Rent-a-hive company Tiaki Bees, working with Honeysticks, a natural children’s craft brand, have placed sponsored beehives in Wānaka Primary School and Te Kura O Take Kārara.
The new community initiative is designed to be two-fold and will serve to increase biodiversity by pollination and offer a learning opportunity.
Barna Szocs, owner of Tiaki Bees, says bees play an integral role in the ecosystem and the younger children are when they learn that the better.
“The idea is that these schools will have a wonderful educational experience, with none of the work, and all of the benefits. Students will be able to immerse themselves in the full lifecycle of the bees, understand how they make honey and why they are so important. They will learn to be relaxed around bees and be able to don children’s bee suits, come close to the hive and look inside the boxes.”
“The schools will receive the same three-weekly support package as any of our clients and will receive the honey produced to use for fundraising or as they see it suitable.”
Will Radford, owner of Honeysticks says the importance of bees should be showcased more to the younger generation.
“Bees are vital to the local ecosystem, and we support any initiative that focuses on educating people around that.”
The hives will be placed on specific areas, so the flight path of the bees does not disrupt or impact on any of the students playing outside. Careful thought has gone into the location of the bees, so there is no greater risk for those with allergies.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this experience for the younger community and are excited to grow our local awareness for these very important creatures.” Szocs finished.