Northland initiative contributes to Government’s 1 billion trees programmeFriday, August 31, 2018
First 55,000 Manuka seedlings planted Friday 31st August 2018 at Aranga
Manuka Health is proud to partner with Te Roroa and the Crown to plant a significant amount of land in Manuka over the next 10 years.
Starting today with a ceremonial Manuka planting at Te Roroa Farms in Aranga, the partnership will see 55 hectares of land planted in the first month alone.
Manuka Health’s GM of Apiculture Dave Campbell talks about the partnership, “This will build further Manuka resource for future honey production in Northland, generating significant regional economic benefits. Planting Manuka is good for the environment and great for the bees! Manuka Health is very proud to be working with Te Roroa on this!”
Business Manager of Te Roroa Honey Ltd, Erana Clarkson says the partnership builds the iwi’s role and responsibility as kaitiaki, looking after its land and people, “Manuka honey has exciting growth potential and by planting our land we grow our skills from hive management and honey production even further.”
The first 55ha of Manuka will be planted by the end of September 2018
Over the next 10 years it is planned to expand this planted area to over 500ha
Honey will be harvested from the first planting in 3-5 years
For every 1,000ha of new plantation planted, it is expected that 20 tonnes+ of high grade Manuka honey will be harvested each season on average
Manuka in Northland is naturally high in DHA in its nectar, which means that it produces high levels of MGO activity in the Manuka honey
Manuka Health works in collaboration with Maori landowners to improve the productivity and revenue from their whenua across New Zealand. The Te Roroa planting is one of a growing number of co-investments in Manuka planting that Manuka Health is making across New Zealand to support the future growth of the Manuka Honey industry.
The Crown’s ‘1 Billion Trees’ programme provides the seedlings free through Manuka Farming NZ, as New Zealand aims to export $1.2bn of manuka honey by 2026.