People & Partnerships
Large Family Farm
450,000+ Leptospermum scoparium planted in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Kauri Park was contacted by this farmer from their background research into other Manuka forestry projects set up by Kauri Park.
Kauri Park are at the forefront of Manuka forestry development, with a number of selections currently which produce higher levels of Methyl Glyoxyl activity (commonly referred to as UMF), higher volumes of honey and higher yields of oil. Kauri Park is growing these plants in bulk and are able to supply at a very competitive price.
Kauri Park is able to provide knowledge on land preparation, planting densities, and provide contract teams to plant the trees.
Kauri Park is continuing with its selection program and investing in research into the identification of superior characteristics to continue to improve selection techniques.
Kauri Park grow the plants in a specialised tray, which produces a deep root ball that extends well into the sub soil at planting, giving higher survival rates.
Planet & Eco-Leadership
This farmer has a strong environmental ethos, and a strong emphasis on food production. It is a family owned business with its head office in Denmark. It owns other farms in Romania, Australia, California, Argentina, Peru and Uruguay. Their focus is on primarily on producing organically grown foods.
Manuka forestry fits well with their ethos. The health benefits of manuka are produced by the plant, with almost no inorganic input. The farms that are being planted are on the East Cape and in the King Country where traditional drystock farming is marginal.
The manuka industry is a rapidly evolving industry with strong demand for the natural healing properties of manuka, with demand coming from within New Zealand as well as from overseas, particularly from Europe, Asia, and USA. It may prove to be more lucrative than pine forestry with a far quicker return on investment.
Kauri Park has now supplied plantations in the Far North, Whitford, Franklin district, Coromandel, Waikato, East Cape, Taupo, Hawkes Bay, Masterton and Taranaki.
The manuka plantations are establishing well and the first honey yields are expected in spring summer 2015. They are expecting good results.