Miraka leads the way in sustainable milk production
June 22, 2017
Maori farming is on the rise and Miraka dairy factory north of Taupo is leading the way.
The dairy processing plant produces more than 250million litres of milk each year supplied by 100 Maori-owned farms within an 85 kilometre radius of the factory.
Last year Miraka Limited won a Te Tupu-a- Nuku business and innovation award, which goes to Kiwis whose discoveries are seen as a driving force in the community.
At Fieldays this week the company credited its success to is strong sustainability principles based on cultural beliefs of the Maori stakeholders.
Chief financial officer Jason Sheriff said Miraka prided itself on its ethical values like kaitiakitanga, or guardianship.
“It’s about looking after everyone. There’s a really good relationship between our farmers and production team.
“We try to have as much Maori protocol in our business as we can. That means we have a lot more of a focus on the environment than traditional dairy production.”
Sheriff said Maraki has about 40 to 50 shareholders all of whom were Maori farmers or iwi.
Miraka uses a ‘closed-loop’ system of milk production which sees milk fat solids transferred into worm farms, which in turn becomes fertilizer.
Miraka is also a signatory to the Sustainable Dairying Water Accord – a commitment to reduce the effect on freshwater supplies.
At a press conference at Fieldays last week, Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy said the Government was in full support of such initiatives.
“The Government is stepping in and saying ‘how can we help?’ A lot of the funding proposals do involve iwi.”