Honey bees have been kept in New Zealand for more than 150 years, and 2013 marks the centenary of the National Beekeepers’ Association of New Zealand so NZ Post has released a set of stamps to mark the occasion.
The set shows bees at work (collecting nectar, in the hive and making honey), a beekeeper and comb honey.
According to the information accompanying the stamps, New Zealand’s economy may be more dependent on pollination from the honey bee than any other nation on Earth. Roughly one-third of everything we eat is pollinated by bees, and many of our crops would not be viable without bee pollination.
Honey bees in New Zealand are under threat as a result of the parasitic varroa mite. This stamp issue aims to raise awareness of the role the honey bee plays in New Zealand. Read more about the individual stamp designs here.