Australia's Manuka producers are back in court determined to win a bitter trans-Tasman battle raging to stop New Zealand from trademarking the name of the lucrative honey famed for its healing properties.
It comes after the New Zealand Manuka Honey Appellation Society applied to trademark the name about five years ago.
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Battle lines were drawn after the Australian Manuka Honey Association lodged an objection arguing the Kiwis could not claim a plant.
Award-winning Tasmanian master beekeeper Lindsay Bourke, an Australian Manuka Honey Association member, said the legal team arguing for the Australian case had 500 pages of evidence to present over the three-day court hearing that began in NZ on October 6.
The result of the court ruling was not likely to be made known for several months.
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