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.