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To: NZ Parliament

BEES ON THE BEEHIVE

BEES ON THE BEEHIVE

Dear NZ Parliament,

We ask you to please consider the benefits of placing a beehive or two on top of your beautiful BEEHIVE Parliament building or within its grounds, to produce local honey.

Why is this important?

We all want a sustainable planet. We all want our planet to survive. We all need bees to thrive to be able to achieve that. We all need to learn to think like worker bees and discover how to unite together in the common good for mother nature. Bee workers of the world unite!

Bees can be both a bridge and a gateway. As a bridge they can be a way of connecting human and non-human nature and as a gateway they can guide humans to a deeper understanding and connection with urban nature.

🐝 Bees pollinate our flowers, our plants, our flora and fauna and help our natural planet to grow. Bees also work in communities in harmony with each other. However certain species are in danger because of human activities. Imagine a world without bees? No flowers and plants for us to enjoy and consume = no planet.

The purpose of this petition is not to Save bees but to draw attention to them through a community approach and that promotes the values of localism as opposed to internationalism.

There is huge value in creating a jar of local honey. A local jar with healing properties, rather than transporting goods across the oceans. Aotearoa New Zealand is blessed to have wonderful bees and wonderful honey. Honey is a good export business for NZ companies, though we also need to seek to find a balance and be thinking more locally. We need to think Global and Act Local. We need to consider how best to utilise our large urban corporate buildings, our institutional organisations, with large rooftops that are often neglected. We need to think more like permaculture and how a tree drops its leaves close to its trunk to feed its own roots with its own nutrients so it then requires less energy to grow more leaves.

Aotearoa New Zealand is blessed to have a parliament building called the BEEHIVE. Basil Spence is a well known architect around the world. The Beehive government building is also the central hub of decision making for New Zealand's past, present and future. It is therefore perfectly placed to make some global media buzz and noise around this important ecological issue.

We ask NZ Parliament to please consult with a NZ Beekeeping authority and local beekeepers association, to carry out a comprehensive assessment of this proposal, with a simple feasibility study. To then invite a suitably qualified beekeeper, selected from a bid put to tender, to place one of their hives on top of the Beehive. If this location is not possible due to the well-being of the bees, or due to any other logistical or security restrictions, then to place the hive within the grounds of the Beehive building.

The intention is to be able to produce a jar of local honey called 'NZ Parliament Beehive Honey.' To enable Jacinda, our wonderful current Prime Minister or any future prime minster of NZ to don a beekeepers outfit for the media. To extract the honey and donate a gift of local NZ Beehive honey to all Prime Ministers and other important dignitaries who come to NZ from around the world.

Equally to encourage selling local NZ Beehive Parliament Honey online to the local Wellingtonians and visiting international tourists when they are allowed back into our beautiful country after the Covoid-19 border lockdown. Especially if the old NZ Parliament shop has to remain closed for security reasons. We believe this petition and campaign will help to promote the importance of local NZ made produce in NZ and help to publicise the urban beehive industry in a positive way and for it to be a visual community voice for the NZ bee industry. This will in turn help New Zealanders to all protect our beautiful planet and our bees.

Kia Kaha,

Buzz Buzz,

Bee Good.

Protecting bees and other pollinators
https://www.epa.govt.nz/everyday-environment/animals-and-insects/bees/

NZ Bee species
https://teara.govt.nz/en/diagram/15740/new-zealands-bee-species
https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/resources/identification/animals/bug-id/what-is-this-bug/bugs-with-legs/6-legs/bees-and-wasps

Bees And Wind
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/18/bees-may-struggle-in-winds-caused-by-global-warming-study-finds
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/radar-reveals-secrets-of-bumble-bees-flight-1104964.html

NZ Bees Under Threat
https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/99580630/native-bees--small-solitary-and-under-threat

Learn About NZ Bees
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12118917
https://apinz.org.nz/learn-about-bees/
https://www.beesuptop.co.nz
https://www.sweetreehoney.co.nz

NZ Beekeepers Forums
https://www.nzbees.net/forums/
https://www.beehive.org.nz

The power of Communities ~ Bee philosophy
https://www.commonunityproject.org.nz

How it will be delivered

With campaigners wearing lovely bees outfits, at the front door of our lovely Prime Minister.

Wellington, New Zealand

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Reasons for signing

  • Great idea Without bee’s we’d be done

Updates

2020-06-01 13:29:32 +1200

https://foodsystemsjournal.org/index.php/fsj/article/view/697/683

A community approach, perfect for Bees On Beehive !!

2020-05-09 18:14:22 +1200

Stingless Bee Honey ~ Amazing ! Always be learning...

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0924224418301997
https://www.hindawi.com/journals/aps/2018/6179596/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stingless_bee
https://www.aussiebee.com.au/honeyproduction.html

2020-05-09 17:40:55 +1200

The very helpful Eliot of actionstation suggested it would be helpful to have as many beekeepers as possible involved with this campaign.
We are loving todays discovery that the Wellington Beekeepers organisation has their website address with the 'Beehive' .... https://www.beehive.org.nz and even more amazing ~ their logo is the NZ parliament building The Beehive. And though they do have some lovely hives at Premier House, they don't at the Beehive Parliament building. So lovely chatting to Eva of WBA today on the phone. To see how she may be able to help this campaign. Eva organises the Newsletters for the WBA. Fingers X

2020-05-09 08:52:36 +1200

From the wonderful Kirsty who works in the NZ film industry

Toby, thought you would like this, from a fictional book I’m reading coincidentally one of the main characters is a bee keeper

unna apis, nulla apis
One bee is no bee

2020-05-08 11:06:15 +1200

Bee workers of the world Unite !!!
Thinking of a campaign where after Lockdown ends, everyone dresses up like bees and beekeepers and gently swarms around the steps of the NZ Parliament Beehive building. With hand drawm placards saying BEES R US and BEES ON THE BEEHIVE. Some fun and love in the air. Oh and some jars of local honey for passers by to try....

2020-05-08 10:38:18 +1200

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Beehive/@-41.2784455,174.7764037,79m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x5c710f9b7049eac!8m2!3d-41.2784228!4d174.776692

Google maps Link showing ariel view of Beehive building to assess viability of placing a hive up there.

2020-05-08 10:00:40 +1200

From Maggie on the NZ beekeepers forum ....
"Bees don't like wind. Winds need to be prob no greater than 17 km, and the hive needs to be in a sunny disposition. Too often I see urban hives in situations that are far to sheltered and the sun does not get on the hive. Although you need to bear in mind, that bees do need shelter to fly e.g. on the Canterbury Plains so many shelter belts have been ripped out which previously made it easier for bees to forage in our strong nor west and southerly winds.

2020-05-08 09:58:33 +1200

From Sailabee on the NZ Beekeepers Forum...
I think that as the Beehive is so close to an international shipping port, it would be smart to set it up as a sentinel hive - one which is monitored for new incursions across the border from overseas of new pests and diseases. There was on in the Rose Gardens in Parnell and one on the Town Hall balcony in Auck for exactly that reason, and would help strengthen awareness of that problem.

2020-05-08 00:32:46 +1200

50 signatures reached

2020-05-07 19:37:05 +1200

Am posting stories on my instagram of cute people dressed up as bees, which am sending to NZ Parliament's instagram account. They may wonder why they are being photo bombed with people dressed as bees. :-)

2020-05-07 17:36:25 +1200

25 signatures reached

2020-05-07 11:01:12 +1200

10 signatures reached