How could BayBuzz resist mentioning BAM – Bee Aware Month?
Apiculture New Zealand runs BAM every September, with this month’s theme asking Kiwis to ‘Bee a Hero’ by growing bee-friendly plants, supporting beekeepers and spraying safely.
Local Hawke’s Bay business Arataki Honey – the largest beekeeping business in the southern hemisphere, with 20,000 hives across New Zealand – is holding celebrations all month with its Visitor Centre in Havelock North featuring a BAM display to encourage people to help look after the tiny superheroes.
Visitor centre manager Gayle Hutcheson says there will be competitions and bee-related activities, and she hopes to have a beekeeper opening Arataki’s display hives. Check out the company’s Facebook page for more bee-related and BAM event information.
Coinciding with BAM, on Tuesday 7 September New Zealand’s first Honey Bee Research Symposium is being held (virtually of course) hosted by Victoria University, the NZ Institute for Plant and Food Research, Apiculture NZ and MPI. The Symposium is for New Zealand-based scientists to present, inform and understand the honey bee research landscape in New Zealand.
In other bee-related news, Hawke’s Bay’s Lilybee Wraps recently was awarded B-Corp accreditation. Lilybee Wraps joins more than 3,500 other companies in 74 countries that have earned the certification by “balancing purpose and profit and using business as a force for good”.