The National Beekeeping Association of New Zealand (NBA) have an annual event to promote and create awareness of the plight of the humble honey Bee.
Kiwimana were lucky enough to have opportunity to sponsor Bee Week at my place of work.
We set-up this display with information from the NBA which – all available on-line at www.nba.org.nz – who also had a colouring competition for prizes of “buzzy bee” products – check out their website for details.
We set-up a competition for staff – the best dressed staff-member in either orange (for the honey Bee) or yellow (for the Bumble Bee).
The prizes included, honey ( of course some kiwimana t-shirts, some Bee friendly seeds of thyme and wildflowers – all wrapped up in a flax bag.
…if that wasn’t enough : )…..My cousin made this fabulous chocolate “Bee Cake” for us.
We asked for a couple of volunteers to judge the best outfit, then on Thursday the judging commenced and there were 4 lucky prize winners.
After the prize-giving – a honey tasting began – we had Manuka honey and 100+ factor Manuka honey with butter and bread rolls, also a yummy fruit platter with Camembert cheese and crackers.
Staff loved the tasting and loved our local honey ! ( we even got some orders )
Our objective was to create awareness of the plight of the humble honey Bee which is suffering losses all over the world. Kiwimana wanted to promote Beekeeping, bee friendly plantings and encourage people to have a “working Bee” for weed removal instead of spraying.
We were very grateful to my workplace for enabling kiwimana to sponsor and support Bee Week within my workplace. Grateful to staff for their participation and hope that we made people aware of the plight of the humble honey bee and reiterate, that they can help – even if it’s not keeping Bees, but by planting Bee friendly plants, trees, flowers or buy honey and wax products.
Thanks to everyone for your support, we loved sponsoring this event and hope all enjoyed our celebration of the Bee….gotta love Bees
Margaret and Gary