Bee Aware Month 2023, has been launched …It is the annual nation-wide celebration of bees and their importance to our ecosystem, food chain and economy. Associate Ag Minister Jo Luxton inspected the Te Aro School beehives in Wellington to mark the beginning of Bee Aware Month and told the school’s young beekeepers that bees are the unsung heroes of nature but also of our thriving agriculture economy. The theme this year is ‘Love Our Bees’ with a focus on the importance of pollination to our environment and food chain. New Zealanders are being asked to plant bee-friendly plants, especially at times of pollen dearth such as autumn and spring when bees need extra sustenance and avoiding spraying pesticides when plants are flowering. The annual Bee Aware Month schools’ competition asks students to create art to show how our environment might look different without pollination. New Zealanders can learn more about bees and what to plant for bees by checking out the Apiculture New Zealand website or by following Bee Aware Month on Facebook or Instagram.