Bee Aware Month

September is Bee Aware Month and there’s a real buzz around here as we help raise awareness of the crucial role bees play in our lives.

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The bee population in New Zealand contributes about $5 billion to our economy annually and supports about one third of everything we eat.

This September, Wellington City Council and Apiculture NZ (ApiNZ) is inviting the whole community to get involved to help raise awareness about the importance of bees to our food and ecosystems.

Check out the events happening around the capital, join in the fun and help spread the word about ways to help our buzzy friends! 

Bee aware month events

September

Youth Art Competition, Healthy Bees

  • What: Do you have an idea for how we can make Wellington a more healthy place for bees? Draw your idea about how we can “bee healthy” and submit it. All entries will be reviewed by both a beekeeper and an artist. Winners will 'bee' excited to receive some awesome prizes.
  • Ages: Open to Year 1 - 8. 
  • Prizes: A winner from each of the following age groups will receive a prize - Year 1 - 4, Year 5 - 6, and Year 7 - 8. 
  • When: 1 - 31 September 2019
  • To enter: You can drop off your submission to the Wellington Botanic Garden's Treehouse or email a scanned image to citycommunities@wcc.govt.nz. Be sure to include this permission slip with your entry!

BEE friendly DIY beeswax wraps

  • What: Come celebrate the little guys and make an all-natural beeswax wrap during Bee Awareness Month. This practical workshop will give you tips and tricks on how you can help with bee conservation and provide you with a waste free solution - choosing to refuse single-use plastics.
  • Where: Sustainability Trust (2 Forresters Lane, Te Aro)
  • When: Wednesday 4 September, 5.30pm-6.30pm
  • Cost: $5 - $10. Reserve your ticket here: https://sustainabilitytrust.checkfront.com/reserve/?date=20190904           

Make a bee hotel 

  • What: Head to the Johnsonville Library to make a bee hotel to celebrate Bee Aware Month. If you are attending, you'll need to bring an empty, clean 425g tin. All other materials will be provided.
  • Where: Johnsonville Library  
  • When: Thursday 5 September, 3.30pm-4.30pm 
  • Cost: Free - but spaces are limited, so secure your spot by registering at the desk or contacting the library on (04) 477 6151.

Ask a Beekeeper and Honey Tasting at the Wellington Botanic Garden

  • What: Have you ever wondered what types of bees are native to Aotearoa? Or what role bees play in our food system? Well bring all your bee questions to the Wellington Botanic Garden. There'll be a demonstration hive and beekeeping equipment, and a beekeeper on hand to answer all your bee questions. Honey tasting provided by Bee Fresh will also be available.
  • Where: Wellington Botanic Garden's Begonia House
  • When: Sunday 8 September, 10am-2pm 
  • Cost: Free 

Meet a real life beekeeper

  • What: Everyone is welcome to this all-ages event, where you can learn about bees and beekeeping, ask questions, and enjoy a craft activity. 
  • Where: Miramar Library 
  • When: Friday 13 September, 3.30pm-4.30pm 
  • Cost: Free, no bookings required

Healthy bees display at the Wellington Botanic Garden

  • What: Learn how you can provide a “bee” healthy environment and make Wellington a more livable place for some of our busiest residents. This display will provide tips on how to plant a bee friendly garden and how to avoid spraying harmful pesticides. Children will also be able to view a demonstration hive and enter a bee friendly art competition. 
  • Where: The Wellington Botanic Garden Treehouse 
  • When: 9 - 31 September 
  • Cost: Free

Make a bee hotel 

  • What: Head to Tawa Library to make a bee hotel to celebrate Bee Aware Month. If you are attending, you'll need to bring an empty, clean 425g tin. All other materials will be provided.
  • Where: Tawa Library 
  • When: Thursday 19 September, 3.30pm-4.30pm 
  • Cost: Free - but spaces are limited, so secure your spot by registering at the desk or contacting the library on (04) 232 1690.


BEE friendly fun for the whole whanau 

  • What: Touch, taste and smell the Wellington bee keeping experience, meet a city beekeeper and take action for bee conservation by making sensational seed bombs to scatter in your back yard.
  • Where: Sustainability Trust (2 Forresters Lane, Te Aro) 
  • When: Saturday 21 September, 11am-12pm 
  • Cost: $10. Reserve your ticket here: https://sustainabilitytrust.checkfront.com/reserve/?date=20190921


More information

Please contact citycommunities@wcc.govt.nz or 04 499 4444 if you would like more information or to get involved.