NZME Limited and Fairfax New Zealand Limited

The Commerce Commission received an application from NZME Limited and Fairfax NZ Limited seeking authorisation to merge their media operations in New Zealand.

When we receive an authorisation application, we must first assess whether the merger would be likely to substantially lessen competition in a market. If we are satisfied that the merger is not likely to have that effect, then we would clear the merger. If we cannot give clearance, we apply the public benefit test to determine whether to authorise the merger. We must authorise a merger where we are satisfied that the merger will be likely to result in such a benefit to the public that it should be permitted.

The Commission announced its final determination on 3 May 2017. A copy of the determination can be found below.

Documents

Conference transcript

07/12/2016 (2 documents)

Fairfax NZME Conference - 7 December 2016 PDF (367 KB)
Published on 09 December 2016
Fairfax NZME Conference - 6 December 2016 PDF (451 KB)
Published on 09 December 2016

Notification of conference

29/11/2016 (2 documents)

Topics for NZME/Fairfax conference – 6-7 December 2016 PDF (49 KB)
Published on 02 December 2016
Notification of conference – NZME/Fairfax – 29 November 2016 PDF (82 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016

Submissions on draft determination

29/11/2016 (43 documents)

Slide deck summarising the key points in Fairfax and NZME’s submissions – November 2016 PDF (1.7 MB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Fairfax/NZME – Legal submission on draft determination – November 2016 PDF (110 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Fairfax/NZME – Factual submission on draft determination – 25 November 2016 PDF (2.1 MB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Morgan Stanley Report Australia Media, Internet and Technology – 27 January 2016 PDF (8.1 MB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Marketing literature in relation to Jennings/Murphy's new news website to be called Newsroom.co.nz – November 2016 PDF (7.7 MB)
Published on 29 November 2016
NERA – review of the draft determination – 25 November 2016 PDF (479 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Professor Picker’s response to the draft determination – 25 November 2016 PDF (74 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
An Hertogen – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 25 November 2016 PDF (349 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Anonymous – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 28 November 2016 PDF (631 KB)
Published on 01 December 2016
Anonymous – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 23 November 2016 PDF (83 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Bernadette Courtney – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 22 November 2016 PDF (80 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
CAANZ – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 25 November 2016 PDF (391 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Casey Eden – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 16 November 2016 PDF (42 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
CBB – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 25 November 2016 PDF (358 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Etu – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 22 November 2016 PDF (52 KB)
Published on 08 December 2016
Former Editors – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 25 November 2016 PDF (53 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Gavin Ellis – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 25 November 2016 PDF (51 KB)
Published on 30 November 2016
Geoff Collett – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 25 November 2016 PDF (417 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Heath Sadlier – Submission on NZME-Fairfax draft determination – 25 November 2016 PDF (227 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Jeremy Rees – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 25 November 2016 PDF (123 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Joanna Norris – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 25 November 2016 PDF (72 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
John Crowley – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 25 November 2016 PDF (46 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Jonathan Mackenzie – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 23 November 2016 PDF (16 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Jonathan Milne – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 25 November 2016 PDF (805 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Jonathon Howe – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 22 November 2016 PDF (121 KB)
Published on 01 December 2016
Mark Stevens – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 25 November 2016 PDF (15 KB)
Published on 30 November 2016
Matthew Edwards – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 22 November 2016 PDF (25 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Michael Muir – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 25 November 2016 PDF (359 KB)
Published on 30 November 2016
Natasha Holland – Submission on NZME-Fairfax draft determination – 22 November 2016 PDF (27 KB)
Published on 02 December 2016
Nicola Coburn – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 24 November 2016 PDF (49 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
NZME/Fairfax Editors – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 25 November 2016 PDF (75 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
NZPSA – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 22 November 2016 PDF (132 KB)
Published on 01 December 2016
Patrick Crewdson – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 22 November 2016 PDF (35 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Regan Hawkins – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 22 November 2016 PDF (31 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Rod Oram – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 22 November 2016 PDF (159 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Ryan Evans – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 22 November 2016 PDF (30 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Shane Bradley – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 25 November 2016 PDF (79 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Shayne Currie – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 28 November 2016 PDF (90 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Sinead Boucher – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 25 November 2016 PDF (98 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Stuart Howie – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 24 November 2016 PDF (517 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
SunMedia – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 18 November 2016 PDF (102 KB)
Published on 29 November 2016
Tracy Watkins – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 25 November 2016 PDF (31 KB)
Published on 30 November 2016
Victoria Guild – Submission on NZME/Fairfax draft determination – 25 November 2016 PDF (34 KB)
Published on 30 November 2016

Expert report on draft determination

17/11/2016 (1 documents)

Expert report on Commission's draft determination on NZME/Fairfax authorisation – 16 November 2016 PDF (196 KB)
Published on 17 November 2016

Draft determination

08/11/2016 (1 documents)

NZME Ltd and Fairfax New Zealand Ltd – Authorisation draft determination – 8 November 2016 PDF (1.7 MB)
Published on 08 November 2016

Name change from Wilson and Horton Limited

05/08/2016 (1 documents)

Letter from Russell McVeagh re name change from Wilson and Horton Limited – 4 August 2016 PDF (566 KB)
Published on 05 August 2016

Submissions on the Statement of Preliminary Issues

03/10/2016 (53 documents)

Anonymous – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 17 June 2016 PDF (36 KB)
Published on 14 July 2016
Anonymous – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 17 June 2016 PDF (42 KB)
Published on 14 July 2016
Anonymous – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 27 June 2016 PDF (38 KB)
Published on 14 July 2016
Anonymous – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 28 June 2016 PDF (875 KB)
Published on 19 July 2016
Anonymous – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 29 June 2016 PDF (41 KB)
Published on 19 July 2016
Anonymous – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 1 July 2016 PDF (73 KB)
Published on 08 July 2016
Advocate Communications – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 1 July 2016 PDF (1.7 MB)
Published on 08 July 2016
Alan Aldridge – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 26 June 2016 PDF (303 KB)
Published on 08 July 2016
Allied Press Ltd – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 1 July 2016 PDF (255 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
Ashburton Guardian – K Cook – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 1 July 2016 PDF (78 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
Ashburton Guardian – D Daniels – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 1 July 2016 PDF (79 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
Avi Singh – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 1 July 2016 PDF (374 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
Beacon Media Group – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 28 June 2016 PDF (91 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
Canterbury Farming – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 1 July 2016 PDF (114 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 10 July 2016 PDF (578 KB)
Published on 14 July 2016
Coastal Media Ltd and The Fishing Paper & Hunting News – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 1 July PDF (46 KB)
Published on 14 July 2016
D R Neben – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 30 June 2016 PDF (402 KB)
Published on 14 July 2016
E tu – Union for NZ Journalists – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 5 July 2016 PDF (166 KB)
Published on 20 July 2016
G Jackson – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 28 June 2016 PDF (45 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
Gavin Ellis – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 1 July 2016 PDF (1.1 MB)
Published on 05 July 2016
Greymouth Evening Star – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 24 June 2016 PDF (21 KB)
Published on 08 July 2016
Gulf News – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 29 June 2106 PDF (48 KB)
Published on 08 July 2016
Horton Media – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 29 June 2016 PDF (161 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
Kaipara Lifestyler – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 1 July 2016 PDF (114 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
Local Matters Ltd – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 1 July 2016 PDF (28 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
Manawatu Farming Lifestyles – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – July 2016 PDF (100 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
MediaWorks Holdings Ltd – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 30 September 2016 PDF (234 KB)
Published on 03 October 2016
Metropol Magazine Christchurch – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 30 June 2016 PDF (98 KB)
Published on 14 July 2016
Metros Publishing Group Ltd – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 29 June 2016 PDF (115 KB)
Published on 14 July 2016
Molineaux Matheson Myllylahti Phelan Thompson Lealand – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 8 July 20 PDF (1.1 MB)
Published on 14 July 2016
Nelson Marlborough Farming – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 29 June 2016 PDF (62 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
North Canterbury – Radio Trust – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 1 July 2016 PDF (26 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
Northern Farming Lifestyles – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 1 July 2016 PDF (100 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
NZPSA – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 30 June 2016 PDF (140 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
River City Press – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 29 June 2016 PDF (70 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
Rod Oram – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 1 July 2016 PDF (326 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
Ruapehu Bulletin – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 1 July 2016 PDF (57 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
Star Media – Submission on SOPI for NZME/Fairfax merger – 6 July 2016 (Amended on 4 August 2016 ) PDF (5.2 MB)
Published on 05 August 2016
Star Media – Appendices to Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 6 July 2016 PDF (947 KB)
Published on 19 July 2016
Sun Media – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 1 July 2016 PDF (126 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
Taranaki Farming Lifestyles – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 1 July 2016 PDF (114 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
The Akaroa Mail – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 29 June 2016 PDF (56 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
The GB Weekly and The Geraldine News – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 1 July 2016 PDF (48 KB)
Published on 14 July 2016
The Guardian Motueka – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 30 June 2016 PDF (50 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
The Post Newspaper Franklin – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 1 July 2016 PDF (95 KB)
Published on 14 July 2016
Times House Publishing Ltd – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 30 June 2016 PDF (488 KB)
Published on 14 July 2016
TVNZ – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME-Fairfax merger – 14 September 2016 PDF (518 KB)
Published on 16 September 2016
Covec Market Definition Report prepared for TVNZ –14 September 2016 PDF (562 KB)
Published on 16 September 2016
Waikato Farming Lifestyles – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 1 July 2016 PDF (114 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
Waimea Weekly – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 30 June 2016 PDF (16 KB)
Published on 08 July 2016
Waiuku Publishing Limited – The Post Newspaper – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 1 July 2016 PDF (178 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
Wellington Suburban Newspapers and The Blenheim Sun – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 29 June 2016 PDF (50 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016
Westport News Company – Submission on Statement of Preliminary Issues for NZME/Fairfax merger – 24 June 2016 PDF (16 KB)
Published on 05 July 2016

Statement of Preliminary Issues

14/06/2016 (1 documents)

Fairfax NZ Ltd and Wilson & Horton Ltd – Statement of Preliminary Issues – 14 June 2016 PDF (101 KB)
Published on 14 June 2016