February 12, 2024
Mānuka paper hits sweet spot
Auckland University of Technology professor of marketing & international business Ella Henry has won a prestigious academic award for her paper on the right to label honey as mānuka.
It was judged best paper at the New Zealand International Business Academy conference in Christchurch.
Professor Henry says she explored cultural appropriation by the Australian honey industry as well as inadequate protection of te reo Māori by successive governments through the lens of the Wai 262 claim for the protection of indigenous flora and fauna.
She says the current Government needs to stand up for the rights identified in tribunal’s 2011 report on the claim.
“The bottom line is, this is bad for the New Zealand economy. What is good for the Māori economy, what is good for Māori culture and knowledge is actually good for the New Zealand economy and our New Zealand identity, the New Zealand brand in the international market,” Professor Henry says.