What happened to HempNZ?

Do you want to know what happened to Hemp Farm NZ? I would love to tell you every excruciating detail, but I am afraid that I will be sued for speaking out.

However, I will say that I was fired in 2018 without cause. Yet my image continues to exist on the website as if nothing happened. In fact, my mother and stepfather, the other company founders, have also been given the boot by the real estate investors who bought into the company (without my involvement). Today it still appears as though HempFarm is being run by me and my family, the founders, but we are blocked from having any involvement at all. I wish they would stop using our image to sell a rosey story that’s just not true.

What breaks my heart the most is knowing all of the customers, the beloved people whom I came to know over the 7 years I spent growing the company, have been completely abandoned with no knowledge of what happened. It hurts to know that the investors have no care for the HempFarm brand or retail customers (they only care about bulk deals). It was the support from our customers that made the company a success and supported the legalisation of hemp foods in New Zealand. It literally wouldn’t exist without them!

Until the company was sold to the real estate investors without my knowledge, I had been working to bring the vision of a cooperative business to fruition. The dream was that every customer would be able to own micro shares of the company. That way HempFarm would be truly owned by the people, not a corporation. The MyHempFarm brand represented this concept, and the HempFarm Dollars that were earned with each purchase were supposed to become available to be converted to micro shares. That is all gone now.

Even though I was responsible for developing the branding, packaging, marketing, websites, and all other digital infrastructure, I earned zero dollars for the first 6 years, suffering to make the “family business” a success, including selling my body on one occasion to make ends meet. Eventually my stepdad conceded to pay me $250 per week. I received no equity, only promises.

Eventually, a few months before being fired, I was given a $60k salary, as were the two newly hired ladies who were tasked with taking orders over the phone (which they were incapable of doing, so blamed me for “sabotaging” them).

I had recently moved out my home and into a commercial building, because all but one room of my home was full of stock and business equipment. Prior to being fired, I was evicted from the commercial property, and made homeless. So I lived in a storage unit while setting up the new commercial building, then after it was done, I was fired.

I now have no money and no career. While I did manage to get a tiny portion of the company put in my name after much fighting (about 4%), I can’t do anything with it.

I lost it all, and there was nothing I could do about it. I tried everything to prevent it from happening, but I couldn’t do anything to stop it. Evil filled the hearts of everyone involved, and I became the sacrifice. I wish I could say that I deserved it, because then it would make sense, but I genuinely did nothing wrong.

I may have lost almost everything worldly, but God is most loving and merciful. I walked in darkness for 2 years after this event, but through a beautiful miracle I gained Christ! On January 2nd 2022, He appeared to me in person as a glowing vision of perfection, and taught me the most powerful lessons of my life.

I can stand in full confidence before God and say that I did nothing wrong at HempFarm. I did not retaliate or abuse anyone, despite the appalling treatment I received from most of those working there. Even though I did not know Christ as everything fell apart, I refused to throw hate and anger back at those giving it to me.

Through it all, I desperately wanted a role model, and now I have the greatest of all in Jesus Christ. He is the most perfect, loving, compassionate and forgiving person of all time; totally innocent. Yet He was hated, tortured and crucified. Luckily, my suffering pales in comparison to His, but I am so grateful to have a loving savior, God, who understands what it means to be an innocent victim.

I am so grateful for Jesus Christ. He is my everything. I thank Him for being there for me when I didn’t even know it. I am now actually grateful for my suffering, because it has transformed me and brought me to Christ. My life is full of joy, love, meaning, and greatest of all, I finally have value, because Jesus will never leave me and never forsake me.

Jesus loves me so much that He suffered and died to have me with Him! What more could I ever want?

So if all seems hopeless, then fear not! Hold on tight, because you are about to discover what really matters.


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