From our inception in 2000, Te Mata Exports has been committed to building strong relationships with our suppliers and global customers. Working closely with our growers and packers, we have a proven track record of high grower returns and transparency.
We supply premium produce to key markets in Europe, North America, Middle East, India and Australia. North and South East Asia have been a focus with long standing relationships and sales avenues in key markets such as China, Japan, Taiwan and South East Asia.
Te Mata Exports supplies over half a million cartons of apples to the global market as well as avocados, cherries and citrus. Te Mata also sources Californian Citrus for our Asian and Middle Eastern customers with quality control and support provided by our partners (MG Marketing) North American 0ffice.
In 2012 MG Marketing established a joint venture with Te Mata Exports becoming a 50% shareholder in the company. MG Marketing is a New Zealand based grower cooperative, marketing and supplying fresh produce to New Zealand, Australian and global consumer markets. Along with their Australian trading division, LaManna Group, they are at the forefront of initiatives in supply chain management, quality assurance, storage, packaging and delivery innovations – all designed to meet today’s consumer needs.
The Legend of Te Mata
Many centuries ago the people living in pa (fortified villages) on the Heretaunga Plains were under constant threat of war from the coastal tribes of Waimarama.
At a gathering at Pakipaki (5km south of Hastings) to discuss the problem, the solution came when a wise old woman sought permission to speak at a meeting in the village. She said “The ways of a woman can sometimes overcome the effects of darkness”.
Hinerakau, the beautiful daughter of a Pakipaki chief, was to be the focal point of a plan. She would get the leader of the Waimarama tribes, a giant named Te Mata, to fall in love with her, turning his thoughts from war into peace. The plan succeeded, but she too fell in love.
The people of Heretaunga, however, had not forgotten the past and with revenge the motive, demanded that Hinerakau make Te Mata prove his devotion by accomplishing seemingly impossible tasks.
The last task was to bite his way through the hills between the coast and the plains so that people could come and go with greater ease.
Te Mata died proving his love and today his half-accomplished work can be seen in the hills in what is known as “The Gap”.
His prostrate body forms Te Mata Peak, the legend says.