GO Manuka Honey
Thriving bee populations are essential for our natural ecosystems and biodiversity. We recognise our role as custodians of the bees that produce their world renowned Manuka Honey.
We work with local landowners and beekeepers, who share our commitment to the local environment.
Bees are critically important to environmental health. In Aotearoa, bees sustain biodiversity by providing essential pollination for a range of New Zealand native plants and crops. In turn, pollination contributes to human health and wellbeing through the production of honey and other supplies. It is estimated that one third of the food we consume each day relies on the pollination of bees. If bee health suffers, so do we.
Manuka Honey is a type of honey native to New Zealand, produced by bees who pollinate the manuka bush. Manuka honey has antibacterial properties. Methylglyoxal is the active ingredient responsible for these properties, and also acts as an antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
To promote the sustainable creation of honey, our bees pollinate remote forests and pastures all year round. We do not use hives for commercial pollination. This means that the bees are never exposed to pesticides known to contribute to poor bee health and the decline in population numbers around the world.
A percentage of our sales are donated to organisations such as Planet Bee, Trees for Bees and the Southland Bee Society. These organisations dedicate themselves to a future where adults and children are exposed to global environmental issues, such as the dwindling honey bee population, and are given the tools to combat them.
We are also working hard to increase hive numbers, by splitting hives and introducing new queens in the spring. These efforts contribute to a sustainable future for beekeepers in Aotearoa and beyond.