And finally… buzz off

Australia has won the latest round in a long-running battle with New Zealand beekeepers over whose honey can be labelled as mānuka honey.

Mānuka honey is produced by bees foraging on nectar from mānuka trees, which are indigenous to both countries.

However, the New Zealand-based Mānuka Honey Appellation Society (MHAS) argues that “mānuka” is a Māori word with a special significance for the country’s indigenous people.

It also claims that the term “mānuka honey” was not used by Australian honey producers until it became a lucrative export for their New Zealand counterparts.

Despite having “considerable sympathy” for its arguments, the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand this week ruled against a trademark application brought by MHAS.

The Australian Manuka Honey Association (AMHA), which objected to the application, welcomed the “sensible outcome”, ABC reports.

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