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8/27/2014 5 Ways To Squeeze Exercise Into Your Day
We all know how important it is to make exercise a regular part of our routine, but it can be hard to squeeze in a workout around a busy schedule. We’ve put together some tips to help you find time for exercise, no matter how busy you are.
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8/26/2014 Your creativity toolbox
If you’re struggling to come up with new and creative ideas at work or around the home, these tips can help you think outside the square.
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8/12/2014 Discover the power of Olive Leaf Extract on The Balancing Act
Our latest segment on The Balancing Act talked all about antioxidants, and the high amounts that are found in fresh Olive Leaf Extract. Watch the clip below, and shop the 500ml Natural or Peppermint extract for half price here.
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8/11/2014 7 sweet and simple treats
According to one study, enjoying the occasional dessert can positively affect your family’s mood, improve conversations at the dinner table and help create happy memories. But there’s no need to spend hours in the kitchen baking. These simple recipes are healthier options that will keep your sweet tooth well and truly satisfied.
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8/4/2014 DIY tips to ease sore muscles
A massage is a great way to ease tired, sore muscles. Research shows that even just 10 minutes of massage can reduce inflammation, improve blood flow and reduce muscle tightness after exercise, helping the body to repair itself faster.
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7/16/2014 All Natural, Family-Friendly Oral Care - As Seen on TV
Join us on The Balancing Act as we discuss why certified natural oral care is a better choice for you and your family. Watch the video now!
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7/3/2014 The power of praise
Praise is an important part of building confidence, motivation and self-reliance. According to a study by Columbia University, 85 percent of American parents think it’s important to tell their kids that they’re smart.
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6/20/2014 Discover the power of Manuka Honey on The Balancing Act
Join Kylie Glover, as she shares the good news about the all-natural Comvita brand, the largest suppliers of world-class Manuka Honey.
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6/18/2014 Affordable home decorating
You don’t have to move house or have an expensive renovation to benefit from a fresh new look. Here are some affordable tips to help you decorate your home.
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6/18/2014 Mind over money
It seems our attitudes and perceptions may influence how we manage our money, as much as the actual amount in the paycheck. A healthy attitude to budgeting can also reduce financial stress, which may support long-term health and wellbeing. Here are our tips to maintain a positive perspective on your budget.
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5/29/2014 Why your body loves strong muscles
You may already know that it’s important to include strength training in your regular exercise routine, but do you know why? Recent research is helping us understand how our muscles are used in a workout and why strength training can benefit every area of our body.
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5/9/2014 The beauty of upcycling
Upcycling is the new recycling. It’s a cheap, fun and creative way to turn trash into treasure—whether it’s turning newspaper into mulch or creating new socks from old woolen jumpers. Here are some crafty tips for turning everyday items into stylish, usable pieces.
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5/8/2014 Why grains are good for you
Grains are the edible seeds of plants that belong to the cereal grass family. They can contain carbohydrates, protein, fibre, thiamine, folate and iodine. They also contribute significant amounts of magnesium, zinc, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin E3.
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5/5/2014 Fight fatigue with yoga
Yoga is a practice that involves a combination of gentle exercise, mindful breathing and meditation. It can produce a number of health benefits, including increased fitness, but it seems that yoga is also a great way to fight fatigue.
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3/26/2014 Should you keep goals to yourself?
After deciding to tackle a challenging new goal, often our first instinct is to tell someone. However, some experts believe that it’s best to keep your goals to yourself.
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3/25/2014 The wonders of Manuka Honey, as seen on TV
Watch the video below to hear about Comvita’s unique Manuka Honey, as shown on The Balancing Act.
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3/11/2014 How reading can reduce stress
Getting stuck into a good book can do more than just spark your imagination and expand your vocabulary. It seems it may also improve your health and wellbeing in a number of ways.
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3/4/2014 Beating the Afternoon Slump
For many people, mid-afternoon is the time when energy and concentration levels plummet. But it doesn’t mean you have to write off the rest of the afternoon. Here are some ways to give yourself an energy boost that will help you get on with your day.
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2/14/2014 The health benefits of fermented foods
Fermenting has been used as a food preservation technique for centuries, but we are now just beginning to understand how important it can be for our health.
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1/30/2014 Make the most of your winter workout
The colder months are a great time to switch up your fitness routine. However, working out in winter does take some thought and preparation. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your winter workout.
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1/22/2014 The power of empathy
Although empathy and sympathy might seem similar, there are important differences that can help us develop better relationships with our social networks and loved ones.
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12/6/2013 Eating nuts each day keeps the doctor away
New research from Harvard has found that a handful of nuts a day may keep the doctor away—and help you live longer.
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12/6/2013 20 natural gift ideas
Looking for unique Christmas gifts that are affordable, sustainable and healthy? We’ve got you covered.
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12/2/2013 Staying well in winter
Maintain your health over the colder months with some proactive steps to stay well in winter.
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11/27/2013 Comvita opens expanded visitor attraction in Bay of Plenty
Global health products company Comvita, is officially opening ‘Experience Comvita’ today, the expanded visitor attraction at its Paengaroa site in the Bay of Plenty.
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11/19/2013 Sardinia flash floods
Comvita is very saddened by the breaking news of flash flooding in Sardinia. We are sending our very best wishes to those affected
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11/8/2013 Making the joy of vacations last
Taking time off work is an important way for us to relax and recharge our batteries, but the positive effects soon wear off. How can we make them last?
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10/24/2013 Fall’s pumpkin faces for healthy skin
The festive season is here! It's that time of year where you don't need to worry about dusting the cobwebs, in fact you probably need to add a few. Get the spooky decorations out and start carving those Jack-O'-Lanterns! But what should you do with all the bits that don't make the Jack-O'-Lantern cut?
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10/24/2013 No tricks to this treat
The fall days have settled in, burnt orange leaves carpet the footpaths and jumpers have crept into the wardrobe. With Halloween just around the corner, everyone has one thing on their mind - pumpkins! What better way to get into the spirit of this season than baking some tasty, healthy pumpkin dishes.
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9/10/2013 Fresh juices and smoothies for fall
Fresh juices and smoothies are a great way to quench your thirst and up your intake of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables. As the weather starts to cool down, it’s a great time of year to strengthen your immune system and prepare for flu season ahead.
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8/28/2013 Why self-compassion is essential for wellbeing
Many of us find it easy to be supportive and understanding towards others, but research shows it’s how kindly we treat ourselves that determines how well we maintain our health and wellbeing.
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8/2/2013 The importance of bone health
Did you know that your bones are actually made up of living, growing tissue? Even when we stop growing taller, our bodies continue to make new bone to replace old weakened bone. However as we grow older, we may make less bone than we lose, which can lead to osteoporosis and low bone mass.
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7/22/2013 What kids can teach us about daydreaming
Although daydreaming may seem like a waste of time, many scientists now believe that a wandering mind may be an essential element to creativity.
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7/22/2013 Five ways to speed up recovery after exercise
Rest and recovery time is an important part of any workout. It allows your muscles and other tissues time to replenish energy stores and repair themselves, so you can maintain your strength and fitness.
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6/3/2013 Staying naturally sweet
If you’re looking to indulge your sweet tooth with a natural alternative, here are some ways to keep your food naturally sweet.
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5/9/2013 Stay healthy while travelling
Whether it’s a work trip, weekend away with friends or a family vacation over summer, trying to maintain your health and fitness when you’re travelling can be difficult.
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4/29/2013 Unplug and relax on a digital detox
Research from Pew Internet has found that American adults consider their phone an essential utility that they would have trouble functioning without.
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4/3/2013 Why gratitude leads to joy
For centuries, writers and philosophers have referred to gratitude as a virtue—an excellence of character. However, research now suggests that giving thanks regularly may be the key to becoming a happier, more joyful person.
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4/3/2013 The health benefits of music
Although many of us like to escape the stress of daily life by listening to or playing music, it turns out it can do more than just keep us entertained...
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3/28/2013 The beauty of bees
Domestic honey bee colony numbers have been declining over the past few decades, mostly due to habitat loss, pest invasion, pollution, over-harvesting and disease. Bees are an important part of our natural ecosystem, supporting our health and wellbeing in a number of ways.
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3/19/2013 Olive Leaf Extract shows positive trial results
Comvita’s fresh-picked Olive Leaf Extract has shown positive results in a gold-standard clinical trial. The research has been published today, in the international science journal, PLOS ONE. The clinical trial by researchers at The University of Auckland’s Liggins Institute has shown that an extract of fresh olive leaves appreciably reduces some risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes.
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3/8/2013 5 tips to de-clutter this spring
Psychologist Dr. Sherrie Bourg Carter suggests that a messy home can leave us feeling anxious, helpless and overwhelmed. Luckily, it’s one of the easiest sources of anxiety to fix...
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3/5/2013 Making Sense of Serums
Serums, they plump, hydrate, whiten, brighten, lift - the list goes on. So what is a serum and how is it different? Here are some insights to help you get the best out of your serum, and your face.
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2/27/2013 Brush up on your dental health
A great smile is often the first thing we notice when we meet someone new, but did you know our teeth and gums can also be a good indication of our general health habits?
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2/27/2013 Tips to refresh winter skin
Cold air, dry wind and central heating are the usual suspects for dull and flaky winter skin. However, spring is just around the corner and it’s a great time to boost your skincare routine to make sure you’re looking and feeling your best.
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2/27/2013 3 reasons to make sleep a priority
We all know that when we sleep our body repairs itself, but very few of us know about the other amazing benefits of getting the right amount of shut-eye...
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2/20/2013 Why you should sit less and move more
The average adult in the USA and Australia spends more than 54% of their waking time sedentary. Sounds about right when you think about it, but what does it mean for our health and wellbeing, and what can you do to minimise the effect?
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2/18/2013 5 lessons in longevity
Dan Buettner is an internationally-recognized researcher and US National Geographic Fellow, who has studied the world’s oldest and happiest individuals to find out their secrets to living a long and healthy life. Here are our five favorite lessons in longevity from Buettner’s New York Times best-selling books Blue Zones and Thrive...
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2/18/2013 Helping kids connect with nature
For many adults of an earlier generation, memories of childhood are often filled with the outdoors, jumping in local streams, climbing trees in the backyard and family camping trips. Fast-forward to today, and the digital age has not only affected how we ‘play’ as adults but how our children understand and experience nature.
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2/14/2013 NEW research paper shows honey’s effect on wound bacteria
A team of Australasian researchers studying the effect of manuka, kanuka and clover honey on common wound infecting bacteria concluded that “in general the manuka honeys were the most effective at inhibiting bacterial growth”.
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1/17/2013 Easing your child’s sore throat this winter
As winter sets in, it can be difficult to make it through the season without at least getting a sore throat. As an adult it’s an unpleasant enough experience but it’s even more upsetting when you see your kids suffering the symptoms. Comvita offers a natural solution to relieve your child's sore throat...
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1/6/2013 How to ‘slow down’ time
Although you may feel like there is never enough time, research suggests that we can make time feel like it is going more slowly, simply by changing our daily habits. Here are some ways to help you make the most of your time.
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10/5/2012 Have more fun and live longer
We’ve all experienced it: a traffic jam that causes road rage to bubble to the surface; the pressures of deadlines and long hours at work; the challenges of juggling family and friends with work and other commitments; worries about money and bills – the list goes on and on.
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10/4/2012 Melissa relies on Manuka Honey
Comvita® has a range of product that has helped me enormously throughout my athletic career. Read more.
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10/4/2012 Birds, Bees, Kids and Trees Celebrates 5 Years
Comvita’s® Birds, Bees, Kids and Trees (BBKT) environmental programme celebrates five years this week when two more school groups take part in a planting day at Kopurererua Valley.
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10/4/2012 President of International Federation of Beekeepers visits Comvita
Some people get excited about Mick Jagger and some about Lady Gaga, but here at Comvita®, we were thrilled to host an international rock star from the beekeeping world – Gilles Ratia. Read more
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10/4/2012 More good news about Olive Leaf Extract
A clinical trial by The Liggins Institute at The University of Auckland has shown fresh olive leaf extract prepared by Comvita, may support normal blood sugar in healthy individuals.
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10/4/2012 Natural Real Deal Seal
The prestigious and strict NPA Certification is only given after an intensive process to ensure every ingredient in every single product in the Comvita® skincare range is deemed natural, safe to use, environmentally responsible and sustainable.
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10/4/2012 Happy Birthday Claude
Giving Back Reaps Rewards - New Zealand Natural Health Innovator Turns 100.
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10/4/2012 Claude turns 102!
Queens Service Medal winner, philanthropist and founder of global natural health and beauty products company, Comvita, Claude Stratford celebrated his 102nd birthday on Saturday, 18 August, 2012.
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9/18/2012 An exciting day of science for everyone
The symposium content was both professional and varied and appealed to a wide spectrum of delegates with different interests. The delegates were presented with results from the most up-to-date research outcomes. The research topics covered natural products such as honey, Olive Leaf Extract and berries.
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9/17/2012 Antioxidant Power
Antioxidants play an essential role in the body as they quench free radicals. By damaging healthy cells, free radicals can leave the body vulnerable to advanced ageing, cardiovascular problems and degenerative diseases.
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9/17/2012 Nature's Best Defence
At least 180 compounds have been identified in Propolis. Flavonoids are thought to account for much of its biological activity, although other phenolic compounds are also involved. Comvita Propolis contains high levels of active bioflavonoids, well known for their antioxidant properties.
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9/17/2012 Olive Leaf Extract certified Kosher & Halal
We are very happy to announce that our Olive Leaf Extract (Natural and Peppermint Flavours), are now certified Kosher and Halal.
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8/8/2012 Giving Back
Chapter 8: To us sustainability is as much about leading by example in our community at a grass roots level as it is about our impact on the planet. Giving backmore than we take and teaching our little ones about the wonders of the birds, trees and the bees.
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8/8/2012 Comvita’s Heartbeat
Chapter 9: Our people: An “army of believers” When I think about my journey with Comvita and how we have come to be the company we are today, I have to say that our people really have been our key to success. They really are our heroes. Our backbone.
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5/1/2012 Comvita Hosts International Expert
These are exciting times for Comvita as we host Judi Beerling in New Zealand for the whole week. Judi Beerling is the Technical Research Manager for Organic Monitor, a UK based organization that specializes in research, consulting & training focusing on the global organic & related product industries, including natural and organic cosmetics.
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5/1/2012 Natural beauty poised for explosive growth in Asia
I’ve just had the pleasure of speaking at the first Sustainable Cosmetics Summit held by Organic Monitor in the Asian region. Staged in Hong Kong, it recognises that Asia is the next emerging market for natural cosmetics.
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5/1/2012 Twenty years in the Beauty business
Naturals are here to stay, and just as the synthetic based products which dominate the market today have evolved over the past 100 years, naturals are on a journey of refinement – becoming more sophisticated, more scientifically researched and more irresistible by the day!
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5/1/2012 Leigh Kite: Who am I?
Leigh joined Comvita in 2005 and soon after was able to combine her twin passions of beauty and natural health in the creation of a new natural skincare range that debuted on international markets in 2008.
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4/26/2012 Working In Harmony with Nature
Chapter 7: Sustainability is something that has always run deep in our DNA. We are practically environmentalists by default. We have to be. That’s because beekeeping is all about biodiversity and stewarding, wherever possible, the natural world to create the very best natural products.
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4/26/2012 Keeping People Well by Keeping It Real
Chapter 5: Our honey is raw and as close to nature as we can get it. From the way it is extracted to the way it is filtered, processed and packaged, Comvita® has carefully and passionately pioneered the special process of producing raw honey fit for the most discerning of “purists”.
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4/26/2012 Ethos, philosophy and what drives us.
Chapter 4: For Claude and I the modern day health paradigm was completely backwards and upside down. It wasn’t about wellness. It was about illness!
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4/26/2012 Honey, meet Einstein
Chapter 6: While our ethos around providing pure and natural products runs deep, we are also committed to having real science.
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4/26/2012 A Sweet union: Like Bees to A Honey Pot
Chapter 2: All stings and no honey, in 1975 I called on a fellow bee-loving expert from the Bay of Plenty for help -Claude Stratford. Claude was in the early days of his own small basement business venture centred on honey and medicinal bee products – an adventure he called Comvita. Claude’s idea of a “retirement hobby”.
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4/26/2012 From Bees to Business - the official beginnings of a sweet thing.
Chapter 3: Less than a year later at the end of 1976 I packed my bags and along with my new wife Lynda, left the hives of Great Barrier Island on a shared mission with Claude to build Comvita into something really special. I was young and energetic. Claude was older and wiser.
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5/23/2011 Beginnings: A Budding Love Affair With A Sting
Comvita started almost four decades ago. It was 1973. I was an energetic young man in my early twenties filled with enthusiasm for new approaches to nutrition, health, and environmentalism.
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4/18/2011 Welcome to our new website
I am very pleased to welcome you to our new website. The idea behind our website is simple – it’s an invitation to join the world of Comvita®.
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4/18/2011 Mmm Manuka Honey
Comvita featured in the third series of NZ Food on a Plate. In a section about Rotorua, guest chef, Eru (from the world-famous, exclusive Tree Tops Lodge) creates a pannacotta dessert using Comvita Manuka Honey UMF5+.
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3/7/2011 Why you should attend the Science Symposium
The Comvita® Science Symposium is the annual get together of our entire global science network. It enables exchange within the network on latest findings and publications.
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2/22/2011 Comvita's exciting Science event a great link
The Comvita Science Symposium and Comvita Science Challenge. These are two exciting events that link good, well supported science to the business and also to a better consumer understanding.
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2/21/2011 Manuka Trees for the Bees
Five years of commitment from Comvita, Tauranga City Council and local schools has provided our bees with an environment to thrive in.
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