The base rock of the Coromandel Peninsula is greywacke, a sedimentary rock deposited on the sea floor about 150 million years ago. Its later uplift and folding formed the Coromandel Range and the peninsula’s general shape. Between 20 and 10 million years ago a string of large andesitic volcanoes dominated the peninsula. They erupted intermittently, spewing lava and scattering ash and debris. All that remains of them are the ‘plugs’ or molten magma at their centres, the surrounding rock long eroded away. A later volcanic period beginning about nine million years ago produced rhyolites in place of the older andesites. Instead of forming volcanic cones, rhyolites exploded from calderas – large, deep craters – and formed sheets of ignimbrite in places. Remnant spines and domes of calderas are found south of Whitianga, Home of the Coromandel Mountains Company Ltd, our Kaupapa Partner, the worlds only organically certified manuka / kanuka producing station.
MOT is working with Whitianga based, Coromandel Mountains Co Ltd as its "kaupapa partner", a long established, local whanau owned manuka and kanuka oil operator on the Coromandel Peninsula. A company that shares the MOT kaupapa of making the Coromandel rohe (region) the heart of (1) the "organically certified" and (2) the "tikanga compliant" manuka and kanuka oil industry in Aotearoa/NZ.
Manuka-kanuka oil extraction facility and site of the pop-up shop pilot operation for manuka oil products.
There is over 108,000 ha of manuka and kanuka bushland within a two hour drive of Paeroa. That's over half a billion dollars worth of oil!
The development of a maoritanga theme is planned for the front of the building to create the theme for the tikanga compliant manuka and kanuka health and wellness consumer products that will be sold here.
A South African boer (farmer) who has worked and managed farms and orchards in the Eastern BOP for over 17 years, "Rhino" is a farming prodigy who has the skills required to direct the entire farming operations.
A US citizen based in Florida, Linda is a qualified beauty therapist who owned & operated her own beauty salons in South Africa who is directing the US fulfillment center and retail shop launch.
As a former investor in an organic teatree farming /TGA licensed therapeutic products facility in northern NSW, Nic has many years of experience in the essential oils industry and its downstream consumer products.
Te Upokorehe iwi/hapu collective rangatira and Tairawhiti/Mataatua rohe kaitiaki, Jim's tribal investment interests were founding shareholders of the Co-Op and have far reaching connections into Maori organizations nationally.
Whanarua Bay landowner Rickson and his whanau own magnificent nursery land that is to provide a support facility for the manuka, kanuka and macadamia seedling programs and will host the POI honeyhut trials.
Linda, Cheryl and Shona have been friends through the NZ Childrens Arthouses organization for over 25 years. Here they are toasting to teaming up to open the Florida hub with art creating the Maoritanga theme.
We manage tree nursery operations to expand available tree stock.
We harvest the foliage by hand to ensure proper tree management.
We extract the oil from the leaf through a distillation process.