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We’re auctioning off beeutiful hives to raise funds and create a buzz around saving our precious little honeybee. Place a bid on your favourite or donate what you can on our Give a Little page.

Our buzzy little friends might look sweet, but honeybees play a pretty essential role in our ecosystem, with a third of our food relying on their pollination. A recent study of over 3600 registered New Zealand beekeepers show our bee population is dropping by around 10% each year, consistently for the last several years.

Un-bee-lievable, we know. Part of this is due to our once chub-bee workers running out of food, while pesky wasps are doing what they can to wipe out their fellow flyers.

We’ve enlisted the talents of generous local artists to transform our hives into masterpieces. The final honey pot for these original, unique and valuable works will go towards getting rid of our bee’s enemies, implementing Vespex solutions across Queenstown and creating a buzz amongst keepers.

Place a bid on your favourite or donate what you can on our Give a Little page. Our honeybees thank you dearly. Well, what they actually said was ‘buzz, buzz, buzz’ but you get the gist.

Hive #1: E L E M E N T A L – THERE IS BEAUTY IN THE WORLD

Gilded beehive and lid using various variegated leaves. Jenny Mehrtens is an Arrowtown based artist, primarily a painter, she has had several group and solo exhibitions and her work can be found in private collections worldwide.

"My memories of growing up are of spending hours and hours outside- playing and exploring. I want to capture the majesty and delight of objects and textures that intrigued and molded me when I discovered them when I was younger- simple but strong influences that have stayed with me in life."

http://www.jennymehrtens.com http://www.facebook.com/jennymehrtensartist https://www.instagram.com/jennymehrtensartist/

https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/queenstown-lakes-bee-health-booster

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This seller is located in Queenstown, Otago

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Seller acceptsCash, NZ Bank Deposit

Questions & Answers (10)

  • G
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    Why is this beehive so much more expensive than the others? What charity is this supporting?goldieloks(138)12:34 pm, Mon, 6 May
    L
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    Hi, all the information available on the give a little page. This hive was valued at a much higher price that the opening bid, and we had a private offer for the opening price, so this was the fairest compromise!lupsy(143)• Monday, 6 May 2019
  • A
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    Sorry if this sounds 'harsh' but... Why's this auction starting at $5000 when others - clearly for the same fundraising effort -start at $1.50. In my extensive fundraising experience, lower pricetags appeal more to donors' pockets - and give room for interest to grow, thus triggering bids. Anybody who knows about hives knows that one hive isn't worth $5k. I grew up with hives, my parents had over 100, if they were $5k each, they'd never have afforded them! You need to lower your start price.andrea-kay(147)07:20 pm, Mon, 6 May
    L
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    Hi, thanks, Not harsh at all- totally understandable. We had an offer at this price so thought it was the fairest way forward. Also yes, these hives originally are inexpensive- but when world renowned artist turn them into unique pieces of art the value increases- just like any blank canvas. Have a look at her other Elemental work here, https://jennymehrtens.com/works/#/elemental. My suspicion would be that this will not become a functioning beehive!lupsy(143)• Monday, 6 May 2019
  • G
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    I don’t believe trade me allows artificial increasing of pricing just because of an off bid elsewhere. The bid must b on trademe or auction withdrawn. Check with trademe re their rules.goldieloks(138)01:56 pm, Tue, 7 May
  • S
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    Are you aware of the implications of selling used bee keeping equipment?screenpronz(4461)02:15 pm, Tue, 7 May
    L
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    Hi, yes, these hives have not been used and were purchased new from BeeQuip NZ.lupsy(143)• Tuesday, 7 May 2019
  • S
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    This seems to be using the guise of charity when the benefit seems to be for private beekeepers. Also would the funding for vespex be to fund a private company or is it just to fund the bait?screenpronz(4461)02:19 pm, Tue, 7 May
    L
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    Hi, thanks for positivity. For the Vespex it would be used to fund and train local volunteers to become vespex handlers, pay for bait and stations all in consultation with DOC for implementation. We are raising money to help our local bee population and reduce wasp populations. This is done by helping hobby and low experienced beekeepers with education and solutions.lupsy(143)• Tuesday, 7 May 2019
  • S
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    Don't get upset with someone asking questions, your defensiveness and annoyance at questions is rather telling. Given your concerns for bees they are relevant questions. Thanks for your assumption it's negativity.screenpronz(4461)03:02 pm, Tue, 7 May
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    Well done for giving yr time and art to this great charityneki1(710)07:52 pm, Tue, 7 May
    L
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    Thank you! Biggest thank you goes to these artists- a lot of time and effort!lupsy(143)• Tuesday, 7 May 2019
  • T
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    So I take it this is just for the supers, no frames no beesterryol(186)12:59 pm, Wed, 8 May
    L
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    Hello! Yes each hive compromises of just the lid and 3 full depth supers :) Most have pine strips inside keeping the hive as a solid unit, but these can be removed and broken back into 3 individual pieces if required 🐝lupsy(143)• Wednesday, 8 May 2019
  • M
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    Wow. This is a beautiful piece by World class local artist. Love it. Definitely worth it. Wish I had funds. ❤️ Let’s value our artists and not insult by trying to devalue their beautiful work. And the artist’s generously is so wonderful.macgirl2(71)01:01 pm, Wed, 8 May
    L
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    Hello! Yes it is incredible to see the hive in person, photos could never do it justice! Jenny put huge hours and resources into this lovely art, I will envy the owner... Thanks for the support 🐝❤lupsy(143)• Wednesday, 8 May 2019
  • J
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    I seemed to miss out on purchasing a beehive. If they are anymore available. I quite like the B42 one in pink? Can there be another one availablejohnb7(281)07:54 pm, Mon, 20 May
    L
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    Hi John, unfortunately that has sold too! Though get in touch, details on 'give a little' or on our web page.lupsy(143)• Monday, 20 May 2019

Jenny Mehrtens' Elemental Gilded Beehive

Support our bee health fundraiser!

Final bid

$5,000

Reserve met •

Closed: Mon 20th May, 8:00pm
Seller located in Queenstown, Otago
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