28 Oct 2011

Maori-controlled dairy company helping competitors

9:34 pm on 28 October 2011

New Zealand's first Maori-controlled dairy company, Miraka Limited, is helping out other processors forced to stop production down by the leak in the Maui gas pipeline.

The country's largest dairy co-operative, Fonterra, on Tuesday shut down 15 plants in Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Northland when the gas supply line was closed down.

But Miraka's new milk processing factory at Mokai northwest of Taupo, is powered by geothermal steam and electricity, meaning it was business as usual at the plant.

Mikara chief executive Richard Wyeth says the company has been helping other processors where it can and has been able to process 200,000 litres of milk for them while they wait for the leak be to fixed.