Harraways is an iconic New Zealand Company and is still privately owned and operating from its original site in Green Island, Dunedin.
In 1867, a steam powered flour mill was erected on the present site at Green Island near Dunedin and this was the beginning of the Company as it is today - Harraway & Sons Ltd.Henry Harraway and his wife Catherine with 21 children lived next to the mill and 11 of his sons made up their own cricket team.
The growth of the population in Dunedin was fuelled by the gold rush of the early 1860’s and some of New Zealand’s oldest Company’s were established during this period in Otago. Harraway and Sons Ltd being a prime example.
Wright, Robertson & Company (now PGG Wrightsons)
W. Gregg and Company, coffee and spice merchants (now Cerebos Greggs)
R Hudson and Company, (now Cadbury)
Briscoe and Company
The need for wheat flour to feed the growing population and oats for horse fodder was encouraged with the change in the size of regulated land available for purchase, making the new farm sizes affordable and manageable. The Taieri plains and other land to the North and South of Dunedin as well as areas of Central Otago yielded good quality grain, in the 1880’s wheat was exported to the UK and was of superior quality. A rail tunnel from Kaikorai Valley to Caversham was opened in 1875 which allowed the transport of goods from the Taieri and beyond into Dunedin to export at Port Chalmers. The tunnel was replaced in 1910 by a larger dual carriageway and the original tunnel used mainly by people living in South Dunedin and employed in Kaikorai Valley, Green Island and the greater Dunedin area.
In 1893, Henry Harraway replaced stone grinding (powered by use of the Kaikorai stream) with an oat roller milling plant and processed 1000 tons of oatmeal in its first year. This heralded the commencement of breakfast cereal production for Harraways, however the production of flour remained important to the Company during the 1900’s.
Harraway and Sons Ltd was purchased by Charles Hudson son of Richard Hudson being the founder of R Hudson and Co, (baker, confectioner and first person to patent and produce self raising flour) laterly this was known as Cadbury Schweppes Hudson in Otago.
In 1958, and after the purchase and consolidation of a number of competitive flour and stock feed processing plants, Harraways becomes the largest mill in Otago and Southland.
In early 2002, Harraways exited both stockfood and flour processing and is now focused on producing quality flaked oats and grain cereals for the local retail and commercial markets.
To meet its growing demand over recent years, Harraways has increased its production capability with the addition of new plant and an increase in staff numbers. The Company, still processes in the true Scottish tradition and style which gives Harraways oats a distinctive flavour and retaining the wholegrain “goodness of nature” in oat products. Harraway & Sons Ltd is a significant supplier of oat and grain cereals to the New Zealand retail
Harraways – your locally owned and operated breakfast cereal company processing New Zealand grown oats - a true commitment to our local farmers and our growing number of valued customers.