WATER IS A PRECIOUS RESOURCE, and we work hard to ensure it stays clean and pure. We actively preserve, protect and monitor its use on our orchard
Maungatapere Berries recognises the absolute value in both limiting our water use as much as possible and also protecting the water resources that we have. We are lucky that we live in a fairly temperate climate, meaning we get lots of sunshine, but equally a good deal of rain. We have designed our growing tunnels so that the fruit are protected from the impact of rain but still make use of the excess water by returning it to the natural aquifer and also storing it on the property for future use. We also regularly test our water to make sure it is safe for our fruit, our workers and our consumers.
With our kiwifruit blocks, because they are designed to allow rain to fall through the canopy to reach the roots, heavy rain that runs over the surface is captured and returned to the orchard lake. The water is diverted through a small wetland area which is planted to filter any nutrient and silt particles to keep the lake and the stream that it feeds into clean and clear.
Maungatapere Berries have replanted natives around the dam (riparian planting), making sure any run off from the orchard is filtered before it reaches the dam. We also have a small wetland area which assists in the filtering of run-off from the orchard.
We are committed to protecting all of our valuable resources so that we can continue to grow sustainably into the future.