Bees deliver council a treat
The Auckland mayoral coffers are brimming with sweet gifts thanks to the 10,000 hard workers upstairs.
But it’s busy bees, rather than employed staff, who provided the latest goods to the Auckland Council. Some 50 pots of honey made their way into the hands of mayor Len Brown.
They are all from the hives which live on the Auckland Town Hall clock tower balcony.
The two sentinel hives are visited fortnightly by the Auckland Beekeepers Club to ensure no diseases have arrived through the port nearby.
It’s tradition for the National Beekeepers Association to give up to a half of the annual honey harvest to the Auckland Council as a civic gift.
The 250g jars are then gifted onto visiting dignitaries.
‘‘The bees travel up to five kilometres, they just make different types of honey from what they can gather,’’ bee keeper Kim Kneijber says.
‘‘We just have to keep an eye on the typical threats like the varroa mite, sacbrood virus or deformed wing virus.’’
Checking in: Beekeeper Kim Kneijber inspects a tray of bees from two hives on the top balcony of the Auckland Town Hall. Standing is Maureen Maxwell from the National Beekeepers Association of New Zealand.