Why New Zealand?

New Zealand is a little piece of paradise tucked away in the south western Pacific Ocean.

In Maori, New Zealand is also known as Aotearoa, which when translated into English, means the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’.

Due to its geographical isolation and island bio-geography, New Zealand developed a distinctive biodiversity of plant life.  80% of the plants and trees growing in the wild are only found in New Zealand.


Nature’s best from New Zealand

Honey New Zealand products are as pure and distinctive as the land they come from. The closer we get to nature, the more likely we are to find a product that replicates natural intention. The colours and flavours found in our products are a reflection of the season in which they were harvested from the hive.

What is MGO?

Methylglyoxal. it’s a toxic compound, found in high concentrations in manuka honey (up to 1000 times greater than in other honey, according to German researchers), and it is considered to give its antiseptic edge.

MGO in manuka honey It was discovered in 2008, by Professor Thomas Henle of University of Dresden, Germany. He said that it is  Methylglyoxal that gives Manuka honey its unique antibacterial properties.

Dietary Methylglyoxal is resistant to heat, body fluids, light, and enzymatic activity, thus considered very stable. This is why this compound found in manuka honey can be considered superior to the glucose oxidase enzyme, which is found in all honeys and gives the hydrogen peroxide antibacterial activity.

Methylglyoxal content can range from 0 mg/kg to 1000mg/kg, because its level can vary from place to place and year to year. Anything higher than 100 mg/kg is considered antibacterial, the higher the concentration, the more antibacterial activity.

The testing done for Methylglyoxal is accurate, with a plus or minus 5% margin of error. The MGO™ Certification is scientific, precise, and transparent and leaves no room for misleading.  It is also very easy to explain to consumers: MGO™ 100+ Manuka Honey means that in 1 kg of honey there are 100 mg of Methylglyoxal.