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Kai Ora Honey - a proud legacy

Posted on June 16, 2017

The descendants of Ngati Kuri & Te Rarawa, using the vision of their late grandmother Saana Waitai Murray and father Rapine (Rob) Murray, embody Māori economic development through successful, sustainable business in Te Tai Tokerau. 

Opportunities come through people … you must stay humble.

Blanche Morrogh — Kai Ora Honey Ltd.

Started in 2012 with the “most basic of intentions” of creating jobs for whānau and securing their futures, the Awanui whānau behind Kai Ora Honey Ltd has taken their active manuka honey business from the front door to the international market.

The Murray family of Awanui, with Blanche Morrogh (nee Murray) in the centre, are doing their tupuna (ancestors) proud.
The Murray family of Awanui, with Blanche Morrogh (nee Murray) in the centre, are doing their tupuna (ancestors) proud.

Saana and Rapine’s legacy includes a global entity, and now an awarded business leader in the family. In May, Blanche Morrogh (nee Murray) received the prestigious University of Auckland Aotearoa Young Māori Business Leader award for 2017. 

Northland Inc GM Māori Economic Development George Riley said Kai Ora Honey Ltd exemplifies business excellence and success.

“They provide a compelling example of how operating with a strong whānau can be the basis for highly successful business ventures. In discussions with Kai Ora it is evident that the whānau value each other’s opinions, participation and contributions.”

Northland Inc has been able to provide assistance to Kai Ora Honey Ltd with NZTE Vouchers for improving hive maintenance during manuka honey harvesting.