It all began with a rescue!
But unlike most knights in shining armour this guy was on a pushbike and the damsel in distress had a flat tyre. He was a butcher, she was a teacher and he thought she was a honey and so the story begins...
Steens Manuka - Our Story
In a one room beach shack hugging New Zealand’s beautiful coast, newlywed Paul lived with his Queen Bee Sheryl.
They were young and full of dreams. Bees captured their imagination and their burgeoning career in beekeeping began. Butcher in residence was no longer, Sheryl continued teaching so they could eat.
Soon after purchasing their first 3 beehives the company began to grow wings - literally millions of them. The fast growing kiwifruit industry was screaming out for quality beehives for pollination. Honey was being harvested, hauled and sold for local and overseas consumption. The company was growing at a rapid rate and so was the family - now six!
It was a challenging and exciting time.
Then in the 1980’s, research by Dr Peter Molan at the University of Waikato revealed the unique properties of Manuka. Steens decided to focus solely on producing this incredible honey. They became one of the founding members of the AMHA (Active Manuka Honey Association) now known as the UMF association. 33 years later Steens continues to be a critical part of the Manuka Honey industry in NZ, and investing in continued scientific research, support and advisory to government. Steens have one of the largest Manuka beekeeping operations in the world, with hives distributed across the North Island of New Zealand.
Our commitment is to ensure our consumers get the very best honey that is bio available and through our innovative technology we are able cold press our Manuka, ensuring all the goodness, flavours and aromas are retained. Unlike most Manuka Honey, we do not secondary process or cream our honey which means it has not been heated to high temperatures during processing which can strip out nutritional benefits.