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  1. Do you have honey but no buyer in sight, or prices too low to cover costs? Let’s get together and talk about it. Bruce Clow, Managing Director of Ceracell Beekeeping Supplies (NZ) Ltd is travelling through-out the country in April hosting meetings with beekeepers who might be interested in starting a honey producers’ co-op, or looking at other ways to improve the financial returns for commercial beekeepers. Ceracell has always said that we are here “to help beekeepers”, and quite a number of our commercial beekeepers have expressed serious concerns about their ability to sell honey at a price that makes their business viable. Well Bruce says, “we are here to help”. Let’s see what we can do together. If things look dark and desperate, you are not alone. Come to one of the meetings and we’ll see what we might be able to do together. Also, let your commercial beekeeping friends know about the meetings, just in case they haven’t seen this notice. Topics that we might cover: Is there really a problem? What is a Co-op? What might be involved in setting up a Co-op? Are there other things a beekeeper might do to improve his/her bottom-line? If I want “out” how can it be done and recover value from my business? Is there “hope”? You are not alone! If you think you might like to come to one of the meetings, please email: bruce@ceracell.co.nz and leave your contact details. That way Bruce can contact you in case anything untoward happens (such as a car breakdown or illness) which could result in a meeting being cancelled. Meeting locations (all times are 10 am to 12 noon): Tuesday, 2 April, Cargill Room, BNZ Partners Centre, Level 1, 84 Esk St., Invercargill. Wednesday, 3 April, Conference Room, The Mill House, 2358 Herbert-Hampden Rd., Herbert. Thursday, 4 April, Avon Room, BNZ Partners Centre, Russley, Chch, Level 1, 5 Sir William Pickering Dr., Russley, Christchurch. Friday, 5 April, Railway Hotel Restaurant, Railway Hotel, 120 Mawhera Quay, Greymouth. Saturday, 6 April, Conference Room, Admirals Motor Lodge, 161 Middle Renwick Rd., Blenheim. Monday, 8 April, Korimako Room, Walter Nash Centre, 22 Taine St., Lower Hutt. Tuesday, 9 April, Te Mata Room, BNZ Partners Centre, 1st Floor, 205 Hastings St. South, Hastings. Wednesday, 10 April, Waipaoa Room, BNZ Partners Centre, 67 Customhouse St., Gisborne. Thursday, 11 April, Rotoiti Room, BNZ Partners Centre, 1202 Amohau St., Rotorua. Friday, 12 April, Whanganui Board Room, BNZ Partners Centre, 124 Victoria Ave., Whanganui. Monday, 15 April, Growers Board Room, BNZ Partners Centre, 10 Massey Ave., Pukekohe. Tuesday, 16 April, Manaia Board Room, BNZ Partners Centre, Level 1, 57 Bank St., Whangarei. Wednesday, 17 April, The Foyer, Les Munro Centre, Te Kuiti. If you want continued updates please go and like our Facebook page for updates on the matter or want to follow the progress, otherwise email Bruce and get in touch so we can start getting numbers, we already have a lot of people coming so please don't hesitate to contact us. We have tried to spread the meetings evenly throughout the country and allow a minimum of 2hrs drive to a major town where a meeting will be held.
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