Bee Aware Month!

September is Bee Awareness month and this year Apiculture New Zealand are focusing on bee health by educating us on how we can feed the bees and help protect our precious bee population.

Did you know that bees support New Zealand’s agri-industry exports by over $5 billion annually – that is heaps! Plus they help grow one third of all the food we eat as well as helping our gardens flourish and look beautiful.

There is heaps that we can do to help out our little buzzing friends and one of the easiest way is by planting bee friendly plants and flowers. Bees need food so that they can help pollinate the food we eat. Bees will feed on pollen and nectar and this helps them to grow and Bee strong which helps them to fight off disease and parasites.

Bees also need clean water so why not make a shallow container for them to drink from. Just make sure you put pebbles and twigs in the water so the bees have something to rest on while they are drinking.

Another way we can help the bees is to stop spraying our gardens with harmful pesticides which kill the bees.

Palmers Garden Centre who are supporting Bee Awareness Month have information and competitions on their website plus check out their 5 top tips for a bee friendly backyard.

The library also has heaps of books on bees so take a look and… Lets save our bees!

Parks Week 2018

Who loves going to the park?  I do!  And I bet you do too!  We are very lucky to have an abundance of wonderful parks, gardens, walkways, tracks, reserves and sports fields to enjoy in Wellington.  There are parks for every occasion you can think of.  Where is your favourite park, and what do you enjoy doing there?

Wellington City Council’s Parks Week 10 – 18 March is an annual celebration of our parks and there’s lots going for the whole family to enjoy including Bike Krew Rodeo and the great annual Mt Victoria Treasure Hunt!  These events are both free and family-friendly so make sure to bring mum and dad, and your friends along too!

Parks are so important for our communities, they provide us with lovely green outdoor areas to play in, and they help keep us and our environment healthy.  Show your appreciation for our cities’ great parks by heading along to a Parks Week event or by simply enjoying your favourite local park.

2016’s Parks Week video is a cool clip worth a look too!  And here are some outdoor activity books:

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Kids’ Club Review by Luke: Rockhopping

RockhoppingRockhopping, by Trace Balla

Imagine trying to find the source of a river. This book is about Uncle Egg and Clancy who are trying to do just that. Read this book to discover what adventures they have along the way. I liked this book as it was a change from chapter books and had a unique plot. Children 5+ would enjoy this book.

5 stars

Reviewed by Luke from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Luke: The blizzard challenge

The blizzard challengeThe blizzard challenge, by Bear Grylls

Olly is not keen on camping, his rucksack is too heavy and his two tent mates are too happy camping. In the night however, Olly is magically transported to a glacier and Bear Grylls is his guide. What will happen next? This book was okay but it is suited for younger readers who like camping and adventure. I am not one of those people. The book would suit children learning to read.

3 stars

Reviewed by Luke from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Francesca: Rockhopping

RockhoppingRockhopping, by Trace Balla

A book about adventures in the bush. The main characters are Clancy and uncle. They find ways to solve problems, for instance, their backpack falls down a ravine and they have to find a way to rescue it. Recommend it for nature lovers aged 7+

3 stars

Reviewed by Francesca from Khandallah and Cashmere Avenue School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Elsa: The cuckoo and the warbler: A true New Zealand story

The cuckoo and the warbler: A true New Zealand story, by Heather Hunt

I thought this book had brilliant illustrations and it was a good text style for any age My sister especially liked it because of all the birds. It was also a great way to get little ones to know about nature.

4 stars

Reviewed by Elsa from Karori and Karori West Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Francesca: Girls who Looked under rocks

Girls who Looked under rocks, by Jeannine atkins

I was very very lucky enough to meet Dr Jane Goodall. She was amazing and had a toy chimp called Mr H. I have read lots of books about Jane Goodall – another good one is The Watcher. This book is not just about looking under rocks it’s about inspiring kids to go out into nature and take care of animals. Sketches are good but I would have liked them in colour. Recommend for older readers…lots of words in a little book.

3 stars

Reviewed by Francesca from Khandallah and , 8 years old