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About us

Kia ora! Welcome!

KETE opened in the brand new Shed 4 at Mapua Wharf in late 2015, focused on gathering the best of local products and showcasing them to the many visitors to the Wharf. We help locals 'Buy Local' seven days a week, and we provide an attractive one-stop-shop to the goodness of the region for the guests and tourists spending time in the glorious 'Top of the South' of New Zealand.  We also love to gather favourites together for gifts, putting together customised baskets and hampers that delight.

Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.
With your food basket and my food basket, the people will thrive.

KETE was founded with the desire of helping local Nelson makers and growers do more of what they are already doing well. The abundance and quality of the fruit, olive oil and other foods and natural products of the area needs to be celebrated. The variety and excellence of the products created speaks volumes about the plenty that can be raised from the land, the pleasantness of the climate, and the artisan heart and soul of the people of the region.

KETE joins a long history of food provision for Mapua, the Moutere Hills and Ruby Coast. The area was well-known to early Maori as a warm and abundant place. During the last century Mapua Wharf was the hub of the local apple growing industry, with orchardists bringing their fruit by horse-drawn cart to the Wharf, to be loaded into boats and transported to markets overseas. Nowadays Mapua Wharf is a bustling destination of unique stores, galleries and excellent dining, for locals and visitors from further afield, with the Ferry running cyclists and walkers over to Rabbit Island and the ever-popular 'Great Taste Trail' cycleway.

Visit KETE and Taste Tasman! We hope you enjoy the incredible food, skincare and gifts available, full of the sunshine, artisan skill and creativity of the area. With a growing number of products available through this online store, we hope to share the delights of the area with new friends and neighbours, wherever in the world you call home.