Bees Up Top

Name of case study

Bees Up Top


Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand




 Suburb/neighbourhood scale

Area / size


NbS employed

Urban beehives

Type of NbS

Engineered intervention


 Jess & Luke from Bees Up Top





Design group

Bees Up Top

Bees Up Top honey.  Photo by Bees Up Top
Climate change benefits
  • Loss of food production
  • Changes in phenology
Societal / socio-cultural benefits
  • Food security
Ecological benefits
  • Habitat provision
  • Medicinal resources
  • Food production for humans
  • Genetic resources (diversity)

Summary of case study

Urbanisation has led to habitat loss, impacting pollinator decline (Geslin et al., 2013). The loss of natural habitats due to urban expansion modifies habitats, affecting bee populations (Geslin et al., 2013). Pollinators, vital for one-third of the world’s food supply, play a crucial role in the food chain (Armah, 2022).

Bees significantly contribute to biotic pollination, essential for food crop pollination and climate change adaptation (Marshman et al., 2019). They bolster food security amid changing habitat and seasonal conditions. Beehives enhance urban environments’ adaptability to urbanisation pressures by promoting food security and supporting flora and fauna health.

Bees Up Top, based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, collaborates with businesses and residential clients to establish beehives in urban areas, particularly on rooftops (Bees Up Top, 2019). They offer hive rental services, assisting with setup, maintenance, and honey harvesting. Their goal is to establish healthy beehives across urban areas in Aotearoa New Zealand (Whitfield & Whitfield, 2019).

Bees Up Top rescues bees, relocating them from exterminators to rooftops across the city. Urban areas provide a safe haven for bees, with reduced competition for food and absence of pesticide exposure. The company prioritises educating future generations about bee pollination through courses, fostering gardening initiatives in urban areas, benefiting local ecosystems and biodiversity health (Meurk et al., 2013). They reinvest 80% of honey sales proceeds into rescuing more bees, ensuring warm hives and disease treatment.

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Bees Up Top Bee course, 2019.  Photo by Bees Up Top

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