Bee Week is a major campaign designed to educate New Zealanders about the importance of the humble, often overlooked, honey bee. Bees are critically important to New Zealand and to the New Zealand economy – much more so than you might think!
Without bees, two thirds of our everyday food would disappear, our gardens would be without many of their plants and flowers, and our major agri-export industries (worth around $5 billion) would be in severe trouble.
Bee Week has been established to highlight the value of honey bees and beekeeping in New Zealand.
This year’s Bee Week will highlight that while bees in New Zealand are not under immediate threat, as in some overseas countries, they do face challenges and they do need to be actively protected and preserved.
A good source of bee friendly information is Raymond Huber’s blog.
He’s a bee keeper and the author of two books for children in which the main character is a bee – Sting and the sequel Wings.