The Kai Ora Honey is 100% Maori owned and operated by descendants of the Ngati Kuri and Te Rarawa iwi of Aotearoa’s (New Zealand’s) far North.
Address: 56 West Road, Awanui 0483, Kaitaia, Northland
Kai Ora Honey is 100% Maori owned and operated by descendants of the Ngati Kuri and Te Rarawa iwi of New Zealand’s far North. New Zealand Mānuka honey is produced by bees collecting nectar from the Mānuka plant (Leptospermum scoparium). Mānuka plants can be found growing throughout New Zealand.
Kai Ora Honey is produced by bees from some of their 2000 hives located in Kaitaia, in the North Island of New Zealand and uniquely harvested from native bush in the New Zealand’s far North.
New Zealand Mānuka honey is produced by bees collecting nectar from the Mānuka plant (Leptospermum scoparium). Mānuka plants can be found growing throughout New Zealand.
As part of the Hui Collective, Kai Ora Honey is covered by the Collective’s NZ Fernmark certification and license (License number: NZFM100184) which verifies New Zealand as the country of origin. The Hui Collective’s Fernmark license is a formal government recognition of The Hui Collective and its members’ products, connection to New Zealand.
There are systems in place throughout Kai Ora’s supply chain to ensure that each jar of their honey meets high standards of safety and quality.
The honey hive boxes are transported from the apiaries to the extraction factory in Kaitaia, accompanied by signed Harvest Declarations that detail the location the boxes have come from.
This product is delivered from the storage facility to NZ Post, a New Zealand Government owned postal service.
Kai Ora Honey is packed to order, then transported via New Zealand Post, a New Zealand Government owned postal service, where it will be processed and tracked via barcoding and traceability systems until final delivery to the consumer via China Post.
The package this honey is delivered in carries the AQ Assured brand and QR code on label for consumers to scan for more information on the safety and quality measures undertaken throughout the product supply chain.
Kai Ora Honey have a goal of ecological restoration in Northland, New Zealand and have recently worked with local Iwi Ngati Kuru in a project to document the biodiversity in the region to support this.
Bees play a crucial role in the environment and Kai Ora Honey supports the Save Our Bees Charitable Trust, which was founded to conserve and protect New Zealand Honey Bees. Its aims are to educate people about the importance of bees in New Zealand horticultural and agricultural industries and in the home garden.
Kai Ora Honey are working to deliver positive economic outcomes for the Te Tai Tokerau region and support local businesses through their production process, using local extraction and bottling facilities.
They support local schools, community events and sports clubs through sponsorship, and are actively engaged with their whanau, and Iwi via meetings, reporting and visits.
Safety and quality are important to Kai Ora Honey and they take precautions to ensure their honey meets high safety and quality standards.
During the extraction process, samples of honey are sent to an accredited laboratory to be tested, then the final product is tested again for authenticity, safety, quality and MGO levels.
MGO is methylglyoxal, a naturally occurring compound within Mānuka honey. Sometimes referred to as MG, this is one of the compounds tested to determine the quality and purity of Mānuka honey. The higher the MGO rating the more methyglyoxal present in the honey.
Kai Ora Honey meets the Ministry for Primary Industry’s requirements for all honey labelled as Mānuka for export be testing by a recognised laboratory ensuring that it meets the scientific definition of Mānuka honey. The Mānuka honey definition is made up of a combination of 5 attributes (4 chemicals from nectar and 1 DNA marker from Mānuka pollen).
All Kai Ora Honey’s extraction, bottling, transport and storage facilities are audited to verify the requirements of the Risk Management Programme (RMP).
This product is 100% NZ honey.
This batch of honey has been independently tested to contain at least 200+ MGO per kg.