Te Roroa is an Iwi from the region between the Kaipara Harbour and the Hokianga Harbour in Northland, New Zealand. They operate a number of Iwi owned businesses including a honey operation called Waipoua Honey, named after the forest they boarder and which is home to the largest Kauri tree in New Zealand called Tāne Mahuta.
We began working with Te Roroa over two years ago to look at selling their products through āria foods and the potential to export to oversea markets. At the same time we were talking with Trade Aid about the opportunity to sell Awazibi Maple Syrup through their network and this eventually lead us to connect Te Roroa with Trade Aid and for them to become the first Indigenous sourced, New Zealand based food product accepted for sale through their stores. At the core of the relationship is the recognition that the aims and values of Te Roroa line up with the mission and values of Trade Aid. And even though they may not fit with the traditional notion of aid for developing countries, Te Roroa's commitment to Northland, its aspirations for improving the lives of its people and its role of kaitiaki (guardian) for the lands and forests surrounding it, including Tāne Mahuta, provides Trade Aid with the confidence its support will make a difference in the lives of Iwi and New Zealand as a whole..
You can show your support by shopping at Trade Aid stores and buying Waipoua Honey. The Iwi is also committed to using some of the money generated from honey sales to fighting Kauri Die Back, a disease that is killing Kauri trees across New Zealand. And if you get a chance support Trade Aid by volunteering. They are a great community to be a part of.