Manuka Health is a dedicated collective of highly talented people all driven by the same deep care for the wellbeing of people, bees and our environment.
We have some of the most experienced beekeepers in New Zealand, a passionate team of bee-lovers led by Master Beekeeper Dave Campbell.
Dave became a beekeeper at 15 after his Great Uncle Keith gave him a dozen hives on the family farm. The first time he opened a hive the sound and smells had him captured.
Bees have been part of his life ever since. Working the hives is Dave's ‘happy place’ and he's passing on his passion to his daughter who has been learning the art of beekeeping under Dave’s expert guidance since she was 4 years old. Dave is also a qualified Veterinarian and an all-round good guy.
Partnering with equally dedicated and passionate landowners to grow Manuka means we can focus on what we do best – beekeeping and making the best quality Manuka honey.
Planting Manuka on marginal farmland helps our landowners get the most from their land in an environmentally friendly way. It also restores the land back to native forest, and ensures sustainable Manuka honey production for the future.
Working with local communities and Maori landowners to improve the productivity and revenue from their whenua (native land) means we can also help create jobs and support the local economy.
Manuka Health has formed a 50 year partnership with the owners of Rimunui Station to help preserve its rugged beauty for future generations.
Scott & Julayne Thompson farm this scenic hill country station with beautiful views of Mount Taranaki and Mount Ruapehu.
We commenced planting Manuka in 2020 and have so far planted 330 hectares.
Nearly all of Rimunui’s land area was farmed back in 1890 but now regenerated native bush covers over 2800 hectares.
Manuka Health is proud to work with Te Roroa in a long-term apiculture partnership in the Northland region of New Zealand. Northland is known for its exceptionally high grade Manuka honey.
In 2018 we planted a trial area within the Te Roroa rohe (an area of Iwi, or tribal, land). Just over 50 hectares of native Manuka seedlings were planted to restore the natural habitat. This initiative also helps create local jobs as well as creating a honey-generating resource for future generations.
We are proud pioneers in the science of Manuka Honey and Propolis, uniting science and nature to better understand and unlock the potential of these remarkable and complex natural products.
For over 10 years we have worked with leaders in their field (see below), incorporating their research and expertise into our product development to create products that make a real difference.
Head of the Institute of Food and Chemistry at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, one of the most prestigious universities in Germany. Professor Henle and his team published a groundbreaking paper identifying methlyglyoxal (MGO) as a key compound directly related to the potency of Manuka honey.
Dr Catchpole is an internationally renowned scientist and lead scientist at Callaghan Innovation. He has been seconded to Manuka Health since 2012 working with our R&D team to further develop our Manuka honey and Propolis products, and has published significant research findings on our BIO New Zealand Propolis.
World renowned Manuka honey expert and founder of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Professor Molan was known as the father of the Manuka honey industry and his extensive work has had far reaching impact on the understanding and use of Manuka honey particularly for wound care.