Air New Zealand has partnered with Aotea to showcase skincare inspired by traditional Maori herbal practices in its new onboard amenity kits for business class and premium economy passengers.

Developed by Aotea on Aotea | Great Barrier Island, the products include native New Zealand ingredients, such as Kawakawa, Harakeke and Manuka.

The Kawakawa balm, exclusive to Business Premier, features just three ingredients, Manuka oil, Kawakawa, and Beeswax. This is a healing balm for treating everything from dry lips to psoriasis, insect bites, and burns. Kawakawa is a plant native to New Zealand and is known for its incredible healing properties.

Harakeke seed oil and Manuka Water hand and body cream, available to Business Premier and premium economy passengers, is packed with Omega 3, 6, and 9, and high in linoleic acid, making it perfect for those with dry skin.

Harakeke is a plant native to New Zealand and has been used for centuries by Maori for its incredible healing properties. Manuka water is an antioxidant extracted from the manuka bush and contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduces redness and heals inflamed skin.

Air New Zealand chief customer and sales officer, Leanne Geraghty, says the partnership is evidence of Air New Zealand’s commitment to supporting local sustainable businesses and showcasing the very best of Aotearoa on the world stage.

“Our partnership with Aotea provides customers with amenities that tell a story inspired by New Zealand’s unique culture. Air New Zealand is proud to support local, Maori owned business and put traditional ingredients that have been used by Maori for centuries into the hands of our customers.

“We believe that our Aotea products will not only enhance the travel experience for our customers but also showcase local suppliers working towards a more sustainable future. It’s a privilege to share these treasures with our customers when they fly with us.”

Aotea founder Tama Toki says the partnership with Air New Zealand is an exciting opportunity to share Maori traditions with the world.

“My grandmother was a Rongoa Maori (Maori medicine) practitioner. She would treat us kids with what we found in the bush and the Aotea range is an expression of that upbringing. It is unique to Aotearoa and something that we bring to life on our ancestral kainga on Aotea.

“As Maori, we are proud to share our traditions. It’s a privilege to be able to see this part of our culture onboard Air New Zealand flights. We hope that it gives those travelling to Aotearoa an insight into our cultural identity.”