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Award winning musician Maisy Rika loves Manawa honey!

August 18, 2019

This is what Maisey Rika says about our honey: "The best honey is from Te Urewera e te Iwi (people) !!! So good 💚"

​Last week the beautiful Maisey blessed Ruatāhuna and our school with her presence. She was here to inspire and work with our students who enjoyed singing and composing with her.

​The school gave her some of our honey as a gift for her contributing in the area she knows best - music!

Manawa Honey CEO visits Thailand

March 13, 2019

Tūhoe Tuawhenua Trust, the founder of Manawa Honey CEO, Brenda Tahi and Atamira Nuku gathered with others in dialogue during late January in Thailand. This visit covered indigenous knowledge being linked with global assessment of pollination and pollinators. Here is Brenda on a panel speaking at a conference on these issues.

Manawa Honey supports local school holiday programme!

April 29, 2019

Manawa Honey recently ran a workshop as part of a school holiday programme for the local children of Ruatahuna. Manawa Honey CEO, Brenda Tahi facilitated a honey learning and tasting session for the children which focused on the 3 main types of honey that Manawa Honey produces - Manuka, Tawari & Rewarewa. It was a morning full of fun, learning and sticky fingers!!!

Manawa Honey features on Mongabay!

February 04, 2019

Here are some articles published Mongabay on the Tuawhenua Trust, founder of Manawa Honey...


A Maori community lends on tradition to restore it's forest 

What makes a healthy forest? Maori knowledge has some answers

Maori community reconnects youth with their ancestral forests is the world’s most popular rainforest information site and a well-known source of environmental news reporting and analysis. It draws more than 2.5 million visitors per month and publishes stories in nine languages!

Manawa Honey finalists in the 2018 Inspire+ NZ Artisan Awards!

September 20, 2018

With 397 high-calibre entries in our section, Manawa Honey was rapt to find out we had become a finalist! We submitted our cute little GiftPacks and they were obviously well received. 
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Manawa Honey in award-winning inflight magazine in the United States!

August 20, 2018

We featured recently in the latest issue of Hemispheres, the award-winning inflight magazine of United Airlines in the US.

The magazine is said to reach 139 million passengers annually so this is fabulous exposure for Manawa Honey!

You will find the article on Manawa Honey at

Manawa Honey Wins Business Awards!

August 31, 2018

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...

Manawa Honey supports local youth programme!

August 01, 2018

The founder of Manawa Honey, the Tūhoe Tuawhenua Trust, recently ran an academy programme for our rangatahi in Ruatāhuna, designed to connect our children to the ngahere (bush/forest) on a range of levels. We believe the ngahere is crucial for the well-being of our young people in all aspects – physically, intellectually and spiritually – and know that this programme develops our young people as future citizens and leaders of Ruatāhuna to look after the ngahere. For the Tuawhenua Trust and for Manawa Honey, the two go hand-in-hand. Manawa Honey NZ supported the programme with honey of course as well as sponsorship to help cover costs. The programme was a great success with evaluation ratings from the participants high to very high satisfaction! Manawa Honey will continue to support this initiative into the future.

More than Honey! 

July 19, 2018

Maori TV showed a great documentary last night on the plight of honey bees across the world.
You’ll learn all about how the hives works, the value of pollination by bees, what’s affecting bees across the planet and the importance of genetic diversity in our bee populations.

You’ll also see the coolest beekeepers around with huge cigars for smokers!!

If you missed it, watch it here on On Demand

Manawa Honey in Te Puni Kōkiri’s News!

July 17, 2018

Manawa Honey features in an article for Te Puni Kōkiri’s news.

We’re thankful for the assistance Te Puni Kōkiri has provided to Manawa Honey and its founder, the Tūhoe Tuawhenua Trust, over the years.

Nga mihi ki a koutou o Te Puni Kōkiri!  

Manawa Honey on ‘Kai with Anne Thorp’!

May 30, 2018

Modern Māori Queen of Cuisine, Chef Anne Thorp prepares simple meals using fresh NZ produce.

In this episode Anne uses our Rewarewa Honey in preparing a Boned Leg of Lamb with Honey, Apricot Herb Stuffing, Roast Root Vegetables & Pan Gravy – how good does that sound?

Manawa Honey at the Buzzstop Queenstown!

June 07, 2018

Manawa Honey are excited to have teamed up with Buzzstop Honey Centre in Queenstown and they now have our honey on their shelves!!

Buzzstop is home for all things bees and honey. Their honey centre is a must-do when visiting Queenstown. Taste and purchase from a range of Manawa Honeys there or try one of their tours that feature Manawa Honey…

The Roar in Te Urewera!!

May 03, 2018

Here in Ruatāhuna it’s been hard to keep all our staff focused on their work when they can hear the stags roaring in the mountains of Te Urewera! The red stags of this region gave us a great season in April 2018. This one was photographed by Puke Timoti (our researcher for the Tuawhenua Trust, founder of Manawa Honey) when he and his mate Phil Lyver, both keen hunters, went chasing stags during a break from work. Take a look at their video to hear how fearsome roaring stags can be. The Manawa Honey beekeepers also had some time off to chase stags. It all adds to the interest in working for Manawa Honey and our Tuawhenua Trust here in Ruatāhuna at the heart of Te Urewera! 

​Manawa Honey for chocolate lovers!

March 22, 2018

Manawa Honey was at the Melt, Festival of Chocolate in Rotorua over the Easter weekend!
Chef Jimmy Boswell made a Manawa Honey Chocolate Mousse


2½ cups chilled whipping cream
350g bittersweet (not unsweetened) dark chocolate, chopped
5 tablespoons Manawa Honey (Tawari is best)
Stir ¾ cup cream, chocolate and honey in heavy medium saucepan over low heat until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Cool, stirring occasionally.
In large bowl, beat 1¼ cups cream until soft peaks form. Fold cream into chocolate mixture in 2 additions. Divide mousse among eight ¾-cup ramekins. Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours. Whip remaining ½ cup cream to firm peaks. Spoon a dollop of cream in centre of each mousse.

Manawa Honey Giveaway!

March 27, 2018

Congratulations to the winner of our Manawa Honey Giveaway – Amo Howden!!! 

Due to the great response we have had via Facebook, we decided to throw in an extra 4 spot prizes - a jar each of 500g Mānuka Blend Honey MG30+. The lucky winners of these are Dianne Leather, Gayle Te Whaiti, Maria Boyd & Tama Ruri – congratulations to all of you. 

Honey gifts for delivery to the whanau of Ruatāhuna

January 10, 2018

One of the reasons why we set up the Manawa Honey business in Ruatāhuna is because we know that honey is a super-food – magic for the health of our people – that we want to put into the homes and marae of our region. Now is a time for giving, so we have gifted honey this year to all our marae, whanau and staff as well as to some very special occasions.

We also set up the honey business so that we can create jobs. Here, we introduce our latest recruits – sisters Ngawahata Heemi and Manu Heemi – who have just finished decorating honey gifts ready for them to deliver to the whanau of Ruatāhuna

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