Bee sure to book to see new Pollinators documentary

Beekeeper Grass Eposti says pre-booking online is essential for the screening to go ahead.

An acclaimed new documentary about the importance of bees will be screened in Matakana next month – but only if enough people reserve tickets in advance.

Passionate local apiarist and all-round bee advocate Grass Eposti is organising the one-off screening of The Pollinators using Demand Film, which requires 40 tickets to be booked by October 6 for the screening to go ahead on Wednesday, October 16.

Grass, who runs Beetopia NZ on Omaha Flats Road, is urging anyone who cares about bees and is interested in seeing the film to reserve tickets online at the earliest opportunity. Tickets cost $20, plus a $1.75 booking fee, and cards will not be charged unless and until the minimum ticket threshold is reached.

Grass says The Pollinators is an amazing untold story of how bees and the environment are forced to cope with human greed. Directed by Peter Nelson, the film follows beekeepers who travel every year from one side of the US to the other, taking truckloads of honey bees to pollinate countless plants essential to meet American food needs.

“The many challenges the beekeepers and their bees face en route reveal flaws in our simplified, chemically dependent agriculture system,” Nelson says. “We talk to farmers, scientists, chefs and academics along the way to give a broad perspective about the threats to honey bees, what it means to our food security and how we can improve it.”

To reserve tickets, visit the Demand Film event page at


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