We currently offer one superb honey – Manuka honey. We are currently harvesting and supplying the honey in bulk locally, but we believe strongly in the “paddock to jar” concept as we believe our honey is superior and our customers should know their honey is special. Hence, Hunter-Reilly has arrived.
Our honey, under the Hunter-Reilly banner, is not currently retailed anywhere in the world. This is a new brand for an established honey. It is destined for boutique markets. We also produce and operate The Hive Doctor. This product line demonstrates our deep passion for bees and their wellbeing.
The Hive Doctor produces revolutionary components or hardware for beehives. One such component is known as a “bottom board” that helps prevent the diseases that are such a serious threat to bee populations world-wide. We continue to produce and source other leading-edge products for bee-keeping. Sales across New Zealand and Australia are exceeding all expectations.
Our ethics and sustainability
Our bees are our heroes. Our promise is superior Manuka honey. Our commitment is to the health of the bees and our customers.
Every step is important to us. From the paddock to the jar.
If we do not think our bees will prosper in a location, we won’t put them there. If the Manuka supply is insufficient, too sparse or interspersed with other flowers, we’ll find a better spot. If we think the bees will be stressed by movement, we won’t do it. If we think the honey does not reflect our promise, we will not put it in a jar.
We believe the most damaging thing we can do is mislead our customers. The most promising thing we can dois protect the bees.
Internationally, Varroa mite, American Foulbrood, European Foulbrood, Small Hive Beetle, Colony Collapse Disorder are all having a devastating effect on hive health and bee populations. We are determined to do as much as we can to counter these issues, indeed we currently avoid them altogether.
Our hives are positioned far from areas where insecticides are used, and cleanliness and hive maintenance is supreme.
We ensure that what we tell our customers they’ll get – they get. Our testing and associated documentation is thorough, 100 percent compliant with food safety and labelling regulations and our testing is independently undertaken.
Manuka Honey is Special
Manuka honey is one of the most effective, natural health products known to humans and has been used throughout history to heal and restore.
Produced from the nectar of the Manuka tree that grows wild in New Zealand, Manuka honey has always been special, but now, it is becoming well appreciated internationally that New Zealand Manuka honey is particularly special.
We believe in the proven health benefits of Manuka honey and its range of antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, which make it extremely effective in treating a wide variety of health conditions… earning it an enviable reputation as a premium honey on a global scale.
And here’s the bonus, the taste is truly divine.
We promise the thick, dark, creamy honey unique to the Manuka plant. Our honey has a full-bodied smooth texture with strong, earthy flavours and aroma and a delicious, lingering after-taste.
What does active mean?
“Active Manuka” honey is required to give the full benefit to the body. “Active” means it has antibacterial activity contained in it.
There are many names in the industry to explain the antibacterial strength of Manuka honey, however they all relate back to a scale called Non-Peroxide Activity (NPA) to grade the honey. NPA is an indicator of the activity in the honey. It is a very accurate test that was specifically developed to meet the needs of the honey industry in New Zealand.
Manuka honey should be given a rating by an independent laboratory. Activity levels can range from 5+ up to 25+. To your right is a chart showing different activity ratings and associated benefits.