Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) is unique: native to New Zealand and
produces the only honey with antibiotic properties based on non-peroxide
activity (NPA). Manuka grows as a shrub or small tree up to 6 m tall, in
forest edges or areas of reverting pasture. The flowers are small and
designed to be pollinated by native bees and flies, but the honey bee also
works this flower to produce this remarkable honey.
Address: 363a Mataatua Road Ruatahuna 3046 New Zealand
Phone:+64 7 3663 166
Take a look at our story and views
on "Trees for Bees" at a conference
for this kaupapa (2014)
The story of Manawa Honey NZ is featured
here in Project Whenua, an educational
series from Maori TV (2014)
Take a look at the story of Manawa
Honey NZ featured in this ‘Marae’
Tuawhenua Trust (that owns Manawa Honey
NZ), along with Landcare Research, sends
our researcher to Antarctica (2014)
Tuawhenua Trust sends matauranga experts
to global indigenous knowledge on pollination
workshop in Panama City (2014)
Manawa Honey features again in this
programme from Mataora (2014)
Our manuka honey is an amber honey, with that distinctive medicinal and
earthy taste, but it is lighter on the palate than many manuka honeys. Use
manuka honey daily as an elixir or tonic, for drinks and in your cooking
for that special dish.
Manuka honey is certainly good for you - for energy and
general good health, to aid digestion, and to treat colds and
winter ills. Highly active manuka honeys can also be used for
medical application to fight infection and heal wounds.
Whilst all honeys are active, manuka stands apart as the only honey that
has antibiotic properties based on non-peroxide activity (NPA). NPA is
stable and lasts over time, whereas other honey activity will degrade.
NPA ratings use the same scale as UMF (Unique Manuka Factor), but
UMF is trademarked so that only producers who are part of this
trademark can use it. We use the NPA scale for our active manuka honey,
assessed by an independent laboratory.
Our ancestors used manuka for a range of medicinal purposes - the bark
was boiled and the infusion drunk or applied externally to relieve pain.
Infusions of the bark, capsules and seed were also applied to burns and
wounds, or for treating mouth, throat and eye affliction, and to reduce
fever. Manuka was also used to treat wounds on horses and other