Tawari Honey
Tawari (Ixerba brexinoides) is unique:  unique to New Zealand; the only
species within its genus; and only found in a few parts of the North Island.
We find great groves of tawari deep within Te Urewera, our vast pristine
native forest. Here, tawari grows to over 10 metres high, and has been
described by botanists as one of the most beautiful of New Zealand’s
native plants, striking in the beauty of both its flowers and foliage. So
much so that the delicate white flowers of the tawari were one of the few
used by our ancestors for necklaces and garlands to be worn on festive
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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’
programme (2014)
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 tawari honey is also good for you, giving you instant natural energy,
and enhancing general health. It has anti-biotic activity that is peroxide-
based, and as a light honey, it better suits the taste and skin of some
people, for treatment purposes.
Our tawari honey is a light honey, not too sweet on the palate, and silky
smooth in texture.  It comes with hints of butterscotch and sometimes
liquorice that linger just enough to give it a punch of interest. Use our
tawari honey to complement soft or full-bodied cheeses, on raw fruits, for
topping ice-cream or pancakes, or for culinary delight in your desserts.
The tawari flower is usually pollinated by bats attracted at night to the
white flower. Plentiful nectar is produced at the base of the flower for the
bats, and it is from these divine pools of nectar that the honey bee, during
the day, produces one of the finest honeys of New Zealand.