Manawa Honey Wins Business Awards!

Manawa Honey NZ recently won two business awards for the Eastern Bay of Plenty region – Winner of Business Entrepreneurship for 2018 and Highly Commended for Business Excellence for Medium Business!!! This has come after many years of hard work by staff past and present so thanks to you all….

James Doherty, Chair of the Tuawhenua Trust, founder of Manawa Honey NZ, explained to the audience in his speech when receiving the award... 

“We started Manawa Honey to create jobs and to develop our people, to get honey back into their diet for their good health, to help our farm and forest ecosystems and to give our kids something to look up to. We entered these awards to see how we measure up and to learn about how a good business should be run. We’ve reflected on our business in this process and learnt a lot along the way… So we sincerely thank the sponsors Horizon Energy Group Business Excellence Awards and the Eastern Bay Chamber of Commerce in facilitating these awards. It’s a real honour to be recognised in this way, and we will proudly celebrate this award because it tells us that we in Ruatahuna, without fame or favour, are able to make something happen with our own people’s talents, with hard work together and a real commitment to making a better future for our next generations.”

A very proud moment for us all.


















We were represented on the night by (from left): Tania BlomfieldMargaret Biddle, James Doherty, Saul Wairama, Nick Mitai, Waioma Mitai & Ngapani Mitai.

A word from the judges: 

Manawa Honey - Te Urewera ‘Magic’. The judges were  impressed by their whole approach. Sustainability is a key factor within the business, in many respects from the product, to the beekeeping, looking after the ecosystem, developing jobs for  and training iwi. They specialize in Forest Tree honey production from Manuka, Tawari and Rewarewa. Their plans for research into further health benefits across the range provides innovation and inspiration. They have a good grasp on the what, why and how they do business and showed  innovation and entrepreneurship. From a small village , Ruatahuna ,this business is showing the ability to compete with larger companies in this industry.

te whakanui me te haere tonu ki te tohe

congratulations and continue to strive

For more information regarding the awards, visit the Eastern Bay Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page


© Manawa Honey NZ 2018