Every drop of RaKiwi is a gift from nature. So we’ve made it our mission to give the earth a gift back.
We invest a share of revenue to regenerate native forests for a more sustainable future for our planet.
Native forests are critical to restoring health in the land, and the lives of those who care for it. RaKiwi is working with Hikurangi Bioactives on the Tipu Project to regenerate native forests on Māori land in the Waiapū Valley on the majestic East Cape of New Zealand - the first place in the world to greet the dawn each day.
RaKiwi gifts $1.00 from each jar to support Tipu to grow native seedlings that will be planted on Māori land, increasing biodiversity.
Increasing biodiversity to reduce erosion
New Zealand loses millions of tons of soil to erosion each year. Accelerated by loss of native vegetation and heavy rains moving huge amounts of fertile soil and sediment downstream to congest our river systems and smother our coastal marine environments.
Around 26% of land in Tairāwhiti on the East Coast is at risk of severe erosion. The flow-on effect is impacting economies in small coastal communities and their water quality. The natural and cultural values of land and the people are under threat. Re-establishing permanent native forests is key to transforming the health and well-being of the land, and the lives of all who depend on and care for it.
Research on erosion shows native mānuka and kānuka forests are highly effective at holding the land in severe rainstorms. Their strength and dense root structures make these species highly adept at colonising bare, damaged soil, providing shelter and the healthy conditions for regeneration of a wide variety of native species to flourish up from under the canopy. These pioneer species provide a path for natural restoration of New Zealand’s native forest ecosystems.