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tommy dave last won the day on April 22 2018

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  1. @Thomas Clow two questions: 1 - why not post a public link to make life even easier? 2 - do you endorse/support that give-a-little page?, noting i know of people prepared to put some money down (me included) who no longer will because of that page - noting that if the analysis of the pros and cons of that approach is too complex, then i can't imagine development of new markets will be easy
  2. talk to whoever fanny and elodie worked with at otago university during their phd and post-docs respectively. i've forgotten the name, if you care enough you'll google it if you're still struggling, i could ask elodie next time i see her, likely later this week
  3. great info @ChrisM, thank you for going to the effort of collating and posting. Could also prove to be a very useful resource for those engaging with the process in other areas/regions.
  4. I find it disconcerting that the coop is begging for gifts of money via a givealittle page https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/creation-of-a-honey-producers-co-operative-for-nz?fbclid=IwAR1RHwPkOvoSNwHr9Gy5zExRIBsoGriCBgfa8JL5QIH2I0_52StqVLMGe6E it just seems a bit off, nothing against the idea of forming the co-op, only the approach being taken with this seems out of alignment with everything else that has been talked about
  5. probably not, so much free content out there. I did pin it for a couple of weeks on that facebook page though, so hopefully that got you some useful traffic.
  6. just like a budget hack.. it's online, take it down if it's not launched - i had no idea it wasn't launched. I googled your name and honey. You, said, and i quote; " That honey pot image is also used by others, including ourselves, on our own website." - suggests it's something you've been using for a while rather than something that isn't even 'launched'. you also state: "You are going to need to take some care though if you want to use that honey pot design commercially, it was created by someone else and is likely owned by someone else." -> i guess you're taking that same care
  7. there's a pic here - could be the one. Google Craig's name to confirm i guess: https://www.beecroft.co.nz/#new-page-1-section
  8. If you can pull it off, there's a lot of value to be had at the premium end of any brand/product spectrum - which is more or less what a lot of @Adam Boot's posts seem to be getting at. Hope you manage it, it's far easier to heckle from the sidelines than to get in and do something. this imagery sounds a lot like Pure NZ branding - which proved effective, especially until people came here and saw all the south island river beds devoid of water due to it all being extracted by irrigation - lucky most tourists don't see that, and when they look at stands of pine forest they assume it's "the nature" eh
  9. fair enough, as i said, it's entirely up to you guys. I will try not to take offence at being called a conspiracy theorist, nor will i level that insult at anyone else - i wish @Dennis Crowley had simply said it was none of my business. As @Maggie James correctly pointed out, it isn't. Simply curious. cheers. although i don't like it, i respect that people do things within the law (as this obviously is) to keep their livelihoods/businesses afloat, i'd do the same - beyond that, i'd expect people working hard and figuring out how to keep things going to be justifiably proud of doing what they need to in keeping things up and running.
  10. ignoring the insults. two points. First, my comment on the honey judge was that there was an element of naivety - i'm not sure why you suggest i accuse her of anything beyond that? " the judge in question may have been naive, but it's effectively a New Zealand endorsement of aussie honey being sold as "manuka". " secondly, i think it's reprehensible that people in NZ might be selling honey in bulk to australian packers while knowing that it is going to be packed and sold as aussie manuka. You and i may well disagree on that one - i'm curious if you're one of the people doing it. Given that you don't answer the question on whether you were involved with people doing so, and instead resort to insult, it's easy enough to leap to conclusions that may or may not be correct (e.g., you are doing so, but are not proud of it). The question again, for reference: @Dennis Crowley do you have any financial or political involvement in nz honey being sold to australian packers?
  11. yet more personal attack while avoiding the questions. Then again, that has become your standard approach in many aspects on this forum. Respect is earned, or lost, on action. Care to answer those questions? or dodge them? looks like your true colours are shining through. i'll repeat the question, in case you're pretending to have missed it first time around: do you have any financial or political involvement with entities selling honey in bulk to australian packers? that would include those players that effectively own apinz then again, based on history, you'll probably consider that my questions and opinions have no merit due to lack of skin in the game, so why should i care if people are kneecapping nz beekeeping by supporting aussie packed honey packed as manuka...
  12. i hoped everyone knew that i'm far from expert context: i'm some guy who does his best to admin some beekeeping page due to some sort of coincidence of timing. I run a few hives, but have yet to reach a decade of experience. my hives tend to survive and produce a honey surplus, mostly due to keeping things very simple on the varroa treatment and inspection fronts. I could probably sell tickets to builder mates for them to watch, as a comedy show, me on the tools - instead they simply turn up for beer and proffer advice too late unless i ask for help, in which case it all goes really well. i do what i can. Far from expert at anything.
  13. the judge in question may have been naive, but it's effectively a New Zealand endorsement of aussie honey being sold as "manuka". If anyone defending this is involved, in any way, including said judge, in selling honey to oz that is subsequently blended and packaged as manuka then that would be a great tell of their morality and standards. @Dennis Crowley do you have any financial or political involvement in nz honey being sold to australian packers? regardless, it sounds as though apinz are all over nz honey being sold to oz and labelled as aussie manuka, maybe cos so much comvita honey can't pass the nz manuka standard? do you have any financial or political involvement with entities selling honey in bulk to australian packers? that would include those players that effectively own apinz
  14. gorilla grip eh... need competence.. there i was, on saturday, making up a few boxes. Inside, no gloves, got a bit of glue on my hands... no worries... at some point i wiped my nose/face... again, no worries, until i woke up next morning... at least the red blotches on my nose are now more itchy than sore, and cortisone cream seems to be helping. some people shouldn't be allowed near power tools or industrial glues/solvents...
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