[15 September/NZ Herald]

A Maori owned berry company in Tauranga believes it could be as successful as Zespri. Miro plans to become an export success story by putting tunnel houses on underutilised Maori land nationwide, creating over 5,000 jobs and put $500 million into the economy. Business Development Manager, Liz Te Amo, said it had ambitious but achievable goals. The board had proven track records in the horticulture sector. It had recently established an orchard and nursery that allowed them to provide 11 workers with employment. The next stage would be putting tunnel houses on land nearby to create more jobs. A partnership with Plant and Food Research meant new varieties could be possible. It aims to provide jobs for Maori on Maori lands. The breeding programme is currently focussed on blueberries. Miro means berry in Maori.