Olive Oil Wars, Ctd

The other month I blogged about NZ’s $35m Olive Oil Wars and how Olives NZ judge Margaret Edwards awarded her own olive oil first place in a judging scandal as well as fermenting mischief with a programme that could be called anything but FairGo.

By the looks of this article, good old Margaret Edwards hasn’t quite disclosed these somewhat pertinent points and is still touting herself as an international olive oil judge.

The article says she “does not enter her own oils in competitions in countries where she is a judge”. Ok, on that basis you would think that as Margaret Edwards, who is listed as a Distinguished Judge for the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition, would naturally not enter any of her olive oils.

Oh dear me, how silly to even think that. 

What’s this then, an award to none other than her Waiheke Island Matiatia Grove olive oils. Naturally Matiatia Grover owners Margaret & John Edwards are “delighted to find” an award granted to their olive oil. Mmmm how does this work?


Maybe she’ll try to explain that she’s only judging Northern Hemisphere olive oils? But again, let’s look at her comment “she does not enter her own oils in competitions in countries where she is a judge”.

Let’s call it for what it is – complete horse shit.

Maybe Olives NZ will ask Margaret Edwards to remove from her Matiatia Grove website references to the 2008 Award that she gave to her own olive oil?


Maybe Olives NZ will use her again as a judge… I hope so.

Because if they do, then the WO army will know the competition has been compromised and is more than likely to be a compete jack-up.

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