Encouraging beekeepers to go for gold.

Our responsibility

Guidance.

We try and work together with only the best beekeepers in New Zealand. Being the best isn't always easy, that's why we encourage good beekeeping practices to all our beekeepers and provide guidance on what the market requirements are, when necessary. By doing so, we have successfully launched a complete product range for Zealandia Honey® which includes some of the most innovative beekeeping methods in the industry whilst achieving certifications such as organic honeys and harvesting from one single origin. We aim to influence beekeepers by working together towards a sustainable future.

Opportunities

Natural as standard.

The Mānuka honey tree (Leptospermum scoparium) grows uncultivated throughout, Aotearoa, New Zealand. This gives beekeepers the opportunity to place their hives in some of the remotest regions of the country. Untouched by human interference and mostly free from pesticides and other harmful products. We are lucky to have this pristine land at our expense and to ensure you only get the best from our land we test our honey for pesticides such as glyphosate and foreign matter.

We encourage beekeepers to use biodegradable products whilst maintaining a healthy hive and bee population.

Not all bees are the same

There can only be one.

Of the seven or more species of honey bees in the world, one has been introduced to New Zealand. This is the western honey bee, Apis Mellifera, the most important bee species to be managed on a commercial basis for pollination and successful honey production. The bee stock in New Zealand is predominantly Italian, made up with a population of drones, workers and queens.

Adulteration

Don't be greedy.

The nectar that bees bring back to the hives contains sugars and high protein pollen and is essential for the survival of the bee colony. A healthy hive will produce a lot of honey and being too greedy as a beekeeper does not benefit your little workers at all. To avoid having to provide additional 'feed' to the bees we encourage beekeepers not to take all honey out of the hives and feed wastage back to the bees. We ask our selected beekeepers to avoid adding refined sugars.

Sugars produced from tropical plants like sugar cane and maize or corn are produced using a photosynthetic pathway referred to as the C4 pathway. Nectar which is collected by bees comes from plants that use a different process of photosynthesis, referred to as the C3 pathway. This way we can identify adulteration in honey through a simple laboratory test that we perform on all our products.

Doing more

We're commited to doing more for the community.

Working together with local businesses, supporting the beekeeping community around us. For those honeys bound to a geographical location we try and use the resources in that specific region. By keeping the hives close to our packing facilities we can reduce the carbon footprint of our beautiful products. We don't want to leave a mark on the planet, we want to leave a mark when it comes to honey production by using sustainable practices and resources.