Our Ancestors: Forest Honey-Gatherers
Our forests have always been places of bounty, for
birds, berries and other foods.
Honey became one of these foods when the honey bee
was introduced to New Zealand in the 19th century.
Our ancestors developed a traditional practice of
collecting honey from wild beehives throughout our
forests, known as te nanao miere.
This involved scaling the mighty trees of our forests in
which bees often make their hives.
We continue to be inspired by the ingenuity of our
ancestors as forest honey-gatherers of this land.
View video below of our elder and expert bush-man
Korotau Tamiana explaining in our language (te reo
Maori) how our old people gathered honey.
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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)