Known for its majestic landscapes, New Zealand has been the inspiration of many film directors over the decades. The island nation’s abundant, lush terrain and friendly inhabitants also lure travelers from far and wide. Tourists and travelers are also motivated by curiosity about New Zealand’s original inhabitants, the Māori people. Earthy and spirited, the Māori traditions are rooted in family values and integrity. These indigenous peoples carry a strong connection to the land, and its potent and extraordinary healing botanicals which are abundant across the rugged and bountiful country.
Te Mana is a skin care line that came out of collaboration with Andrea Taimana a cosmetic chemist expat of Slovenia, and Thomas Kiwi, an actor, dancer, choreographer, and descendant of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngā Pōtiki tribes, born and raised on Aotearoa, New Zealand. When Thomas met Andrea, he had developed career-hindering skin issues from wearing heavy makeup in performances. The two united to create a line of skin care based on BioRestore3&4Plus*; a clinically validated, proprietary blend of skin super-nutrients unique to New Zealand: Miere Manuka (Manuka Honey), Mamaku (Black Fern), Rimurimu (Native seaweeds) and Merino Wool Collagen.
“We’re passionate about backing up everything we do with science, while maintaining our core values and keeping Tikanga Māori (Māori integrity) alive and intact. In the Māori world, all plants are as equal as Tangata (People); we depend on each other for sustenance and holistic living to uplift the Māuri (Vitality of life Essence)’”, says Thomas.
Highlights of some of the key ingredients:
Manuka Honey is known as the queen of medicinal honey. Normally sold for around $35 USD per small jar, reports claim that the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of Manuka honey far exceed those of conventional honeys. The bio-active Manuka honey 24+ used in Te Mana skincare helps to retain moisture and inhibits MMP, a group of collagen destroying enzymes.
The New Zealand Pine Bark formula Enzogenol® is a 100% natural extract from the bark of New Zealand grown Pinus Radiata trees. Enzogenol® consists of a potent mixture of natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory plant compounds known as bioflavonoids. The extract is scientifically proven to boosts the skin’s natural free radical defence, stimulate skin cell growth, and bind and protect collagen.
New Zealand Grown Tea is a premium green tea from the New Zealand Tea Estate in the pristine air and soils of Waikato, a region of the upper North Island of the country. Green tea helps improve skin’s elasticity, flush out toxins, and reduce blemishes, scars and inflammation. It’s rich in antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium, manganese, copper, carotin, selenium, and potassium, as well as vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K.
New Zealand Merino Wool proteins : we asked Andrea to explain the difference between Lanolin and Wool proteins. “Lanolin is just a grease /fat extracted from natural wool used in skincare as a protector. But wool also contains keratin a natural protein - collagen that incredibly resembles human collagen. New Zealand Merino Wool proteins work as Pro-Collagen booster and are almost identical to the proteins present in human skin. They have an amazing ability to naturally interact with skin structure. Keratin intermediate filament proteins present the most abundant material in the outer layers of the skin, while being the core structure of all cells at the same time. When applied to the skin these proteins boost natural regeneration of skin’s essential collagens, creating a stronger and vibrant dermal-epidermal network”.
“The way we process native botanicals and incorporate them into our skincare products will always stay unique to our tradition. We hand pick all of our key ingredients fresh from the source, respecting Tikanga (Māori Integrity) and in tuned with the Whenua and the Moana(Land and the Sea). The purpose at the time of harvest is strictly aligned, to ensure that the Mauri (Vitality) is not lost. We harvest in the wild respectfully following these principles: Whakaititanga (To be humble),Manaakitanga (To uplift the respect), Kaitiakitanga (To protect and look after), Tikanga (To follow protocols of Māori integrity), Wānanga (To utilise the Knowledge in harmony with the Land).’