PNG organic coconut oil on show at Pasifika Festival

MaxtoneHaus Limited is a manufacturing company from Papua New Guinea producing a range of organic coconut oil products including body moisturisers and coconut soap.

The company will be part of  Pacific Islands Trade & Invest (PT&I) Pacific Path to Market delegation attending Auckland’s annual Pasifika Festival on March 25-26.

PT&I has invited delegations of 25 companies from eight Pacific Island countries.  It is the biggest PT&I trade delegation to showcase a wide range of products at Pasifika to date.

PT&I’s Pacific Path to Market (PP2M) program is a structured approach to assisting Pacific Island countries entering the New Zealand market.  PT&I held 10 Path to Market workshops in the Pacific last year, working closely with the Economic Development Agencies in each country to identify companies with the potential to export.  Selected companies were then invited to take the next step in the program  1) Participation at Pasifika Festival 2) Gap Analysis Workshop and 3) Business to Business meetings.

MaxtoneHaus Limited is owned by Director Ernestine Maxtone-Graham with her husband Mungo.  Mrs Maxtone-Graham was born in New Ireland in Papua New Guinea and lived in Australia.  She returned home with the vision of developing a business based on coconut products describe by her as the “Tree of Life.”

MaxtoneHaus began their coconut oil processing plant at Kanudi, Port Moresby in June 2015 and buying copra from local farmers in the Abau District of the Central Province, a five-hour drive from Port Moresby.  They are planning to move to Kimbe, West New Britain by the end of the year.  This will cut down on travel time and be closer to the source of raw materials to ensure consistency in quality – as per an interview by Mrs Maxtone-Graham interview with Business Advantage PNG (ref: www.businessadvantagepng.com).

MaxtoneHaus products are sold through the City Pharmacy Group throughout PNG at Jacksons International Airport and into North Queensland through the supermarket chain, Ibis Supermarkets.

The company plans to add two more products to its range of coconut oils and soaps – coconut cooking oil and coconut ointment.

To decrease its carbon footprint, MaxtoneHaus proudly engages local resources to produce its coconut oil, thus contributing to local communities.

“Our focus is on using natural ingredients and organically grown coconuts,” Mrs Maxtone-Graham said.

“Skin care products, such as our moisturisers, are only as good as the ingredients used to create them. We choose every ingredient with one end-result in mind – the BEST possible natural skin care for our consumers. We proudly list every ingredient in all our products, so that our customers can make informed choices about the products they use on their skin,” she said.

In its ongoing research, MaxtoneHaus is continually looking at the feasibility of new products unique to Papua New Guinea and its people.

“We continue to be innovative as we develop and grow our business in PNG, consistently upgrading our production and raising our standards.”

“Our purpose is to reclaim the tree of life by providing regular meaningful employment through nut collection and oil production and the provision of direct local employment in Papua New Guinea villages.  Our vision is to provide quality services and organic products that exceed the expectations of our esteemed customers,” Mrs Maxtone-Graham said.

The company’s mission is to build long-term relationships with farmers, customers and clients and provide exceptional customer services by pursuing business through innovation, using the best of local and advanced technology.

Mrs Maxtone-Graham summed up the company’s core values, “We believe in treating our farmers and customers with respect and faith. We grow through creativity, invention and innovation. We integrate honesty, integrity and business ethics into all aspects of our business.”

For more information please contact: Joe Fuavao, PT&I Trade Development Manager on joe.f@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz

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