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Plant Manuka. Lots more Manuka

Plant Manuka. Lots more Manuka

In 1969 at the Te Rapa Racecourse, the first New Zealand agricultural fieldays kicked off an annual event. The first fieldays event was attended by about 10,000 people. It was a success from the very first event and Mystery Creek has evolved into one of the most successful agricultural events in the Southern Hemisphere today. […]

Posted on June 29, 2018

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Dan the Manuka Man

Dan the Manuka Man

As I contemplate the article I am about to write, the first thing that comes to mind is that ever popular children’s story book Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss. One of the many privileges of working at Kauri Park has been visiting almost every nook and cranny of New Zealand’s truly inspiring landscape. Upon […]

Posted on May 30, 2018

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A Snapshot of the Manuka Industry

A Snapshot of the Manuka Industry

To the year ended 30 June 2017, export revenue for New Zealand honey reached $329 million, up 4.5% on the previous year. This increase could largely be attributed to an average FOB price of $38.92/kg of honey, a 9.3% increase on the previous year, which offset a 381 tonne decrease in tonnes of honey exported […]

Posted on April 30, 2018

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Leaf roller caterpillar in young Manuka

Leaf roller caterpillar in young Manuka

Leaf roller caterpillar a pesky pest of young Manuka Observations indicate that Leaf roller caterpillars can cause significant damage to the fresh shoots of young manuka plants. The Brown headed leaf roller moth, Ctenopseustis obliquana and Ctenopseustis herana  (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) is a native moth that is widespread throughout New Zealand, from coastal to subalpine regions. The […]

Posted on January 30, 2018

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Leaves of trees for the healing of nations

Leaves of trees for the healing of nations

New Zealand has 425,000 km of rivers and streams and 3,820 lakes, more than half of them are degraded, according to the recent report “Our Fresh Water 2017” by the New Zealand Ministry for Environment. Degradation in water quality is mainly due to high inputs of “the big three”: nutrients (mainly nitrogen and phosphorous), sediments […]

Posted on July 28, 2017

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Manuka Honey Grading Standards

Manuka Honey Grading Standards

The complexity of bee foraging behaviour and the wide range of potential nectar source plants near an apiary site, can make initial identification of a honey type challenging. For example, bees may forage from other plant species near an apiary site even when Manuka is the most abundant flowering plant at the site.

Posted on April 26, 2017

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Good seed choices are good financial choices

Good seed choices are good financial choices

In any wild population of Manuka plants, there is wide variability between phenotypes. Up to 90% of the plants may have less than desirable characteristics. The typical flowering timeframe will occur over a 6 week period. Some plants will produce a lot of flowers while others minimal. The flowers may produce varying amounts of nectar, […]

Posted on November 30, 2016

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How will the Manuka flower this summer?

How will the Manuka flower this summer?

New Zealand plant species are quite unpredictable in their flowering and seeding habits, from year to year. The causes of this are still relatively unknown. The term ‘masting’ has been discussed recently, mostly in relation to the flowering and seeding of New Zealand beech trees. Masting is the intermittent production of large flower or seed […]

Posted on October 31, 2016

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Keeping Manuka sweet

Keeping Manuka sweet

Manuka took centre stage at the National Maori Manuka Conference 2016 in Rotorua, an initiative of He kai kei aku ringa, where Maori iwi representatives, landowners and beekeepers came together to discuss ways to take a greater role in the burgeoning Manuka industry.

Posted on August 30, 2016

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The conversion of DHA to MG/NPA

The conversion of DHA to MG/NPA

Megan Grainger, PhD, Honey Team Leader and Technologist, Analytica Laboratories. Manuka honey, derived from the Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) tree, is unique due to its non-peroxide antibacterial activity. This arises from the presence of methylglyoxal (MG) in the honey. This activity can be expressed as Non-Peroxide Activity (NPA). A conversion equation based on published data (1) […]

Posted on July 1, 2016

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