Kaikoura Honey factory burns down

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A large Kaikōura honey and mead factory has burned down, destroying a year’s worth of product.

Owner Paul Hislop said the Saturday morning fire was a terrible blow for the family business, which three generations have been involved with for almost 60 years.

No-one was in the Peketa factory, about 9km south of Kaikōura, at the time and the fire was spotted by a passerby, who contacted the fire brigade.