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Ocean Water a winner at NZ Food Producer Awards 2022

Monday, June 13th, 2022
At the latest New Zealand Food Producer Awards 2022, both Taipa Salt Pig (Gold) and Ocean Water (Silver) were awarded medals, for their respective products, sea salt and freshwater from saltwater. It’s a nice story, you can find on their websites, and being close neighbours a very synergistic and complimentary relationship.
We currently offer both Ocean Water and Taipa Salt Pig as a combo sample pack. Order online for delivery anywhere in the country, if you don’t live in the Taipa or adjacent region, and receive a 50gm pack of Taipa sea salt with your case of 16x350mL Ocean water. 
And we believe freshwater from seawater is a bottled water category you will be seeing a lot more of over coming years. As recent demand for traditional and contemporary mineral and spring waters, from groundwater, has grown so too has interest in alternative harvested waters, from glaciers, icebergs and rain, to give a few examples. And unlike municipal desalinated water, these brands will be aimed at the bottled water consumer.
But for now you have the opportunity to enjoy one of the world’s first, and a unique New Zealand water, in Ocean Freshwater from Seawater. What we also like about Ocean is that it is not a true distilled water void of minerals, even though desalination in this instance is a distillation process, but a water with residual minerals that give it a distinct and subtle flavour on the palate. And a water we enjoyed very much sampling.

Ipu Pakore – The Broken Gourds

Monday, June 8th, 2020

For ten years we had a physical store on Mt Eden Road, a couple of blocks from the base of Mt Eden. Every working day we drove or walked past Water Street to the Water Shop. I often thought that Water Street would be an apt address for our business, but it was a short dead-end street lined with ageing warehouses and ending at a railway line bordering Auckland’s Mount Eden prison. Probably not the ideal location for a retail water store!

There are many Water Streets. So how did this Water Street get its name?  According to history, Water Street marks the location of Ipu Pakore spring. Ipu Pakore in Maori means ‘the broken gourds’ and was named after two women who were ambushed on their return from fetching water during the raids of the famed Maori warrior, Kawharu. The spring supplied Maungawhau (Mount Eden) pa, and this was where Puhihuia met her lover Ponga before they eloped across the Manukau Harbour.

Today the spring is a swampy patch beside the railway line at the end of Water Street. I’m not sure I would drink the water from the spring these days, perhaps a sign of the times and why classic mineral and spring waters are as treasured now as they were in times past.

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