Ao Cacao was created by Thomas Netana Wright. An elite level trained pastry chef and chocolatier / chocolate maker. Inspired by his family heritage or Whakapapa. Thomas combines his illustrious heritage on both sides and in both worlds to create an expression of what conscious ethical chocolate is. Thomas' Whakapapa connects to Te Ao Māori (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whatua, Te Whakatōhea) & Te Ao Pakehā (Jewish & English)
Being an indigenous man, Thomas believes in people first. Ao Cacao was born out of Thomas's long-held vision to revolutionise the chocolate industry. As a Māori-owned and indigenous enterprise, he is committed to bringing equity and equality to the cacao and chocolate sectors. He collaborates closely with Pacific cacao farmers and indigenous producers, ensuring that our creations are not just luxurious but also a testament to indigenous excellence.