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  1. This is an intelligent piece from Newsroom’s Farah Hancock. Quite apart from how Manuka came to be considered a tree, and why shrubs are part of the Government’s Billion *Trees* programme, it also says something about the wisdom of the hasty Government ‘picking winners’ strategy. Quoting Unitec associate professor Peter de Lange and University of Otago associate professor Doctor Janice Lord the article raises some interesting issues we haven’t considered much. Here’s the gist of it: “Mānuka honey as an industry is going to make us quite a lot of money but in fact there are chemical compounds, essential oils in particular, that are way, way more valuable than mānuka honey.” “We know chemically there are very distinct chemical races of mānuka throughout the country and these chemicals have a lot of potential as medicine and industrial use. If you hybridise that you are going to lose that potency.” “There still could be properties found in different types of mānuka in different parts in the country and you wouldn’t want to lose that genetic resource by too hastily planting what’s considered the best mānuka at the moment into areas where there is wild mānuka.” So is the drive for a fast buck despoiling the future? You can read the full article here; https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2018/10/18/282086/fears-billion-trees-drive-could-dilute-mnuka-properties?preview=1
  2. You know my thoughts on improved standards and clarity. My position with the PURITI Manuka Honey brand has been made clear for some time. I believe the reasoning behind the brand and higher testing standards, was sound and in the interests of the industry and the consumer. It would seem that the MPI are looking now to broaden the use of the Manuka Honey Science Definition into the domestic market. It will be interesting to here the views of the industry on this one. If you have not seen this it may be of interest. Mānuka honey sold in New Zealand: is further regulation needed? https://www.mpi.govt.nz/news-and-resources/consultations/manuka-honey-sold-in-new-zealand-is-further-regulation-needed/ MPI is considering whether and how to apply the mānuka honey science definition, currently used for exports, to mānuka honey sold in New Zealand. No doubt the process will take a long time but inevitably there will be change.
  3. http://www.msn.com/en-nz/money/news/a-cult-new-zealand-honey-is-causing-legal-problems-in-the-us/ar-BBMtL5V?li=AAaeXZz&ocid=ientp Seems like even Americans are trying to jump on the manuka band wagon
  4. Genuine New Zealand Manuka - Under siege from Australia, variable standards, a confused consumer and a reputation under threat. The future value of this industry depends on our ability to defend and differentiate New Zealand Manuka from counterfeit copies, adulteration and nock off. Re-afirming New Zealand Manuka and assuring pinnacle status is a priority. Defending the honesty and integrity of the New Zealand Manuka industry is paramount. Asserting a quality standard that instills trust is essential. I have raised this topic previously and promised I would outline measures we are taking to action the above. We are some way from detailing PURITI Manuka in full for obvious commercially sensitive reasons. The enhanced purity and quality testing standards will be revealed in detail closer the the September launch. What I can reveal at this point is that having gone to the effort of producing Manuka honey of this quality we then made the same effort to protect it. Visually PURITY is deliberately the antithesis of existing Manuka brands providing a distinction and avoiding consumer confusion. The Jar and lid are proprietary designs and exclusive to PURITI. It is cylindrical and smooth between lid and jar, with a thicker strengthened anti tamper break strip. The labels are larger than commonly used and seamlessly traverse the join between lid and jar. The label then has a tear/break strip at the join for additional consumer protection. The label contains enhanced complexity and security elements making counterfeit and copy that much harder. Hot stamp foil, Spot UV, High build UV, Soft touch paper stock and Invisible ink are just some of the security features incorporated. Combined, the Jar, lid and Label have at least 11 anti counterfeit and consumer security features. We want to ensure that whoever the customer, whatever nationality and wherever in the world, the purity, quality, integrity and authenticity of New Zealand Manuka is guaranteed. Highest quality, best of the best every time. We do not have one standard for New Zealand an a higher standard for export. PURITI is a higher standard full stop. The attached picture shows just one security features of the label design. The highlighted text is invisible under normal light but glows under black light.
  5. I am not sure that all New Zealanders understand the importance of protecting NZ Manuka now and in the future. The battle is worth many $millions. The future value of this industry depends on our ability to defend and differentiate New Zealand Manuka form copies, and nock off. I have no political leaning to the current government but I must applaud them when at last a senior MP stands up and gives voice to this battle. https://www.manukalover.com/single-post/2018/06/15/Winston-Peters---The-Battle-for-Manuka Hopefully this is just the beginning
  6. If you have not seen the June 6th press release from Australian Manuka Honey Association it is worth a read. I have placed a link and comment on LinkedIn. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/australian-manuka-adopts-revolutionary-mark-adam-boot/ If there was ever a reason to define ourselves and protect an industry under attack then this should be a wake up call. Adam
  7. I am new to register but I am a regular browser. I have to ask the big question though What are we the industry doing to protect Manuka here and internationally? The protection of Manuka as a New Zealand brand is being left in the hands of the Government MPI or the API Association or the Manuka Honey Appellation Society (MHAS) The MPI introduced new standards as of the 5th of Jan 2018 however these only apply to packed honey Manuka for export. They do not apply to bulk export Manuka and bizarrely do not apply to the New Zealand domestic market. What does it say of our own expectations, when we are happy to ship bulk to overseas packers who work to lesser standards and regulation and then compete against our own brands produced in New Zealand. Overseas packers can use wording on labels that are prohibited in NZ - Healthy, Active, anti-bacterial etc. also they seem to use made up grading systems rather than UMF or MGO. I was sent an article https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/nz-manuka-what-happening-adam-boot/ it has some good points. More importantly it means I am not the only one worried about my industry and how I make a living. I am worried that if we don't do something united the bible will burst or just be taken away from us. It will be years before the MHAS make any headway protecting Manuka if ever. In the meantime our own lack of action and solidarity gives Australian jelly bush and overseas packers a helping hand. Does it not seem odd that New Zealand, the home of Manuka now has two quality standards for Manuka? One for export and a lower one for our own consumers. This just gives off the wrong message.
  8. Has anyone sold any Manuka Honey this year? Will be interesting to see how the prices play out this season after some below average harvest yields from some of the big boys and some stronger MPI regs
  9. Anyone know of any honey buyers i have a few drums of Manuka to sell
  10. I’ve been bee keeping for around 2 years now (DECA certified), started off with 1 hive and have slowly increased my hive numbers to around 30 hives through splitting and the purchase of the odd nuc here and there. We are a dairy farming family (sharemilking) who have shifted to a new farm on the West Coast that also happens to have quite large areas of Manuka and Kanuka. I have been following this message board for quite a while now and find it a valuable resource. I have a number of questions that I would like to put to the group. The property is quite large around 800 hectares (450 in pasture and the remaining in Manuka with some Kanuka in places), which is way more than I need for my 30 hives. There has been a history of beekeepers placing hives on the farm during the manuka season but no longstanding agreement between the farm owner and beeks. As I am now responsible for the management of the farm along with who can operate on the property (hunters, beeks etc), would it be reasonable to charge a per hive fee for beehives placed on the property? What rate per hive can one expect? We’re not expecting to get rich from it, just a fair rate for sole access (similar to our sharemilking agreement). Is it reasonable to ask for a percentage of the value of the honey produced from the hives as well, or is it easier/more sensible just to charge a per hive fee. I was thinking of approaching a few of the local honey companies that I know of and possibly negotiating a deal that would provide them with sole access to the property. Hopefully if the relationship went well I could also get my own hives extracted through their facilities as well. I haven’t had the chance to extract any honey yet as I’ve been concentrating on increasing my numbers, plus with the colder and wet weather that one can expect on the coast I chose to keep my honey for the girls to get them through the winter. I’d greatly appreciate any comments or feedback. Thanks
  11. https://www.khaleejtimes.com/news/uae-health/honey-can-combat-breast-cancer-uaeu-scientists-find-manuka A follow up and further research to published research I saw several years ago. I asked well known NZ researchers about the first article at the time; they said the research methodology and writing was legit. I hope some will take this as good news, will see it for what it is, and that we don't get people taking it to extremes either pro or anti.
  12. At it again If you haven't already read the article in the NBR about Watson & Son and Denis Watson, you must. Good on the NBR for finally doing something about this disgrace to the industry. I know a lot of people who work for Watson & Son and they are good people and work very hard. They all say the same - The product is excellent and the company could be great if it wasn't run by a 'very naughty person" and his family. Shame on them and good on the NBR. Lets hope the police and serious frauds go hunting next. A good day for Beekeepers Dan
  13. Lots of information on the MPI website here: Mānuka honey Latest PDF from this page: http://www.mpi.govt.nz/document-vault/14935
  14. Ali submitted a new resource: [plain]MGO/antibacterial level - old but interesting[/plain] - [plain]Article by the esteemed late Prof. P. Moran[/plain] Read more about this resource...
  15. Hello to all you NZ beekeepers, I’m a journalist from the German bee-journal (Deutsches Bienen-Journal) in Berlin and currently working on an article about the so called Manuka-crisis in New Zealand. I researched a lot and already talked to some members of Apicultural NZ about overstocking farm sites and local beekeepers being pushed out of their areas from bigger companies. But we really like to give our readers some firsthand experiences by local beekeepers affected by the developments. So we would be glad if you have a personal story to tell and are willing to share it with our readers. In Germany we had no Idea of this situation until reading an open letter from John Berry in Bee Culture. So we really want to address this subject. We won’t state your name if you wish to stay anonymous. I hope it is okay to make such demands in this forum, but for the article I really like to give an insight on what is happening on local beekeepers-level. Unfortunately I can’t come to New Zealand myself (love to see the country one time though) so this seemed like a good possibility for investigation and to get some experiences form persons concerned. Here are some of the problems I would like to accompany with personal experiences/stories in the article: - Beekeepers pushed from their land, maybe even being threatened - Beekeepers loosing hives due to overstocking or poisoning - Fishy methods of other beekeepers wanting to put their hives in your neighbourhood - Beekeepers , who are no longer able to pay high prices to landowners for putting their hives there - Or maybe you had some positive experiences and even benefited from these changes Is the hype about Manuka and problems involved pushed by the media or is it really an ongoing problem for New Zealand beekeepers (especially hobbyist beekeepers)? Please excuse my bad English-skills. I hope you get what I'm trying to ask. Looking forward to your responses!
  16. Theres been alot of articles in Ozzy papers recently about Capilano and how excited they are to be supplying manuka honey to China. Even more excited at the hope of out doing NZ in the supply stakes. Heres a link to one of many The China-Australia FTA looks sweet for honey giant Capilano | Business Insider
  17. Hi, I'm currently looking to buy a couple of bee farms and possibly a honey manufacturing/processing factory/business. I would like some advice on where I can find information on this. Thanks you!
  18. The need is growing to address unethical practices. UNETHICAL practices by beekeepers who install hives on land in the vicinity of manuka is basically theft, says Victor Goldsmith, chairman of a number of East Coast land trusts. Mr Goldsmith is calling for local and central government to regulate the industry. “We cannot allow this practice to continue. With no regulation it will get worse.” As the East Coast manuka honey industry grows, hives are appearing on adjoining lifestyle properties near manuka plantations, says Mr Goldsmith. Call to regulate manuka honey theft
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