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- Communique September 2009 Edition PDF (357 KB)
- Ensuring that the Commerce Commission is in good shape to deliver its
objectives in a rapidly changing environment is a priority for Chief Executive
Nicholas Hill. The Commission is facing new challenges both in terms of the
economic environment and internal productivity pressures. The Statement of
Intent for 2009-2012 reflects the Commission's response to these challenges.
- Communique January 2008 Edition PDF (169 KB)
- Under the Commerce Act, the Commerce Commission considers applications for
the clearance of proposed mergers or acquisitions that might substantially lessen
competition in a market, where the applicants wish to obtain protection from
legal challenge either from the Commission or from other parties in the market.
- Communique May 2008 Edition Amended May 2011 PDF (439 KB)
- Communique July 2008 Edition PDF (174 KB)
- Caring for the environment - it is a noble and worthy goal. But how many
businesses really are what they claim to be when they say they are carbon
neutral, eco-friendly, environmentally sustainable, or even just "green"?
The Commerce Commission will be providing some clarity for businesses
and consumers around sustainability claims as part of a new key focus.
- Communique December 2008 Edition PDF (164 KB)
- The role of the Commerce Commission as a sectoral regulator in New Zealand
has been broadened through a signifi cant change in legislation. The Commerce
Amendment Act, which came into effect on 14 October 2008, replaces the
prior Parts 4 and 4A of the Commerce Act relating to economic regulation
with a new Part 4. In this article we explore what the changes mean for the
Commission and the industries it regulates.
- Communique March 2007 Edition PDF (167 KB)
- In September 2006, New Zealand Bus Limited was fined $500,000 and ordered
to pay around $600,000 in costs to the Commerce Commission after it breached
section 47 of the Commerce Act when it acquired shares in Mana Coach Services.
- Communique April 2006 Edition PDF (207 KB)
- Eighteen agencies across New Zealand and Australia joined forces in March to
combat consumer fraud, warning of the scams that affect thousands of consumers every year.
- Communique March 2005 Edition PDF (190 KB)
- New Zealanders are about to see considerable change in the world of borrowing and lending money with this area of legislation being enforced by a regulatory agency for the first time. From April 1, the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003 will be in full force.
- Communique December 2005 Edition PDF (172 KB)
- 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.
- Communique June 2005 Edition PDF (241 KB)
- 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.
- Communique December 2004 Edition PDF (215 KB)
- On 29 November, the Commerce Commission delivered its gas control inquiry
report to the Minister of Energy, recommending that direct control be imposed on gas distribution companies Vector Limited and Powerco Limited. The Commission did not recommend direct control for NGC Transmission Limited, NGC Distribution Limited, Wanganui Gas Limited, Maui Development Limited, Nova Gas Limited and the individual transmission pipelines located in the Taranaki area.
- Communique March 2004 Edition PDF (191 KB)
- On 18 December 2003, Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel announced the appointment of Paula Rebstock and David Caygill to the positions of Chair and Deputy Chair respectively, of the Commerce Commission.
- Communique November 2004 Special Edition - Leniency, Co-operation and Cease & Desist Policies PDF (90 KB)
- The Commerce Commission is focused on maximising the effectiveness of
its enforcement activity in relation to anti-competitive, false and misleading
behaviour. The Commission has several tools available to increase its enforcement impact.
- Communique September 2004 Edition PDF (226 KB)
- In June this year, the High Court 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.
- Communique December 2003 Edition PDF (214 KB)
- The Commerce Commission declined to authorise a proposed Alliance between Qantas Airways Limited and Air New Zealand Limited in October. The Commission considers that a proposed Alliance between the two airline carriers would damage competition and harm consumers and is therefore not in the interests of New Zealanders.
- Communique June 2003 Edition PDF (235 KB)
- The Commerce Commission's Chair, John Belgrave, leaves the Commission this month to take up the position of Chief Ombudsman.
- Communique March 2003 Edition PDF (136 KB)
- After a comprehensive review of the Commission's publications last year,
we have amalgamated our previous newsletters, Compliance and Fair's Fair,
into one all purpose quarterly communication.
We have also published a companion to the Commission's Annual Report to
Parliament for 2001/2002 called Regulatory and Enforcement Activities of the
Commerce Commission. This publication contains a comprehensive statement
of the Commission's activities during the year and will be published annually.
- Communique September 2003 Edition PDF (458 KB)
- Recent changes to the Fair Trading Act have extended the Commerce
Commission's powers to deal with misleading and unfair trading practices
- Communique December 2003 Special Edition - Enforcement Criteria PDF (76 KB)
- The Commerce Commission has used enforcement criteria in various modes for a number of years. The criteria assist the Commission in its discretionary activities when making decisions on whether to open an investigation, and what enforcement action it will take at the end of an investigation.