100% MAORI OWNED.
Tai Tokerau Honey Ltd is a 100% Maori owned and operated beekeeping company, specialising in the production of the famous Mānuka Honey. We are located in Kaitaia, in the beautiful Far North of Aotearoa (New Zealand) and this region is also known as Te Taitokerau. After 9 years of focusing on producing high quality mānuka honey, we have made the leap into the global market and we are proud to announce our new brand Tai Tokerau Honey.
We currently run approximately 5000 hives, and while we are based in Kaitaia, in the beautiful Far North of New Zealand, over the summer months when it is the honey-making season, we chase the Mānuka flower all over the North Island! In past years, we have managed our hives as far south as Taranaki across the Central Plateau, out to East Cape, and many places in between!
We also now have our very own Extraction and Processing plants!
TIKANGA – WE CARE
Here at Tai Tokerau Honey Ltd, we have a strong tikanga (values, beliefs) that guides our daily operations and interactions. Our tikanga incorporates the way Māori see the world, and is based on the knowledge of our ancestors that has been passed down from generation to generation. We take great pride in maintaining healthy, happy bees, and our beekeepers, who do not always wear gloves, handle the hives with the care and respect they deserve.
CREATING A PRODUCTIVE AND SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRY.
Our tikanga (values, beliefs and guidelines) incorporates the way Māori see the world, and is based on the knowledge of our ancestors that has been passed down from generation to generation. This concept of sustainability is built into the foundation of our company, and is reflected in our everyday practices and interactions, as well as our long-term goals.
The honey industry, more precisely the Mānuka honey industry, is one area we believe Māori can benefit and excel in, with much of the undeveloped, Māori-owned land currently covered in Mānuka bush. Having been on this whenua land for thousands of years, we would like to ensure that we are here for thousands more, with the land and its resources intact. As such, we have begun working closely with iwi, land trusts and landowners throughout the North Island, with the goal of creating a productive and sustainable industry; an industry that effectively utilises the many land resources previously left undeveloped and neglected; an industry that provides local employment and supports local service; an industry where we all benefit.
Some exciting news! In July 2016 we moved into our new factory and office premises in Kaitaia. In December 2016 we had our own extraction plant installed and did our first season extracting our own honey! In May 2017 our processing plant went in and we can now proudly say we are in charge of our product from the hive right through to the jar!
Over the busy summer season we also take on many casual workers, mostly from the extended whanau (family). We are always looking for helpers from September to March, so if you think this could be you please contact us!
TE TAItOKERAU Region
Te Taitokerau region reaches from North Cape at the top of the North Island (Te Ika-a-Maui) all the way south to Mangawhai on the East Coast and Kaipara Harbour on the West Coast.
There are eleven recognised iwi/hapū represented in this region:
- Te Aupōuri
- Ngāti Kahu
- Ngāti Kurī
- Te Rarawa
- Ngāi Takato
- Ngāpuhi ki Whāingaroa - Ngāti Kahu ki Whāingaroa
- Ngāti Wai
- Te Roroa
- Ngāti Whātua
- Te Uri o Hau
For more information about the iwi and hapu of Aotearoa you can visit here.
Ko Whakakoro te maunga moana
Ko Rangiputa te maunga whenua
Ko Awaroa te awa
Ko Tinana te waka
Ko Kaha te tangata
Ko Te Rarawa te iwi
Ko Ngati Haua te hapu
Ko Te Kotahitanga te marae
No Whangape ahau
Ko Rapata Mare taku ingoa
My mountain by the sea is Whakakoro
My mountain of the land is Rangiputa
My river is Awaroa
My canoe is Tinana
Kaha is my chief
My tribe is Te Rarawa
My sub-tribe is Ngati Haua
My marae (meeting house) is Te Kotahitanga
I am from Whangape
My name is Robert Murray
Rob Murray has been a beekeeper for over 10 years. With a history of being a jack-of-all-trades, when the opportunity to become a beekeeper arose, he grabbed it with both hands. This was the first time Rob had worked for anyone other than himself, and in July 2009, with the support of his wife, Lonnie, they started Tai Tokerau Honey Ltd. The journey has not been easy, Rob and Lonnie worked very hard, and very long hours, but it has been rewarding in many ways. We now run just under 5000 hives in the Far North, spreading them as far afield as Taranaki and East Cape during the summer harvesting season.