Join Our Quest
With Whaiora, our quest is to support your pursuit of wellbeing by making it easy to add balance to your daily food choices. This means finding the best natural ingredients for our smoothie blends.
The first step in creating the perfect blend was to find the best produce. The Whaiora team journeyed in search of fruits, vegetables, oats, milk and honey that were produced in the most natural ways and consistent with our Whaiora values. Most importantly, we wanted to find people throughout Aotearoa and beyond who care about nurturing our world as much as we do. It took us a couple of years (phew!), but we did it. A real-food smoothie blend – It's natural goodness made easy.
Read on to discover more about our featured ingredients for this season. As the seasons change, we’ll share some more of our partner’s stories.
Throughout our journey, this was one of the whakataukī (proverbs) that guided our quest.
Southern Fresh Foods were growing nutrient packed spinach before we even knew what a superfood was! Located in the fertile, lush growing area in the heart of Waikato, they’ve been working the land for over 30 years. They’re Aotearoa’s leading growers of high quality baby vegetables, salad, and herbs.
With over 500 acres of land for growing and cultivating, the farm provides Whaiora with premium baby leaf spinach.
New Zealand is the world’s largest producer of boysenberries. They’re a hybrid cross between raspberries and blackberries.
Taylor Pass Honey provide the sweetness to our Whaiora smoothie powders. You’ll find them on Taylor Pass Road in Malborough, nestled among one of the most untouched and breathtaking places on earth.
Alongside our honey powder supplier GS Foods, we’re delighted to work with a company so passionate not only about producing a top-quality product, but working sustainably too. Whether it's reducing travel between hives, or ensuring there is a minimal footprint left behind when beekeepers visit a site, everything is measured and managed. Taylor Pass believe everything is connected; the unique land that surrounds them, the bees, and the staff. The way they see it, they have a responsibility to look after it all and because they do, the land stays untouched and breathtaking for the next generation.
Magical blackcurrants – the secret’s in the water
Sujon also provide us with blackcurrant powder. They get the fresh fruit from Omihi farmers Karen and Gary Tomes and their son (who manages the farm). The blackcurrants are picked and sent straight to Sujon for freezing, sealing in the wonderful flavours and nutrients.
The blackcurrants are super tasty and we’re told the secret is in the extraordinary water used in the irrigation process. It’s sourced from a closed aquifer and has been carbon dated back to 23,000 years old. Gary tells us it’s true mineral water which is slightly effervescent and high in nutrients, meaning the blackcurrants are some of the juiciest in the country.
The Hauraki Plains Gift UsFeijoas
We’re obsessed with feijoas! And we found someone who loves them as much as us. Owned and run by Hannah and Earle McIntosh, Kaihere Orchard grows feijoas, and only feijoas. You’ll find them nestled at the base of the Hapūkone ranges. Fun fact: the first European settlers named the area “The Orchard” after the quince and peach trees grown by local Maori. The unique characteristics found in the soils of the Hauraki Plains impart a distinct (and delicious!) flavour on the fruit. With two generations of orchardists, the McIntosh family has plenty of experience in producing some of the tastiest feijoas in Aotearoa.
This delicious fruit is popular in New Zealand. It’s packed full of dietary fibre, iodine, and vitamin C.
The delicious milk we use in Whaiora comes from a Maori owned company Miraka. Miraka means Milk and they are located near Taupo the heart of New Zealand dairy. Miraka prides itself on the stewardship of its natural resources. They are guided by their cultural values, which have been passed down through many generations. They are the kaitiaki (guardians) of this land, and their vision is to nuture our world.
They have developed a best practice model to help carry this responsibility forward from environmental care to animal welfare and resource management. The people at Miraka recognize that this is essential to ensure that all they do is to the highest of standards and this is carried throughout – from the pasture to our nourishing smoothie powder.
One of the most nutritious foods on the planet, milk is loaded with protein, vitamin B12, and calcium.