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Students get a buzz out of helping bees

Last updated 05:00 25/07/2013
Bees at highschool

BUSY BEES, from left: Kalani Seumanu, Waireti Pirini, Sale Leota, Winnie Yang and Sreyna He want to get people buzzing about bees.

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Students have cooked up a honey of a scheme to educate their community about the importance of bees.

Ohu, a company of five students from Manurewa High School, has received start-up funding from the Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust to achieve its goals.

The students are selling raw honey packaged with a free sachet of seeds and an educational pamphlet to get buyers buzzing about bees.

They are encouraging locals to plant the seeds in their backyards to make a positive difference to the foods available for bees.

The five - Kalani Seumanu, Waireti Pirini, Sale Leota, Winnie Yang and Sreyna He - originally set up their business as part of the Lion Foundation's Young Enterprise Scheme after being inspired by the trust's Eye on Nature event at the Auckland Botanic Gardens.

Their company name, Ohu, means working bee in Maori.

They will be running community flower-planting events later in the year and eventually hope to install beehives in local schools.

The students will be selling their honey at the Auckland Food Show from August 1 to 4 and the Sylvia Park Trade Fair on September 7.

Go to or email ohunz@ for more information.

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- Manukau Courier

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