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Organic, heritage produce

Hāpai is local, fresh, sustainable, ethical and natural.

 
 
 

Our Journey so far...

 

Hāpai produce is grown in Te Pataka of the Banks Peninsula, restoring a centuries old reputation as an abundant maara kai region.


Our products combine the best of modern science with traditional Māori practice to create a genuine, heritage, spray and blight free crop of gourmet taewa – It’s about regenerating communities and creating kai sustainability and resilience. Hāpai is local, fresh, sustainable, ethical and natural.


Discover for yourself what makes Hāpai Produce unique!

 
 
 

A Thriving Local Kai-Based Economy

“It’s about bringing people home in the right way, not about bringing them home and marginalising them.
And it’s about the collective having goals. It’s all part of our success plan.”

(Peter Ramsden, Director, Koukourārata Development Company)

 

The Koukourārata Development Company (KDC) was established to give effect to the 2025 vision for the Rūnanga: to protect and restore the mauri (life spirit) of the land and its water, and to engage and reconnect whānau with Koukourārata through creating employment, education enterprise and other opportunities for them to return to the beautiful tranquil bay – “to feed the puku and the brain by growing food and providing training and jobs.”

Our vision is based around four strategic pou:

As the commercial entity, KDC has responsibility for innovation and enterprise based around the Four Koukourārata Pou or Strategic Goals:

  1. Matauranga (including education and research)
  2. Economic Development
  3. Employment Opportunities
  4. Bringing whānau home / papakāinga.
 
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TAEWA

HĀPAI PRODUCE IS THE WORLDS FIRST ALL NATURAL TAEWA TO GO TO THE MARKETPLACE.

 

Taewa refers to the collection of varieties of Solanum tuberosum cultivated by the Māori for at least 200 years. There are many varieties of purple potatoes, all of which have a differing look and qualities. The crop grown at Koukourārata are a variety known as: whataroa.

Whataroa, our taewa cultivar has a 300year-old history in New Zealand. It has never been genetically modified and has survived by growing quietly in Māori villages, community gardens and peoples back gardens since the arrival of Captain Cook. Up until the late 19th century Māori were growing these purple potatoes commercially.

Weeding and maintenance are vital to our product quality. We are delighted to partner with the Department of Corrections in the care of our gardens. In return we support workers to gain their Certificate in Horticulture through Lincoln University.

Like potatoes, taewa are a good source of carbohydrate and for this reason provide energy and keep you full for longer.  They are also a good source of vitamin C and contain dietary fibre and potassium at dietary significant levels.  The coloured skin and flesh varieties contain higher levels of phytonutrients.
 

Taewa are good for boiling and steaming and have a sweet, nutty flavour and smooth texture. The skin is very tender so peeling is unnecessary. They are best crushed rather than mashed, make a great potato salad but are not good for roasting. Like all potatoes they should be stored in a cool dark place to maintain quality.

 
 
 

The Hāpai Heritage

“The people of Koukourārata think of their beautiful little bay as heaven and “once you’ve found heaven, you never want to leave…”

 

Koukourarata was the largest Māori settlement in Canterbury in the mid-1800s with a population of around 400 and a reputation for its abundance of kai – both māra kai and kaimoana – it’s in the whakapapa. Even today, Koukourarata has rich kai reserves in its kaimoana (especially mussels) and its expansive māra kai that have been established in a sunny, sheltered gully within easy walking distance of the settlement. Te Rūnanga o Koukourarata is also a joint venture partner in commercial mussel farms in the outer stretches of the bay.


The Koukourārata Development Company (KDC) was established to give effect to the 2025 vision for the Rūnanga: to protect and restore the mauri (life spirit) of the land and its water, and to engage and reconnect whānau with Koukourārata through creating employment, education enterprise and other opportunities for them to return to the beautiful tranquil bay – “to feed the puku and the brain by growing food and providing training and jobs.”

 

Currently KDC operates two successful mussel farming joint ventures with Sanfords, is developing and building a Whare Wānanga, purchased Le Bons Bay School and has been successful in attracting science and whānau ora funding to develop land economies at Koukourarata.

In 2014 Koukourārata teamed up with the Bio Husbandry Unity at Lincoln University to assist them with developing their land and their taewa cultivar to grow a spray-free, blight free crop. This crop is now ready for harvesting and has a potential yield of between 6 – 8 tonnes. Effectively the 2017 taewa crop will be a pilot/test case for the Hāpai brand as a step towards creating a local economy based around fresh, organic kai.

Special to this project is the engagement with and support of the Department of Corrections whose clients have been instrumental in maintaining the crop as part of their PD.

While the current crop are spray and pesticide free, they are not certified organic. KDC is currently going through the certification process.

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Koukourārata

Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata
9 Puāri Road, Banks Peninsula
Port Levy/Koukourārata, 

(03) 339 8308
koukourarata@ngaitahu.iwi.nz

Lincoln University

Lincoln University
Ellesmere Junction
Road/Springs Road
Canterbury, New Zealand

0800 10 60 10
info@lincoln.ac.nz

 
 
 
 

Kōrero Mai

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