A honey of a story

Honey bee image Pixabay

A Christchurch couple has paid tribute to helicopter pilot Steve Askin by making a special batch of honey, from their beehive which was wiped out in the Port Hills fires.

Catherine and Carlton Duston have been going door to door delivering their first ever batch of honey, in memory of Mr Askin who died fighting the fires.

Thirty-five kilograms of honey was made from their hive on the Port Hills, with its own special label dedicated to Steve and the sacrifice he made.

Mr Duston says they didn’t know if they would get a harvest after the bees abandoned the hive during the fires.

“As soon as we knew we had a harvest, we knew it wasn’t really for us,” he said.

The Dustons’ neighbours on Worsley’s Spur were in the firing line of the Port Hills flames, with several families losing their homes.

Each jar of honey is labelled “The girls (bees) stayed with us.  We remember Steve, his family and the sacrifices that made this vintage possible”.  

What a heartwarming reminder of the people in our community who sometimes risk their lives to keep us safe.  So many unsung heroes – surf lifesavers, fire service, police, rescue helicopter pilots and the coastguard.  

It’s quite rare for any of them to be remembered like this.



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Suze aka Sue Sangster is an avid reader, writer and aspiring novelist with a green thumb.