Queen Bees @ Town Hall

On April 27, 2011 by Eye on Auckland

Auckland Town Hall as sweet as honey.

Paris Opera, St Paul’s Cathedral, The White House and now Auckland Town Hall, two bee hives were presented to the city by the National Association of Beekeepers last year and are located on the balcony under the clocktower at Town Hall. Queen bees Victoria (who rules over the larger colony) and Lynne are responsible for the hives which act as biosecurity sentinels i.e. an early warning system to prevent bio hazards from spreading out of control.

The bees collect pollen and nectar from  nearby parks such as Albert Park, Myers Park, the Auckland Domain and Grafton Gully. The first harvest produced approximately 100kg of honey for the new Auckland Town Hall label. The honey will be sold to pay for the upkeep of the hives and for further research. We can only hope that we will see more of this throughout downtown Auckland so that we can buy local and keep it local.

 

 

10 Responses to “Queen Bees @ Town Hall”

  • Sportslave

    LOL Victoria and Lynne, very cute :) do you know where the honey can be bought ?

  • BusFan

    Who would have thought LOL.

  • The Eye

    I have no idea as to where one can buy the honey – if anybody knows please share it with us.

  • Karumba

    Sweet as. I love honey and to know that it was produced at the town hall is even sweeter ;)

  • Gotham

    Bees terrify me, I will be sitting on the other end of Aotea Square from now on ;)

  • kim

    Hi from the beekeeper.
    We will have the honey for sale at the end of the month, so I will update you soon as this is being organized and dont want to take away the surprise, but it will be from a shop in Queen St for all the locals to enjoy.

  • The Eye

    The Auckland Town Hall Honey is being sold at Smith & Caughey – go and get it :)

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