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.

The focus of Bee Aware Month in 2018 is bee health – what communities can do to help keep our NZ bees healthy so they will be better able to fight disease and thrive.

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.

Join in the fun and help spread the word about ways to help our buzzy friends!

Bee aware events

September

Bee friendly at The Wellington Botanic Garden

Running all of September 
Discover which plants are bee friendly through special labelling of the Botanic Garden plant collection.


Beekeeping demonstrations and displays

Saturday 1 September 11am–2pm
Join Wellington Beekeepers and Wellington City Council for an interactive beekeeping demonstration/displays and giveaways. 
Held at the Begonia House – The Wellington Botanic Garden


Beekeeping demonstrations and displays

Monday 10 September – Friday 14 September
Join Wellington Beekeepers and Wellington City Council for an interactive beekeeping demonstration/displays and giveaways.
Ask a beekeeper a question over the lunchtime period on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. To register your interest see the Facebook event
Held at Wellington City Council Customer Service Centre Foyer – 101 Wakefield Street


Bee Happy

Sunday 16 September 1pm–3pm
Bee Happy at Innermost Gardens’s fun filled afternoon for Bee Aware Month. Join Mt Vic Hub and the gardens for a speaker, honey tastings, and a bees wax wrap DIY. There will be soup for everyone and some local music talent. There is also a very special chance for you to screen print your own t-shirt, produce bag, tea cloth, Sunday best frock or whatever you wish with "Bee Happy in Mt Victoria".
Koha donation. For more information visit the Bee Happy Facebook page.
Held at Innermost Gardens – 31 Lawson Place, Mount Victoria


Honey tasting

Sunday 16, 23, 30 September  1pm–2pm
Sunday honey tastings. Sample delicious honeys from Aotearoa. To register your interest visit: Sunday Honey Tastings Facebook event.
Held at Kura Gallery – 19 Allen Street, Te Aro


DIY beeswax wraps, lip balm and candles

Tuesday 18 September 5.30am–6.30pm
Learn to make beeswax wraps, lip balm and candles. Cost: $10 waged, $5 student/unwaged. Booking is essential for this event. To book visit: The Sustainability Trust


Bee aware guest speaker – part of the Newtown Lecture Series

Tuesday 25 September 6pm–7pm
Come along to a guest speaker for Bee Aware Month from Wellington Beekeepers Association – as part of the Newtown Lecture Series. For more information see: Bee talk Facebook event page
Held at newton Community and Cultural Centre – corner of Rintoul and Colombo Streets, Newtown.


Bee Mythology

Sunday 30 September 10am
Bee Mythology – a fascinating history of human engagement with bees.
Held at the Community Orchard Berhampore/Island Bay – Adelaide Road, Berhampore (beside skatepark)


October

School holidays at Wadestown Library

Monday 1 October – Friday 12 October 
Bee themed display, demonstration and activities. 
Held at Wadestown Library – corner of Moorhouse Street and Lennel Road, Wadestown.


Beekeeping demonstration and speaker

Tuesday 2 October 10am–12pm 
Come to Ruakawa Reserve for a beekeeping demonstration and a speaker from Wellington Beekeepers Association. 
Held at Ruakawa Reserve – Strathmore


Bee themed drop in session

Wednesday 3 October 11am–2pm
Bee themed drop-in activity for kids. 
Held at Discovery Garden – The Wellington Botanic Garden


Speaker from Wellington Beekeepers Association

Saturday 6 October 11am
A speaker from Wellington Beekeepers Association will be attending a Strathmore Park community garden working bee.
Held at Strathmore Park Community Centre community garden – 108 Strathmore Ave, Strathmore


More information

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