‘Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi' With your basket and my basket the people will live
This traditional Māori proverb is referring to co-operation and the combination of resources to get ahead. With every jar of Whenua Honey proceeds from the online sales profits are put back into our community.
Honey in Kura (Schools) is part of Whenua Honey's Whānau, Hapū and Iwi Community Iniatives Project which was born out of a passion to give back to our people by ensuring that the health benefits we provide to the world through Mānuka rongoa are made available to our own people as a priority.
Whenua Honey koha (donates) Mānuka and Indigneous Range of Honeys (Rewa rewa, Ngahere (wild bush) Korowa (wild clover) to Kohanga Reo (Early learning language nests), Kura (schools) and Marae throughout our Iwi. Well fed tamariki (children) will be in a better space for learning.
Having wholesome honey on toast or in a smoothie for breakfast is a great healthy snack for a hungry tamaiti (child). Honey is the perfect brain fuel to keep our tamariki sharp in the classroom. Honey is also nature’s remedy for boosting Immunity and fighting infection and inflammation.
Target kura (schools) for this intiative are decile one status, as determined by the Ministry of Education, which measures how many students live in low-socio-economnic or poorer communities, however it is not a measure of school performance or the quality of the education.
Home is also about our connection to whanau (family) and whakapapa (ancestry). This area is our Tūrangawaewae - our ‘place to stand’. When you buy a jar of Whenua Honey you are making a difference to our community. Now we want to share our taonga (treasures) with you - Whenua Honey- arohanui (much love) from our whānau to yours.
Uncle Buster Mio adding Whenua Honey's Rewarewa Honey to the custard filling for Pineapple Meringue at Torere Marae for Te Kura O Torere Kura Noho Marae (Marae Stay) where Tamariki learn about traditional knowledge and practice from local knowledge experts.