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November 2005

NZRU applies to Commission for authorisation

10 November 2005

The New Zealand Rugby Football Union Incorporated (NZRU) has applied to the Commerce Commission for authorisation to enter into a contract to which sections 27, 29 or 30 of the Commerce Act might apply. The relevant contract is the Collective Employment Agreement between the NZRU and Rugby Players Collective Incorporated, which was entered into on 1 November 2005.

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October 2005

Eyes surgeons to pay $85,000 for breaching Commerce Act

28 October 2005

Four Palmerston North eye surgeons have admitted breaching the Commerce Act by fixing the prices to be paid for eye services, and have been ordered by the High Court in Wellington to pay a total of $85,000 in fines and costs.

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Commission to issue second draft determination on Pohokura gas

14 October 2005

The Commerce Commission is to issue a second draft determination in relation to its consideration of whether to revoke or vary the Pohokura gas authorisation.

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August 2005

Todd Petroleum Mining Company and Todd Taranaki apply for restrictive trade practice authorisation

29 August 2005

Todd Petroleum Mining Company Limited and Todd Taranaki Limited have applied to the Commerce Commission for authorisation to enter into a contract to which sections 27, 28 or 29 of the Commerce Act might apply. The relevant contract is the Maui Pipeline Operating Code.

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June 2005

Koppers Arch and GM fined for Commerce Act breaches

3 June 2005

Koppers Arch Wood Protection and its General Manager Roy Parish were today convicted and fined $25,000 and $8,000 respectively in the Manukau District Court for breaches of the Commerce Act 1986.

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May 2005

Commission warns GP's about price fixing

18 May 2005

The Commerce Commission has issued warnings to individual GPs who met last year and collectively decided to set a maximum fee level for a specific group of patients. The GPs were proposing then to join the Dunedin Primary Health Organisation (PHO).

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Commission warns funeral directors against price fixing

4 May 2005

The Commerce Commission has issued separate warnings to six Manawatu-based funeral directors. The funeral directors submitted a joint tender to the police for a contract to transfer deceased persons that put them at risk of breaching the price fixing provisions of the Commerce Act.

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April 2005

Commerce Commission initiates legal action against alleged cartel

27 April 2005

The Commerce Commission has filed civil proceedings in the Auckland High Court against four New Zealand companies and seven executives for alleged cartel behaviour in the timber preservatives industry.

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February 2005

Commerce Commission's preliminary view is to revoke Pohokura authorisation

23 February 2005

The Commerce Commission's preliminary view is that it should revoke its authorisation of an otherwise anti-competitive arrangement to jointly market and sell gas produced from the Pohokura field in Taranaki.

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Commerce Commission reminds industry: comply with information powers or face prosecution

16 February 2005

Commerce Commission Chair Paula Rebstock reinforced the Commission's strong stance on compliance with its information requisitioning powers in front of a chief executives forum in Wellington today with the announcement that the Commission is prosecuting a company and an individual for withholding documents requested as part of a Commission investigation.

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