Trustees of the Tuhoe Tuawhenua Trust: Hekenoa Te Kurapa, Korotau Tamiana, Tane Rua, Brenda
Tahi (Executive Trustee), James Tahae Doherty (Chairman), Doris Rurehe. (Also Anthony Te
Kurapa not present).
Our Business: Manawa Honey NZ
Manawa Honey NZ has been founded by the Tuhoe Tuawhenua Trust, a
land-based trust responsible for 9000 hectares of bush-clad lands about
Ruatahuna. Our Trust aims to sustainably manage the land and resources
of our region for the benefit of current and future generations. At the
same time, we are developing commercial enterprises that create jobs for
our peoplepart of growing our economy in Ruatahuna.
Click here to find out more about the Tuhoe Tuawhenua Trust and its
activities for sustainably managing biodiversity and developing
commercial opportunities for our people.
Development of Our Honey Business
Our interest in honey production flows from the tradition of honey-
gathering. Some of our trustees were directly involved in this practice in
earlier times and in more recent years, trained in beekeeping and became
hobby beekeepers. We undertook a feasibility study for honey
production in 2009 and trials in following years. We found that although
we have plenty of manuka in our region, our bees consistently prefer to
visit the better supplies of nectar and pollen in the other trees of our
We set up a small operation in 2011 as a base for increasing hives and
training our own beekeepers. We are growing our business in tune with
our environment, monitoring for impacts on our forest ecosystems.
We are also growing our business in tandem with the development of the
skills of our people - from bee-keeping to branding.
Click here to browse our newsletters that report on the development of
our honey business by the Tuhoe Tuawhenua Trust.
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)