Bees de­liver coun­cil a treat

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

Town Hall.

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