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Business Competition media releases

December 1996

Commission says Xtra raises competition concerns

18 December 1996

The Commerce Commission today said Telecom's Internet service provider (ISP), Xtra, raises competition concerns.

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Commission authorises NZRFU transfer rules

17 December 1996

The Commerce Commission today authorised the New Zealand Rugby Football Union's (NZRFU) proposed player transfer arrangements.

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$350,000 penalties for Toyota dealers

4 December 1996

The Auckland High Court today imposed penalties totalling $350,000 after seven Auckland Toyota dealers admitted that they had breached the Commerce Act by fixing prices by agreeing to limit the discount available to purchasers of new cars.

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November 1996

Commission decides not to intervene in Sky acquisition

22 November 1996

The Commerce Commission has said today that, on the information currently available, it has no plans to intervene in the proposal that INL and associated companies acquire a majority shareholding in Sky Network Television Ltd.

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Commission imposes conditions on radio acquisition

18 November 1996

The Commerce Commission has cleared the Radio Network of New Zealand to acquire the Prospect Companies' radio stations in Auckland and Hamilton on the condition that Radio Network sells a significant number of stations in Auckland and Hamilton.

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Rugby conference timetable November 18-19

15 November 1996

The Commerce Commission conference to consider the New Zealand Rugby Football Union's (NZRFU) proposed player transfer arrangements begins at the Quality Hotel, Willis Street, Wellington on Monday November 18.

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Tourist operators and DoC change deed

12 November 1996

The major tourist boat operators at Milford Sound and the Department of Conservation (DoC) have changed a deed because the Commerce Commission was concerned it may breach the Commerce Act.

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Commission receives five rugby submissions

8 November 1996

The Commerce Commission has received five submissions on its rugby draft determination.

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October 1996

Commission draft determination opposes authorising NZRFU transfer rules

22 October 1996

The Commerce Commission today released a draft determination stating that on the information currently available to it, it would not authorise the New Zealand Rugby Football Union's (NZRFU) proposed player transfer arrangements.

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$300,000 penalty for bread price fixing

17 October 1996

The Christchurch High Court today imposed penalties totalling $300,000 after Country Fare Bakeries Ltd and Quality Bakers New Zealand Ltd admitted they had reached an understanding in late 1993 which in terms of the Commerce Act amounted to fixing the price of bread in the South Island.

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Commerce Commission will continue monitoring

1 October 1996

Restructuring of the aviation industry is far from over and the Commerce Commission will continue to closely monitor developments in the industry Commission Chairman Dr Alan Bollard said today.

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September 1996

Commission asked to authorise rugby contracts

23 September 1996

The New Zealand Rugby Football Union (NZRFU) has applied to the Commerce Commission for legal protection of its player transfer arrangements.

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Commission finds electricity rules do not lessen competition

13 September 1996

The Commerce Commission has concluded today that the proposed rules for the New Zealand Electricity Market (NZEM) will not lessen competition.

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Commission continues investigation of Southpower

5 September 1996

Commerce Commission Chairman Dr Alan Bollard said today the Commission is continuing its investigation of Southpower for an alleged breach of the Commerce Act.

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Commission action in electricity sector

4 September 1996

The Commerce Commission has increased its enforcement activity in the electricity sector after previously warning electricity companies that the settling down period following deregulation was over.

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August 1996

High Court warning to trade and professional associations

23 August 1996

The Rotorua High Court today sent a warning to all trade and professional associations that the Commerce Act applies to them and they cannot act anti-competitively.

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Timetable for electricity market rules conference

16 August 1996

The Commerce Commission conference to consider three of the rules for the proposed New Zealand Electricity Market begins in Wellington on Monday, August 19.

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Commission takes no action against Blue Star but will continue to monitor the market

1 August 1996

The Commission has decided that at this time it will take no action against Blue Star's acquisition of Whitcoulls, but for the next year it will monitor closely the relevant markets.

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July 1996

Commission not opposed to electricity rules

26 July 1996

The Commerce Commission's preliminary view is that, on information currently available, it would authorise the pricing mechanisms in the rules for the proposed New Zealand Electricity Market (NZEM).

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Court of Appeal upholds High Court decision and $500,000 penalties against Port Nelson Ltd

3 July 1996

The Commerce Commission's approach to use of market dominance by monopolies has been strongly endorsed today by the Court of Appeal.

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June 1996

Commission asked to authorise electricity rules

27 June 1996

The Commerce Commission has been asked to authorise several parts of the rules for the New Zealand Electricity Market which becomes fully-operative on October 1.

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April 1996

Lawyers not exempt from the law

15 April 1996

Lawyers must be aware that if their practices are shown to be anti-competitive under the Commerce Act, then the Commerce Commission can and will take action against them, Commission Chairman Dr Alan Bollard said in a speech to the New Zealand Law Conference on Friday.

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January 1996

Commission authorises electricity pricing arrangement

30 January 1996

The Commerce Commission has released a final decision today authorising a pricing arrangement for the wholesale electricity market for the period up to September 30.

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Electricity conference begins tomorrow

17 January 1996

The Commerce Commission conference to consider two arrangements relating to the establishment of a competitive wholesale electricity market begins in Wellington tomorrow.

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