— Our History

Maison Therese


Maison Therese was founded in 1965, over forty years ago by Therese Mooren. Therese was born in Holland and emigrated to New Zealand over 50 years ago.

She started producing in her kitchen at home, that is how the name ‘Maison Therese’ was derived, ‘Maison’ meaning ‘the house’. Maison Therese produced its first jar of pickled Onions and Gherkins in 1965 and has been preserving favourite New Zealand flavours ever since.

  1. 1974

    The early days

    Store Opens

    First licensed premises – Frimley Road, Hastings

  2. 1979

    The early days

    Label version 1.0

    Maison Therese’s first label – Red & gold

  3. 1981

    The early days


    Preserving antipasto vegetables – Frimley Road, Hastings

  4. 1984

    The big move


    Shift to new premises – Stoneycroft Street, Hastings

  5. 1985

    Production increases

    Quality Control

    Summer – grading Gherkins outside

  6. 1986

    Keeping up with the times

    Label version 2.0

     Change of label – Classic white & gold

  7. 1986

    Hands-on approach

    Traditional Methods

    Therese Mooren (Oma) – founder of Maison Therese bottling antipasto vegetables

  8. 1990

    Production line


    Heat tunnel – washing Gherkin jars

  9. 1994

    Product line expands

    Food Service

    Paul – producing Gherkin chips for Foodservice

  10. 1995

    2nd label change

    Label version 3.0

    Label Launch – the green & gold label

  11. 1997

    Keeping up with Demand

    Streamlining processes

    Paul, packing produce for distribution

  12. Maison Therese Products Example


    A fresh approach

    Label version 4.0

    2nd generation develops new label

  13. 2018

    A true family business

    3 Generations

    Emma & Kate – Moniques daughters are now involved in the business

Maison Therese Products Example
— Our Products



Created using quality ingredients free from artificial preservatives, colours, or flavours, our range of products taste just like “homemade” – which make them popular among chefs and foodies alike.

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Maison Therese History Timeline Photo
— Our Heritage


Since 1965

Maison Therese produced its very first jar of pickled Onions and Gherkins back in 1965 and since it’s inception gradually expanding the range, preserving favourite New Zealand flavours ever since.

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Maison Therese History Timeline Photo
— Our Recipes


Food Ideas

The good old recipes from Maison Therese are simple, tasty and delicious! Simply by adding a Maison Therese product makes meals easy and takes the stress out of choosing and creating meals.

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Setting the benchmark in quality since 1965