Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Go A Little Bit Crazy With Mad Olive Oil

Media release October 30, 2008

Go A Little Bit Crazy With Mad Olive Oil

Truly good food can delight your senses, lift your mood and make life all the more yummy – just ask counsellor Leanne French.

Making people’s lives better – be it through lifestyle, attitude or even eating habits – is what Leanne’s work is all about. Now she wants to make every meal more inspirational with the launch of her MAD Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Made at the base of the North Island in the fields of Martinborough alongside the region’s signature Pinot Noir vines, MAD Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a celebration of all that is gorgeous and good.

The secret to MAD Extra Virgin Olive Oil’s sublime taste is that it’s made by passionate artisans Leanne and her husband Greg Keith who live and breathe the Wairarapa lifestyle. Each luscious olive was chosen to ensure that once crushed it would release only the finest flavor.

While most olive groves have over 1,000 trees to plant, prune and process, MAD Extra Virgin Olive Oil has only 450 trees on the property – so every olive is lovingly nurtured, hand-picked, pressed nearby and sold locally.

MAD Extra Virgin Olive Oil is deep in colour and rich in flavour, bursting with a fruity zing courtesy of the long, hot dry summers and cool winters that the Wairarapa region is famous for.

The versatile flavour of MAD Extra Virgin Olive Oil makes it perfect for drizzling and dressing salads, dipping with bread, or even rubbing on your skin!

Everything has a creative edge at the Martinborough Art Department (MAD) where Leanne and Greg create their beautiful oil. Leanne says the couple believes life should be infused with colour, passion and possibility. MAD Extra Virgin Olive Oil is simply an extension of their desire to inspire.

Tending to the land and trees and bringing a delicious life-enhancing product to fruition (they do everything themselves including label design) is much like transforming a blank canvas into brilliant art, says Leanne. There is an added element of surprise in everything they do, even in Leanne’s style of therapy where she guides, encourages and renovates lives online.

“Everything about the way this oil is produced is authentic. People really do know when something is created with love and care. We like to think we’ve captured the essence of how we live in each bottle of MAD Extra Virgin Olive Oil so everyone around the country can get a taste of what it’s like to live the way we do and feel inspired,” says Leanne.

The lower yield means there are only 500 bottles available for release – so you won’t find this unique product available next to all those other imported foreign oils on the supermarket shelves.

MAD Extra Virgin Olive Oil meets the high standards set by Olives NZ, not to mention the expectations of the Martinborough locals who really know their food and wine.

You can pick up one of the 500 limited edition bottles of MAD Extra Virgin Olive Oil (250mls, RRP $20.00) at the Martinborough Wine Centre, 6 Kitchener St, Martinborough, or order directly at


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Statistics New Zealand: COVID-19 Sees Record 12.2 Percent Fall In New Zealand’s Economy

Gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 12.2 percent in the June 2020 quarter, the largest quarterly fall recorded since the current series began in 1987, as the COVID-19 restrictions in place through the quarter impacted economic activity, Stats NZ said ... More>>


Climate: Scientists Release ‘Blueprint’ To Save Critical Ecosystems And Stabilize The Earth’s Climate

A group of scientists and experts produced the first comprehensive global-scale analysis of terrestrial areas essential for biodiversity and climate resilience, totaling 50.4% of the Earth's land. The report was published in Science Advances ... More>>


MPI: Independent Review Launched Into Assurances For Safe Transport Of Livestock By Sea

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has launched an independent review of the assurances it receives for the safe transport of livestock by sea. MPI Director-General Ray Smith says Mike Heron QC has been appointed to lead the review, which is expected ... More>>


Computers: New Zealand PC Market Grows Nearly 40% Due To Work From Home Demand

COVID-19 had large impacts on demand for PCs as businesses prepared for lockdowns by purchasing notebooks to mobilise their workforce. In the second quarter of 2020, New Zealand's Traditional PC market experienced a 39.7% year-on-year (YoY) growth ... More>>


Mediaworks: Reaches Agreement To Sell TV Operations To Discovery, Inc.

New Zealand’s largest independent commercial broadcaster MediaWorks and the global leader of real-life entertainment Discovery Inc. (“Discovery”) are pleased to announce they have reached a binding agreement regarding the sale of MediaWorks’ ... More>>


Ministry of Health: Public Transport Distancing Requirements Relaxed

Physical distancing requirements on public transport have been reviewed by the Ministry of Health to determine whether they are still required at Alert Level 2 (or below). The Ministry’s assessment is that mandatory face covering and individuals tracking ... More>>


NZHIA: New Zealand Hemp Industry Set To Generate $2 Billion Per Annum And Create 20,000 Jobs

A new report says a fully enabled hemp industry could generate $2 billion in income for New Zealand by 2030, while also creating thousands of new jobs. Written by industry strategist Dr Nick Marsh, the report has prompted calls from the New Zealand Hemp ... More>>


Stats NZ: One In 14 Employed People Report High Risk Of Losing Jobs

About one in 14 workers say they expect to lose their job or business by mid-2021, Stats NZ said today. A survey of employed people in the June 2020 quarter showed 7 percent felt there was a high or almost certain chance of losing their job or business ... More>>

ASB Quarterly Economic Forecast: NZ Economy Doing Better Than Expected, But Challenges Remain

August lockdown estimated to have shaved 8% off NZ’s weekly GDP, and 0.5% off annual GDP Economy now expected to shrink 5% (year-on-year) by end of 2020 Unemployment rate now expected to peak at 7.2% The latest ASB Quarterly Economic Forecast is less ... More>>


SAFE: Live Export Ship Carrying 5,800 New Zealand Cows Goes Missing In East China Sea

Livestock carrier Gulf Livestock 1 sent a distress signal at 4:45am NZT yesterday in the East China Sea. The area is affected by Typhoon Maysak. At 4pm a patrol plane spotted a lifeboat - with no people in it - and a man in lifejacket nearby. The ship ... More>>


FMA: Kiwisaver Fees Don't Match Performance

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) today published an independent report into the passive and active investment management styles [i] used by KiwiSaver providers. The FMA commissioned MyFiduciary to test the extent that KiwiSaver providers were ... More>>