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Everything posted by Ali

  1. That is quite a good point @morporks. I doubt it has occurred to APINZ or AFB how it may appear to non members of APINZ (the vast majority of beeks). It is once again that relationship issue between APINZ and AFB.org that shows up, I think, in a bad light. It is only an opinion but the costs of even a one day attendance would appear to fence off the majority of the smaller family operators once again reinforcing the question of who APINZ are there for really.
  2. Adam is right of course but it is very early in the process. $100,000 sought essentially for what I see as a feasibility fund is a starting point and only that. 67 odd drums of honey at net $5.00 a kilo would about do it. Just another way of looking at it. With all that honey sitting in sheds at the moment, how hard would it be to do??? 134 beeks at a half drum each......................
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    Well, it seems they market it at around the hundy per kilo! Have to wonder how much they sell of course. If they are producing the honey and marketing it themselves (presuming good sales of course) then they are doing ok next to the Kiwi who sells to a processor here.
  4. @Adam Boot, is it a NZ outfit marketing in this fashion?
  5. I don't have clue who this is @tommy dave. I wonder how you can determine origin of bees wax? "Personally, no" seems to leave the door pretty open.
  6. Darn, conflicting interests there I reckon. Gorse being a blessing for the beek and a curse for the farmer!
  7. It will kill most everything else growing I guess. What are they dealing to? A forestry planting?
  8. They are another border control glitch it seems. MPI gave up any effort to stem the tide. Just 2-3 years to reach the current state of play, seems they spread like wildfire. Apparently if there is insufficient other food for them then they will turn to fruit and eat that. There is some research going on to discover a lure for them to maybe 'control' them but seems they are here to stay.
  9. Is this another case of "international prices" being applied to the NZ beekeepers? I note the big C now has South American sources for Propolis in the pipeline.
  10. Little blighters are popping up everywhere now it seems. They will displace the local varieties fairly quickly it seems. Wine growers concerned amongst others.
  11. Good spotting @john berry. Capilano seem to be saying that Australian (faux) Manuka is completely and utterly not Manuka honey as it is in New Zealand. A point of argument for the trade marking of the Manuka name? " If it's not NZ Manuka honey then it is something else" new marketing slogan?
  12. I think a comprehensive understanding of the current blending practices would be very interesting. Not something packers/marketers/exporters would want to talk about publicly I expect but I wonder if you have hit the nail on the head @frazzledfozzle. I do recall asking Adam on a thread if there premium products were subject of blending and not seeing a response. Certainly the expensive "Manuka" honey I have seen seemed to bear little resemblance to raw (sieved out of the extractor) honey I have here.
  13. An 8% (or greater) increase for packers/exporters may well be on the cards given the reduction in the price for the product paid to the primary producers.
  14. Not all but quite a few seem to have taken a break from what I have seen. Late summer nectar shortage? Just too darn dry until now.
  15. Would shaking the whole lot through a Queen excluder be a good plan? Before the new Q is added.
  16. Possibly is @Philbee. Certainly pause for thought over the very large amounts of money (millions per annum) owner/directors/significant employees have had the pleasure of drawing from the larger outfits. I suspect that did not reduce last season and probably not this season despite declared losses in running hives. If the smaller operators fold the big guys will have the field of course. Conspiracy theorists might say this is exactly what is being engineered currently. If smaller beeks were to operate cooperatively (as a business entity not particularly as a coop) I think stronger p
  17. There we have it in a nutshell I think. Yes there are problems in regard a current small surplus of most honeys, not as much blending, competition in world markets etc etc. That said, just how much of the current low offer business going on is about packers/exporters maximising their profits? I think quite a bit in all. I think it would be right to say that most of the largest packer/exporters have their own hives and produce a fair whack of their own honey. I would imagine these folk have increased their hive holdings significantly over the past years and seem to be only looking fo
  18. I wonder at the possiblity of the Minister being influenced by some in regard the style of levy and in fact I wonder in regard the relationship between MPI, the Minister and influencers with attachments to APINZ. In my mind the whole APINZ levy raising issue was strongly motivated by building an entity of larger financial and political power seemingly strongly influenced by persons with a desire for a large share of the monies rightly or wrongly (the research lobby). Others I am sure would have had more altruistic intentions (industry good in a real sense) while others I am sure woul
  19. I wonder where you gained that understanding @Kiwi Bee? I think quite a few of us had gained that understanding. Was it from a APINZ forum post? I seem to recall one that explained that the Minister would not support a percentage type basis.
  20. I think the subject is certainly a sensitive one! That said, I also think that serious allegations require serious evidence or they probably should not be aired publicly here or anywhere for that matter. Just saying.
  21. From an NZ standard perspective.....back to the future?
  22. Why do I find you such an abusive man @JohnF ? Do you carry on like this to everyone who asks direct questions and expects direct answers? The hate campaign here John is pretty much led by you. Why don't you just cut it out. It has become outright internet bullying. Put an end to it @JohnF.
  23. We are back in the territory of not really addressing the question in a direct and forthright manner I feel @ApiNZ Levy Proposal. Thus I will make a gambit and state below what I see as the real situation. A vote for any increase in the levy will be by weighted voting. Please feel free to clearly state if am in fact wrong.
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