24 Jul 2020

A new Ngati Porou owned honey processing factory is to be built within the Ngati Porou rohe.

The ability to have honey processed locally benefits costs, quantity and quality.

“Ultimately the intent of the facility is to provide greater economic opportunity for Ngati Porou landowners and beekeepers” says newly appointed Ngati Porou Holding Company LTD (Holdco), CEO, Shayne Walker.

The project is a culmination of two years of work between the Ngati Porou Tairawhiti Miere Collective consistent of Ngati Porou Miere Limited Partnership (Holdco, Tarere 2 Trust, Proprietors of Whetumatarau B45B Incorporation (Pohutu Station), Harakeke Trust (Pt Arawhata), Taumataomanu A Trust and Awatere B Trust), Tairawhiti Pharmaceuticals, the Bee Club and Trust Tairawhiti.

“Jointly the Collective have been having a conversation with the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) for some co-funding to support the build.”

The PGF has provided a loan of up to $2m, Holdco is contributing the remaining capital to the project in order to build the extraction facility with options for the collective partners to buy into the facility.

“Tahuna Te Ahi” is the business strategy used by Holdco.

“It talks about moving towards more direct active investment for Ngati Porou along the East Coast that then creates jobs and opportunities for whanau, hapu and iwi.  This collective approach to a Miere extraction facility is another exciting step where Holdco can play the role of activator, enabler and facilitator of Ngati Porou economic outcomes”.

The Ngati Porou Tairawhiti Miere Collective  will take the exciting news to Ngati Porou whanau up the East Coast in a Roadshow; with hui commencing at 4pm, at Hinerupe Marae, Te Araroa (Monday, 3rd August), Uepohatu (Whakarua Park, Pavilion) in Ruatoria on Tuesday 4th August and finally ending at Tuatini Marae in Tokomaru Bay on the Wednesday, 5th of August.

“We invite whanau, landowners and beekeepers to understand the kaupapa and engage if they wish”.