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The team at Zealong Tea Estate is delighted to have picked up the Community Contribution award at the 2016 Westpac Waikato Business Excellence Awards!

We are proud to make a contribution to our wider community, both in terms of environmental effects and providing valuable experience and employment to the people of the Waikato region which we call home.

It was a fabulous night celebrating the amazing business opportunities in the Waikato and the people who drive our local economy forward.

Westpac Waikato Business Awards, Claudelands, Hamilton, Friday 4 November 2016. Photo: Stephen Barker / Barker Photography. ©Barker Photography www.barkerphotography.co.nz

See the rest of the 2016 WWBEA winners here.

The Vengabus is coming, and everybody’s jumping, New York to San Francisco … to the Zealong Tea Estate.

lana-and-jase-morefmAhead of the Vengaboys’ two shows in New Zealand, MoreFM’s Lana and Jase scheduled a stop at the Zealong Tea Estate in their customised ‘Vengabus’ party bus for a tea break.

The ‘Vengabus’ road trip from Auckland was ahead of the Dutch pop band’s first show in Hamilton at Claudelands Arena followed by another at Auckland’s Bruce Mason Centre – the first time in 15 years since the group last performed in New Zealand.

While here, Lana and Jase took part in a customary tea tasting ceremony of 100% New Zealand-grown tea and a high tea at our Zealong Tea House.

And according to the pair a spot of the world’s purest tea was just the tonic before putting on their dancing shoes for the concert.

We were thrilled to welcome Prime Minister John Key to officially open our new functions centre and production facility, the Vista, at our tea estate in the Waikato. As featured in the Waikato Times, Prime Minister John Key said Zealong Tea’s export potential is significant and its story is one that has real appeal to a global audience. He  told invited guests to the Vista opening that the world has an appreciation for high quality beverages, especially those with a unique, New Zealand story like the Zealong Tea story.

Zealong Tea founder Vincent Chen shared his vision for growing oolong tea in the Waikato and exporting it to the world. A true story of New Zealand innovation, the Zealong Tea Estate continues to evolve.

Read the story here

 

 

At Zealong we like to think we have a creative spark in the kitchen, but we were absolutely blown away by the tasty creations in Chelsea Winter’s new book Scrumptious.

For those of you who don’t know, Chelsea is a New Zealand celebrity chef, entrepreneur, food writer and television personality, and best known for winning the third season of MasterChef New Zealand.

As part of her 11-stop nationwide tour, Chelsea held her Waikato launch of Scrumptious at the Zealong Tea Estate. Avid followers, us included, thoroughly enjoyed listening to Chelsea and picking her brains over some of our most pressing cooking questions.

Thanks Chelsea for picking us as the venue of choice.