Neurological disorders are on the rise in New Zealand and worldwide.

According to an article by Professor Valery Feigin, the director at The National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences at the University of Auckland. Neurological disorders such as stroke, meningitis, encephalitis, Alzheimer’s and other dementias, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis migraine and many others have ranked as the leading cause group of disabilities in 2015, … Read moreNeurological disorders are on the rise in New Zealand and worldwide.

From non-swimmer to Apolima Straight finisher in Samoa! By Claire Sykes

I have enjoyed the past 2 years following the progress of a friend of mine, from non-swimmer to Apolima Straight finisher in Samoa!… http://www.samoaevents.com/apolima-strait.html Being an endurance athlete of sorts it stuns me to think of myself being in the water for 12 hours let alone trying to actually swim for that time! Starting a … Read moreFrom non-swimmer to Apolima Straight finisher in Samoa! By Claire Sykes

NZ Blackcurrants speed up fat burn in women by 27%

Recent scientific study supports that NZ blackcurrant extract can speed up fat burn in women. Professor Mark Willems, from the University of Chichester, said: ‘It is great to know that there are now observations of enhanced exercise-induced fat oxidation by New Zealand blackcurrant extract in endurance trained women and men. Prof. Williems has published several … Read moreNZ Blackcurrants speed up fat burn in women by 27%

Blackcurrants turn from commodity to value-added.

Excerpt from article published in NZ Grower by Anne Hardie, April 2018. Just 20 or so commercial blackcurrant growers remain in the industry which is based mainly in Canterbury, with a few in Nelson, and after years of struggling for good returns, they’ve become innovative out of necessity. Hamish Rush is fourth generation on the … Read moreBlackcurrants turn from commodity to value-added.

Remember not to tip the scales.  By Claire Sykes

Have you got that work/ life balance sorted yet?… What about the sport/ life balance?? Autumn makes me ponder these things as I prepare for a change in the season; I blame it on the subtle crispness in the air and the lovely stillness (apart from the two recent cyclones which caused havoc all around … Read moreRemember not to tip the scales.  By Claire Sykes

Blackcurrants 101: Where do essential fatty acids and anthocyanins come from?

In this video produced by Mountain Edge Video Production, Vitality® New Zealand’s Director Jim Grierson explains the process of extracting the anthocyanins and essential fatty-acid oils Omega 3, 6 and 9 from the New Zealand blackcurrants. Blackcurrants have been used for centuries to make concentrate juice, jams and compotes, but its health benefits are basically … Read moreBlackcurrants 101: Where do essential fatty acids and anthocyanins come from?

Harvesting Blackcurrants in New Zealand

It’s another Blackcurrant harvesting time in New Zealand!

In this video produced by Mountain Edge Video Production, Vitality® New Zealand’s Director Jim Grierson shows the process of harvesting one of three blackcurrant varieties (suitable for BC extract production) grown in New Zealand: Ben Ard.

According to research carried out by Plant & Food Research, Ben Ard has the highest levels of anthocyanins among all blackcurrant varieties found in the market today. Hence, Ben Ard is Vitality® New Zealand‘s top choice of Blackcurrant variety to be used in all of its products.

We thank Bruce and Mandy Hamilton for allowing us to film the entire operation at their farm in Lakeside Leeston, Canterbury (January 2018).

Happy New Year! by Claire Sykes

I have a very special place, which I can go to, anytime… north western Golden Bay…Here nestled in the beautiful podocarp forest teeming with birds, there sits a little wooden bach with a cosy fire. Staying here provides a very simple lifestyle, as there is no Wi-Fi, limited cell phone reception, gas hot water, rainwater … Read moreHappy New Year! by Claire Sykes

Vitality® New Zealand at the Summer Sarau Festival in Upper Moutere

The Summer Sarau Festival & Country Market at Upper Moutere on Sunday, 28 of February was a big success in the community. The heat, delicious foods, cold drinks, as well as arts & crafts brought a good sized crowd to the Moutere Community Centre, where the event took place. And Vitality® New Zealand‘s team made their … Read moreVitality® New Zealand at the Summer Sarau Festival in Upper Moutere

Sarau Festival & Country Market in Upper Moutere – This Sunday only

SARAU FESTIVAL at Moutere Hills Community Centre, Upper Moutere.  SUNDAY 28th of January 2018from 3 pm Tickets: NZ$5.00 ADULTCHILDREN – FREE ENTRY!With celebrated local chef Miles Drewery PLUS – The Blackcurrant Cooking Challenge.