New Zealand beekeepers say transtasman rivalries have nothing to do with their bid to protect the use of the term "manuka honey".

They're trying to restrict the term to honey which actually comes from bees pollinating native manuka trees, in New Zealand.

But the Australians also want to use the term.

John Rawcliffe of the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association said it was not about trying to one-up Australia, but making sure consumers got the real thing.

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They did not just want to stop Australian beekeepers using the manuka label, but other parts of the world planting manuka and calling the honey manuka honey.

Australia produced great honey, but it wasn't the same product, Rawcliffe said.

- Newstalk ZB