We consider ourselves to be kaitiaki or guardians of the resources. The value of kaitiakitanga is that it recognises that we are responsible for the health and vitality of our land, waters and resources. Not only now, but also into the future. We manage what we consider to be our ancestral treasures in a sustainable way that creates opportunities for growth and prosperity
Preserving and enhancing our taonga for the benefit of current and future generations.
Our farming operations comply with industry Environmental Codes of Practice, independently recognised as world leading. These direct best industry practices throughout growing and harvesting, minimising potential effects on the environment. Independent authorities also monitor environmental performance through New Zealand’s resource consent process, requiring independent scientific studies to be conducted on all potential farm sites, and on-going monitoring during the life of the farm.
Greenshell Mussels filter nutrients from the water column and are universally recognised as an ultimate environmentally friendly food source (voted Best Choice by Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch).
We have a strong spiritual connection to our land and are committed to passing it on to future generations in pristine condition.
Sustainable winegrowing and winemaking methods are integral to our values. We strive to work in ways that are gentle on the environment without compromising quality and integrity, and we adhere to the strictest of standards.
Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ)
All of our company vineyards and winery sites are accredited by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. (SWNZ) is managed by New Zealand Winegrowers, the national wine industry body. The programme was developed to provide a best-practice model for environmental sustainability in the industry. Displaying the SWNZ logo guarantees that environmentally sustainable practices have been used from the vineyard to the bottle.
We combine our principles of Kaitiakitanga with world-leading growing programmes that exceed international standards for safe production.
This includes the NZ Pipfruit Integrated Fruit Production (NZP-IFP), which ensures production methods are sustainable and safe as possible for the environment and human health.
Initiatives in Action
Flight Corridors – Encouraging Wildlife and Beneficial Flora
Our land and natural resources are taonga and we protect and nurture them. Since 2009 Kono’s horticulture operation has focused on increasing the presence of native plant landscapes thereby increasing the area of habitat suitable for native wildlife.
A particular focus has been to enhance habitat corridors of native birds such as the Tui, Wax eye, Blue Herring and their flight paths in the region. These paths are their link between the mountains and sea – providing a native shelter to rest and move on – a leap frog effect.
Added benefits of creating the corridor have been replacing deciduous species (which have been known to carry diseases) with native hosts.