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Mixed Herbs Torere Macadamias

great for cooking with –
macadamia stuffed chicken

We’re passionate about Macadamias!

Torere Macadamias are so passionate about macadamias they have developed a 10-year NZ Macadamia Industry Growth Strategy (2018-2029) to increase organic growing of macadamias from 10ha in 2018 to 1000ha in 2029.  They look forward to extending and sharing this journey with you.

The Torere Macadamias team lovingly grows the macadamia plants, tends the macadamia orchards, harvests, processes and markets what we believe are New Zealand’s premium organic macadamia nut kernel and macadamia products.

Torere Macadamias are committed to caring and protecting their land, environment and bees to ensure their macadamia orchard grows the best organic macadamia nuts with pure, healthy wholesome tastes and textures that customers love, view product testimonials.

Torere Macadamias has the largest macadamia nursery in New Zealand and supply 95% of the Home Garden and Commercial macadamia plant market with superior quality plants. To ensure the macadamia plants and nursery is a safe, healthy environment for staff and visitors they do not use fungicides or pesticides.  They are also committed to using natural sustainable growing techniques using the moon phases to grow healthy plants, view tree testimonials.
Torere Macadamias provide invaluable information and advice about growing macadamia nut trees at their monthly macadamia Field Days.  Check the dates on our Field Day page and book your visit soon. Whether you are visiting our website to explore and buy from our growing range of macadamia nut products, looking at developing a commercial macadamia orchard or want a couple of macadamia trees for your back garden; we hope that you too will fall in love with Torere Macadamias.

See us on Country Calendar

On 30 July 2017 we featured on Country Calendar. Click the image below to watch the episode online.

Torere Macadamias on TVNZ Country Calendar

check us out in business central

Commercial variety in full blossom

Macadamia Trees in Blossom - Torere Macadamias

Angelina showing Ian McConachie (Life member Aust. Macadamia Society) our healthy trees loaded with nuts.

Macadamia Trees in Blossom - Torere Macadamias

Commercial dropping variety trial block

Macadamia Trees in Blossom - Torere Macadamias

The Story of Torere Macadamias

Torere History

Torere is a small bay in Eastern Bay of Plenty named after Torerenui-a-rua the beautiful Maori princess who swam ashore from the Tainui waka.  Torere’s Iwi (tribe) is NgaiTai, it has one of the smallest tribal area’s in New Zealand. Torere in Maori means ‘desire’.

Vanessa Hayes was endowed by her tupuna (respected elder) great grand-uncle Wiremu Kerekere; as kaitiaki (caretaker) for this special location, now growing macadamias.

The location has historical significance with taonga (ancient tools) discovered on-site under the largest pohutukawa on main-land NZ.

Macadamia development at Torere

Vanessa Hayes pioneered research and trials for commercial high producing dropping macadamia nut varieties in New Zealand. Together with partner Rod, they obtained exclusive rights for their imported varieties, built the largest macadamia plant nursery and planted the largest orchard of these new specialist macadamia varieties at Torere.  Vanessa’s three adult children (Raelyn, Angelina and Walter) have been involved from the outset and continue to assist; including their own children in all avenues of the business.

Angelina and Walter have had turns managing the Nursery and the Orchard from 2001 with help from Raelyn.  The nursery closed in 2012 for 12 months (Global Recession and Vanessa had cancer). Walter re-opened and began restocking the nursery from 2013-2015, Angelina took over from June 2016 to June 2018 and Walter took over again to project manage the nursery expansion from 5,000 to 50,000 plants.  Torere Macadamias now employs 8 fulltime nursery and orchard staff at Torere managed by Walter, and 2 fulltime and 1 part-time product packaging and sales and marketing staff are based in Gisborne.

Vanessa developed the NZ Macadamia Industry 10 year Growth Strategy in 2018 and is fully involved in achieving this goal.  Rod oversees all orchard operations and supports Vanessa and Walter with monthly Field Days at Torere to support new growers.

Health benefits of macadamias

Macadamias are gluten free and contain essential minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, selenium and zinc. They are also full of vitamins and a rich source of mono-unsaturated fat that helps lower cholesterol, maintain healthy body lipid profiles and provides protection from coronary artery disease and strokes.