The issue stems from the term manuka or mānuka. New Zealanders are battling to trademark the term ‘mānuka’ on the grounds of being a Maori name. However, Australian producers argue that Australian and New Zealand manuka honeys are virtually identical and that a rebranding of Australian manuka would cause many local beekeepers to go out of business.
Dr Peter Brooks, who has investigated the chemistry of manuka honey, said in the article:
“If New Zealand does get this trademark, I’d say about 500 Australian beekeepers could go out of business and that’ll drive up the price of honey.”