Well for most of our area, hives are now set for winter with the bees forming a cluster on the centre frames and only venturing out on warm days.
However, in the Otaki area, the Kohekohe (also known as native cedar) has just started flowering. This tree flowers from May to July in the costal forests and is unusual in that the flowers form on long branched stalks which spring from the bare parts of the trunk and branches. The flowers are waxy in appearance and produce water white honey which is too late in the autumn to extract (Ref R.S. Walsh).