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Nurturing the World - Dairying with a difference

Miraka is a dairy company with a difference. It is the only one in the world that uses geo-thermal steam to power its plant. It also uses a worm farm to help get rid of waste.

Richard Wyeth is the chief executive and he says Miraka has a real point of difference in the industry.

"We have a full, closed-loop recycling system, which is reasonably unique in the New Zealand dairy sector. The other thing that is unique about Miraka is that we are predominantly Maori-owned, so 80 percent of our shareholders are Maori trust corporations."

Ngati Tuwharetoa and Ngati Kahungunu own most of the company, and their principles form the blueprint for the way business is done.

"Our vision, which is nurturing our world -- and our shareholders really do want to nurture our world -- we are the kaitiaki, or the guardian of our natural resources. Within our logo we have representations of ranginui and papatuanuku, and it's important that we look after rangi and papa to provide us with the right products that we can then take to the rest of the world and nurture our consumers," Mr Wyeth says.

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Posted: Mon 16 May 2016