Our project is to protect our area of forest at Whareatea so that
nature is helped in every way possible to produce a healthy forest and in doing so will deliver clean water on the forest floor.
We will protect the environment so that the animals and birds can
live as close to Natures way as possible in a clean and healthy environment.
To do this we will need to create an income stream to supply the investment required to cover the cost of development and security for the forest.
We have identified a source of honey dew within our forest that with the help of a healthy honey bee population can produce
abundant honey from the nectar of the mānuka tree
that will command a good price off shore.
The first problem we encounter is a heavy population of the german
introduced wasp. We will need to control this population and reduce it's number
down to as close to eradication as possible. The wasps will compete for the same food
source as our honey bees.
Just as important a problem to our project is the abundant introduced pests that attack our bird population. These pests are the Stoat, Rats and Mice.
Each of these pests will be eradicated from our area. This will be done with new technology traps. The end result we are planning for is a healthy forest with
abundant native bird life
and a healthy bee population producing high value Manaka honey.
The Mahoerangi Environmental Education Trusts direction into the bee industry is motivated by the understanding that we are able to work in harmony with the environment of Whareatea
and beyond to the rest of the island by allowing our bees to harvest their nectar for the Trust which will in return direct any profit gained into initially the control of the bees arch predator the
The control, reduction and removal of these introduced pests will increase the ease with which bees can go about their pollination and harvesting activity without threat of having
their food sources drastically reduced and attacks on their well being.
Additional benefits are the abundant increase in the insect life and nectars available for our native bird species.
Food sources that the wasps decimate when allowed to proliferate. Those working in the Trusts Bee industry are working for the bees and the environment.
The replanting of nursery trees such as Manuka and
Kanuka become economically along with ecologically considerate when considered a future pollen source for the bees.