'Ngā Mihi': Far North honey business thanks public after devastating hive attack

Kai Ora Honey in Awanui is owned by the Murray family.
Kai Ora Honey in Awanui is owned by the Murray family. Photo credit: Facebook/Kai Ora Honey

A family-owned honey business in the Far North has sent a heartfelt message of thanks to the public for their messages of support, after an attack on their hives in August.

The attack at Kai Ora Honey in Awanui, north of Kaitaia destroyed around 40 hives and millions of bees.

The company is owned by a group of siblings who founded it after the death of their father at the age of 44.

The Murray family's business exports honey around the world and the family is also respected for the contribution they make to the local community and support they provide to smaller beekeepers.

In a Facebook post, the family responded to the many messages of support since the attack.

"Words cannot express our gratitude to each and every one of you that have wished us well and sent kind words of Aroha and support," it said.

"We would also like to say Thank you to all those that have kindly offered to help financially, but we would have to humbly decline, as we hope to recover some lost beehives via insurance."

The family said they hoped those responsible had seen all the messages and had learnt a lesson about amazing bees and their importance to our planet.

"We have experienced adversity in our past and know that with all your support and kindness, from here it is it only onwards and upwards."

"From our whanau to yours, Nga Mihi."