Independent Export-focused
Regulatory Expertise for New Zealand

Our mission is to support New Zealand’s food and animal product businesses to achieve export goals with confidence. 



Let your exports take flight

Waka Kuaka provides food business operators and exporters with expert assistance on regulatory compliance matters.  Our lead consultant has over 20 years’ experience working in specialist areas of regulation in the food, animal product and production sectors – including over 10 years negotiating standards for food safety and animal health with overseas markets in Asia Pacific, North America, Latin America and Canada. We help you prioritise and implement your export goals with confidence.

Our mission is to promote and support New Zealand’s food and animal product export sector. 

✔️  All export markets
✔️  Established businesses and those new to exporting food
✔️  Innovative technologies and products which may be new to markets

Our specialist services include:

 •  business mentoring and training on export and overseas market requirements • importing country regulatory risk assessment • liaising with regulators in New Zealand and overseas • assistance with documentation at the time of export/import • all regulatory aspects of food labelling for specific markets • nutrition information • label formatting • regulated claims and statements • food facility registrations and approvals • new and novel foods • US FDA registration • food safety manufacturing standard gap analysis • Foreign Supplier Verification Program guidance • solutions to address identified export compliance issues • food related regulatory environmental scans •

Whether your product is food, dietary supplements, food ingredients, food additives, animal products (includes meat, dairy, seafood, poultry, eggs and bee products), technical or pharmaceutical biological products, organic products, animal feed, pet food, or related areas such as pet shampoos or beeswax cosmetics, Waka Kuaka can help you research importing country requirements and build compliance into product innovation, to ensure smooth market entry and build customer confidence from the start.

Waka Kuaka New Zealand clients have a common focus on growing their business exporting, e-commerce and related activities. Waka Kuaka also provides services to New Zealand Trade & Enterprise in assisting overseas businesses to research the New Zealand regulatory environment. Our New Zealand clients may be eligible for funding for business mentoring services offered under the Regional Business Partnership Network.


United States Food Import Documentation for New Zealand Exporters

Manufacturing or exporting retail-packaged or consumer-packaged food or beverage to the US? Find a summary of US FDA import documentation and requirements here. Waka Kuaka provides full US FDA food import documentation support and services.

United States FDA Final Guidance - "Added Sugars" Declaration on Honey Labels

Honey exporters will be pleased that FDA has pushed back the compliance date for declaring added sugars on honey labels - full compliance will be enforced from July 2021. By this time, Nutrition Facts labels on honey (and other single-ingredient sugars and syrups such as maple syrup) exported to the United States will need to declare the percentage daily value....

Kaimoana and Kumara - Savour Northland

In April I had the great pleasure of attending “Savour Northland”, a collaborative event organised by Northland INC and Eat New Zealand, hosted by the Duke of Marlborough Hotel in Russell, Bay of Islands. Regional food entrepreneurs shared their vision of the Northland -Te Tai Tokerau Food Story...