Central Leader : April 13th 2011
9 CENTRAL LEADER, APRIL 13, 2011 NEWS Come in with family or friends and take advantage of these great deals! kidz!!* free go *Community Services card required Eye Examination $29* 109 Trafalgar St Onehunga 096363639 *Conditions Apply; Prescription cannot be taken away; Limited time only offer. ...WHEN YOU MENTION THIS AD firstname.lastname@example.org Carol Beaumont MP Working with and for our Community 62A Princes Street, Onehunga, Auckland. Tel: 09 6360090 Fax: 09 6360091 GADGET6832 It's hot It's clean It's smart It's 15kW 150m2 Wetback ECO Model INCLUDES FLUE KIT $3088 METRO INSERT ECO SMART $ Clean Air Approved! with & without Metro's innovative water heating option See us online at www.metrofires.co.nz wm e Sandringham Mowers and Heating 14 Kitchener Road, Sandringham Auckland Ph: 09 846 9552 $902,000 for Chch Westfield New Zealand has made a donation of $902,729 to the 2011 Red Cross Earthquake Appeal to help the people of Christchurch. The donation is the combined effort of customers, retailers, staff and the local com- munity. The fund was kick- started with a $250,000 lump sum donation and the company then matched all donations dollar for dollar. Westfield director Justin Lynch says the generosity of individuals, schools and companies has been overwhelming and is great to see. Town hall haven is just the bees' knees By KAREN MANGNALL Busy bees: Auckland Beekeepers' Club president Kim Kneijber checking the two sentinel hives under the Auckland Town Hall clocktower where bees have been busily making honey above the unsuspecting heads of Queen St passersby since last July. Photos: FIONA GOODALL Sweet success: Kim Kneijber gets her first taste of the first Auckland Town Hall honey harvest. Some will go to mayor Len Brown for civic gifts and some will be sold to pay for the upkeep of the hives. BEE FACTS Honeybees have been kept in New Zealand for more than 150 years Around 3000 Kiwis keep bees, with 287 of the biggest beekeepers managing most of the 377,574 registered hives Urban beekeeping is becoming more popular here and overseas Michelle Obama keeps multiple beehives at the White House and uses the honey and pollinated vegetables as gifts for visiting dignitaries. Around a third of everything we eat is pollinated by bees Bees contribute around $3 billion to New Zealand's GDP by pollinating horticutural and agricultural crops New Zealand honey exports earn $71 million annually The invasive Varroa mite is estimated to have cost New Zealand's economy up to $900 million over 35 years. Abuzzisintheair around the Auckland Town Hall mayoral offices -- and it isn t about politics. It s the sound of more than 100,000 honeybees going about their work from two hives on the balcony under the clock- tower. The bees are there as biosecurity sentinels , hive minder and Auck- land Beekeepers Club president Kim Kneijber says. The reason for these sentinel hives and those close to ports is to have an early warning system so something doesn t get in and spread out of con- trol, she says The hives were pres- ented to the city last July by the National Associ- ation of Beekeepers to raise the profile of the role bees play in New Zealand s economy. Around a third of what we eat and about $3 billion of our annual hor- ticultural and agricult- ural production depends on pollination by bees. So preventing invasion by the likes of the destructive Varroa mite, discovered in New Zea- land in 2000, is part of Ms Kneijber s role as co- ordinator of exotic and pest surveillance for Auckland. Several times a week she climbs the narrow wooden stairs on to the balcony to check on the bees and their sister queens Victoria and Lynne. Victoria s bigger hive is doing better, she says. It might be to do with position, hers has a bit more shade. The town hall bees cer- tainly appear happy in their work. They ve got plenty of sources of nec- tar and pollen in nearby Albert Park, Myers Park, the Auckland Domain and Grafton gully s motorway plantings, Ms Kneijber says. The honey is very light so the sources are definitely pohutukawa and some of the garden flowers in Albert Park. The first harvest has produced around 100kg of honey for the Auck- land Town Hall label. Some will go to mayor Len Brown for civic gifts and the Auckland Bee- keepers Club will sell the rest to pay for the upkeep of the hives and research. Ms Kneijber hopes the town hall hives will help encourage more urban beekeeping in Auckland. It s a growing move- ment worldwide with hives on the roof of the Paris Opera, St Paul s Cathedral in London and at the White House. Ms Kneijber also hopes the hives will help to educate Aucklanders on the importance of bees and planting bee- friendly plants and trees. Go to www.aucklandbee keepersclub.org.nz for information on on hobby beekeeping in Auckland or www.nba.org.nz for more on the industry. Go to www.centralleader.co.nz to see the White House bees.
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