beekeeping business and help them retire. Other family members are involved and their grandchildren are also helping out - that's one in the Yellow bee suit.


Your hive will be sited in a dedicated hive share apiary yard in the Whanganui area.  If the apiary does not produce enough, we add in honey from our other apiaries.  We will maintain the hive numbers in the hive share apiaries to ensure no risk to your hive purchase.

Your hive purchase will be part of a new growth phase in our family bees-ness.

What you are purchasing

You are purchasing a bee hive with 2 bee boxes with frames and bees, a crown board, base, lid and top feeder.  We supply hive management and extra honey boxes on top.

You can on-sell your hive share to another person by notifying us of the new purchaser's details.

After the first two years, you have the option of collecting your hives to look after yourself - but only after harvest in April to June each year.  We need two months' notice and any hive redemption is limited to 10% of the total hive share hives in any one year.

You can sell the hives back to us (at our option) either for ourselves or to resell to others - buy back at 90% of the current hive share rate.

The hives are in farm pastures or close to the Whanganui township - not in Manuka areas. We are focussing on building up the strength of our hives.

More Information?

Please contact Michael Brandon [email protected] mob 021728889 if you have any questions.

See our website -


Photos - some of the preparation work for the bee hives

We started off with lots of bee hive parts in a container from China. We then added a load from bee suppliers in Auckland. And then we got to work putting together the boxes and bases.


We also machined boxes from other wood we purchased. We then preserved the wood by dipping into hot paraffin and painting them. Then it was time to create 5 frame mini hives - nucs. I built the nucs and then added a queen, frames and feeder, and lots of bees.

Preparing bee boxesSmall 5 frame bee hives - nucs


The hives were then transferred initially into one box then 2 box hives. The bees got out into the pastures and collected nectar from clover and other flowers and converted it into honey that we are now harvesting - February.

2 x 2 box bee hives



The People Behind Hive Share - Sweet Returns - 7kg Honey/year

Picture?type=square&width=50&height=50 Michael Brandon Project admin

Michael Brandon has seen the light and moved from Auckland to Whanganui to join his father in Beekeeping.

See the revolutionary Canaan Honey Hive Share initiative that is being offered via PledgeMe - release Wed 22 February 2017.

Previously an Accountant and then Search Engine Optimiser, Michael now enjoys being outdoors with the honey bees -  natures marvelous insect. He enjoys being able to combine all his skills into the business.



    Waiting on test results

    03:56PM Thu 13/04/17 on Hive Share - Sweet Returns - 7kg Honey/year

    I was planning on sending the signup honey this week, but still waiting on the Tutin test results that I sent Monday. Looks like we will be sending it in the week ending 28 April.

    I have been busy cleaning the factory, and melting the cappings wax. And I have also made up lots of sugar syrup and started feeding to my new little nuc hives that need a top up. The weather has been interesting for the bees. A number of the virgin queens I added to the nucs have not yet mated. So will be interesting to see what a further 2 weeks will do before I get back to them again.

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    2 more honey boxes to extract...

    02:27PM Sun 09/04/17 on Hive Share - Sweet Returns - 7kg Honey/year

    Good news. I have almost finished extracting the honey from the honey boxes, and will be sending off honey samples to be tested for Tutin this week. Almost on schedule... the possible flooding meant I was busy monitoring the news and then moving some hives for a day. I will be preparing the bonus honey this week with the aim of sending it by Thursday as we are away for Easter.

    Some really tasty honey will be on its way.

    All go!

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    Thanks for a successful campaign

    11:27AM Mon 27/03/17 on Hive Share - Sweet Returns - 7kg Honey/year

    Hi new bee hive owners!

    Thanks for being part of our beekeeping operation. Part of your funds are being used for purchase of queen bees for the new hives we have created in the last 3 weeks. Without your help this would not have been possible.

    We are waiting for the funds to be transferred which should be any day now. I will be snail mailing certificates of ownership with the signup honey.

    I have harvested all the honey from our hives, and am now waiting for our turn in the extraction room which should be later this week. I'm helping Dad with the last of the extraction of his honey. Then it will be testing of the honey for Tutin, and then packaging and sending the signup honey around Friday 21 April. It's all happening, all very exciting to have the extraction of our first year honey crop.

    Thanks again for being part of our business.

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    Whanganui's Canaan Honey to Launch New Business - Chronicle

    09:35AM Fri 24/02/17 on Hive Share - Sweet Returns - 7kg Honey/year

    I love the photo that we had done for the Whanganui Chronicle. Local reporter Emma Russell wrote a great report for the Tues 21 Feb paper - Hive share - Whanganui's Canaan Honey to Launch New Business


    John Brandon (Dad) and son Michael Brandon (me) extracting honey at our boutique factory. The extractor is over 30 years old and still going strong.

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    Scoop press release - NZ'ers offered sweet investment

    09:28AM Fri 24/02/17 on Hive Share - Sweet Returns - 7kg Honey/year

    See our press release that has been published on Scoop - Hive Share - Sweet Investment

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    Whanganui Chronicle article

    08:29AM Wed 22/02/17 on Hive Share - Sweet Returns - 7kg Honey/year

    We are in the news. The Whanganui Chronicle has featured us again in this morning's paper - New scheme for honey lovers. Hive Share compares well to hive rental - another alternative the public have for participating in beekeeping.


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