Tahi - A place of plenty

Located in the north of New Zealand’s North Island, a wild and remote location, with a warm, sub-tropical climate. Tahi is a story of forests rejuvenated, wetlands reborn and native wildlife returned and flourishing. Tahi (meaning ‘first’ or ‘one’) was taken from the name given to this land by Māori - Ohuatahi - meaning ‘first place of plenty’.

Today, Tahi is a world-class nature sanctuary and ecological retreat, producing premium, sustainable, 100% natural honeys and performance-led skincare. Fully traceable, carbon negative and planet positive, all our honey is extracted and packaged in our own facilities. That way, we know it’s natural, pure and potent, from our hives to your home.

‘‘To restore stability to our planet, we must restore its biodiversity, the very thing we have removed.”

The transformative power of biodiversity

At Tahi, we are inspired by purpose. We take a strategic, science-based approach to restoring ecosystems. For two decades, we have restored ecosystems to enhance biodiversity and maximize carbon absorption. Our vision is to continue to expand Tahi’s positive and enduring impact on the wellbeing of our planet and people, by allocating 100% of our profits from the sales of our honey and skincare products to our restoration and community projects in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Our strategic approach means we don’t just ‘plant trees’, we carefully consider what species we plant, when we plant and where we plant, which ensures we accelerate the restoration of rich, biodiverse ecosystems.

Biodiversity matters

A forest made up of trees of different shapes and sizes will capture more sunlight and as a result, improve carbon-capture effectiveness, compared to a single or mono crop forest, boosting the fight against climate change, while also increasing biodiversity by offering a variety of food sources and habitats which support a rich tapestry of bird and animal species.

Pine monoculture forest

  • Sprinters: Fast-growing species with a high initial rate of carbon sequestration.
  • Non-native species that doesn’t provide the range of seeds, fruits, nectar and resources to fully support biodiversity.
  • Low resilience against natural hazards.
  • Incentivised by the carbon market.

Native & biodiverse forests

  • Slower growing initially, however carbon sequestration rate can equal pine before 25 years.
  • Supports a wide range of biodiversity, including plants, birds and insects.
  • Higher resilience to natural hazards such as forest fires and cyclones.
  • Long-term carbon sequestration and biodiversity potential not reflected in the carbon market.

Carbon negative

We go beyond carbon net zero. We actively remove excess carbon from the atmosphere by planting biodiverse, native trees on a large scale – over half a million trees to date (and counting). They serve as incredibly important carbon sinks, while our thriving ecosystems enable biodiversity to flourish, a critical outcome for sustainable climate action. In fact, our forests, wetlands and lakes absorb more carbon from the atmosphere than is produced in all of our activities, including our honey production, this is why we are carbon negative.

As well as Mānuka, Kānuka and Pōhutukawa trees for honey production, we also plant a wide variety of indigenous trees, including the giants of ancient New Zealand forests, Pūriri and Kauri, which can sequester and store carbon for up to 1,500 years. We have been transforming endangered ecosystems into thriving biodiverse habitats for local flora and fauna. Our local bird species has grown from 20 to 71 (more than many national parks) as a direct result of our conservation work, including 25 species that are threatened. Birds in New Zealand are a key indicator of ecosystem health.

Our forests, wetlands and lakes absorb more carbon from the atmosphere than is produced in all of our activities, including our honey production, this is why we are carbon negative.

Circularity model

Tahi’s business powers our vision. Our honey and skincare brands support the enhancement of biodiversity. With a philosophy that what we take from the land should be replenished, 100% of our profits are returned to our award-winning conservation and community projects in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and always will be.