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Land owners urged to consider planting manuka following Government announcement

Mānuka Farming New Zealand chief executive Stephen Lee welcomes the Government’s One Billion Trees Fund announcement saying it will ensure that large scale land owners consider the many environmental and economic benefits of planting mānuka. Landowners can receive funding support across both of the newly established funds – the Direct Landowner Grants and the Partnership Read more…

Strong interest in Manuka leads to new appointments

Strong interest in the establishment of Mānuka Plantations on farmland has seen Mānuka Farming New Zealand (MFNZ) announce key appointments and promotions. MFNZ has appointed Maggie Olsen to the role of Plantation and Apiary Performance. This follows last year’s appointment of Stephen Lee as Chief Executive Officer and Bronwyn Douglas as Client Relationship Manager. The Read more…

Manuka Farming presents at Rotorua land use event

The Rotorua Land Use Innovation Series is a series of presentations and workshops running throughout August discussing the latest ideas for land use innovation for Rotorua. The series brings together farmers and entrepreneurs* discussing their stories of innovation as well as industry specialists talking dairy sheep, farm tourism, manuka, honey, farm forestry and more. Two Read more…

Free mānuka seedling offer nearly 200 percent oversubscribed

The offer of 1.8 million free mānuka seedlings by Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) in partnership with Mānuka Farming New Zealand has proved hugely popular with applications totaling 5.2 million seedlings. Mānuka Farming New Zealand (MFNZ) General Manager Stephen Lee says they were overwhelmed by the huge interest for the seedlings. The initiative contributes Read more…

One-off offer of free Mānuka seedlings now fully subscribed

This offer is now fully subscribed. Announcement to come. Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) is partnering with Mānuka Farming New Zealand to plant 1.8 million mānuka seedlings across New Zealand. These seedlings will be provided free of charge to landowners that meet eligibility criteria. Mānuka Farming New Zealand (MFNZ) General Manager Stephen Lee says Read more…

Te Ura Rakau (Forestry New Zealand) Mānuka Planting initiative

Thank you to those that registered an interest for planting free mānuka seedlings under the Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) mānuka 2018 initiative being managed by Mānuka Farming  NZ Limited. Over 105 applications were received for 5.2 million seedlings, significantly above the 1.8 million seedlings made available under the initiative. Preference was given to those applications Read more…

Manuka honey is one of our most valuable export industries. This week it was granted protection under trademark but faces supply issues. In 2010 under the Primary Growth Partnership, Manuka honey received government investment to trial Manuka plantations to ‘farm’ honey. Rural Exchange speaks to Stephen Lee about the progress of the Primary Growth Partnership Read more…

Strong sales of high performance Mānuka seedlings expected

High performance mānuka seedlings are in high demand with close to two million seedlings expected to be sold for planting in 2018. Mānuka Farming NZ has increased production of its high performance mānuka seedlings by over 500 percent in just three years. In the 2015 all 305,000 seedlings were sold for planting in winter 2016; one million seedlings in 2016 to Read more…

High Performance Manuka Plantations trial site at Tutira

The High performance Manuka plantation trial site at Tutira recently screened on TV1’s Rural Delivery programme. The story is about how Manuka plantations are being used for erosion control as well as the production of medical grade honey. Hill country landowners are being encouraged to retire marginal hill country and use high performing mānuka cultivars Read more…

Beehive numbers soar as keepers chase lucrative manuka honey profits

Bees are starving in some areas as beekeepers keen to cash in on the lucrative manuka honey industry are overcrowding  the bush with hives. Beehive numbers have soared in the last 10 years. In 2005 there were only 294,886 registered hives. Just in the last eight months, total registered hive numbers have jumped to 650,000 from Read more…