Air New Zealand takes Aotea skincare to the world

Air New Zealand is proud to partner with Aotea to showcase skincare inspired by traditional Māori herbal practices in its new onboard amenity kits.
22 May 2023
  • New amenity kits are now onboard Air New Zealand flights
  • Featuring Aotea products inspired by mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge)
  • Products include ingredients such as Kawakawa, Harakeke and Mānuka.

 Air New Zealand is proud to partner with Aotea to showcase skincare inspired by traditional Māori herbal practices in its new onboard amenity kits.

Developed by Aotea on Aotea | Great Barrier Island, the products include native New Zealand ingredients, such as Kawakawa, Harakeke and Mānuka.

Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says the partnership is evidence of Air New Zealand's commitment to supporting local sustainable businesses and showcasing the very best of Aotearoa on the world stage.

"Our partnership with Aotea provides customers with amenities that tell a story inspired by New Zealand's unique culture. Air New Zealand is proud to support local, Māori owned business and put traditional ingredients that have been used by Māori for centuries into the hands of our customers.

"We believe that our Aotea products will not only enhance the travel experience for our customers but also showcase local suppliers working towards a more sustainable future. It's a privilege to share these treasures with our customers when they fly with us."

Aotea founder Tama Toki says the partnership with Air New Zealand is an exciting opportunity to share Māori traditions with the world.

"My grandmother was a Rongoā Māori (Māori medicine) practitioner. She would treat us kids with what we found in the bush and the Aotea range is an expression of that upbringing. It is unique to Aotearoa and something that we bring to life on our ancestral kāinga on Aotea.

"As Māori, we are proud to share our traditions. It's a privilege to be able to see this part of our culture onboard Air New Zealand flights. We hope that it gives those travelling to Aotearoa an insight into our cultural identity."

Air New Zealand's new Aotea amenity kits are available to customers travelling in Business Premier and Premium Economy cabins.



Product details

The Kawakawa Balm – exclusive to Business Premier

This little tube packs a punch! With just three ingredients, Mānuka oil, Kawakawa, and Beeswax, this healing balm is perfect for treating everything from dry lips to psoriasis, insect bites, and burns. Kawakawa is a plant native to Aotearoa and is known for its incredible healing properties.

The Harakeke Seed Oil & Mānuka Water Hand & Body Cream – Business Premier and Premium Economy

This cream is made from Harakeke Seed Oil & Mānuka Water, which is known for its rich and creamy texture. It's packed with Omega 3, 6, and 9, and high in linoleic acid, making it perfect for those with dry skin. Harakeke is a plant native to New Zealand and has been used for centuries by Māori for its incredible healing properties. Mānuka water is an antioxidant extracted from the mānuka bush and contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduces redness and heals inflamed skin.

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About Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand's story started in 1940, first taking to the skies between Auckland and Sydney on a flying boat - a Short S30. Known for its warm Kiwi hospitality, today, the airline has 104 operating aircraft ranging from Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and Airbus A320s to ATRs and Q300s, offering customers comfort in the latest most efficient jets and turboprops. It's a modern fuel-efficient fleet with an average age of 7.3 years. Air New Zealand's global network of passenger and cargo services centres around New Zealand. Pre-Covid, the airline flew more than 17 million passengers every year, with 3,400 flights per week. Air New Zealand was recently named the World's Safest Airline by the Australian rating service, highlighting the airline's laser-focus on safety. Last year, Air New Zealand won Best Corporate Reputation in New Zealand – 8th year in a row.

Air New Zealand has a well-connected domestic business, connecting customers and cargo to 20 different regions around New Zealand. Internationally, the airline has direct flights to major cities across Australia, Asia, the Pacific Islands and the US, and through its strong relationships with alliance partners, offers customers more choice and convenience to connect further afield to hundreds of destinations. Air New Zealand has a particular focus on sustainability and its Sustainability Framework  helps guide the airline's efforts in tackling some of New Zealand's and the world's most complex challenges. Air New Zealand aircraft are proudly identified by its distinct tail livery of the Mangōpare, the Māori symbol of the hammerhead shark which represents strength, tenacity, and resilience.


About Star Alliance

Air New Zealand is proud to be a member of Star Alliance. The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,321 airports in 193 countries.