A lifelong passion for herbs, healthy living and wholesome food inspired Wendy Kendall to develop a range of products using 100% natural and delicious ingredients to help nourish and heal her family and friends.
In 1985, she began attending a series of courses and workshops in herbalism, nutrition, natural body-care and healing, and was particularly interested in using wild weeds and native plants. She soon began making her own skin-care products, spreads and condiments.
After Wendy moved to Waiheke Island in 1993 to raise a family, she began experimenting with the wild herbs growing vigorously in her backyard to create a healthy herbal spread. With encouragement from her friends who kept asking for more! she spent a whole year observing which herbs could be sourced year around, to develop the now famous Waiheke Herb Spread which was launched in at the local market in Spring 2004 and sold out within two hours!
Taking the Herb Spread to Farmers Markets in Auckland over the next few years, confirmed it's popularity and convinced Wendy to approach organic stores and supermarkets throughout New Zealand including Farro Fresh, Huckleberry's, Commonsense Organics, Fresh Choice, and select New World stores where it is now well established, with more outlets coming!
Support from her family and friends and the occasional expert, has made the journey lots of fun, from tending the herb gardens, manufacturing in the kitchen, packaging thousands of products, to promoting and selling at trade shows and in-store tastings.
Recently our Waiheke Herbs Team has grown to a a total of 8!
Here we are at our 2018 Staff Event - distilling essential oils that we made into skincare products - with Rawinia Goodwin (who assisted with new flavour development), Kristi Breese (Auckland sales rep), Davina Menduno (production manager), Simona (Production and accounts), and Jill Mulvaney from the Botanical Distillery.
And at our 2018 Christmas Party picnic at Palm Beach, Waiheke Island!
Left to right: - Front - Wendy K (Owner-Director), Simona (production+accounts),
Back - Vera (production), Davina (Production manager), Kay (Production)
Missing from the photo! - Toni (labelling,) and our Sales reps - Claire Harper-Wilson (Bay of Plenty), and Kristi Breese (Auckland).