Nov 25, 2016

A Day of Education & Celebration in Mānuka Country

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Like many of our family, friends and colleagues around the world we are starting to think about Christmas and the New Year.  We decided to mark this important occasion with a special gathering on the East Cape, NZ, where most of our facilities and people are based, taking everyone out to the very remote Maungaroa Station where our biggest Mānuka plantation is located.  

This year’s gathering was not only a Christmas celebration but an opportunity for everyone from our Opotiki and Awakeri offices to learn more about our founder Phil Caskey’s vision for Manuka oil, the Manuka plant, its growing conditions and the incredible pioneering spirit behind our Manuka plantation – the first of its kind in the world.

For many, it was the first time visiting Maungaroa Station, a large and impressive property – the remoteness, ruggedness, history and sheer scale was an incredibly inspiring place to visit.

With presentations and talks from Karl Gradon (CEO), Jerome Brosnahan (CFO), Murray Redpath (Plantation Manager) and Sharan Caskey (Operations Manager Seaweeds and Oil) the day was a rich learning experience.

Taking in the atmosphere, being able to see, touch and smell the young Mānuka trees, we all had a new-found appreciation for the tireless work Murray, Bill McClutchie (Plantation Harvest & Development Manager) and the team are doing there.

Q&A sessions kept Wayne Campbell (Technical Manager) and Kath Coopey (Technical Advisor) and Murray on their toes and the afternoon was filled with stimulated conversations on all things Mānuka.

All in all, our staff Christmas gathering was a fantastic event and a great opportunity for us to learn, share and celebrate the company’s success for 2016.

Conference Attendees Loved Mānuka Gift Packs

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Attendees at the recent NZ Association of Intermediate and Middle Schooling (AIMS) conference were impressed to receive goodie bags stocked with Melora and Mānuka Secrets Mānuka products. The Welcome gift packs set the scene for a three-day programme featuring an equally impressive range of keynote speakers, tour activities and a gala dinner.

NZ AIMS has a vision to embed “best practice in educating emerging adolescents”.  The 2016 conference theme of Together Towards Tomorrow brought together a range of highly talented and experienced keynote speakers who were all asked to inspire, educate, motivate and encourage participants on their educational journey.

As New Zealand Mānuka Group is a loyal and dedicated supporter of our local communities, this was an important and very worthwhile conference for our company to support.  We were equally thrilled to hear that the delegates enjoyed their Mānuka products so much.

“I wanted to extend our thanks for your donation of products and assistance with the NZ AIMS conference delegate goodie bags,” wrote conference organizer, Jo Finlay.  “The bags played an important part in welcoming our delegates to the Eastern Bay of Plenty and it enabled them to get a taste of all the wonderful things our region has to offer.”

The conference attracted over 150 delegates from all over New Zealand, and even a few representatives from Australia.  Held at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, a high-tech new campus in Whakatane, visitors to the region also took the opportunity to participate in local tours organised including a trip to White Island.

“We conducted a survey to gain insight into some of the economic benefits that this conference brought to our region,” said Jo Finlay.  “It’s great to see that events such as this really do bring financial returns to our region.”

A Day of Education & Celebration in Mānuka Country

Categories:

Like many of our family, friends and colleagues around the world we are starting to think about Christmas and the New Year. We decided to mark this important occasion with a special gathering on the East Cape, NZ, where most of our facilities and people are based, taking everyone out to the very remote Maungaroa Station where our biggest Mānuka plantation is located.

This year’s gathering was not only a Christmas celebration but an opportunity for everyone from our Opotiki and Awakeri offices to learn more about our founder Phil Caskey’s vision for Manuka oil, the Manuka plant, its growing conditions and the incredible pioneering spirit behind our Manuka plantation – the first of its kind in the world.

For many, it was the first time visiting Maungaroa Station, a large and impressive property – the remoteness, ruggedness, history and sheer scale was an incredibly inspiring place to visit.

With presentations and talks from Karl Gradon (CEO), Jerome Brosnahan (CFO), Murray Redpath (Plantation Manager) and Sharan Caskey (Operations Manager Seaweeds and Oil) the day was a rich learning experience.

Taking in the atmosphere, being able to see, touch and smell the young Mānuka trees, we all had a new-found appreciation for the tireless work Murray, Bill McClutchie (Plantation Harvest & Development Manager) and the team are doing there.

Q&A sessions kept Wayne Campbell (Technical Manager) and Kath Coopey (Technical Advisor) and Murray on their toes and the afternoon was filled with stimulated conversations on all things Mānuka.

All in all, our staff Christmas gathering was a fantastic event and a great opportunity for us to learn, share and celebrate the company’s success for 2016.

Conference Attendees Loved Mānuka Gift Packs

Categories:

Attendees at the recent NZ Association of Intermediate and Middle Schooling (AIMS) conference were impressed to receive goodie bags stocked with Melora and Mānuka Secrets Mānuka products. The Welcome gift packs set the scene for a three-day programme featuring an equally impressive range of keynote speakers, tour activities and a gala dinner.

NZ AIMS has a vision to embed “best practice in educating emerging adolescents”. The 2016 conference theme of Together Towards Tomorrow brought together a range of highly talented and experienced keynote speakers who were all asked to inspire, educate, motivate and encourage participants on their educational journey.

As New Zealand Mānuka Group is a loyal and dedicated supporter of our local communities, this was an important and very worthwhile conference for our company to support. We were equally thrilled to hear that the delegates enjoyed their Mānuka products so much.

“I wanted to extend our thanks for your donation of products and assistance with the NZ AIMS conference delegate goodie bags,” wrote conference organizer, Jo Finlay. “The bags played an important part in welcoming our delegates to the Eastern Bay of Plenty and it enabled them to get a taste of all the wonderful things our region has to offer.”

The conference attracted over 150 delegates from all over New Zealand, and even a few representatives from Australia. Held at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, a high-tech new campus in Whakatane, visitors to the region also took the opportunity to participate in local tours organised including a trip to White Island.

“We conducted a survey to gain insight into some of the economic benefits that this conference brought to our region,” said Jo Finlay. “It’s great to see that events such as this really do bring financial returns to our region.”