4 Nov 2019

'Placenta queen' of Hawke's Bay invites Ardern to the factory

From Checkpoint, 5:18 pm on 4 November 2019

The world's biggest producer of placenta serum has invited the Prime Minister to their Hawke's Bay factory upon her return to New Zealand.

During talks with the Thai Prime Minister in Bangkok, Jacinda Ardern was caught by surprise when Prayut Chan-o-cha named sheep placenta cream as an example of how the two countries could work more closely together on high-value agricultural goods.

While Ms Ardern and Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor were seemingly in the dark, it turns out placenta products are hugely popular in many Asian countries, and some Kiwi companies are cashing in on the demand.

RNZ Hawke's Bay's Anusha Bradley reports.