In keeping with our desire to celebrate the best of what New Zealand has to offer, our labels are adorned with some of our beautiful native birds. They’re drawn by artist Yolanda Kloppenberg, who is known by the name TinyKiwi. Yolanda grew up in rural New Zealand and her artwork reflects her love of nature, simplicity and colour.
If you’re not familiar with New Zealand’s birds, here’s a little bit more about those that you’ll see on our jars.
The kōtare is our native kingfisher and appears on our Manuka honey label. You’ll see their beautiful green/blue feathers shine in the sunlight as they sit on a branch waiting for their next meal. They live all over New Zealand in a wide range of habitats.
The kererū is a wood pigeon, also known as a kūkū or kūkupa. They’re only found in New Zealand and you’ll see them on our rewarewa honey jars. If you’re in the forest, you may hear them before you see them, with their heavy wing beats. But you’ll be dazzled by their beautiful, colourful plummage when you do spot them sitting peacefully in a tree above you.
The pūkeko can be found all over New Zealand and looks great on our Manuka blend honey. Their brilliant red beaks and frontal shields (the bit on the top of their heads), along with their big feet, long legs and purple chest make them striking characters. They’re also known by the less glamourous name of the purple swamphen but they live in a range of habitats.
Tūī are much like our honey bees - they love the nectar from our native flowers. You’ll recognise tūī by the bright white tuft on their chest. From a distance, the rest of their plummage looks black but if you look closer, you’ll find it’s got a beautiful green/blue sheen to it. As a lover of many different nectars, it’s only right for the tūī to represent our multiflora honey.
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