Purchase a Managed Bee Hive - Sweet Returns

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We had over 30 people purchase bee hives in our first year of Hive Share. Mayor Hamish McDouall cut the ribbon at our Canaan Honey launch party in February 2017. 

Now a year later another 50+ people attended our Anzac Day 25 April 2018 Harvest Festival . We harvested honey from a Hive Share hive, extracted and tasted it. Lots of annual Hive Share honey was handed out and sent out in the days following. Thanks to all who came and made it a great evening.

  • Hive Share - invest in a hive that we look after on OUR sites - this page
  • Rent a hive for YOUR property
  • BUY a hive to be totally yours - either Autumn/Winter (Feb-Aug), Spring (Oct-Dec) either a single box or nuc

The Offer

Updated 17 July 2018
  • For a one off bee hive purchase of only $920 ($460 half a hive) you get 6kg of honey per year per hive for a lifetime.
  • In the first year you get an amount of honey depending on when you sign up per the table below.
  • Have a friend sign up with you and you each get an additional 1kg honey signup bonus per hive.
  • 6 x retail 1kg container @ $16 = $108 / $920 for one hive = 11.74% return.
  • If you supply your own containers, you get additional honey to the value of the container.
Month signing up First year honey   Value Received
April 2018 1kg $18 April 2018
April/May 6kg $108 April 2019
June/July 5kg $90 "
August/September 4kg  $72 "
October/November 3kg  $54 "
December/January 2019 2kg $36 "
February/March 1kg $18 "
April 1kg $18 April 2019
April/May 2019 6kg $108 April 2020

Hive Share

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.

Enter Hive Share. 

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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 36 years.  

Imagine getting a very healthy sweet return on your beehive purchase.

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 tripled its number of bee hives in the last 15 years from 300,000 to almost 900,000 in February 2018. 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)
  • Pay in one sum, or in three easy monthly instalments of $307
  • Purchase now and receive your first honey in April 2018
  • Second year onwards
    • receive 6kg of honey
    • half a hive gets 3kg of honey 
    • 6 x retail 1kg container @ $18 = $108 / $920 = 11.74% 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 - its honey from your hive
  • 11.74% return is the equivalent of a 16.8% bank deposit rate (30% tax rate)

Bee Education

  • Learn about the wonderful world of the bees as they are managed through the seasons via our Hive Share Facebook group
  • Smell the sweet aroma of fresh honey as we extract honey from the comb in February/March each year
  • Join us at our April Harvest Festival where we harvest, extract and taste our sweet honey

Who we are

We are three generations joining forces.  Son Michael Brandon has joined with 35 year veterans John and Janice Brandon of Canaan Apiaries Whanganui to expand their local beekeeping business. 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 bee hive purchase.

Your hive purchase will be part of the continued growth of 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 will be on farm pasture or close to Whanganui township (not Manuka).

More Information?

Please contact Michael Brandon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. mob 021 728889 if you have any questions.

Sign up

You can sign up using the form below. Please pay to Westpac - Canaan Apiaries 2016. 03-0156-0166541-001
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Getting ready for Hive Share - Cutting timber for bee boxes, paraffining and painting, transportation, hives in our apiaries/bee yards.

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