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Native is aotearoa's first hard sparkling, based off the popular hard seltzer market in the us - hint: google white claw. A hard seltzer is a beverage low in sugar, carbs & calories. We use fermented and distilled cane sugar to get our neutral spirit - the result is an alcohol base with very little to no residual carbs and sugar. We wanted to 'kiwi-fy' the term hard seltzer, so called native a hard sparkling.
Yep! Native hard sparkling is 4.6% alc/vol (1.2 standard drinks per can). Because it’s made with a nuetral alcohol,, it can be difficult to taste the alcohol – but trust us, it’s there!
Lemon & yuzu, apple & feijoa, berry & blackcurrant, kiwifruit and lime, peach, mango & passionfruit - with more flavours being developed and tested in our workshop as we speak!
(pron. You-zoo) yuzu is a japanese citrus fruit - think a cross between mandarin and grapefruit. It looks a bit like a big lemon. Our friends at NZ Yuzu in Horowhenua have a more technical explanation: the yuzu is a hybrid between the satsuma mandarin and the ichang papeda, a slow-growing wild citrus which has never been individually cultivated, though it is a parent to many citrus hybrids. The yuzu has no lime parentage.
Native is a simple avenue for the everyday kiwi to contribute to environmental projects. Only 1 in 10 kiwi adults actively supported a conservation project last year – a figure that hasn’t improved since 2014. Yet our national report to the un convention on biological diversity* shows 8 out of 10 adults acknowledge NZ's natural environment improves their daily lives. 4000 of aotearoa's native species are under threat of extinction. Some, like māui dolphin & the fairy tern, number just 35-55 and are likely to become extinct in our lifetime. There's a disconnect between enjoying the environment we live in and doing something to support it. Yet native is an easy avenue for kiwis to support kiwis - and with 8 out of 10 adults enjoying alcohol on a regular basis, we decided to combine this knowledge with one of the fastest growing drink categories in the world. We support you to wake up with a clean conscience! “to achieve widespread and lasting gains for biodiversity, it is essential that biodiversity becomes a mainstream issue across society. Nz was based on a healthy environment” conservation minister eugenie sage. *nz's sixth national report to the united nations convention on biological diversity
It’s a drink by a family of kiwis for kiwis – literally. We donate to initiatives that are making a positive difference to new zealand native species. You can find out more info here or follow along on our social media to see what we're supporting next!
With the famous ‘cheet cheet’ and cheeky flying antics of a fantail, how could we not choose this abundant native specie as our mascot? Our vision is to see all our indigenous wildlife (including trees, plants, sea-life) thrive like the fantail and become a fundamental part of the walk to work, stroll on the beach or hike in the hills.
We are a family run team with a love for the environment. We wanted to help facilitate change; we also wanted to have fun! Native hard sparkling was born from this and as they say, the rest is history.