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  1. We are at the stage, where members can start to transfer across to the new site. https://forum.nzbees.net


    As a gesture of goodwill, all current members from NZ Bees will be given a FREE 2 month user upgrade to BRONZE membership upon re-registering on the new site. Those members who have current active subscriptions, will need to advise @Grant so that their subscription can be transferred. Please do this BEFORE cancelling your subscription on the this site.

    It is expected that while this site will remain active, it will go into archive mode (read only) at the end of Jan 2021.

  2. It actually works out really well for this. By having the features we want from the start it's going to be a case of one way of doing things.


    A good opportunity to provide clear instructions too.


    Things like adding calendar event that creates a discussion thread should help @Maggie James as that was one of her feature requirements.


    A place for advertising, saves us having to spam block everyone who tries.


    That sort of thing.

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  3. A new lifestyle zone will come into being with the creation of a combined district plan for the West Coast.

    The region's four councils and iwi are working together on the Te Tai o Poutini Plan – the document that will replace all current district plans and regulate land use in the future.

    The planners writing the new rules say much of the land available for new housing in the main towns has been used since the current district plans were written for Westland, Grey and Buller.

    And while there has been some “infill” there has been a big increase in rural residential, or lifestyle development on the edges of towns.



    New planning rules aim to ease tension between farmers and lifestylers – such as bees defacating on washing lines – but critics say the horse has bolted.


  4. From what I can find, you must meet requirements under the Food Act 2014 if you extract or pack bee products that are intended for

    sale only in New Zealand, or export to countries that do not require official assurances (export certificates).



    <p>The Food Act 2014 takes a common-sense approach to food safety. If you make or sell food, your business may need to be registered. Find out more about the Food Act and what it means for you.</p>


    Food safety rules

    If you wish to sell honey in New Zealand, you need to meet the requirements of the 2014 Food Act (exporting is a bit more complicated). The Act sets guidelines around processing, handling and storage, to make sure your products are safe to eat.


    Unless you set your own Food Safety Programme and get an exemption for your business, you will need to process your honey in approved premises – usually a commercial kitchen or plant.


    You also need to meet labelling and tutin testing regulations.




  5. Other than the fact a that in incorporating a limited liability company, the company is a separate legal entity from its shareholders and directors and in most cases all liabilities incurred by the company remain with the company and cannot be levied against the shareholders and directors.


    You'd still be liable, but at least your house and possessions are safe. I would have thought either instance would still need liability insurance.


    However, I think you're asking the wrong people, because these are the people who you will be sub-contracting to. You need to ask landowners or if you are truly looking to completely indemnify yourselves, a lawyer.


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  6. 1 hour ago, Maggie James said:

    Therefore, why can't beekeepers who appear on the MPI list of registered honey exporters not be able to sell to people wishing to send honey overseas via the post?  Beekeepers on this list are all trying to get maximum value for their products.  And why can't customers of beekeepers whose products are extracted/processed/packed under compliance not also send. 


    They can surely, or am I missing something?
    Para 1. The sender of the Honey or Bee products must be a registered exporter, or the product is being shipped on behalf of a registered exporter. 


    Where does it say the registered exporter can't sell the product also?



  7. Here is your opportunity to tell us (and remind yourself) about what is going on in your hives during the month of December 2020. The idea is you can look back and see when you placed treatments, what hives were strong, what were weak, when you re-queened, split, added boxes, what flows were on etc.


    If you have a specific problem, concern or topic you want to discuss about your hives, please start a new topic.

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  8. 1 hour ago, jamesc said:

    Recent news is that  the 1/3 imported from China is adulterated with corn syrup.


    That's not technically true.


    The media reports make a very clear distinction in their terminology, using phrases such as 'may' or 'suggested'.


    Whilst the UK imports 1/3 of its honey from China it doesn't say in any of the reports that all of the imported honey from this region is adulterated.


    They also state the test results are unconfirmed.





    If the analysis, using a new generation of 'nuclear magnetic resonance' tests, is proven, it would represent the UK's biggest food fraud since the horsemeat scandal in 2013.


    Honey importers and supermarkets insist the tests, which analyse types of sugar in honey and pick out those which came from a factory rather than bees, are inaccurate and cannot be trusted. 





    Tests conducted on own-brand honeys from...


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  9. 2 hours ago, fieldbee said:

    what are the rules about administering drugs/medications to other people.

    You can't give over the counter medications unless you are medically trained to use them. 

    You can stock them and allow the person to self administer.


    Worksafe instructions attached - medication in first aid kits page 11



    Here's one for you. Worksafe use the following terminology


    You must provide at least one first aid kit for each workplace and ensure workers know where it is. 



    What you put in the kit should be based on the particular risks of the work carried out at your workplace. For example, there is likely to be a higher risk of eye injuries and a need for eye pads if your workers:


    My personal interpretation of that is: if there is a higher risk of anaphylactic shock you should provide an Epipen


    If you have workers in remote or isolated locations, you must provide them with a basic first aid kit (described on the previous page) as well as extra first aid equipment if required.


    Again my personal interpretation is that "extra first aid equipment" could cover an epipen. 


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