This week is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week. HVN is proud to support many Māori-owned businesses. This week we will profile the mahi of some of our partners, starting with Kaitahi As One.

HVN recently awarded $54,000 in funding for research to Kaitahi As One, a Māori-owned business who have created an award-winning novel beverage using taonga species (kūmara, pūhā, kawakawa and rewarewa honey) in their frozen smoothy drops.

Found in the freezer section of Aotearoa New Zealand’s major supermarkets, Kaitahi Smoothy Drops with fruits, greens, seeds, and traditional Māori ingredients are blended into a beverage with the simple addition of a liquid. Functional drinks, such as Kaitahi’s, are expected to emerge as the fastest-growing product segment in the non-alcoholic beverage market. Read more about Kaitahi As One.