The realisation of Kotahi is a dream come true for our whānau (family) and we are so happy to share it with the world. Kotahi started from very humble beginnings more than 30 years ago in a little town called Masterton found in New Zealand. This was thanks to my father’s love and passion for bee-keeping which stemmed from a young age watching his father tend beehives in their back yard.
In 1989 my father was a one-man band. Based at our residential family home, he had a ute, a hive tool, and sheer determination. Oh, and let’s not forget his subscription to the New Zealand Beekeeper magazine! From here his business grew, and one-by-one each of us 4 children found ourselves working for Dad either driving vehicles, bee-keeping, extracting, raising queens or working in the office. Nowadays even our spouses are working in the business, and hopefully one day our children will join us too.
We have been producing world class honey for a long time now but selling it wholesale. This means other companies would buy our honey and brand it as their own. We thought it was about time we told our own story and shared where exactly this amazing taonga (treasure) is coming from.
The bee in our design represents my mother and father’s heritage; my father being from the west coast of the South Island and my mother a proud Māori from the Wairarapa region. Our logo is an anatomically correct worker bee, designed for us by my cousin.