Media releases

April 2018

Statement of Preliminary Issues released for Ingenico/Paymark

23 April 2018

The Commerce Commission has published a Statement of Preliminary Issues relating to an application by Ingenico Group SA (Ingenico) to acquire 100% of the shares in Paymark Limited (Paymark).

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Ingenico seeks clearance to acquire Paymark

20 April 2018

The Commerce Commission has received a clearance application from Ingenico Group SA (Ingenico) to acquire 100% of the shares in Paymark Limited (Paymark).

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Platinum to divest Winc NZ to address competition concerns in office products market

19 April 2018

Platinum Equity LLC (Platinum) has agreed to divest Winc NZ Limited (Winc) to address the Commerce Commission’s competition concerns regarding Platinum’s acquisition of OfficeMax Holdings Limited (OfficeMax).

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Commission lays charges against Vodafone for its FibreX broadband advertising

13 April 2018

The Commerce Commission has laid 27 charges under the Fair Trading Act against Vodafone New Zealand Limited (Vodafone) for engaging in false and misleading conduct in relation to its FibreX broadband service.

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Independent report on how Fonterra estimates risk in setting milk price

11 April 2018

The Commerce Commission has released an independent report into whether Fonterra’s approach to estimating risk in calculating the cost of financing milk processing operations is consistent with competitive market outcomes.

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Commission releases telco market developments snapshot for 2017

10 April 2018

The Commerce Commission has released a snapshot paper about telecommunications market developments in 2017.

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March 2018

Improvements to the rules for Transpower's investment in the national grid

29 March 2018

The Commerce Commission has today released its final decision on its review of the rules relating to Transpower’s investment in the national grid.

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Daiken cleared to acquire Dongwha's MDF wood products business

29 March 2018

The Commerce Commission has granted clearance for Daiken New Zealand to acquire 100% of the shares in Dongwha New Zealand Limited.

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Commission approves $1.27 billion major network upgrade for Powerco

28 March 2018

The Commerce Commission has approved an application by Powerco to spend $1.27 billion on a major network upgrade.

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Commission approves Wellington Electricity's $31 million earthquake readiness plan

28 March 2018

The Commerce Commission has approved Wellington Electricity’s application to invest an additional $31 million to improve its network’s resilience to a major earthquake.

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Study to ensure regulation keeps pace with changes in mobile telecommunications

27 March 2018

The Commerce Commission has confirmed the scope for its study into mobile telecommunications markets in New Zealand.

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Dishing up a surcharge with your hot cross bun

26 March 2018

With the Easter break around the corner, the Commerce Commission is reminding businesses that if they apply a surcharge it must be clearly and accurately disclosed to consumers.

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Commerce Commission appoints new Chief Executive

22 March 2018

Commerce Commission Chairman Dr Mark Berry today announced the appointment of Adrienne Meikle as Chief Executive of the Commerce Commission.

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Rhone cleared to acquire swimming pool equipment company Fluidra

21 March 2018

The Commerce Commission has granted clearance for Rhone to acquire Fluidra.

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Commission declines clearance for Trade Me to acquire Motorcentral

9 March 2018

The Commerce Commission has declined to grant clearance to Trade Me to acquire Motorcentral (Limelight Software Limited).

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Fairer contract terms for public transport users in major cities

9 March 2018

A review by the Commerce Commission has resulted in some major public transport providers making changes to the standard terms of use for their re-usable pre-paid travel cards.

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Commission grants clearance for sauce merger subject to divestments

9 March 2018

The Commerce Commission has granted clearance for Heinz Wattie’s to acquire the food and instant coffee business of Cerebos Gregg’s subject to a divestment undertaking.

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Consumers need to seriously consider if buying from Viagogo is worth the risk

6 March 2018

The Commerce Commission is advising consumers to seriously consider whether buying tickets from ticket reselling website Viagogo is worth the risk after the latest series of complaints.

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February 2018

Latest fine shows toy suppliers must check product safety

26 February 2018

The Commerce Commission is reminding toy suppliers that their products must comply with the mandatory standard for toys, following the conviction of a toy importer for selling a baby rattle which did not comply.

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Red Seal supplements producer warned over “Pharmacy Strength” claims

21 February 2018

The Commerce Commission has issued a warning to Endeavour Consumer Health Limited (Endeavour) over its use of the term “Pharmacy Strength” in marketing its Red Seal Pharmacy Strength range of nutritional supplements.

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If you can’t back it up, don’t say it

20 February 2018

The Commerce Commission has released a new video, giving guidance to traders on false, misleading or unsubstantiated claims and how to avoid making them.

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Sunscreen producer will meet NZ standard for SPF testing

19 February 2018

Sunscreen producer Johnson & Johnson (New Zealand) Limited (JJNZ) has undertaken to the Commerce Commission to only sell sunscreen products which meet the joint Australian/New Zealand standard.

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Statement of Preliminary Issues released for Rhone/Fluidra swimming pool equipment merger

16 February 2018

The Commerce Commission has published a Statement of Preliminary Issues relating to Rhone Capital LLC’s (Rhone) proposed acquisition of Fluidra S.A. (Fluidra). 

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Supercrete Auckland director fined $37,500 for claiming generic cladding was premium brand

16 February 2018

The former director of Supercrete Auckland Limited (Supercrete) has been fined $37,500 for misrepresenting generic Chinese cladding as the premium Australian-made ‘Hebel’ brand.  

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Toy importer fined for selling unsafe toys

12 February 2018

Toy importer Mega Import and Export Limited (Mega Import) has been fined $65,000 for selling toys which did not comply with a mandatory standard.

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Mobile trader fined despite being liquidated

7 February 2018

A mobile trader has been fined more than $100,000 despite going into liquidation in early 2017. 

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Rhone seeks clearance to acquire swimming pool equipment company Fluidra

5 February 2018

The Commerce Commission has received a clearance application from Rhone Capital LLC (Rhone) to acquire up to 100% of the shares or assets of Fluidra S.A.

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Draft decision on Wellington Electricity’s $31 million earthquake readiness plan

1 February 2018

The Commerce Commission has released its draft decision on Wellington Electricity’s proposal to spend $31 million on improving its network’s resilience to a major earthquake.

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January 2018

Auckland dealership Motor Me warned for misleading conduct when selling used cars

25 January 2018

Motor Me owner and operator Brent Smith has been warned by the Commission that he has likely breached the law for misleading consumers about the quality of the cars Motor Me sold.

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Commission lays charges against EuroSteel

23 January 2018

The Commerce Commission confirms that 59 charges under the Fair Trading Act have been laid against Euro Corporation Limited (EuroSteel) for making false and misleading representations about its steel mesh product known as SE615.

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Commission restarts study into telecommunication backhaul services

19 January 2018

The Commerce Commission is recommencing its study into domestic telecommunication backhaul services. 

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New videos and quick guides for businesses and procurers on competition law

18 January 2018

The Commerce Commission has launched a new series of videos and quick guides to help businesses and procurers understand competition law.

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Warning to NZ Trustees Association Charitable Trust for sending invoices for unsolicited membership services

17 January 2018

The Commission has issued a warning to NZ Trustees Association Charitable Trust (the Trustees Association) about concerns with invoices it sent to registered New Zealand charities for membership services.

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Debt collection group to credit customers overcharged after goods repossessed

16 January 2018

Debt collection group Receivables Management has agreed to credit more than $1.4 million to around 1,700 customers who were wrongly charged interest, costs and fees on loans after their goods had been repossessed and sold.

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Commission alerts public to LuxStyle online sales method

10 January 2018

The Commerce Commission is alerting the public to be wary when browsing for products online on sites operated by Lux International Sales ApS (LuxStyle), a company based in Denmark.

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Commission releases competitor collaboration guidelines for new law

9 January 2018

The Commerce Commission has released a final version of its guidelines for assessing collaborations between competitors as a result of amendments to the law relating to cartels.

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South Island veterinary business warned over likely price fixing with competitor

8 January 2018

The Commerce Commission has warned VetLife Limited (VetLife) that it is likely to have breached the Commerce Act by price fixing with one of its competitors.

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