World’s most liv­able city - for bees

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JAMES PASLEY

The City of Sails might soon be known as the city of bees.

An Auck­land Coun­cil-funded cam­paign called ‘for the love of bees’ aims to turn Auck­land into the world’s safest city for bees.

This month the cam­paign will in­tro­duce a bee colony of 5000 bees to Auck­land’s Vic­to­ria Park, which will stay for the next two years.

Auck­land Coun­cil is con­tribut­ing $100,000 over two years to the ini­tia­tive.

Free bee keep­ing lessons and green path­ways to pro­mote bee travel across the city are some of the cam­paign’s ini­tia­tives to bring more bees into ur­ban Auck­land.

In 2016 a United Na­tions bio­di­ver­sity group found bee species were de­clin­ing by up to 40 per cent in North­west Europe and North Amer­ica due to habi­tat loss, pes­ti­cides, pol­lu­tion, in­va­sive species and cli­mate change.

In Vic­to­ria Park beekeeping schools will be held monthly for the next two years to ed­u­cate peo­ple on how to raise bees.

Parks and re­serves are be­ing con­nected by tar­geted plant­ing in ar­eas be­tween parks to cre­ate ‘pol­li­na­tion path­ways’ with the first con­nec­tion com­pleted in Grey Lynn.

New Zealand’s bee hive num­bers have risen from 295,000 in 2005 to 650,000 in Fe­bru­ary 2016, how­ever pop­u­la­tions had de­clined due to the var­roa par­a­site.

5000 bees will live in Vic­to­ria Park for the next two years.

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