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Citizen Science Native Bee Monitoring Project 2019/2020

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for 2019/20 citizen science research

We are aiming to raise $5,000 to set up and monitor 4-5 nesting sites of our native digger bees across Auckland under the guidance and mentoring of Dr Ngaire Hart. This will help with her larger research project in understanding the population and health of our native bees, with the hope of expanding and continuing this project over many years. Our monitoring will be tracked and shared on our website. Please let us know if you would like to participate in one of the monitoring groups at

Native bee poster set for $60

The poster set includes: Ngaro Huruhuru o Aotearoa - Native bees of New Zealand educational poster with photography by Brigit Rhodes photography on behalf of Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research & words by Dr Ngaire Hart. Mauri Ora & Tiaki poster, are extracted from pg 5 and 8 of the ebook below.

Flower Power poster for $25

This poster was made by the children and caretakers of Cloud Workshop, Sam Hartnett photography, PhilipKellyStudio, Kirsty Cameron, made in collaboration with FTLOB’s for Artweek in 2018.

Ngaro Huruhuru:Te Anahera o Te Ngahere / New Zealand's Native Bees: The Angels of the Forest ebook is $10

It is a12 page illustrated book on the mātauranga of ngaro huruhuru, native bees by Dr Ngaire Hart and Stanford Wihongi (Ngāpuhi, Te Ati Haunui-a-Pāpārangi), a Ngāpuhi Whakairo with over 30 years carving experience who is passionate about innovating in the space between Mātauranga Māori, creative and environmental research.

The posters are A3 printed on 190gsm paper by Graeme Brazier Ltd. A big thanks to PhilipKellyStudio for the graphic design and Graeme Brazier Ltd, who is sponsoring printing 50 of the poster series and flower power poster.

Follow this link to purchase posters

Our ebook is soon to follow! 

We look forward to getting to know our friendly outdoor companions more with your support!

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E hoa mā, kia āta poipoi i tā tātou ngaro huruhuru

Friends, let's carefully nurture our native bee!

World-wide native bees are understudied and there is little known about the effects of current pesticides and chemical weed management use on their populations. The fact that we have 27 native bees indigenous to Aotearoa is little known.

About our Scientist

Dr. Ngaire Hart native bee specialist and writer of the soon to be released ebook Celebrating Nga Anahera o te Ngahere - The Angels of our Forest, shares stories about them with us. On page eight, under the title of Tiaki she says, ‘Native bees preserve the natural structure of native forests and trees, which depend on pollination for their own reproduction. Through this, can be seen the reciprocal act of kaitiakitanga.’ Aotearoa’s native bees are largely solitary, not even meeting their parents. She talks of the tree in which they are born under acting as their parent, providing shelter, food and wellbeing.

Ngaire developed a native bee monitoring system as part of her PhD project for one species of native bees that live in the ground. This monitoring system is easily applicable to a citizen science project, which is good news as scientists can’t do all this research on their own! We hope to establish 4-5 monitoring sites with volunteer groups for the first year of the project this October 2019 – March 2020.

Come along to our Films for the Future night on the 20th of September to sign up to be part of this project.

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