Eastern Courier : April 13th 2011
www.easterncourier.co.nz Wednesday, April 13, 2011 Manukau Clearance Centre 49 Cavendish Drive, Manukau Ph 263 4818 Christchurch stock disposal: marked and shaken bedroom furniture, headboards and frames. Massive reductions to clear. Design Mobel - East West - Rhapsody - Turnwood - Woodwrights Top Quality Timber Furniture, Minor Marks And Dents, Huge Savings Just the bee's knees By KAREN MANGNALL Busy bees: Auckland Beekeepers Club president Kim Kneijber checks 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. ABUZZisintheair around the Auckland Town Hall mayoral offices -- and it isn t about politics. It s the sound of more than 100,000 honey bees 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 hives 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. 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 nectar and pollen in nearby Albert Park, Myers Park, the Auckland Domain and Grafton gully s motorway plantings. The honey is very light so the sources are definitely pohutukawa and some of the garden flowers we find in Albert Park, she says. The first harvest has produced around 100kg of honey for the new Auckland Town Hall label. Some will go to mayor Len Brown for civic gifts and the Auckland Beekeepers 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 movement worldwide with hives on the roof of the Paris Opera, St Paul s Cathedral in London and on the White House south lawn. Ms Kneijber also hopes the hives will help to educate Aucklanders about the importance of bees and planting bee- friendly plants and trees. Go to www.aucklandbee keepersclub.org.nz for information on hobby beekeeping or www.nba.org.nz. Incorrect name published There was an error in the P1 story titled Bravery Remembered on April 6. The article stated Floyd Fernandes, who died in the Elim Christian College tragedy, suffered from cerebral palsy. This was incorrect. Floyd was an active and physically fit 16-year-old. The student who suffered from cerebral palsy was Tom Hsu. The Eastern Courier apologises for any distress this has caused Floyd's family and friends. Go to www. easterncourier. co.nz to see the White House bees. 7000 cars off road More than 7000 cars have been removed from the road every morning through Auckland Transport s Travelwise school programme. The aim is to reduce car trips to primary and intermediate schools and improve health and road safety. Community transport manager Mathew Red- nall hopes to see a further decline in car use as more schools develop their own travel plans. Auckland Transport works with each school to come up with a practi- cal travel plan that can include setting up a walking school bus, putting in safe ped- estrian crossings and road safety training, he says. Go to www.auckland transport.govt.nz for more information.
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