This Beautiful Brew Was Inspired By The Indigenous Maori of New Zealand

by Natalie Mouradian on 09/06/2017 | 2 Minute Read

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Ora Ale is a special brew straight from New Zealand. The origins of this beer are reflected in the design of the label, which includes beautiful illustrations depicting the area from which the ingredients are harvested from.

“Ora Ale is not just a normal beer, Ora is brewed to a recipe handed down through the generations with loving devotion and a profound respect for tradition. This and the indigenous herb Kawakawa are responsible for its smooth texture, the golden colour, and the distinctive and slightly sweet taste.”

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"Kawakawa has strong spiritual connections for the Maori and a special place in rongoa, traditional Maori medicine. It is said to purify the blood and cleanse the liver. In order to use the plant, permission was needed from the tribal elders. Kawakawa is harvested following tikunga (a Maori custom) and includes saying a karakia (prayer) before entering the forest. During the harvest, the sight of the New Zealand native Fantail bird fluttering above creates a truly special experience."

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"This care and respect has been reflected in the handcrafted label design. Kate O'Hara created a stunningly beautiful illustration of the Kawakawa plants with the Fantails fluttering around the Ora brand."

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Design/Creative Direction: Monique Robins Illustration: Kate O'Hara Location: Auckland, New Zealand


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