Its a Champagne product, but Aussie farmers are fighting to use the word “Manuka”

Much like Champagne not being allowed to be used for sparkling wine made outside France, New Zealand is trying to ban Aussie honey makers labelling their product with “Manuka”.

The Kiwis want to monopolise the billion dollar industry and are pushing for laws which enshrine honey labelled “Manuka” as a New Zealand-only product.

The money-spinning honey isn’t known just for its taste.


According to the Healthline website,  it can also be used as an ointment for wounds, clearing infections, easing stomach aches and improving digestion.

Despite the stinging comments, Australian honey makers won’t be smoked out by their New Zealand competitors.

Australian Honey Bee Industry Council Chairman, Lindsay Bourke, said the trees which source the honey are located on both sides of the Tasman Ocean.

“Leshbothom scoparium is found right through Tasmania and Victoria, which is a quite common type of Manuka,” he said.

“We have other types of Manuka (in Australia), which are even better. I have no idea what they’re trying to do.”

However, a Sydney researcher recently said the delicacy was a “useless waste of money unless you’re a wounded horse”.

The Daily Telegraph reports Professor Andrew Dart from the University of Sydney tested the healing powers of Manuka honey on horse wounds and found a high concentration of the rare bee nectar was highly effective.

However, he warned the highly-sought after honey is unlikely to be beneficial on anything except wounds, despite celebrity endorsements.