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  1. First thing is that as Dennis is a Api rep and Api run the AFB PMP . There for Dennis is speaking for Api and hence the AFB board Next thing Please read the levy order and you will fined a few things stuffed up. To me the main thing that jumps out is the start date of the levy. Clearly states the hive levy year starts in the 2019/2020 year. But the thing is you have already paid for the 2019/2020 year . So you only need to pay the difference between the bills. Now the AFB people will always say "we must follow what the law says" If you ask about the double billing you will get a threatening reply. The Invoice has no levy year on it but the levy order talks about levy years. I wrote a letter to MPI asking about the levy year. Got a reply fill of waffle but id did contain the word confusion So my take is that there are mistakes in the levy order, Dennis is trying to cover them up to ensure they receive money to run the AFB PMP. NZ beekeeping inc lawyers (who are seldom wrong where Api lawyers are often wrong) also believe the levy order is faulty(I base this on there news letters)
  2. Someone has had a bad day https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/119078492/bee-truck-crash-under-investigation-in-waitara
  3. Not quite correct. They can control the the industry because they have a single marketing desk. Until the honey industry goes back to the single sales desk none of the controls will happen
  4. Probably the same brand When exporting you can just declare it as honey. If you declare it as Manuka then you have to provide the back up
  5. Brought a Jar to taste, To me the taste was bush honey, No Manuka smell, Labeled Manuka Blend, 30 MGO plus Has product of New Zealand, low price No lab test done, Reading label appears to have been packed in NZ, but wording can be twisted
  6. So Clovers an Anglo Saxon word. We really should not be using it Oh Honeys not a Maori name, we need to find something else to call it. How dare we use honey and Manuka in the same sentence Just accept that langues evolve over time and we live in one world Neither does the New Zealand manuka honey being sold in woolworths Australia last month with made in NZ all over it
  7. Their are 2 different definitions for beehives that contradicted the other But this brings us back to my point before that even people with furniture made of second hand beekeeping equipment need to registrar their front room. If you want to apply policy it needs to be done consistently and fairly
  8. Thats your opinion, and you can have your opinion, but I can have my opinion as well and both need to be respected because both can have valid reasoning
  9. Thats how I read it So where is the must keep dead outs, that are AFB Free, registered come from ?
  10. "Get real and support them" What does this mean ? Completely agree with how the AFB PMP is operated ? As a levy payer am I not allowed to challenge/ have different opinions to what Marco thinks ? I see supporting as challenging, asking hard questions and not rolling over You may see this this as being a trouble maker. By asking hard questions I have found that the management of the AFB are very arrogant in their behavior.
  11. Another point of fear " away from where bees have access" Are we now required to store our beekeeping equipment in air tight containers ? If so might as well burn it all every year before the wax moth destroy it
  12. Alastair Take a few minutes to reflect If Marco, as you said above, wants to have places where used beekeeping equipment is stored registered he is digging up a big pile of smelly stuff for himself. Is he expecting the people who use old bee boxes for furniture to registrar their living room, and how does he plan to have it inspected Perhaps every shop who sells honey needs to be registered Anybody who has dealing with Marco and dares to challenge him knows they need to know the rules really well and they will have to push back hard to have there challenge accepted. They will also know that the standard reply from Cliffon is " we stand by out people" This attitude can only lead to more head butting and a need to engage lawyers Be afraid
  13. Hello Frazz NZ Beekeeping inc are very well aware of the proposed levy changes as is ApiNZ NZ Beekeeping Inc have been trying to fight these proposals as has SNI beekeeping. APiNZ fully supports them The problem is that when submissions where asked for the main groups people to put in submissions where the vigilante brigade, so therefore the proposed levy changes reflect their opinions. The definition of a beehive is going to have long reaching effects. The way Marco is behaving beekeepers (good and bad) should be very worried I would encourage you to write to the minister of MPI
  14. Also add in the vigilante brigade who dont like the look of your hives therefore they must be spreading AFB. Maybe they look a ramshackle because 1) you made the gear out of old pellets 2) got the paint from a car boot sale and made the lids from colour steel off cuts (just like the old days) Instead of buying in instant beehives that cost and look like $1000
  15. No point not missed you just said it in a different way
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