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The cou­ple bring­ing bees to Auck­land back­yards.

Rent a hive, save the bees and reap the re­wards Jessie Baker (above left), is one-half of Bees Up Top, a bee­keep­ing cou­ple who res­cue bees from ex­ter­mi­na­tion and put them in hives they rent out around Auck­land.

Where are some of the hives you in­stall lo­cated?

These are high-rolling bees – we’re in­stalling them on the rooftops of build­ings in Auck­land city with views of Ran­gi­toto and the Viaduct. We also in­stall hives in peo­ple’s back­yards and find that peo­ple’s gar­dens are thriv­ing be­cause of the bees.

Why put hives in the city? Ur­ban ar­eas are fan­tas­tic places for bees to live be­cause there is a con­stant nec­tar flow from all the parks, trees, gar­dens and win­dow boxes. It’s un­like the coun­try­side – that’s dom­i­nated by pes­ti­cides and fer­tiliser-treated crops that kill bees.

What are the ben­e­fits of hav­ing a hive? You are do­ing your part for the en­vi­ron­ment! Bees can no longer sur­vive in the wild by them­selves be­cause of dis­ease. We also take all the hard work out of it for you by man­ag­ing the hive and giv­ing you the honey in per­son­alised jars.

Why are you guys so pas­sion­ate about sav­ing bees?

Bees pol­li­nate one-third of the world’s food. Without bees, our di­ets would be de­press­ingly poor. We would be forced to sur­vive on wind-pol­li­nated crops: wheat, bar­ley and corn, and lit­tle else. Imag­ine shops without rasp­ber­ries, ap­ples, straw­ber­ries, peas, beans, cour­gettes, mel­ons, toma­toes, pump­kins and much more. Honey bees are dis­ap­pear­ing glob­ally at an alarm­ing rate due to pes­ti­cides, par­a­sites, dis­ease and habi­tat loss, so it’s up to us to do some­thing about it!

You also help schools get hives? Yes. For ev­ery 10 hives in­stalled, we in­stall one for free at a school. See beesup­ for more info

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