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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.
This product is made in New Zealand with honey sourced from hives in the Northland and Taupo regions.
The Northland (Māori: Te Tai Tokerau) region of New Zealand comprises of 3 main districts, the Far North, Kaipara and Whangarei, with 13,286 km2 total land area.
Northland has a sub-tropical climate and is one of the warmest regions in New Zealand, allowing for long summers with parts receiving about 2000 hours of sunshine each year. The region is renowned for its coast lines, sparsely populated regions and is popular for local and international visitors.
The Far North of New Zealand, has an environment rich in coastal landscapes and wild native flora. Combined with the subtropical climate there are favorable growing conditions for Mānuka and Kanuka trees.
For Native Kiwi, the “Far North is where we are born, this is where we live.”
To learn more about Northland, visit https://www.nrc.govt.nz/.
In New Zealand Māori mythology, ‘Io Matua Kore’ means the beginning of existence (energy, potential, the void, nothingness), which gave birth to Ranginui (Sky Father) and Papatuanuku (Mother Earth). They in turn gave birth to children such as Tangaroa (sea), Tane (forests and birds), Haumia (wild plants). These children created Te Tai Ao – (our precious natural forest environment) from which our bees harvest honey from.
Māori whakapa (history and values) started in the Pacific islands at Rarotonga as Ngati Io, from whom Maui came in a great Waka (canoe) and caught the ‘big fish’ Te Ika a Maui (New Zealand). The next great Polynesian explorer from the Pacific was Kupe, followed by other migration waka (canoes). A modern waka (sailing ship) from England in 1839 brought the first honey bees to New Zealand, establishing these in the Far North region. The ancestors of those bees along with new strains make the Native Kiwi honey today.
Bee hives amongst high grade native Mānuka growing in New Zealand’s Far North.
The Taupo region (Māori: Taupōnui-a-Tia) is located in the centre of the country’s North Island, within an active volcanic zone. The area at 6,970 km2 is rich in forestation, lakes and old volcanic craters. It contains Australasia’s largest fresh water lake, Lake Taupo, which is about the same size as Singapore. Also in the region are Tongariro National Park, which holds World Heritage status, and Pureora Forest Park.
This is a land of strong contrasts. Plants vary considerably in this rugged landscape, from areas of alpine herbs, to tussocks and flax,to vast areas of natural Mānuka and Kanuka trees.
To learn more about the Taupo region, visit https://www.greatlaketaupo.com/.
New Zealand Native Mānuka bush in flower.
There are systems in place throughout Native Kiwi's supply chain to ensure that each jar of their honey meets high standards of safety and quality.
Honey boxes on their way to the bees with unique NFC id tags for traceability.
The honey boxes are transported from the apiary to the extraction factory, accompanied by signed harvest declarations that detail:
Product is readied for transport to market
The product is delivered from the factory to the appropriate distribution route
This Mānuka honey product has several distribution routes
This honey carries the AQ Assured brand and QR code on the lid for consumers to scan and view more information on the safety and quality measures undertaken throughout the product supply chain.
- the ability of natural ecosystems to maintain their biological processes and functions
Traditionally, Māori believe there is a deep kinship between humans and the natural world. This connection is expressed through kaitiakitanga – acknowledgement of the quality and vitality of the environment. For Native Kiwi this means being respectful to the land where bee hives are placed, and toward the owners of that land.
Native Kiwi believe in leaving our natural environment in a better condition for future generations. Bee keeping supports healthy bee populations. These bees perform the role of pollination, which is vital in sustaining the food supply for all living things.
Native Kiwi bee hives are manufactured from thermally modified New Zealand Radiata pine, grown sustainably in plantation forests. These hives are free from chemicals.
The timber used to make the hives is placed into a special chamber where it is exposed to temperatures of up to 220 degrees Celsius. Steam is added to prevent the timber from combusting. This process increases the durability of the wood as it burns off the edible sugar compounds upon which fungi live on.
Honey boxes are assembled from natural and untreated wood grown in New Zealand.
Native Kiwi products are obligated to be produced in compliance with New Zealand's Resource Management Act (2009), and local council Resource Management Plans, which set out rules and regulations around management of the New Zealand environment.
These rules include:
The regulation and compliance monitoring of environmental concerns is performed by government-owned Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- the ability to meet our own needs without compromising the needs of future generations
Native Kiwi is focused on creating opportunities that will contribute to the health and wellbeing of their local communities.
Working Together - Collaborative Enterprises
Native Kiwi aim to get more whanau (Māori family) involved in the valuable Manuka honey industry. Native Kiwi work collaboratively with Māori owned beekeeping companies, including Bee Wize Aotearoa, based in the Far North of New Zealand. Bee Wize Aotearoa draws on traditional Māori structures to achieve its goal of encouraging Māori land owners to become bee farmers on their own land. This is achieved by growing bee hive numbers owned by whānau, managing the beehives on their behalf until such time as the achievement of practical beekeeping skills linked to traditional Māori values and beliefs allows independent responsibility.
Native Kiwi leadership guide and mentor Bee Wize Aotearoa, supporting the joint aspiration that each whānau and iwi (Māori tribe) business is able to retain its individuality, be innovative and independent.
Native Kiwi products are laboratory tested at independent and accredited laboratories.
This testing regime ensures product quality and that final product meets the nutritional descriptions on the label.
Significant research into the unique properties of Mānuka honey has been conducted both in New Zealand and abroad. There are several different scientific approaches used to determine Mānuka quality and purity.
Native Kiwi use a range of these measures to demonstrate the Mānuka properties of their products.
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.
UMF™ is Unique Mānuka Factor, a grading system undertaken by the more than 100 New Zealand honey producers that form the UMF™ Honey Association. This grading system requires laboratory testing for three grading attributes in order to determine the UMF™ rating (link to grading system: http://www.umf.org.nz/grading-system-explained/). One of these attributes is used to detect any product quality abuse, with the further two attributes used to confirm that the product is Mānuka, and the concentration of Mānuka. The higher the UMF™ value on the label, the higher the Unique Mānuka properties in the jar.
Native Kiwi meets the Ministry for Primary Industries requirements for all honey labelled as Mānuka for export. Product must be tested by a recognised laboratory, ensuring that it meets the scientific definition of Mānuka honey. This New Zealand Government definition of Mānuka is made up of a combination of 5 attributes (4 chemicals from nectar and 1 DNA marker from Mānuka pollen).
Every batch of Native Kiwi honey is tested against the Ministry for Primary Industries markers, and to the MGO and/or UMF™ quality stated on the label.
New Zealand has Acts and Regulations in place to ensure honey products produced are safe for consumers and that manufacturers use fair and sustainable practices.
Facilities extracting and bottling honey are required to operate under a Risk Management Programme as per requirements of Animal Products Act 1999.
Native Kiwi products meet the market access requirements (OMAR) of the countries to which it exports.
Extraction, bottling, transport and storage facilities are audited in order to verify the requirements of Risk Management Programme (RMP), and Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP).
This product contains 100% New Zealand honey.