As our planet’s ecosystem becomes increasingly more fragile, the role of the honeybee is more crucial than ever. Their skill producing honey is just a small part of their wider role in the health of our planet. There is a wealth of information on the topic and the volume can be confusing to make sense of. We’d like to simplify the overload and point out just how clever this small insect is.
In New Zealand, the honey bee population has been consistently growing over the last century and it is now considered a leading region for happy and healthy bee stocks. This is particularly important going forward as bee numbers are declining globally and the world is hugely reliant on these special insects for pollination of plants involved in ⅓ of the worlds food crop. Additionally, pollination through bees allows us to have a more varied and diversified diet.
Importation of bees is not permitted in New Zealand, hence this growth is due to the increased level of care that bees here in New Zealand experience every year. This, in turn, supports the growth of our national honey industry.
In New Zealand, the European honeybee skillfully produces Mānuka honey during the summer months, from the native Mānuka flower. They collect nectar from the flower, and on bringing it back to the hive pass it from one bee to the other, before dehydrating it. This is an extremely unique process named capping.
The most defining thing about European honey bees is that they produce 45% more honey than what they need to live on - this is special, as it means they are happy for humans to share their harvest. At the end of the harvest season, our beekeepers leave the right amount of honey on the hives so the bees have plenty to feed on over the winter.
Hive location and the skills of beekeepers play a big part in producing honey of the purest and most potent quality. Our hives are located in remote regions of New Zealand where our beekeepers can provide the care our bees deserve.
These regions are located in what honey producers call ‘The Golden Triangle’ of New Zealand. This area spans from the very top of the North Island, in the region known as Northland, down to the west coast of Taranaki, and across to the wild East Cape. It’s in these remote regions our honeybees have an endless supply of nectar and pollen.
The purity of these environments plays a big role in maintaining the health of our honeybees and their hives whilst ensuring a strict policy against the use of antibiotics.
In addition, we ensure no residual sprays or chemicals are used in a 3km radius of any of our hives. We work closely with landowners to ensure our bees are placed in the best environments.
The effort that we have gone to means we are certified glyphosate-free and Project NON-GMO Verified.
You can be sure that the honey you are purchasing from us is of the purest quality.
We hope this has provided you with some information as to why bees are not only crucial for New Zealand, but for the health of our planet and fragile ecosystem. We’re making sure we are doing everything we can to keep New Zealand, and the global bee population happy and healthy!
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