Nov - Dec 2003

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QEII Trust




Science & Environment

Plight of the humble bee

In April 2000, New Zealand honeybees received a death threat in the form of the varroa mite, an insect parasite which, if left uncontrolled, is capable of destroying hives and wiping out bees from entire regions. Once inside a hive, the mites multiply rapidly, weakening the honeybee colony and making it susceptible to disease and hive robbers such as wax moths—the culprit behind the destruction of comb in this hive on apiarists Tony and Jane Lorimer's Waikato property. Though confined at present to the North Island, varroa is predicted to colonise the entire country, decimating wild honeybee populations everywhere.


Dirt Track Gladiators

The dance hit “I Will Survive” battled its way through the sound system at Te Marua Speedway—and I really, really hoped that I would. Once I finished my sausage-on-a-stick it would be my turn to head out onto the track and drive in my first speedway race. I had to use all my willpower not to turn to the woman next to me and tell her what a moment she was about to see. Instead, I ate my sausage in silence, grinning like a maniac.

Living World

Fields of Gold

Wherever it is too dry, cold, wet or rocky for trees to prosper—as at Lake Heron, in inland Canterbury—expect to find tussock. It is as intrinsic to the high country as sand is to Ninety Mile Beach. But who should own and manage the tussock lands?

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