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NZ Government Department is seeking feedback on locally sold Manuka honey
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NZ Government Department is seeking feedback on locally sold Manuka honey

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking feedback on options for Manuka honey sold in New Zealand. Since February 2018, all exported Manuka honey must meet the Manuka honey science definition, to test that it is authentic. (More info about the Manuka honey science definition)

MPI is now considering whether to apply the same science definition to New Zealand Manuka honey sold on the domestic market. It is important to understand the possible benefits, costs and impacts, and to think about how this might work in practice.

During the consultation, public meetings will be held throughout the country by MPI to provide information and answer any questions on the proposal.

Consultation document (Click to download the PDF)

The discussion document describes the current requirements, and assesses both a voluntary and mandatory option for how the science definition could be implemented for Manuka honey sold domestically.


MPI is inviting all interested individuals and organisations to make a submission or provide other information relevant to the regulation of Manuka honey sold in New Zealand.

Any feedback should be received by 5pm on 17 September 2018.

Submission template

You can email your feedback to

Or post written feedback to:

Manuka honey consultation

Ministry for Primary Industries

PO Box 2526

Wellington 6140

New Zealand.

Make sure you include in your submission:

  • your name
  • your contact details (phone number, postal address and email)
  • your organisation’s name and size (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation)
  • your position within your organisation (if applicable)
  • your thoughts on the proposals, including reasons for your views
  • the possible impacts of these proposals on you or your business
  • any changes you would suggest to these proposals and why.

MPI will consider all submissions received by the closing date. MPI may hold late submissions on file for consideration.

“Note that any submission you make becomes public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have a good reason for withholding it. That is explained in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA. Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include that it’s commercially sensitive or it’s personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.” —-quote from MPI’s website

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