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The Commerce Commission has 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.

Draft determination

The draft determination sets out our preliminary views on whether or not we are likely to grant an authorisation (or clearance where we determine there is unlikely to be a substantial lessening of competition as a result of the merger), and the reasons for that view. The draft determination outlines any unresolved issues and requests further submissions and evidence that may assist us in making a final determination. Parties are encouraged to provide only new evidence at this stage of the process. Any party providing a submission on the draft determination should provide both a confidential and public version of their submission. We have posted public versions of the submissions below.

Cross-submissions

With the submissions on the draft posted, we are seeking cross-submissions on the issues raised in the submissions on the draft determination. As with submissions on the draft determination, there is a very strict time frame for the receipt of cross-submissions and extensions of time will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. Public versions of cross-submissions will also be published below.

Conference

A notification of the conference is published below which stipulates the dates of the conference and outlines the conference procedures and agenda. The purpose of the conference is to allow Commissioners to question the applicant and interested parties on topics on which we require further information. Participation in the conference is restricted to those parties with whom we consider we can best test our preliminary views and from whom we can best gain further information and evidence. There will be no opportunity to present general submissions. Apart from any confidential sessions that we decide to hold, the conference will be open to the public.

Post-conference submissions

If we require further information from parties as a result of submissions they make during the conference, we will allow a short period of time for the provision of these.

Decision date

We will publish the written determination on the application on or before the decision date of 11 April 2017.


All public submissions, including cross-submissions, are now closed.

Project timeline

Type Description Indicative date/s
Completed Submissions on the application due 01/07/2016
Completed Draft determination due 08/11/2016
Completed Submissions on the expert report due 25/11/2016
Completed Submissions on draft determination due 25/11/2016
Completed Cross-submissions on draft determination due 12 noon 05/12/2016
Completed Conference 06/12/2016 - 08/12/2016
Final Decision due 11/04/2017

Disclaimer

These dates are not official and may change. Please see the Terms and Conditions for further limitations.

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