Activities coming up
Did you know September is Bee Aware Month? It’s also Conservation Week, Māori Language Week, and more.
To celebrate we have some exciting competitions and giveaways coming up on our social media channels, so stay tuned!
Events and activities
Bees and pollinators are essential to our food production (including honey). Native bees and other pollinators also play an important role to enable our native flora to thrive.
We set the rules over how insecticides can be used, to help keep bees and other pollinators safe. Our resident bee expert, will be talking about bees’ surprising characteristics at Zealandia on 17 September.
Bright Brains on Wings: The world of honey bees
17 September, 6pm-8:30pm, Zealandia
This free talk explores the world of honey bees, to better understand how they feed us.
Pollination relies on a number of complex cognitive abilities including navigation, visual and olfactory learning, and concepts of numbers and language. We will explore how bees solve these tasks and how researchers found out.
Pollinator Planting Parties
September is also a perfect time to cultivate a bee friendly garden.
Apiculture New Zealand (ApiNZ) is encouraging community groups to hold pollinator planting parties and has seeds to give away to get you started.
We are also sharing the Bee Aware Month message with pollinator activity sheets and a bee information brochure produced in partnership with ApiNZ.
This year’s theme is Kia Kaha te Reo Māori; Let's make the Māori language strong.
Seven Hīkoi Reo Māori will be happening across Aotearoa. We will be taking part in the Te Whanganui a tara (Wellington), Hīkoi on 9 September. Te Taura whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission) has resources to download to encourage you to take part and kōrero te reo Māori.
It’s also Tongan Language week from 1 - 7 September, and Chinese Language week from 22 - 28 September. We are looking forward to acknowledging these weeks on our social media channels. Follow us to find out more and win prizes!
Zealandia is hosting a series of events including our Bright Brains on Wings talk. Check out what else is planned on the Zealandia What’s On page.
The Department of Conservation is also hosting a range of events across the country. Take a look at DOC’s Conservation Week page to see how you can get involved.
You can have your say on current consultations before the following submission closing dates:
17 September: Submissions close on the application to introduce a wasp to combat the giant willow aphid.
25 September: Submissions close on the application to update the hazard classifications of a range of substances.