Last week Bees Alive, the new bee advocacy group based in Auckland released Auckland Buzzing, an e-resource which celebrates bee culture in Auckland. The first edition puts the varroa mite under the microscope, interviews the Mayoral beekeeper and looks at why bees love companion planting. The booklet is part of Bees Alive’s mandate to educate and raise awareness. Last weekend, the group teamed with Ngati Whatua o Orakei, holding a community education event (including honey tasting) raising awareness about the importance of bees. Bee Alive is also looking to create interest among large landowners to protect our precious bees as well as connecting apiculturalists (bee keepers) with interested Aucklanders that want backyard hives.