Ehara i te tī
Y.O.L.O. – you only live once
- this is an example use of Ehara to negate an equative sentence
Kei te mōhio ngā
The students know the Māori language.
mōhio always takes ‘ki’ rather than ‘i’.
E mōhiotia whānuitia ana a Parekura Horomia e ngā tāngata Māori o te motu.
Parekura Horomia is widely known by Māori people from all over.
Netball Prize-giving is from 6-7pm on Tuesday 26th September. Remember to bring your netball uniform and get your name ticked off the return list.
Fundraiser for Fijian Dogs
We still have lots of icy poles left so we’re going to hold another fundraiser for the Fijian Dogs on Tuesday 26th September. Thanks for the support! Lucia and Emilia Gilbert Tonks
Hey guys, Just a friendly reminder that there are some bee hives on the field.
There are some leaf cutters and bumble bees in these so don’t go near them or don’t fiddle with the hives. At the moment there are just cocoons in the chambers. If someone you see is touching them remind them of this notice. Thanks, Aidan & Alastair.
... and it's time to raise the profile of the honey bee in New Zealand!
The focus of this year’s Bee Month is the importance of pollination. Kiwifruit, feijoas, chilli peppers and coffee are just a few things that we wouldn’t have without bees.
According to FAO, 75% of the world’s food crops depend at least in part on pollination. The honey bee is the most widespread managed pollinator globally.
This year’s theme, Pollination Illumination, is all about shining a spotlight on the benefits bees provide us through pollination.
“The pollination story is significant to New Zealand not only in agriculture and horticulture but in the role native bees play in maintaining our unique biodiversity,” says Karin Kos, ApiNZ Chief Executive.
New Zealand’s smaller native bees, of which there are 29 species, play an important role in pollinating native flora such as pohutukawa and harakeke.
Kos says that people in both rural and urban spaces can play a part in helping bees do their job by creating safe and nourishing spaces for them. This means growing bee-friendly plants and minimising the use of sprays.
We want to help the kiwi gardener help save the bees!
Bees need all the help they can get and you can make a big difference just by creating a bee-friendly space in your garden. (And it’s not hard — bees are easy to please!).
Here are our top 5 tips for creating a bee friendly backyard:
1. Plant the right flowers
Bees like flowers that make good landing platforms or tubular flowers with nectar at the base – think daises, dandelions or snapdragons. Many of the new hybrid varieties are bred for showy color displays, but have very little pollen and nectar (some are even bred specifically to shed less pollen for less mess).
Plants with flower spikes are also enjoyed, as the bees can move from flower to flower very quickly – think catnip for bees!
Blue and yellow are favorite bee colors. Bees can’t see red! White Dutch clover and other flowering ground covers provide a grass alternative that can create a bee oasis in the smallest yard.
Whenever possible, try to incorporate native plants into your landscape. They are already adapted to your area, and many perennial species bloom very early or late in the season, before or after annual flowers are at their prime.
2. Use Trees and Shrubs to Help Provide Pollen and Nectar Throughout the Season
Trees and shrubs can provide a flush of pollen and nectar early in the season before other plants have a chance to emerge. They should be a part of almost every yard. Grass lawns offer no shelter and no food to pollinators. In contrast, trees and shrubs offer both food and shelter, creating a microclimate and safe haven of relatively undisturbed habitat.
You want to have a mix of flowers with early, mid-season and late season bloom to provide food throughout the year.
3. Have Shallow Water Available for the Bees
Just like everything else, bees need water to survive. If the water container is too deep, they may drown. Place some small stones or floating some pieces of wood in your bird bath, or purchase a bird bath with a very gently sloping outside edge. Fountains and moving water are much loved by bees, butterflies and other insects – but not mosquitoes, who need still water to lay their eggs in. There are even tiny solar fountains that you can float right in your birdbath for a simple option to create moving water. Bees can’t swim, so they have to be able to access water without treading water.
4. No Pesticides!
Be careful what you spray in your garden as most pesticides are lethal to bees. Opt for organic solutions where possible such as pyrethrum and only spray in the evening when bees have gone to bed.
5. Provide Nesting Sites for Bees in Your Garden
This tip is primarily for the bumblebees and other native bees that don’t live in hives. (Of course, sometimes honey bees do form wild hives, but most of us don’t necessarily have the space to accommodate a large wild hive.) Bumblebees are ground or box nesters, depending on the species. They need a natural, less disturbed area to nest, which may be able to be more easily worked into yard or garden edges.
Year 1/2 Colouring Club
There is a Year 1/2 colouring club starting today outside Ruma Korimako/ Room 4 every Thursday during morning tea and lunchtimes. Please come along if you love colouring!
Paremata Gala Raffle Tickets
Please remember to return sold ticket butts and money to the office. If you can't sell your raffle tickets can you please return them to the office as soon as possible as we have a waiting list of people wanting more books to sell. Thanks.
Cure kids is a charity that funds important research to improve, extend and save the lives of sick kids. Buy a red nose for $3 to help! Wear your red nose on the last day of term. Noses are available on Wednesdays near the juices, cookies and muffins.
Calling all Environmentalist! Environews wants your stories!