Focusing on the big issues

May 21st, 2013 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

The Dom Post reports:

The Beehive may soon be producing honey – if a plan for more urban honey production goes ahead.

Andrew Robinson, managing director of Love Honey, is gaining support for a plan to put functioning beehives on top of the Beehive.

“We came up with a great idea to have parliamentary honey because beehives on the Beehive sounds really good.” …

The project has received the support of the Green Party and Wellington Mayor .

Green Party MP is confident the project will take off because people recognised the importance of in our environment.

“They’re charismatic creatures and people identify with them. Clearly no-one likes to be stung but we all do love … seeing them on our flowers, on our flowering plants.

Nice to see the Green MPs and our Green Mayor focusing on the big issues.

Never heard of bees described as charismatic before.

But rather than place some beehives above the Cabinet Office, why not place them in the offices in Bowen House, if they identify so strongly with these charismatic creatures?

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37 Responses to “Focusing on the big issues”

  1. Neil (528 comments) says:

    Typical Green nonsense. Partly like the Communist philosophy to accentuate the minor issues while working hard undercutting on big issues.
    Great to see high profile MP Steffan Browning to identify an electrifying issue for the nation. I thought Gareth Hughes was the purveyor of nonsense and irrelevance.
    It really annoys me to see the Greens capturing the minds of the young thru nonsenical issues.
    In the end I think the Greens are going to eventually pull down Labor in next years election.

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  2. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    But really…

    Scientists in Croatia have unveiled specially-bred colonies of bees that can detect buried landmines from more than three miles away.
    The bees are trained by being fed an irresistible sugar solution mixed with the smell of explosives.
    Experts have spent several years training and perfecting the training technique.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2315198/The-bomb-bees-sniff-landmines-THREE-MILES-away.html

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  3. Matt (221 comments) says:

    Not against this at all – the pollies ought to be given a sting from time to time

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  4. Don the Kiwi (1,341 comments) says:

    “Nice to see the Green MPs and our Green Mayor focusing on the big issues”

    That’s about their level of competence – may they so focus for ever. :-)

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  5. Manolo (12,644 comments) says:

    First time I heard of MP S. Browning, surely an obscure Luddite of little or no importance, who alongside the mildly-deranged Wellington Mayor show us the caliber of this bunch of communists.

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  6. Judith (5,660 comments) says:

    But rather than place some beehives above the Cabinet Office, why not place them in the Greens offices in Bowen House, if they identify so strongly with these charismatic creatures?

    Quite true. The last thing we could describe anyone from National is ‘charismatic’. :-)

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  7. simonway (356 comments) says:

    Nice to see the Green MPs and our Green Mayor focusing on the big issues.

    I just assume everybody who ever says anything like this has never heard of “multitasking” or the concept of having more than one priority. If you visit the Greens website, you’ll find that they have policies on (get this) more than one subject.

    It’s a bit like saying, “Wow, DPF, how can you possibly think political polling is important when there are STARVING CHILDREN IN AFRICA? Why haven’t you started a business to feed starving children?”

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  8. RRM (8,997 comments) says:

    Celia Wade-Fuckwit… enthusiastic supporter of beehives on the beehive… no idea her council sacked hundreds of staff.

    Resign you incompetent little turd. What is the point of you anyway?

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  9. labrator (1,691 comments) says:

    Rather an uncharacteristic post for you DPF, I thought MPs were supposed to support little issues as well as big. To be honest, I’d rather the Greens focused on issues like this, you know, the environment and stuff instead of issues like how they’re going to destroy the economy if they get close enough to the levers.

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  10. Philonz (89 comments) says:

    What a petty post. This isn’t a Green Party plan or policy, it’s a private firm approaching Parliament with an idea. The Mayor and the Party simply said it’s a good idea, hardly taking their focus away from their work.

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  11. Rich Prick (1,324 comments) says:

    Maybe Phil, but only a Green could get all moist over such a thing.

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  12. dime (8,790 comments) says:

    Did Clint approve this?

    anyway, brb. need to google this douche bag MP that no one has ever heard of.

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  13. toms (301 comments) says:

    I keep bees. They are definitely cooler than penguins.

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  14. s.russell (1,486 comments) says:

    Sorry, DPF, but I think your criticism is quite unfair. As Philonz says “This isn’t a Green Party plan or policy, it’s a private firm approaching Parliament with an idea. The Mayor and the Party simply said it’s a good idea, hardly taking their focus away from their work.”

    And, as labrator (sort-of) says, this is quite appropriate for the Greens: it is something that mightactually benefit the environment, rather than the ludditism, communism or anti-capitalism that they spend most of their time promoting (which is usually stuff that would end up damaging the environment, eg stopping fracking). Bees are good for gardens, making space for them in cities is a pretty positive thing to do. I have some honey from my aunt’s beehive in downtown Auckland and it is very nice.

    There is a third reason it is unfair to blame the Greens (and Labour) for focusing on petty issues, which is that National owns all the important ones. ONly by focusing on trivia can they gain any traction.

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  15. anonymouse (652 comments) says:

    Since listing over two weeks ago, this crowd funded Honey escapade has raised the princely sum of …..$10,

    Great to see that the green party and its members are prepared to put their money where there mouths are……..

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  16. Fox (182 comments) says:

    why not place them in the Greens offices in Bowen House

    Because bees don’t like (marijuana) smoke. :)

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  17. davidp (3,329 comments) says:

    “We came up with a great idea to have parliamentary honey because beehives on the Beehive sounds really good”

    NZ comprises an absolutely huge amount of land. Some of that is already used to make great honey. I’m baffled about why we’d want to put hives on the roof of the Beehive. Is central Wellington a good area for honey production, as opposed to (say) Havelock North where Arataki are based? Are we so short of land that the bee people can’t find a backyard or a field to put their hives in, and the Beehive is the only office building with a rood that is suitable? If this is entirely about irony (“look, these bees live on a BEEHIVE… hahaha”), then maybe Bellamys should move out and the Beehive Matches people ought to produce a line of novelty matches in the building.

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  18. bhudson (4,720 comments) says:

    I’m sure the Greens will shortly be promoting a wind turbine atop their parliamentary offices – to be driven by their hot air

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  19. wiseowl (580 comments) says:

    very charismatic when you are allergic to bee stings.

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  20. simian (24 comments) says:

    Great to see you are focused on the big things too dpf. Is it a slow news day or are you just looking for any petty excuse to try and slam the greens? Maybe try a little harder next time.

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  21. edhunter (435 comments) says:

    More to the point why is DomPost reporting this as news when it’s more an infommercial & why are you DPF giving it more oxygen?

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  22. marcw (206 comments) says:

    “why not place them in the Greens offices in Bowen House”

    Because you wouldn’t be able to distingush the drones from the… other drones.

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  23. markm (90 comments) says:

    Simian

    Be fair to DPF , it isnt very hard at all to slam the Greens.

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  24. Manolo (12,644 comments) says:

    @simian, the Luddites do not need any excuse to be slammed. The communists are out to wreck the country, so do not deserve any gentle treatment.

    The Green Party needs to be exposed for what is: an enemy of NZ.

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  25. Peter (1,471 comments) says:

    It’s good the Green Party are focusing on issues they understand.

    Although why they’re getting paid 144K each to handle this particular issue is anyone’s guess. There are, after all, cheaper beekeepers.

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  26. Philonz (89 comments) says:

    davidp – My understanding of the push to have more urban beehives is not that we don’t have enough land but we need more bees in the cities to keep our flowering plants pollinated. There is also a push to increase the bee population in general as many orchardists, viticulturalists and others have struggled in recent years to pollinate their crops. The economic impact of declining bee populations could potentially be huge.

    Also, I do like a spot of honey on my crumpets in the morning.

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  27. RRM (8,997 comments) says:

    Stinging insects that love the smell / taste of sweet stuff. Just what the inner city needs. :neutral:

    Waiter, why is there a bee in my sandwich?

    Sir, it’s saving the environment.

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  28. pidge (49 comments) says:

    Invoking the appropriate Internet Meme: http://www.mememaker.net/static/images/memes/1843912.jpg

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  29. RRM (8,997 comments) says:

    http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/227/150/toosoon.JPG

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  30. somewhatthoughtful (437 comments) says:

    You’re a moron RRM. There’s been a well documented problem with declining bee populations due to veroa and others and the decrease in pollination this has caused. God, you guys are so scared of environmental science, it really is disturbing sometimes.

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  31. RRM (8,997 comments) says:

    God, you guys are so scared of environmental science, it really is disturbing sometimes.

    Hmm, the phaggotry is strong in this one…

    Tell me, O exalted one, what good do you think it is going to do to the bee population, placing hives of bees in the middle of the concrete jungle?

    A few of them might find pollen sources on Tinakori Hill or the Botanical Gardens. But the rest are going to have to fight the Pigeons and wasps for the remnants of people’s sticky jam buns in Midland Park. I wonder how well that’s going to work out for them??

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  32. Viking2 (10,752 comments) says:

    why not place them in the Greens offices in Bowen House, if they identify so strongly with these charismatic creatures?

    Geees, DPF
    Even bees have feeling and human rights. They are cleaning living fun luving citizens. how could you do that to them?

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  33. somewhatthoughtful (437 comments) says:

    Phaggotry? Cool insult, dude. At least we’ve established the level of discourse you’re capable of functioning at….

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  34. helmet (807 comments) says:

    No shortage of bees in nz at all. I’m a beekeeper. Numbers of hives nationally has been steadily trending upwards from a low point in the early 2000′s. We’re far closer to too many hives than not enough.

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  35. Viking2 (10,752 comments) says:

    Not always bee’s in the right places though. Feral bees are all but gone and in town many gardens were their feeding places.
    We have noticed the decline in the last 5 years. Used to keep some hives a long while back.

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  36. Sam Buchanan (499 comments) says:

    “Nice to see the Green MPs and our Green Mayor focusing on the big issues.”

    Funny, could this be the same DPF who was all aglow with praise when John Key danced Gangnam style? Or was that a sign of the PM being focused on the big issues in a way I can’t fathom?

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  37. RRM (8,997 comments) says:

    At least we’ve established the level of discourse you’re capable of functioning at….

    And furthermore – we’ve established the level dick that you’re capable of eating. :-)

    Now please, come back to the topic, if you’re capable of that, and tell me more about how VITAL it is to the ecology of the area, to have beehives on the Beehive. I suspect it’s a matter second only to climate change and big oil?

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