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At 9:03am on December 10, 2009, Pete Russell said…
Thanks for your feedback Matt.

Gabrielle is on a 12 week contract only and we will review a salary agreement at the close of this contract. As a short contract for someone of Gabrielle's calibre, $100 per hour is a reasonable rate. And I agree that if we're talking about a full time salaried role at this stage of a venture, $104,000 for a 20 hour week would be high.
At 5:40pm on November 14, 2009, Pete Russell said…
I love your enthusiasm Matt. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and ideas.

Thoughts similar to yours have been swirling through my mind for a while. I guess it takes someones attention on building each of these ideas as prototypes.

In terms of expanding past food as a theme, in time no doubt this will happen. Transport is likely the next area to focus on.

If you would like to initiate an ooooby project, feel free to pop an outline up on the Crew group as a discussion forum. Then we can start to get things organised.
At 4:55pm on November 12, 2009, Pete Russell said…
Great. I am working on the how-to manual for the Market stall now and will post the first draft next week some time.
At 4:22pm on November 12, 2009, Pete Russell said…
Hi Matt. Great to see you have joined the crew. I absolutely hear you with regard to the clearing house. If you can think of ways that you could assist in setting this up, please let me know. We're working on the exchange platform now, and the points system is the next step. There are a thousand little tasks in making it a reality so any ideas or input would be fantastic.
At 8:30pm on September 7, 2009, Fiona Drummond said…
Hi Matthew, I have a contact for you for eucalyptus. A lady in South Head Audrey Hay has coppicing eucalyptus around 5 feet high, which should work well. Her phone number is 09 420 4016. Good luck with that.
At 1:56pm on August 14, 2009, Brooke Walker said…
Hey. The Lucinda Place planting has been cancelled. More details on the discussion page.
At 9:15am on August 10, 2009, Brooke Walker said…
Hey Matt. Glad you will be joining us at Glenburn. I look forward to seeing you this Saturday at your new community orchard. Unfortunately all those lovely plants I mentioned I actually don't have. I am looking for them. So, I probably wont have any for your garden at home but you can help yourself to picking from around the fruit trees. How lucky you are to live right there.
At 9:23am on August 4, 2009, Brooke Walker said…
Hi Matt. Does Sunday the 23rd work for you? I was afraid this weekend was coming up fast and I still need to tell Glenburn what materials to buy. I hope you can join us. Cheers.
At 4:10pm on July 28, 2009, Brooke Walker said…
Hi Matt. I posted the best dates for me on the Waitakere group page. Have a look and let me know what works best for you. I will be away in September so I hope we can arrange something for August. Thanks so much!
At 4:47pm on June 9, 2009, Gayleen Taylor said…
thanx Matt
At 4:54pm on June 8, 2009, Gayleen Taylor said…
Thanks for that info, it sounds fantastic. I shall look for that book. would it be safe near trees? we are close to the park - lots of bush surrounding us.
At 3:51pm on June 8, 2009, Gayleen Taylor said…
hi mathew, i'm interested in your earth oven - is this like a hangi pit?
At 5:23pm on June 5, 2009, Fiona Drummond said…
Hi Matthew, we have 3 hives of bees in Titirangi and we really enjoy them and their honey. I'm not sure that having a coop. for bees is the way to go as having bees is like having a pet, you really need someone taking responsibility for them; it is only by having them in your own backyard that you can learn from them and how they roll across the seasons. You can also catch the swarms if and when that happens. Through the winter there is very little work required, but you need to ensure that they have enough food store and if not, supplement them with honey or sugar water. What does the quote of $400 include, because additional to the hives (presumably complete with frames) you will need extra hives, queen excluders, a hive tool, a bee smoker, one or more veils, long gloves etc. We started using a friend's dad as a mentor, and we still have him come and check the hive at the end of the season, otherwise we can handle the checking & tidying of the hives, catching swarms, and harvesting ourselves. The only concern for neighbours may be if anyone is allergic or a swarm comes into their property, however a swarm is mostly easily dealt with, as you just knock it into a lidded box and transfer them to a hive - instant colony! Legally you should register your hive/s with the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, you will probably find some info. on their website, not aware that council have any rules, but just look up bees on their website. You could potentially get way more than 15kg of honey from 2 hives, but it all depends on the season. Also a sheltered position with a good food source is important, the shorter distance they have to travel, the quicker they can produce the honey. Good for you for wanting to have bees, just be aware there is a bit of up front cost. You can get a hive with frames from the Auckland beekeeping supplies Ceracell in East Tamaki for around $50 each, but if you are handy, you could build your own as we did. My bee mentor Fred could probably provide you with a bee nucleus for around $80, or you could put a request out for a swarm, which will happen around October; and would cost you nothing. A swarm can be an unknown quantity however. Hope that is helpful, and that I haven't put you off.

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