In the tradition of the first generation to land on our shores, our kaupapa is to create jobs, generate whanau wealth and help rebuild economically marginalized rural communities. As a landowner Co-Op, we target harvesting 50,000 ha of manuka and kanuka within one decade to create a $1B PA sector supported by our groups nursery operations on Kohumaru Station in Northland.
The production of food from the whenua in accordance with traditional agricultural methods saw the original natives, (tangata whenua) of Aotearoa/NZ develop highly productive food cropping areas across much of the country. Agricultural prowess that impressed the colonials who flooded into the country in the early 1800's giving rise to profitable Maori owned enterprises that saw their produce distributed to the cities and even to Australia. Commercial success that was largely terminated with the early colonial's attempts to extinguish native title to land through punitive actions including massive land confiscations that economically devastated tribe after tribe across the land.
However, a few more deals were needed along the way to deliver on this colonial promise
It took a lot of korero (talking) to make it happen.
Across the country, Maori owned and directed business activity and branding is growing in leaps and bounds.
Incorporated in Colorado, USA this is the "treasury" company for the group that all "Whanau on the Whenua" (Grower-Producer) Shareholders have shares in.
Incorporated in Aotearoa/NZ, the Co-Op is the company through which all GMS landowners own "Transacting Member" shares.
Incorporated in Aotearoa/NZ, this company is the skin care & therapeutic products development, sales & marketing entity of the "177 East" brand.
This company was setup to manage the manuka oil farming / essential oil distillation and processing for resale to wholesalers & proprietary brand use.
This company's role is to manage the macadamia tree seedstock program that supports the "Whanau on the Whenua" 1M tree kaupapa.
This company operates and manages the permanent BeeVillage HoneyHuts that will support the "Plant Oil Infused" (POI) honey "Whanau-on-the-Whenua" program.
To all who share our kaupapa, Jim invites you to call and arrange a hui with the team at "Mataatua House" in Opotiki. Call to arrange during our business hours and lets exchange korero. Simply email us at "korero (at) mataatua.rocks" or phone us on +64-7-3158404 to arrange a hui.
PO 886, Whakatane 3158, (correspondence) 8350 SH 35, RD3 Te Kaha, Opotiki District 3199, Bay of Plenty, Aotearoa/NZ
By appointment only.