HOW YOU CAN HELP

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• Plant bee friendly plants in your gar­den. There’s a great list at www.greens.org.nz, but if in doubt a va­ri­ety of bloom­ing bor­der plants and trees will help, or visit saveourbees.org.nz • Avoid the use of pes­ti­cides wher­ever pos­si­ble • Buy lo­cally pro­duced honey and bee prod­ucts • Con­sider adding a shal­low water fea­ture to your gar­den

where bees can drink. KEEP YOUR OWN! A sec­ond-hand hive costs about $150, and a bee­keep­ing suit an­other $100. It’s good to get ex­pe­ri­enced help, and all new hive lo­ca­tions must be reg­is­tered with the Man­age­ment Agency, through their con­trac­tor, Asure­Qual­ity Ltd. Go to www.auck­land­bee­keep­er­sclub.org.nz or www.nba.org.nz to nd out more.

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