We are three sisters Tessa, Adele & Karen. We whakapapa (belong to) the tribes of Ngāti Kahungunu, Tainui, Hauraki, Ngāti Whitikaupeka, Ngāruahine, Ngāti Awa, Rangitāne o Wairau.
We were really lucky to grow up with many happy memories with our whānau, in the beautiful coastal village of Waimārama, Ngāti Kahungunu.
Our Mamaku story started over 10 years ago, when we were asked from our kaumātua (elder) to bring the medicinal effects of the Mamaku into a modern context, as many people cannot go to the forest these days to gather traditional medicines. Thankfully, we feel we have achieved this goal and are now moving forward to share with the many, our Mamaku products.
Our vision and purpose is to share te ao Māori (Māori worldview) with others globally so we can support our Taiao (environment), and encourage the connection to Papatūānuku.
Although there are many ferns worldwide, Mamaku, the black tree fern, is native to Aotearoa. Although there are many ferns worldwide, Mamaku, the black tree fern, is native to Aotearoa. Māori believe in genealogy of all things. This includes the Mamaku, which is explicitly connected to the land and our environment. We are committed to maintaining the provenance of Mamaku to Aotearoa, and protecting the rongoā and scientific knowledge for the benefit of New Zealand.
Traceability & Sustainability
We are helping our whānau (family) around the country to develop their land blocks to source Mamaku through wild harvest and cultivated gardens. We can confirm traceability to natural forest lands belonging to Māori. We encourage our whānau to harvest sustainably and to follow tikanga (Māori customs).
We have embarked on a program to develop a customised tikanga (ethical process) for growing, harvesting and processing of our products. These will be developed alongside current certified processing organisations and will be supported with science to guarantee product quality and authenticity.