There is 720,000 ha of manuka/kanuka bushland in the North Island of Aotearoa, representing 6% of the total land mass. It is estimated that theTai Tokerau district (Northland) comprises approximately 15% of this total, delivering 108,000 ha of manuka/kanuka bushland. A development that would provide an oil extraction facility to support Grower-Producer landowners throughout the district. Expansion of capacity in the rohe that would help enhance the District / Kaitaia to become the manuka-kanuka capital of Aotearoa/NZ supporting a local NZ$500M pa cooperative enterprise processing oil from Grower-Producer members.
As much of the whenua in the rohe is Maori freehold land, Maori input into the project is essential to the “Tikanga Compliance” process that is to apply to the growing and harvesting of the taonga and its processing through a cooperative structured enterprise. One owned and operated by landowners throughout the rohe who become Grower-Producer shareholder members of the Co-Op. 33% of a Grower-Producer’s manuka/kanuka taonga would be harvested each year in keeping with taonga protection and the protocols of Tikanga as required by "Big Jim Wikotu, pictured in image to right on his Rongopopoia Marae site in May of 2016 when the Co-Ops founders attended a hui to receive a karakia from Big Jim on the launch of the Co-Op's research phase.
Kaitaia is considered to be the ideal location to support a contract based harvesting operation. One that (1) starts with our launch harvesting team commencing cutting operations on Grower-Producer properties and then (2) trucking the raw foliage to the Kaitaia facility for oil extraction through the distillation process. Building the Grower-Producer supplier base will be a relatively straight forward process as negotiations are “one on one” with general freehold landowners. An easier negotiating party/process compared with the Maori freehold land system where multiple ownership often makes closing such arrangements more difficult.
Aotearoa/NZ is facing an ever growing number of bio-security risks.One of these is degradation of our waterways. Manuka helps mitigate this.
Landowners will be paid for their manuka / kanuka foliage collected by the Co-Op from their farm gate.
Whanau owned whenua provides a great platform for the Co-Ops manuka and kanuka oil collection and extraction operations.
This Co-Op was a casualty of primary sector consolidation that marginalized rural Maori communities that must be rebuilt.
The Business Plan prepared for the Co-Op has created a template based blueprint for the harvesting of 125,000,000 trees within one decade. This modelling is predicated on 500 whanau-on-the-whenua harvesting on average, 100 ha of land which has a stocking rate of 2,500 trees per ha for a total land mass under harvest of 50,000ha. Assuming (1) 6 tons of foliage per ha, this would (2) deliver 300,000 tons of foliage in total from which (3) an estimated 900,000 kgs of oil would be extracted with (4) Grower-Producer farm gate payments totaling NZ$270M.
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