Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor teamed up with Apiculture New Zealand and launched the 10th annual Bee Aware Month to celebrate bees and their importance to the ecosystem, food chain and economy.
Bee Aware Month started on Sunday. The 2019 theme is ‘Love our Bees,’ and Kiwis nationwide are being encouraged to show their love for the creatures by taking easy steps to improve bee health, such as planting bee-friendly plants like wildflowers, providing clean water for bee rehydration and choosing bee-friendly pesticides.
Other ideas include attending Bee Aware Month events and throwing ‘Pollinator Parties,’ a gathering of friends to share kai and plant bee-friendly plants in unused areas of garden or berm. O’Connor said, “Without bees we wouldn’t have pollination, and without pollination we wouldn’t have food. If we look after the bees then they can look after pollination.”
To mark the start of the campaign, O’Connor visited Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s beehives at Wellington’s Premier House.
Apiculture New Zealand chief executive Karin Kos said, “We are lucky to have a healthy bee population in New Zealand, but we can’t be complacent. Bees need our help to stay healthy and Bee Aware Month is all about encouraging people to do those small, but vital, things that make a real difference.”
Bee Aware Month is also an opportunity to recognise and appreciate the wide range of delicious and unique honey produced in New Zealand.
For more information, visit apinz.org.nz/bee-aware-month.