Tassie beekeepers’ win over New Zealand in long manuka honey naming battle

It was a trans-Tasman tussle fought over many years but Tasmanian beekeepers have emerged triumphant over manuka honey naming rights.

An eight-year trans-Tasman legal battle has ended with New Zealand losing its “audacious” bid to exclusive global use of the term manuka honey.

Tasmanian Beekeepers Association president Lindsay Bourke hailed the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand’s decision saying the drawn-out cas had drive down prices after New Zealand labelled the Tasmanian and Australian honey a fake.

“The result is as it should be”, he said.