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December 2004

Commerce Commission clears Carter Holt Harvey to acquire certain wood processing assets of Tenon

21 December 2004

The Commerce Commission has cleared Carter Holt Harvey Limited to acquire certain structural and wood processing business assets of Tenon Limited, including its Kawerau sawmill and remanufacturing plant, Rainbow Mountain Sawmill, Ramsey Roundwood, and Mount Maunganui Plywood.

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Commission clears Fonterra to acquire National Foods

10 December 2004

The Commerce Commission has cleared Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited to acquire up to 100 percent of the shares in National Foods Limited.

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Commission clears Vector to acquire NGC and grants EIR Act exemption

10 December 2004

The Commerce Commission has granted Vector Limited clearance to acquire up to 100 percent of the shares of NGC Holdings Limited.

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November 2004

Commission targets cartels - new tools to increase enforcement impact

26 November 2004

The Commerce Commission has launched three new tools it will use to maximise the effectiveness of its enforcement activity in relation to anti-competitive and false and misleading behaviour.

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Commission receives clearance application from Sanford to acquire Surplus Quota for scampi from Simunovich

24 November 2004

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Sanford Limited seeking clearance to acquire Surplus Quota for scampi from Simunovich Fisheries Limited.

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Commission grants clearance to Vehicle Testing New Zealand

17 November 2004

The Commerce Commission has cleared Vehicle Testing New Zealand Limited to acquire all the assets and business of On Road New Zealand Limited subject to the divestment of facilities in both New Plymouth and Wanganui.

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Commission receives second clearance application from Gallagher Holdings to acquire Tru-Test

16 November 2004

The Commerce Commission has received a second application from Gallagher Holdings Limited seeking clearance to acquire 100 percent of the shares of Tru-Test Corporation Limited.

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Commission grants clearance to B&D Doors to acquire Dominator International

12 November 2004

The Commerce Commission has cleared B&D Doors (New Zealand) Limited to acquire 100 percent of the shares in Dominator International Limited.

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Commission grants clearance to Southern Cross Oxford Hospital

11 November 2004

The Commerce Commission has cleared Southern Cross Oxford Hospital Limited (SCOHL) to acquire the assets of the Oxford Clinic business in Christchurch. The assets include the lease of buildings, various assets including stock, business contracts, intellectual property and goodwill.

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Tommy's Real Estate receives Commission warning

8 November 2004

The Commerce Commission is reminding the real estate industry of its obligations under the Commerce Act after sending a formal warning to Tommy's Real Estate Limited for discussing commission rates with a competitor.

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Commission receives clearance application from Fonterra

5 November 2004

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited, or a wholly-owned subsidiary, seeking clearance to acquire up to 100 percent of the shares in National Foods Limited.

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Commission receives clearance application from Carter Holt Harvey

2 November 2004

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Carter Holt Harvey Limited seeking clearance to acquire the structural and wood processing business and assets of Tenon Limited and/or its wholly owned subsidiaries which is based on and includes:

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October 2004

Commission receives applications from Vector to acquire NGC

13 October 2004

Vector Limited has applied to the Commerce Commission for clearance under the Commerce Act to acquire up to 100 percent of the shares in NGC Holdings Limited (NGC Holdings), which is 66.05 percent owned by the Australian Gas Light Company Limited (AGL)

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Commission receives clearance application from B&D Doors

13 October 2004

The Commerce Commission has received an application from B&D Doors (New Zealand) Limited seeking clearance to acquire 100 percent of the shares in Dominator International Limited.

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Commission receives clearance application from Vehicle Testing New Zealand to acquire On Road

7 October 2004

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Vehicle Testing New Zealand Limited seeking clearance to acquire all the assets and business of On Road New Zealand Limited.

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September 2004

Commission grants clearance to iSOFT

29 September 2004

The Commerce Commission has granted clearance to iSOFT NZ Limited to acquire certain assets currently owned by Hewlett-Packard New Zealand, comprising five customer contracts for the provision of software support services, and associated goodwill and intellectual property rights in the HOMER and ORA*CARE software.

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Commission grants clearance to Port of Tauranga and Toll

24 September 2004

The Commerce Commission has cleared the acquisition by a yet to be formed joint venture company, Newco, owned 50 percent by Port of Tauranga Limited and 50 percent by Toll Limited, of all the shares in The Owens Cargo Company Limited, Toll Logistics (NZ) Limited and Leonard and Dingley Limited.

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Commission warning to Pharmacy Guild: Premiums Guide at risk of contravening Commerce Act

23 September 2004

The Commerce Commission has issued a warning to the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (Inc) that the Guild's Premiums Guide, as published until October 2002, placed the Guild and its members at risk of contravening the Commerce Act, and that the Guild should carefully consider the implications under the Act of any future recommendations it makes to members.

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High Court dismisses appeal by Qantas and Air New Zealand

20 September 2004

The High Court today dismissed the appeal by Qantas Airways Limited and Air New Zealand Limited of the Commerce Commission's decision to decline authorisation for the airlines to enter and give effect to potentially anti-competitive alliance arrangements, and for Qantas to acquire 22.5 percent of the voting equity in Air New Zealand.

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August 2004

Commission clears ABF Overseas Limited to acquire New Zealand Food Industries Limited

27 August 2004

The Commerce Commission has cleared ABF Overseas Limited to acquire 100 percent of the shares of New Zealand Food Industries Limited, the New Zealand yeast business of Burns, Philp & Company Limited Group.

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Commission declines application by Gallagher Holdings to acquire Tru-Test Corporation

26 August 2004

The Commerce Commission has declined to grant clearance to Gallagher Holdings Limited to acquire 100 percent of the shares of Tru-Test Corporation Limited.

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Commission receives clearance application from iSOFT

25 August 2004

The Commerce Commission has received an application from iSOFT NZ Limited seeking clearance to acquire certain assets currently owned by Hewlett-Packard New Zealand, comprising five customer contracts for the provision of software support services, and associated goodwill and intellectual property rights in the HOMER and ORA*CARE software.

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Commission receives clearance application from ABF Overseas Limited

5 August 2004

The Commerce Commission has received an application from ABF Overseas Limited seeking clearance to acquire 100 percent of the shares of New Zealand Food Industries Limited, the New Zealand yeast business of Burns, Philp & Company Limited Group, from Burns Philp.

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July 2004

Commission clears Colgate-Palmolive to acquire various Campbell Brothers brands

22 July 2004

The Commerce Commission has cleared Colgate-Palmolive to acquire various brands and associated items that comprise the laundry additive, laundry detergent, and dishwashing detergent businesses of Campbell Brothers Limited and Campbell Brothers' wholly-owned subsidiary, Bushland Products Pty Limited.

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Commission warns businesses not to destroy company information and documents

15 July 2004

Search warrants are a valuable tool that the Commerce Commission will not hesitate to use when investigating allegations into anti-competitive behaviour.

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Commission grants clearance to VisyPET

2 July 2004

The Commerce Commission has cleared VisyPET (NZ) Limited (trading as VisyPak) to acquire some or all of the two-stage PET manufacturing assets and related business contracts of Visy Industrial Plastics (NZ) Limited (VIP).

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June 2004

Ophthalmological Society of New Zealand to pay $100,000 for breaching Commerce Act

30 June 2004

The High Court has fined the Ophthalmological Society of New Zealand Inc $100,000 and two ophthalmologists a total of $30,000 for contravening the anti-competitive provisions of the Commerce Act.

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Port of Tauranga and Toll apply to Commission for clearance

24 June 2004

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Port of Tauranga Limited and Toll Limited seeking clearance of a proposed acquisition by a yet to be formed joint venture company to acquire The Owens Cargo Company Limited, Toll Logistics (NZ) Limited and Leonard and Dingley Limited.

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Commission warning to Toll NZ Limited: behaviour at risk of contravening Commerce Act

22 June 2004

The Commerce Commission has issued a warning to Toll NZ Limited (formerly Tranz Rail Limited) that the Commission found evidence indicating that Tranz Rail's conduct in certain New Zealand rail markets over a period from 1997 to 2002 risked contravening the Commerce Act, and that the repetition of such conduct would result in the Commission taking further enforcement action.

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Aquanaut admits Commerce Act breach: ordered to pay $60,000

21 June 2004

The Commerce Commission is highlighting to businesses that the practice of resale price maintenance, where a supplier of goods specifies the minimum price that a reseller can charge for those goods, is prohibited under the Commerce Act, and that the Commission will take action where such behaviour is detected.

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Colgate-Palmolive applies for clearance to acquire Campbell Brothers' Brands

8 June 2004

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Colgate-Palmolive seeking clearance to acquire various brands and associated items that comprise the laundry additive, laundry detergent, and dishwashing detergent businesses of Campbell Brothers Limited and Campbell Brothers' wholly-owned subsidiary, Bushland Products Pty Limited.

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IAG applies for clearance to acquire Mike Henry Travel

1 June 2004

The Commerce Commission has received an application from IAG New Zealand Limited seeking clearance to acquire 100% of the shares in Mike Henry Travel Insurance Limited.

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May 2004

Commission grants clearance to Visy Industrial Plastics

27 May 2004

The Commerce Commission has cleared Visy Industrial Plastics (NZ) Limited to acquire the plastic packaging businesses and assets of ACI Operations NZ Limited.

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Commission receives clearance application from Gallagher Holdings

20 May 2004

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Gallagher Holdings Limited seeking clearance to acquire 100 percent of the shares of Tru-Test Corporation Limited.

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Commission grants clearance to CB Norwood Distributors

18 May 2004

The Commerce Commission has cleared CB Norwood Distributors Limited to acquire the New Zealand business of CNH Australia Pty Limited with respect to the importation, purchasing, marketing, distribution, selling and support of Case IH branded agricultural equipment and spare parts in New Zealand.

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Commission grants clearance to SKYCITY

18 May 2004

The Commerce Commission has cleared SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited to acquire all the shares and assets of Aspinall (NZ) Limited.

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Commerce Commission clears Atlas Group to acquire Southward Engineering

6 May 2004

The Commerce Commission has granted a clearance to Atlas Group Limited to acquire Southward Engineering Co Limited.

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Commission receives clearance application from Bondor NZ

4 May 2004

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Bondor New Zealand Limited seeking clearance to acquire the assets of the insulated panel business of Long International Limited.

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April 2004

Commission receives clearance application from CB Norwood Distributors

26 April 2004

The Commerce Commission has received an application from CB Norwood Distributors Limited seeking clearance to acquire the New Zealand business of CNH Australia Pty Limited with respect to the importation, purchasing, marketing, distribution, selling and support of Case IH branded agricultural equipment and spare parts in New Zealand.

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Commission receives clearance application from SKYCITY

16 April 2004

The Commerce Commission has received an application from SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited seeking clearance to acquire all the shares and assets of Aspinall (NZ) Limited.

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Commission receives clearance application from Atlas Group

14 April 2004

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Melbourne based Atlas Group Limited seeking clearance to acquire Southward Engineering Co Limited.

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March 2004

High Court finds ophthalmologists breached Commerce Act

2 March 2004

The Commerce Commission is pleased with the High Court judgement finding the Ophthalmological Society and five ophthalmologists contravened the anti-competitive provisions of the Commerce Act.

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January 2004

Commission launches new Mergers and Acquisitions Guidelines at industry seminars

30 January 2004

The Commerce Commission will officially launch its new Mergers and Acquisitions Guidelines at a series of industry seminars to be held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in March. Media and industry representatives are invited to attend.

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