AQ Assured by AsureQuality, New Zealand’s Government-owned food assurance company.
This Mānuka honey is produced by bees from some of Tai Tokerau Honey’s 2500 hives which are moved around the North Island of New Zealand with the Mānuka flowers during the peak honey-making season.
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. The majority of Tai Tokerau’s honey is produced and harvested in the Far North region of New Zealand.
Tai Tokerau Honey holds a NZ Fernmark License (License number: NZFM100164) which verifies New Zealand as its country of origin. The Fernmark license is a formal government recognition of Tai Tokerau Honey's connection to New Zealand.
There are systems in place throughout Tai Tokerau Honey’s supply chain to ensure that each jar of honey meets high standards of safety and quality.
The Mānuka honey hive boxes are transported from the Apiary to the factory, accompanied by signed Harvest Declarations that detail the apiary location that the boxes have come from.
The honey is delivered from the factory to the Government owned New Zealand Postal Service via a registered transport company.
The transport company that delivers Tai Tokerau Honey is required to have a current New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries Risk Management Programme before it can carry any Tai Tokerau Honey products, as per New Zealand’s Animal Products Act, 1999. This transport company is audited regularly by authorised personnel to ensure that the required standards are being met and maintained.
Tai Tokerau Honey products are packed to order, then transported via NZ 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 packaging 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.
Sustainability is incorporated into Tai Tokerau Honey’s core beliefs and practices. They work closely with local Iwi and landowners to create a productive and sustainable industry which cares for the land.
Tai Tokerau Honey products are obligated to be produced in compliance with New Zealand’s Resource Management Act (2009), and local council Resource Management Plans, which set rules and regulations around management of the New Zealand Environment. The regulation and compliance monitoring of environmental concerns is under the NZ Government-owned Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).These rules include:
Tai Tokerau Honey supports the Tai Tokerau community by contributing to the local employment opportunities and supporting local honey businesses by providing a contract bottling service.
Tai Tokerau Honey’s landowners receive yearly reports which update them on the activity and results from the season. They also share their successes and failures with whanau and the wider community to keep them involved.
Safety and quality are important to Tai Tokerau Honey and they take precautions to ensure their honey meets high safety and quality standards. Their supply chain is vertically integrated, so they control the entire process from harvesting the honey to filling the jar.
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 Unique Manuka Factor (UMF™).
Tai Tokerau Honey is a member of the UMF™ Honey Association (License number 2110). UMF™ is 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.
Tai Tokerau Honey meets the Ministry for Primary Industries requirements for all honey labelled as Mānuka for export be tested 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 Tai Tokerau 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 5+ UMF™.