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December 1995

1995, the year of prices – false, misleading or fixed

28 December 1995

One problem that the Commerce Commission found occurring again and again in 1995 was illegal pricing.

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ACP cleared to buy Wilson and Horton magazines

22 December 1995

The Commerce Commission has cleared Australian Consolidated Press NZ Ltd (ACP) to buy two magazines published by Wilson and Horton, the Listener and New Zealand Woman's Weekly.

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Commission not opposed to electricity arrangements

20 December 1995

The Commerce Commission's preliminary view is that two arrangements proposed for the period up to the establishment of a competitive wholesale electricity market on October 1 next year are unlikely to have any detrimental anti-competitive effects.

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Refunds, exchanges and Christmas

18 December 1995

The Commerce Commission is warning people that in some cases they may not be able to get refunds or exchanges for gifts.

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CHH cleared to buy Forestry Corp

12 December 1995

The Commerce Commission today cleared Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) to acquire up to 100 percent of Forestry Corporation of New Zealand's Central North Island assets or up to 100 percent of its shares.

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Air New Zealand/Ansett authorisation timetable

8 December 1995

The Commerce Commission today announced its timetable for considering Air New Zealand's application to buy Ansett Australia shares.

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Air New Zealand/Ansett

1 December 1995

The Commerce Commission today received an application by Air New Zealand under s 67 of the Commerce Act 1986. The application relates to the proposed acquisition by Air New Zealand of 25% of Ansett Australia, currently held by TNT, with a call option for a further 25%.

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November 1995

$2,000 fine for false price claim

29 November 1995

An Auckland appliance retailer, 2M Corporation, was fined $2,000 plus court costs in the Auckland District Court today for misrepresenting the price of television sets.

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Product safety and Christmas shopping

26 November 1995

With Christmas shopping starting, the Commerce Commission is warning consumers about product safety standards.

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Warehouse to pay $3,000 for false claims about bicycles

24 November 1995

Repeating false claims about the bicycle safety standard cost the Warehouse $3,000 in the Wellington District Court today.

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Commission says get advice about business acquisitions

22 November 1995

The Commerce Commission expects companies to exercise their judgement and to contact it if they are unsure about business acquisitions they may become involved in.

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Commission asked to authorise electricity agreements

21 November 1995

The Commerce Commission has been asked to authorise two agreements relating to the sale of electricity in the period before the wholesale electricity market becomes fully-operative in October next year.

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Commission staff visit Hamilton and Cambridge shops

20 November 1995

Commerce Commission staff will be visiting shops and speaking at meetings in Hamilton and Cambridge this week.

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Court sets precedent for all retailers interest free price must be same as cash price

17 November 1995

In the first defended case of its kind, the Auckland District Court has today defined when so called interest "free" offers are misleading and breach the Fair Trading Act.

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Wormald cleared to acquire Carbonic fire equipment assets

17 November 1995

The Commerce Commission today cleared Wormald New Zealand Ltd to acquire the assets of the fire equipment division of Carbonic Industries Ltd.

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Second false timber grade conviction costs Benchmark $1000

13 November 1995

Benchmark Building Supplies Ltd has been fined $1000 today for its second conviction for selling falsely graded timber.

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Horizon Pacific cleared to acquire CTV

9 November 1995

The Commerce Commission today cleared TVNZ's subsidiary, Horizon Pacific Television Limited, to acquire the assets of CTV.

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Manager forgot about Commission warning company fined $1,000

8 November 1995

Having a manager forget about a Commerce Commission warning has led to a wholesaler which supplied retailers throughout New Zealand, Butlers Equestrian Supplies Ltd, being fined $1,000 for breaching the Fair Trading Act.

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United Environmental Group cleared to acquire Wiri waste processing plant

3 November 1995

The Commerce Commission has cleared United Environmental Group Ltd to

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October 1995

Air New Zealand/Ansett

27 October 1995

The Commerce Commission is continuing to monitor discussions between Air New Zealand and other parties which might lead to Air New Zealand acquiring an interest in Ansett Australia.

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Commission clears Aspak to buy Abels' industrial fats business

13 October 1995

The Commerce Commission has cleared Aspak Foods Ltd to acquire the Abels' industrial fats and oils business, a division of Unilever NZ Ltd.

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J Wattie Foods cleared to acquire Kraft businesses

13 October 1995

The Commerce Commission has today cleared J Wattie Foods Ltd to acquire four business units operated by Kraft General Foods New Zealand Ltd.

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Tiong Group cleared to acquire Salmond Smith Biolab

10 October 1995

The Commerce Commission today cleared the Tiong Group's subsidiary Karamea Holdings to acquire 100 percent of the shares in Salmond Smith Biolab (SSB).

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Australians hear how reforms benefit NZ international trade

1 October 1995

The combination of competition and trade policy reform has put New Zealand in a strong position to take advantage of increasing international opportunities, particularly in fast growing South-East Asian markets, Australian economists are being told by Commerce Commission Chairman Dr Alan Bollard.

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September 1995

Lawyer and company fined $20,000 for misleading land buyers

28 September 1995

A Christchurch lawyer, John Rutherford and a company of which he is a director, Rural Management Limited, have been fined a total of $20,000 for misleading people about land being sub-divided.

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Court of Appeal landmark decision defines "free"

28 September 1995

In a landmark decision that has implications for all retailers in New Zealand, the Court of Appeal yesterday defined when so called "free" promotions are misleading under the Fair Trading Act.

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Telecom/Sky proposal cleared

26 September 1995

The Commerce Commission today cleared a proposal which would result in Telecom acquiring a 25 percent interest in Sky Network Television.

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Property developer undertakes to stop taking on new customers

21 September 1995

Auckland property developer, Lifeforce 2000 Limited, yesterday gave undertakings to the High Court that it will stop taking on new customers until it has registered a prospectus that accurately explains its scheme.

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Telecom/Sky conference begins tomorrow

12 September 1995

The Commerce Commission conference to consider Telecom's proposal to take a 25 percent interest in Sky Network Television begins in Wellington tomorrow.

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Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission cleared to acquire Salmond Smith Biolab

7 September 1995

The Commerce Commission today cleared the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission to acquire up to 100 percent of the shares in Salmond Smith Biolab (SSB) or all of SSB's fishing assets.

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Ignoring Commission warnings leads to prosecution

4 September 1995

Ignoring two earlier Commerce Commission warnings led to a Feilding fish shop being prosecuted by the Commerce Commission and fined $845 (including costs) in the Palmerston North District Court today.

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August 1995

Canon admits breach of Commerce Act

31 August 1995

Canon New Zealand Limited has admitted breaching the Commerce Act by trying to prevent Edge Computers discounting printers.

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Revised health contracts satisfy Commission

29 August 1995

The Commerce Commission said today it has considered Midland RHA's and Health Waikato's revised mental health services contracts and is satisfied they are unlikely to breach the Commerce Act.

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Tourist companies stop fixing commission rates

28 August 1995

A group of tourist industry companies has settled with the Commerce Commission, signing an undertaking to stop price fixing by setting standard commission rates.

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Commerce Commission takes tougher enforcement line

26 August 1995

The perception in the business community that the Commerce Commission is taking a harder line in enforcing the Commerce Act is correct Commission Chairman, Dr Alan Bollard, said today.

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Selling dangerous bicycle costs Deka $10,000

23 August 1995

For its second breach of a product safety standard in less than a year, Deka New Zealand Limited has been fined $10,000 after admitted selling a dangerous bicycle in the North Shore District Court today.

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Franco Burrone shoes – made in Italy or Australia?

15 August 1995

A Wellington shoe shop, Ashley Ardrey, has been fined $1,000 for selling Franco Burrone shoes with no country of origin labels despite an earlier warning from the Commerce Commission.

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Lawyer and company misled buyers about sub-division

15 August 1995

A Christchurch lawyer, John Rutherford, and a company of which he is a director, Rural Management Limited, have been found guilty of misleading people about land being subdivided.

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Dress for Less fined $6,500 children's night clothes were fire danger

14 August 1995

Dress for Less has been fined $6,500 for selling clothes which did not meet the children's night clothes safety standard, after it was warned by the Commerce Commission.

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Time extended in Telecom/Sky clearance

14 August 1995

The Commerce Commission and Telecom have agreed to a further extension of time before the Commission decides on a proposal which would give Telecom a 25 percent shareholding in Sky.

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Ford dealer fined $2,000 for misleading price ads

7 August 1995

A Christchurch Ford dealer, Team Hutchinson Ford, has been fined $2,000 for misleading people about the price of cars after a warning from the Commerce Commission.

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Commission declines to authorise health contracts

2 August 1995

In the first case of its kind, the Commerce Commission has said it cannot authorise mental health contracts Health Waikato and Midland Regional Health Authority have asked it to consider.

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Commission authorises futures exchange rules

1 August 1995

The Commerce Commission has authorised amended by-laws for the Sydney Futures Exchange Clearing House (SFECH).

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July 1995

Commission Chairman leads APEC debate on competition law

21 July 1995

Commerce Commission Chairman, Dr Alan Bollard, will chair an Asia Pacific Economic

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Warehouse fined record $20,000 for selling unsafe bicycles

14 July 1995

The Warehouse has been fined $20,000 after admitting selling unsafe bicycles despite an earlier warning from the Commerce Commission. The case was heard in the Auckland District Court today.

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Commission preliminary decision: authorise futures exchange rules

12 July 1995

The Commerce Commission has said its preliminary view is that it will authorise amended by-laws for the Sydney Futures Exchange Clearing House (SFECH).

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Two lawyers admit price fixing

12 July 1995

Two South Auckland lawyers, Mr J M Strong and Mr B R B Abraham, have entered into a settlement with the Commerce Commission after admitting they attempted to fix prices for conveyancing fees.

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June 1995

11 submissions on health contract authorisation

23 June 1995

The Commerce Commission had received 11 submissions on the proposed Waikato Health and Midland Health mental health contracts by yesterday evening.

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Ford dealer fined record $50,000 for calling used cars new

9 June 1995

Invercargill Ford dealer, Macaulay Motors Limited, has been fined $50,000 for calling used cars new in the Invercargill District Court today.

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Commission not yet able to authorise Waikato health contracts

8 June 1995

The Commerce Commission said today, that based on the information currently available to it, at this stage it could not authorise the Health Waikato and Midland Health mental health services and facilities contracts.

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Commission wins $500,000 penalties against Port Nelson Limited

2 June 1995

The High Court today ordered Port Nelson Limited to pay penalties totalling $500,000 for three breaches of the Commerce Act. This is the highest total yet imposed under this Act on a single company.

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Huge demand for information about illegal signs and questionable business practices

2 June 1995

After only four days the Commerce Commission is having to print more copies of its booklet which lists signs that break the law and business practices that risk breaking the law.

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May 1995

Commission lists illegal signs and questionable business practices

27 May 1995

The Commerce Commission has published lists of common business signs that break the law, and common terms of trade, contracts, and business practices that risk breaking the law.

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Wilson and Horton cleared to acquire Northern Publishing

26 May 1995

The Commerce Commission has cleared Wilson and Horton Limited, publisher of the New Zealand Herald, to increase its shareholding in Northern Publishing Company Limited from 19.9 percent to 100 percent.

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Shop admits selling dangerous toy

3 May 1995

A Wellington toy shop, Hocus Pocus Toys, has admitted selling a dangerous toy.

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Diary note for Chief Reporter/News Editor Product safety and consumer information seminars

3 May 1995

The Commerce Commission invites your consumer affairs reporter to a seminar on product safety standards and consumer information standards on

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Commerce Commission asked to authorise health contract

2 May 1995

The Waikato CHE, Waikato Health Limited, and regional health authority, Midland Health, applied to the Commerce Commission for authorisation of their proposed mental health services contract today.

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April 1995

Commission concerned about duty free promotions

18 April 1995

Concern about duty free promotions will be on the agenda when Commerce Commission staff visit shops and speak at meetings in Queenstown and Wanaka on April 26 and 27.

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Port of Wellington cleared to buy Container Terminals

12 April 1995

The Commerce Commission today cleared Port of Wellington Limited to buy all of the shares in Container Terminals Limited.

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What does your business know about product safety standards?

10 April 1995

by Keith Manch, Fair Trading Manager, Commerce Commission

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Ford dealer convicted - called used cars new

7 April 1995

Invercargill Ford dealer, Macaulay Motors Limited, has been found guilty of four charges after leasing a used car while claiming it was new and selling a new car with a used transmission.

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Convictions for false claims about vitamin pills upheld

5 April 1995

The High Court in Christchurch has today upheld convictions against Megavitamin Laboratories (NZ) Limited and Dr Warren Stewart for making false claims about vitamin pills.

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March 1995

Megaplan action withdrawn

31 March 1995

The Commerce Commission this week withdrew its long running action against Telecom relating to Megaplan pricing.

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Commission takes tougher line with power companies

29 March 1995

The Commerce Commission has warned electricity companies it will take a tougher line with them now that the settling down period after deregulation is over.

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$1,385 penalties for false country of origin claim

27 March 1995

A Christchurch company, Staircase Bags and Accessories Limited, and one of its directors, Dorothy Francis, has to pay fines and costs totalling $1,385 for claiming Malaysian-made bags were made in Italy.

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Commission finds businesses keen to learn about consumer law<

13 March 1995

Commerce Commission investigators visiting Palmerston North, Napier and Hastings were pleased with business people's willingness to learn about the Fair Trading Act, especially as some of them had a lot to learn.

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February 1995

Commission staff visit Napier and Hastings shops

21 February 1995

Commerce Commission staff will be visiting shops and speaking at meetings in Napier and Hastings next week.

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Commission staff visit Palmerston North shops

21 February 1995

Commerce Commission staff will be visiting shops and speaking at meetings in Palmerston North next week.

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"Pure" juice made from concentrate, tap water, preservatives, sugar

17 February 1995

OJ's orange juice, a mixture of juice concentrate, tap water, sugar and preservatives, cannot be described as "100% pure" its Levin manufacturers O and K Limited has learned.

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No political influence on Commerce Commission

17 February 1995

In this morning's National Business Review (NBR) Graeme Hunt alleges the Commerce Commission was pressured by Minister of Agriculture John Falloon to authorise the consortium bid to buy and keep closed the Weddel meat processing plants.

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Australian's look to New Zealand experience in competition law

10 February 1995

Australian's look to New Zealand experience in competition law

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January 1995

Commission urges caution in dealing with Aloha Holidays

19 January 1995

The Commerce Commission advises businesses they should not become involved in promotion of free travel to Hawaii offered by Aloha Holidays unless they exercise considerable caution.

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Weddel conference begins Monday

13 January 1995

The Commerce Commission conference of interested parties to the proposal to close the Weddel meat processing plants begins on Monday in the seminar suite at the Wellington Town Hall.

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Commission staff visit Whangarei shops

1 January 1995

Commerce Commission staff will be visiting shops and speaking at meetings in Whangarei next week.

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