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Aotea

Aotea

Founder of the Aotea brand, Tama, grew up on Great Barrier Island – Aotea in Māori. It’s where his whanau and hapu are from and it is here that the native ingredients for all our products hail from.


While the summers were long and idyllic, winter life on the island would take on a harsher edge. Well off the beaten track, the island is void of electricity and running water. Tama’s kuia – his grandmother – would be sure to always have a pot of kumarahou or kawakawa tonic simmering on the woodstove during the cooler months. These tonics became a regular part of the whanau diet, as without access to common household medicines they became the natural rongoa – remedies/medicines – for their winter worries.


This provided the inspiration for aotea – a culmination of traditional Māori herbal remedies as well as a desire to create sustainable business for whanau. It is these traditions that have formed the basis of the recipes for all our products and it is this desire to create sustainable business that makes us passionate about what we do.   


Harakeke Seed Oil Night Cream Homewares and Lifestyle
Harakeke Seed Oil Night Cream Homewares and Lifestyle

Harakeke Seed Oil Night Cream

The key tenant in Aotea's rejuvenating night cream is the Harakeke seed (flaxseed). Harakeke seeds are rich in Omega's 3 and 6 which make it super nourishing for the skin. Omega 3 in particular plays ..

$55.00
Manuka Honey Day Cream Homewares and Lifestyle
Manuka Honey Day Cream Homewares and Lifestyle

Manuka Honey Day Cream

What we put on our skin is ultimately absorbed into our body - which is why we make our face cream with the most natural and simple restorative ingredients. Aotea's face cream is so natural its conten..

$55.00
Kawakawa Healing Balm Homewares and Lifestyle
Kawakawa Healing Balm Homewares and Lifestyle

Kawakawa Healing Balm

A multi purpose healing balm based on traditional use of Kawakawa for irritations, abrasions and pains. Kawakawa leaves have a super high anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and analgesic content making..

$18.00