Save the Bee: Global Bee Sanctuary - positive start

21/07/2015

The Save the Bee: Creating the Global Bee Sanctuary has been a positive learning curve for organizer Richard Duncan.<!--more-->

[caption id="attachment_7132" align="alignleft" width="138"]<a href="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/PTI/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/rsz_honey_.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-7132" src="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/PTI/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/rsz_honey_.jpg" alt="Niue's isolation keeps bees relatively free disease free" width="138" height="104" /></a> Niue's isolation keeps bees relatively disease free[/caption]

Although the campaign raised US$3,735.00, it fell short of its goal of US$160,000 on indiegogo.com, a crowd funding site.  Despite the results, Mr. Duncan and his business partner Andy Cory of Niue Honey were happy with the amount of positive feedback and interest for their initiative.

We were disappointed with the result but happy with the feedback, Mr. Duncan told Pacific Periscope.

The campaign gained widespread media coverage from New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific, America, the UK and Europe. The fundraising Save the Bee tees had pledges come from the USA, Canada, UK and New Zealand. There was also much positive community support, interest from distributors, buyers and New Zealand companies with markets overseas. Wholesalers also made enquiries about the organic honey. The honey sales would fund new bottles for retail sales by the end of the year.

Mr Cory has also just returned from Niue last weekend and said there was excitement from the community about the campaign. They plan to debrief Andy's visit this week. Mr Duncan also plans to meet with the Niue Government next month to further discuss their proposal for the global bee sanctuary and moving forward.

For more information please contact Pacific Islands Trade &amp; Investment Trade Development Manager Teremoana Mato at mona.m@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz

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