Look honey, the sta­dium’s abuzz tonight

Weekend Herald - - News - Char­lotte Carter

Eden Park will be a hive of ac­tiv­ity at the All Blacks vs France game tonight — thanks to 120,000 bees that moved in this week.

Two bee­hives have been placed in the Gate A lot (be­hind the ticket of­fice), and an­other two at the east­ern end of the P5 park­ing lot.

The num­ber of bees, which travel up to 3km in the win­ter and

5km in sum­mer to search for pollen, is ex­pected to grow from

120,000 to 360,000 in the sum­mer months.

The Eden Park Trust worked with a group called BeezThingz to bring the ini­tia­tive to the sta­dium, in the hope of even­tu­ally pro­duc­ing Eden Park honey.

Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive

Nick Saut­ner said the project re­flected the trust’s com­mit­ment to sus­tain­able and com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives at Eden Park.

“Our on­site med­i­cal provider St

John has been briefed and has ac­cess to the ap­pro­pri­ate EpiPens in the un­likely event they are needed.

“Look out for Eden Park Honey in the com­ing months.” The bees would be very well be­haved so long as they were not ag­i­tated, so mem­bers of the pub­lic were en­cour­aged to go and have a look, but re­frain from touch­ing the bee­hives. BeezThingz have de­liv­ered sim­i­lar projects with other busi­nesses as well as lo­cal schools such as Owairaka District School to en­cour­age ur­ban bee­keep­ing and help bees thrive.

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