24 December 2003Issued 24 December 2003
22 December 2003Issued 22 December 2003
4 December 2003Issued 4 December 2003
4 December 2003Issued 4 December 2003
25 November 2003Issued 25 November 2003
21 November 2003Issued 21 November 2003
7 November 2003Issued 7 November 2003
5 November 2003Issued 5 November 2003
31 October 2003The Commerce Commission is aware of a second mass mail out by Australian-based company, Domain Names NZ, and strongly urges that people look carefully at all details before considering paying any sum requested.
Competition terms and conditions must be clearly disclosed:Plastic Box, Sports and Events Marketing admit Fair Trading breach
29 October 2003The Commission is sending a message to all businesses running in-store competitions to clearly disclose all significant terms and conditions, following a settlement with two businesses, Plastic Box (Group) Limited and Sports and Events Marketing Limited.
20 October 2003Issued 20 October 2003
8 October 2003Issued 8 October 2003
16 September 2003Issued 16 September 2003
15 September 2003Issued 15 September 2003
12 September 2003Issued 12 September 2003
5 September 2003In a settlement with the Commerce Commission, TrustPower Limited has admitted breaching the Fair Trading Act and will refund approximately 200 customers who may have been misled about electricity price increases.
4 September 2003Issued 4 September 2003-04
20 August 2003Issued 20 August 2003
7 August 2003Issued 7 August 2003
1 August 2003Issued 1 August 2003
23 July 2003Recent changes to the Fair Trading Act have extended the Commerce Commission's powers to deal with misleading and unfair trading practices by businesses.
15 July 2003A company named New Aussie Finance Pty Limited, licensed to trade as Wizard Home Loans to the Chinese and Korean communities in the greater Auckland region, has admitted its advertising was misleading and in breach of the Fair Trading Act in a settlement with the Commerce Commission.
8 July 2003Issued 8 July 2003
19 June 2003Issued 19 June 2003
10 June 2003Issued 10 June 2003
4 June 2003Issued 4 June 2003
23 May 2003Issued 23 May 2003
14 May 2003Issued 14 May 2003
9 May 2003The Commerce Commission is alerting businesses to the activities of a company calling itself Trade Registrations NZ Ltd and is concerned that the scheme it is promoting may not be legitimate.
7 May 2003King Cargo Limited was fined $5,000 plus costs in the Masterton District Court last week for selling bicycles that failed to comply with the bicycle safety standard.
6 May 2003The Commerce Commission has warned ten used car dealers that their advertising may be in breach of the Fair Trading Act, and that it will prosecute those dealers who continue to mislead customers.
17 April 2003Time-share company One World Leisure (NZ) Limited (OWL) was fined $30,000 plus costs in the Auckland District Court today after pleading guilty to breaching the Fair Trading Act in relation to its promotion of time-share investments and holiday ownership.
11 April 2003Following the recent Commerce Commission prosecution of pyramid selling scheme Infinity Concierge Limited and its operators, a fifth defendant, David John Mawson, was fined $11,520 including costs in the Christchurch District Court yesterday for operating or promoting a pyramid selling scheme, in breach of the Fair Trading Act.
31 March 2003Gregory Ian Dawson was fined $4,500 plus $1630 costs in the Auckland District Court on Friday having pleaded guilty to breaching the Fair Trading Act in relation to his involvement in US-based international multi-level selling scheme SkyBiz between 1999 and 2001.
24 March 2003Following two successful prosecutions against Rio Beverages Limited and Double-R Soft Drinks Limited last year, the Commerce Commission is continuing to put the squeeze on the marketing practices of fruit juice companies.
12 March 2003The Commerce Commission is warning the public not to get involved in pyramid selling after the Christchurch District Court fined Infinity Concierge and its operators a total of $38,760 including costs for operating or promoting a pyramid selling scheme, in breach of the Fair Trading Act.
13 February 2003In a settlement with the Commerce Commission, Kiwibank Limited has admitted that an advertising campaign it ran in September and October last year promoting 'cheaper home loans guaranteed' was liable to mislead consumers.
12 February 2003The High Court has ordered that money collected from the membership fees of Alpha Club New Zealand Limited be redistributed to some members after deeming the scheme to be pyramid selling in breach of section 24 of the Fair Trading Act.
30 January 2003Meridian Energy Limited has admitted breaching the Fair Trading Act in a letter sent to customers notifying them of changes in tariffs, and has agreed, in a settlement with the Commerce Commission, to compensate affected customers. It will also make a public apology to both Network Tasman and its customers.