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Mānuka honey sold in New Zealand: is further regulation needed?


26 JULY 2018 – Revision to consultation document

We’ve revised the mānuka honey consultation document. Make sure you’ve downloaded the latest version.

What is proposed

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking feedback on options for mānuka honey sold in New Zealand.

Since 5 February 2018, all exported mānuka honey must meet the mānuka honey science definition to test that it is authentic.

We are now considering whether to apply the same science definition to New Zealand mānuka 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, we'll be holding public meetings throughout the country.

Consultation document

Our discussion document describes the current requirements, and assesses both a voluntary and mandatory option for how the science definition could be implemented for mānuka honey sold in New Zealand. 

Note, we updated the consultation document on 26 July – make sure you have the latest version.

Have your say

We're inviting all interested individuals and organisations to make a submission or provide other information relevant to the regulation of mānuka honey sold in New Zealand.

Send us your feedback by 5pm on 17 September 2018.

You can email your feedback to 

While we prefer email you can post written feedback to:

Mānuka 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.

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

Public meetings

MPI is holding public meetings to provide information and answer questions on the proposal. Let us know if you're planning to attend by emailing




Wed 8 August   Nelson
The Hotel Nelson
40 Waimea Road
10.30am to 12pm
Tues 14 August   Whangarei
Distinction Whangarei Hotel
9 Riverside Drive
2pm to 3.30pm
Wed 15 August  

Novotel Hamilton Tainui
7 Alma Street

12.30pm to 2pm
Wed 22 August

New Plymouth
Quality Hotel Plymouth International
Cnr Courtenay & Leach Streets

10.30am to 12pm 
Thurs 23 August   Palmerston North
Palmerston North Conference Centre
354 Main Street
12.30pm to 2pm
Mon 27 August   Gisborne
Emerald Hotel Gisborne
13 Gladstone Road
1pm to 2.30pm
Wed 5 September   Christchurch
Commodore Hotel
449 Memorial Avenue
1pm to 2.30pm
Thurs 6 September Dunedin 
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
50 The Octagon
1pm to 2.30pm

Next Steps

We'll make a summary of the information received from consultation publicly available and will use submissions to inform further analysis.

Submissions are public information

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.