Pinup abuzz over bees
A lover of all things vintage hopes to raise awareness about bees with her alter ego - Miss Honey Bee.
The Raglan-based beauty is one of 10 finalists - and the only Waikato finalist - for Miss Pinup New Zealand.
But Emma Pike, 29, hopes the pinup competition is a way to highlight the horrors of potential honey bee colony collapse.
It hits close to home for Pike who has been a beekeeper with her husband for 10 years. Together, they own 120 hives. ‘‘One in every three bites of food you eat - so a third of food - is pollinated by bees. That’s a pretty big hunk of your food.
‘‘[Bees] are just so hard working. They never rest, they don’t sleep. They’re just so intelligent,’’ Pike said. ‘‘And they’re all ladies which is awesome. They kick all the males out most of the time. Girl-power.’’
But thriving wasps, lack of food sources, disease and pesticides all threaten Pike’s favourite species.
‘‘[Pesticides] can damage the bees brain cells. They pick up the chemicals and they get all fuzzy and they don’t know how to get home so they die.
‘‘I wanted to use the competition as a platform to help educate people to plant bee-friendly flowers, check their garden sprays and just support local bee keepers.’’
‘‘We need to understand that the bees are affected by the environment.‘‘
Miss Pinup New Zealand is part of The Very Vintage Day Out, an annual vintage festival held in Auckland on October 28 and 29.