Jesse Parkinson’s family has been producing food from the land around Kaikoura for over 50 years. It started with a 6ha block in Peketa in the 1950s where the family grew organic vegetables and grains to mill their own flour. Soon after, they started beekeeping and making their own honey, which, decades down the track, gave rise to the business now run by Jesse: Hexagon Mead.

Q&A with Jesse Parkinson of Hexagon Mead

Why North Canterbury? North Canterbury is one of the best back yards anyone could dream of and provides a landscape and climate that is suited both for wine and honey. We have combined the two with our products, all of which are sourced from the region and provide a range of distinct flavours that are all worth celebrating.

What is your favourite thing to do in North Canterbury? I have a great respect for the rivers of North Canterbury, and like to visit the Ashley Gorge and the upper Hurunui Valley to go whitewater kayaking.

Top three North Canterbury brands? The Bee Box Kaikoura, and all of the local goods stocked there.

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8 Rakanui Road, Kaikoura