Mānuka Honey from Mother Nature to you
Healthy body and healthy mind. The awesome journey of Bee Well Plus Natural Mānuka Honey starts deep in the pristine green hills and valleys of New Zealand’s East Cape region, where grows the unique Mānuka tree, highly prized by the nature’s busiest workers – the honey bee.
In this region of New Zealand, characterised by remote beaches, unspoiled native bush and the mighty Te Urewera National Park, the Mānuka trees flower for a brief few weeks every year. The blooms are sought out and collected by industrious honey bees, which take the rich floral nectar back to their hives, turning it into rare and highly prized golden honey.
Beekeepers across the region, many of them the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand, gather the honey and so the next steps towards the creation of Bee Well Plus products are taken.
Unique to New Zealand, the monofloral Mānuka honey is imbued with properties long recognised to be supportive of human wellness. Even Captain James Cook, first to sail around New Zealand, knew its value, brewing Mānuka tea (and giving the plant the name ‘tea tree’).
ORIGIN OF BIRDS
For many a century the pre–contact Maori developed a sophisticated structure of beliefs and customs about the birds of this land, this Aotearoa, this New Zealand. The basic myths and traditions came with the immigrants from legendary Hawaiki, the original homelands in the Pacific. Changes the Maori made here to these legends were to give them relevance, to make them understandable in the new found natural world. This is shown in the stories of Maui, the man–god hero who is known to islanders throughout the Eastern Pacific. When Maui sought to slay the goddess of death, Hinenuitepo, its was the small local birds such as the fantail, the robin and the whitehead that he took along for company.
Larger birds like the harrier (kahu) and morepork (ruru) had other tasks in the Maori world, they acted as messengers to the gods in the heavens, winging their ways there along spiritual paths. They were the mediums used by tohunga experts to communicate with the gods. Tohunga also applied their skills to practical methods of bird catching. They read the signs of the sky, of the foliage, of the bird life. They oversaw the manufacture and storage of traps, lines and ladders used in hunting in the forests of Tane. They knew that Tane was the
power and origin of all tree, bird and even human life. They recited the proper chants to him and other gods so that birds would be plentiful and the hunting successful.
— from Maori Bird Lore, Murdoch Riley, Viking Sevenseas NZ Ltd, 2001.