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Be Good to Bees Because … September is Bee Aware Month

Be Good to Bees Because … September is Bee Aware Month

September is Bee Aware Month and the National Beekeepers Association is urging all Kiwis to promote and protect the New Zealand bee population.

“We want Kiwis to Be Good to Bees Because … they support over $5 billion annually of the country’s agri-industry exports and they help to grow one third of all the food we eat, never mind helping our home gardens to flourish,” says NBA chief executive, Daniel Paul.

“The bees in New Zealand are faring a lot better than in many other countries, where bee populations are often under threat, but we still need to promote and protect our Kiwi bees.

“We need to plant bee friendly plants for them to feed on, be careful with our use of pesticides and insecticides and we mustn’t bring honey or honey products from overseas into New Zealand.”

Mr Paul says honey and honey products from other countries can contain many biosecurity pests and diseases that attack bees and kill beehives.

“That puts a large percentage of our economy and our biodiversity at risk, not to mention many, many jobs nationwide.”

The National Beekeepers Association has published tips to help Kiwis Be Good to Bees – visit”

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