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  1. 16 hours ago, Mummzie said:

    Its only 2 weeks to brew it. We will look forward to your assessment/ amendments/ recommendations 😁

    Also interested to hear the results. Far quicker than mead.

  2. Agree with WebKiwiNZ. It's the same as those that build houses in areas where there are already well established vineyards, then moan about sprays, machinery operating outside 'normal work hours', frost protection, such as windmills and helicopters, operating at early hours, workers laughing/talking too loud. The list goes on.

    If you are going to have to move them now and you find them too heavy for you to lift in one whack, how about moving the boxes to your vehicle one by one. A bit of faffing around but at least they will be moved. Maybe you could move them over a short period of time, instead of all at once.

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  3. I was talking to a 17 year old female the other week, who was very much for climate change, and that she really wanted to do her bit for it. I asked her if she was going to have children. She assured me yes as 'she loved babies'. I asked her if she was going to use cotton or disposable nappies, and that I had heard that it can take up to five hundred years for a disposable nappy to break down. She didn't know how to answer my question, but remained in considerably deep thought for a while.

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  4. On 25/09/2019 at 11:10 PM, Irishoney said:

    Many thanks for your reply Beegirl. And to anyone else who replied. Is Greenvale the place near Gore? I did an internet search for them, looking for a website but I think they are only on Facebook. l'll try them anyway. Thanks

    Yes, it's about a 20 minute drive north east of Gore. 


  5. You could try Greenvale Honey in Waikaka, Southland. I know a couple of years ago they took on someone with no beekeeping experience at all and he never thought he would go don that particular road of employment, but it turned it ( like the rest of us) he got hooked from the moment he started and absolutely loves it.

  6. 17 hours ago, tristan said:

    thats certainly is something that happens, but not always "the bosses sons" fault either. sometimes its simply perceived that way by the other staff.

    its something to watch out for especially if jumping on board a sinking ship.


    14 hours ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

    The man is just asking for advice, he does not need to be shot down for others problems, 

    The positive advice to this chap, is to ask for more income than you think you should get, especially if you end up working by yourself. 😀

    17 hours ago, yesbut said:

    Nice to see another thread with a bit of positivity not.

    Come on... The guy's been in the industry for 10+ seasons. It's his father's business - the son should know what the other staff are getting paid. He's left school and has done a bit of work elsewhere, so he should know about the minimum wage, contracts etc.

    He needs to do some maths and see what he needs, in money terms, to live off - is he living at home, mortgage, young family etc. 

    No negativity intended. Sorry if I offended. Just seen this situation happen on more than one occassion in other areas of employment.

  7. On ‎10‎/‎09‎/‎2019 at 5:43 PM, chipsandwich said:

    I have worked with the other staff in the past and they're more than happy to take a backseat, not the leading type.

    I have seen this situation before, where a son comes in, in a manergerial role. I was all fine and dandy while the son was learning from other staff, but once he was in a leadership role most of it turned pearshaped. The power went to his head and because he was 'the big boss's son', staff felt they couldn't complain - good staff left because of the son.


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  8. Thanks Alastair for bring this to our attention. 

    I to, have recently thought about buying one, but have thought twice about the cost of buying one from a NZ supplier. Thanks to the feedback from your enquiry, I have just placed an order from the site you suggested. 👍

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  9. Thanks ChrisM, your info is greatly appreciated.


    About 18 months ago I got a three bay shed built to store my beekeeping gear in as well as having the intention, at a later date, of building an internal room to extract honey and make my products out of beeswax and honey. The honey extraction and some of the products I wish to include in my product range will require an NP1. I am currently in the process of going ahead with the internal room, so it will be interesting to see how many hoops I will have to jump through down here in Southland to obtain certification.

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  10. 2 hours ago, jasper said:

    Who's responsible for destroying the nest District council or regional council?

    Even though it's on public land, if it's within your town belt the council should be responsible, if it's out in the country the regional council - that's what happens in my area. Get in touch with your local council - make sure you're not fobbed of, you are a ratepayer, it should be their responsibility to deal with it, not yours.

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  11. On ‎20‎/‎04‎/‎2019 at 9:06 PM, mischief said:

    Last year I definitely witnessed large amounts of bees puncturing grape skins.  You couldn't see the bunches of grapes! It was so extreme I had to harvest the whole crop.  They destroyed kgs of grapes.  This year it was not so extreme. 

    Mischief, how do you know that the bees were puncturing the grapes skins if you couldn't see the grapes. 🤨

    I used to manage a vineyard and each year I observed grape damage started by birds (usually silvereyes). Once the holes in the grapes were made by the birds, it was then easy access for the wasps and bees. Each year, when the grapes were ripe and the birds were trying their best to get at the fruit, I watched a feral cat 'patrol' a particular area of the vineyard, as it seemed to know the best places to score a lovely feed of silvereyes.

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  12. 4 hours ago, CHCHPaul said:


    I’m tall, blond, attractive and not very hairy. Here’s my number 

    nothing to hide...

    Sorry CHCHPaul, but I just had a quick look at your profile, your real phone number's on it - let's hope there's no single hackers out there looking for a date with you. 🤣

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  13. 52 minutes ago, Philbee said:

    My rule of thumb for phone calls

    If its a private number dont answer

    I used to think the same way, until I started getting very much inundated with cold callers - now my number's unlisted.

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  14. 2 hours ago, kaihoka said:

    They are all on the flat now and the sheep have access to them and never bother them .

    Kaihoka, are you particular about the spacing between the hives. Do you have strapping on your hives. I've got my hives fenced off in a paddock where only sheep graze and after line trimming around the hives again today I was wondering if I could just let the sheep graze around them.

  15. 16 hours ago, tommy dave said:

    I watched someone in front of me in the queue pick up a few jars, have them scanned, see the price, and ask for the jars to be put back on the shelf.

    I found that interesting.

    A visitor from the UK recently told me that Manuka honey is far cheaper to buy there, where he comes from, than it is here.

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