A love of nature, a deep understanding of science, and a driving passion to develop scientifically-backed, innovative health solutions.

Meet our founder, Nicki Peek. Growing up on a Wildlife Sanctuary in Africa, with a father who dedicated his life to conservation, Nicki always knew she would follow in his footsteps.

Nicki eventually made her way to New Zealand, and contributed to local conservation efforts at any opportunity. After learning about the plight of bees worldwide, she completed a beekeeping course and spent winters travelling to remote areas of Mānuka bushland, meticulously checking beehives to make sure the queen and worker bees were healthy. She immersed herself in the magical world of bees and hasn’t looked back.

Honuka was born in the middle of a global pandemic, using sustainably sourced manuka honey from rural landowners around New Zealand. With a heightened focus on health and wellbeing, Nicki searched the world over for science-based supplements that would not only be good for her but for the planet, too, and discovered Lypearl, a liposomal technology which increased the absorption of vitamins by up to 90%. Combined with Mānuka honey, liposomal vitamins create a gentle yet powerful boost to the body.

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Our inspiration...
how bees see

Whereas humans may see a simple white Mānuka flower, Bees perceive these flowers in splashes of vibrant UV, an evolutionary trait developed by Mānuka to attract bees for pollination. This allows bees to differentiate Mānuka from other plants and evaluate which flowers contain the most nectar and pollen.

At Honuka, we like the way these bees see the world and use this as inspiration for our brand palette. Seeing in UV equips bees with a detailed, colour-encoded map of where to locate Mānuka flowers and where to precisely target the nourishing nectar in order to collect the most pollen.

It is this nectar and pollen that contain the identifying DNA and the four prized attributes of the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) of Honuka’s Mānuka honey.

At the heart of our business is a love of nature, a deep understanding of science, and a driving passion to develop scientifically-backed, innovative health solutions.

Why is the bee so important?

Bees are essential for the health of people and the planet. Their honey and other products have medicinal properties, and as pollinators, they’re crucial for our food supply. We've come to appreciate bees not just for their honey but for promoting food security and biodiversity. However, rising threats like pesticide use and urbanisation are causing bee populations to decline, impacting many of Earth’s ecosystems. Losing bees would affect honey supplies and, more importantly, global food security and biodiversity. Without them, the world would be a very different place!

Ready to join us in celebrating the remarkable bee?