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Photo by Teresa Robertson

The perfect sweetener for King's High School

Rachel Heller —

Ex King's boys' much-loved honey business

Mount Parker Honey is produced on Mount Parker Station and its neighbouring farms in the Waitaki Valley near Kurow. 

Mount Parker station is owned by King's Old Boy, Robbie McIllraith (1994-1998) and has been owned by the McIllraith family for 100 years. Together with a good mate and also a King's Old Boy, Dana Young (1994-1998) from Lawrence, they run 150 beehives producing some high-quality pure Clover Honey. The Tuapeka Honey is from beehives in the hills around Lawrence.

During his time at King's, Robbie was Head Boy in 1998, a member of the 1st XV Rugby Team, and was also the Athletics Champion. Robbie has had a lot of success from the opportunities presented to him from his time at King's. Dana was also a Prefect, and a member of the 1st XV Rugby and 1st XI Cricket Teams.

Both have very fond memories and are grateful they got the chance to go to King's and meet the people they did. "As you can now see the relationships fostered at King's have remained, and whilst we do run the hives as a business it's also important that we get our families together regularly and by doing the bees together it gives us a good balance of work and relaxing/catching up with friends".

King's Lions' Sport is grateful to both Robbie and Dana for supporting our fundraising with their high quality, all-natural honey.