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  1. I understand that there has been a huge body of work and legal expense on the New Zealand side of this debate and my belief is that the name Manuka will eventually gain a protected geographical status unique to New Zealand. I believe the Australian Aboriginal word for Tea Tree is Kalara. This should be used for Australian product if they no longer want to use Jelly Bush. I have tasted the Australian product many times. It is fundamentally different. The taste and texture are nothing like Manuka. From the perspective of looking at global growth of Manuka, I believe internationally it is dangerously confusing to the consumer when Jelly Bush/Kalara carries the same name as genuine Manuka.
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  2. You may recall towards the end of last year, I was saddened to hear of the death of one of the software developers and unfortunately the major impact it had on the development of some of the modules we were implementing at NZBees. I've also since seen some considerable impact from changes the software vendors have made to licensing arrangements and access to third party add-ons, which has ultimately had a knock on effect with regards to development growth and updates. As a result I will need to make some significant changes to the site in order that it can remain secure (updates and patches) and also develop in the areas that I want to, and this will unfortunately mean a change to the platform. With 10 years of historical data the site is as you can imagine, pretty big. But a lot of that data is now irrelevant - think TBH, NBA. Another large chunk of it was written prior to changes to international data handling and privacy and we have huge number of member registrations that are dormant or banned, so I have a reluctance to transfer it all over. The intention therefore is that this site will become a read only archive that will remain active for reviewing previous posts, and a new forum will be implemented going forward. There will be links back to this site for continuity, but there will not be a seamless integration in this instance (as we have done previously) Data that would be good to take across would be: Active blogs History topics Relevant documents from the downloads section Swarm listings User post count and reputation Member subscriptions It's not an ideal situation and one I can arguably avoid by just letting this site tick over as is, but the problem then would be site security down the line. An announcement will be made in due course, when the transitional site is upto spec to allow suitable transfer. In the meantime if you have any questions or suggestions regarding content you would like incorporated, please let me know.
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  3. I'm a little far away to provide physical help, ie, not likely to get to your bees even if the border was open. But, I can provide some 'been there' kind of experience to help you relax. Years ago, wife and I had our first bees, we fussed and fussed over them. They swarmed, did everything we didn't want, we kinda gave up. It was early July for us, so, roughly the same part of the season as you are in now. At that point we essentially abandoned the bees for a couple months, distracted by other priorities (our wedding and the obligatory trip after). When we finally got back to check on the bees in September, they looked fantastic. They had finished drawing out second box, strong healthy population spread over the boxes, and _almost_ enough stores for the winter. I would posit that if you are damaged and not able to do things, then the absolute best thing you can do for the next 6 or 8 weeks, forget about the bees, leave them to own devices. If they are healthy they will survive and thrive without your interference.
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  4. I always like to keep an eye on the honey my local supermarket stocks. Apart from the usual mainstream brands, they sometimes have some nice raw honey varietals from around the country which is good to see. However this caught my eye this morning...vegan 'hunny'. The makers call it an "ideal substitute for...honey". As I said in another post a few weeks back, I think the growing vegan lobby have honey in their sights. Like rust, they never sleep.
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  5. I recently did a AFB check for a new beekeeper who was really struggling to get someone to check 7 hives. I’m sure glad this newbie was there to explain the history of each hive as I would have been very confused with what I found. There was no AFB evident and I was happy to put my name on the sheet of paper to say so. But 5 of the hives had been attempts to split nukes off the one moderately strong hive due to worries it would swarm. The beekeeper had mistakenly identified drone cells for queen cells. But we had a grand time, they had never seen eggs or lava in the bottom of cells, can now identify stored pollen. Learned to uncap suspect brood and identify when it looks healthy, used a match stick to identify and remove sac brood, learned to checked for Varroa in broken drone brood, looked for DWV. The list goes on. Unfortunately they had been told by someone to keep the new nuks shut down for two weeks. Now I’m a long way from being an expert but the results spoke for themselves, there were some dead and very unwell bees in a couple of the nuks. At least I wasn’t left wondering what happened. This beekeeper has ambitions to get to 50 hives by the end of next season, I hope the pointers I gave them over the 2 hours I spent will show them this is not something you can jump into overnight without some serious input. And I explained where to find a course to get a deca for themselves.
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  6. At this part of world we have little time to relax while expecting to 2020. finish.. Now we are 2 hours in 2021. aaand I must say this person who invented six packs is mean person.. We were emptying them really fast.. But for once in the year we are on the loose.. Tomorrow reset into new season.. What didn't kill us last season made us stronger.. Take care for loving ones, worrying about things that you can't change won't do you or yours any good. Life is too short, enjoy it..
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  7. A glorious day here in the 'Naki. No pre 31 December harvest here due to a very late start, but Pohutukawa and clover are going nuts, with a bit of lotus and boxes are filling up fast, with the first hopefully coming off next week. Sampling at the hives are indicating a tasty brew.
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