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December 1997

1997: More court action, precedent cases and higher penalties

28 December 1997

1997 saw more court action being taken by the Commerce Commission, important legal precedents being set and higher penalties being imposed by courts.

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Commission offices reopen January 5

24 December 1997

The Commerce Commission's Wellington office will be closing for the Christmas and New Year holidays at 5.30pm today. All three of its offices (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch) will reopen at 8.30am on January 5, 1998.

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Commission clears Nuplex to acquire ACH

24 December 1997

The Commerce Commission today cleared Nuplex Industries Limited and Nuplex (Holding) Pty Limited to acquire Australian Chemical Holdings Limited (ACH).

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Commission starts court action over cancelled cataract operations

19 December 1997

The Commerce Commission is taking court action against the Ophthalmological Society of New Zealand and five individual ophthalmologists over their alleged anti-competitive collusion which led to the cancellation of cataract operations to be performed in Invercargill by Australian ophthalmologists.

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$10,000 fines for misleading Jeep ads

19 December 1997

Chrysler importer, Astre (NZ) Pty Limited was fined $10,000 in the Auckland District Court yesterday, after admitting it made misleading claims about the prices of Jeeps.

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Commission declines to clear Tip Top to acquire "New American" ice cream

19 December 1997

The Commerce Commission today declined to clear Tip Top Ice Cream Company Ltd's proposed acquisition of the "New American" take home ice cream business of United Dairy Foods Ltd.

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Fair Trading breaches cost Enerco more than $14,500

18 December 1997

In the Auckland District Court today, Enerco New Zealand Limited admitted its "Buy Smart" and "Home Smart" gas promotions were misleading, pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling $14,535.

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Commission to prosecute BellSouth

18 December 1997

*On 27 November 1998 Rushton DCJ ruled that Bell South New Zealand was not in breach of the Fair Trading Act.*

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Appliance dealer admits Fair Trading breach

17 December 1997

Southland's largest appliance retailer, Rice Refrigeration Limited, has admitted that it breached the Fair Trading Act by making misleading claims about prices.

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Commerce Commission starts court action against Fletcher Challenge companies

16 December 1997

The Commerce Commission has started court action against Fletcher Challenge Limited (FCL), and Fletcher Challenge Energy (FCE), alleging that the companies' acquisitions of shares in the Kupe gas field and other arrangements involving the field breached the Commerce Act.

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Toyota dealer to face trial for price fixing

16 December 1997

Following a Court of Appeal decision today, Auckland Toyota dealer, Giltrap City Toyota, will face a trial to hear allegations that it was involved in price fixing.

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Misleading subscription offers

14 December 1997

After a Commerce Commission investigation, three magazines, Fashion Quarterly, Cleo and She & More, will publish apologies for misleading consumers about subscription offers.

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Commission receives application from Stagecoach to acquire The Yellow Bus Company

12 December 1997

The Commerce Commission today received an application from Stagecoach Holdings plc subsidiary, New Zealand Bus Limited, for clearance to acquire Transportation Auckland Corporation Limited, which trades as The Yellow Bus Company.

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Commission investigates taxi fare price fixing

12 December 1997

In a move affecting all members of the New Zealand Taxi Federation (NZTF), the Commerce Commission has investigated price fixing involving two taxi companies.

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NZ Office Products fined $5,000 for misleading prices

11 December 1997

A subsidiary of Blue Star Group, New Zealand Office Products Limited, has been fined $5,000 after admitting it breached the Fair Trading Act by making misleading claims about prices.

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Commerce Commission investigates tertiary education institution mergers

8 December 1997

The Commerce Commission is investigating mergers of tertiary education institutions, and is advising them that they must be aware that they are covered by the Commerce Act.

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Bicycle safety standard and Christmas shopping

6 December 1997

As the Commerce Commission ends an investigation involving a bicycle importer and distributor, it is warning anyone buying bicycles to check them carefully preferably before buying and certainly before the bicycles are ridden.

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Appeal fails – $12,000 pyramid selling penalties stand

5 December 1997

The Christchurch High Court has rejected an appeal by [Concealed under the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004] against his conviction and fine of $10,000 plus $2,000 costs for operating a pyramid selling scheme.

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Commission clears crematorium acquisition

4 December 1997

The Commerce Commission yesterday evening cleared The Cremation Society of Canterbury Limited to acquire up to 100 percent of the shares in Harewood Cremation Limited.

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November 1997

Big problem with cellphone promotions leads to more Commission court action

30 November 1997

"There is a big problem with cellphone promotions," Commerce Commission Chairman Dr Alan Bollard said today.

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Trying to stop discounting of promotional beer costs DB Breweries $115,000

28 November 1997

In the Auckland High Court today DB Breweries Limited admitted breaching the Commerce Act by trying to prevent a tavern discounting promotional packs of beer, and the Court imposed a penalty of $110,000 plus $5,000 costs.

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Commission clears Sealed Air/W R Grace merger

27 November 1997

The Commerce Commission today cleared the merger of Sealed Air (NZ) Ltd and W R Grace (NZ) Ltd.

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Consumers benefiting from competition in NZ

25 November 1997

"Competition in New Zealand business is increasing and consumers are benefiting," Commerce Commission Chairman Dr Alan Bollard said today.

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Benmore does not face $20 million penalty

24 November 1997

The Commerce Commission is surprised at incorrect claims that North Island meat company Benmore Products faces $20 million penalties for allegedly price fixing with other North Island meat companies.

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Commission notes remarks by Insurance Council

19 November 1997

Commerce Commission Chairman Dr Alan Bollard said that the Commission has noted the remarks made by the Insurance Council today that New Zealand insurance companies will not insure against problems caused by computers failing in the year 2000.

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Big competition issues face electricity industry

19 November 1997

The electricity industry is facing significant Commerce and Fair Trading Act issues, some of which are before the courts now, while others will hopefully be resolved without court action Commerce Commission Chairman Dr Alan Bollard said today.

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High Court injunction stops Stefan's misleading advertising

7 November 1997

The Wellington High Court yesterday imposed injunctions on Enza subsidiary, Stefan's Fresh Juice Company, promotions of orange juice, after finding that the promotions were misleading and breached the Fair Trading Act.

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Commission Chairman invited to Australian utilities regulation conference

7 November 1997

Commerce Commission Chairman Dr Alan Bollard has been invited to speak at the public utilities regulation course being held in Melbourne next week.

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Fine print: We will give you a loan for a fee of up to only $500*

5 November 1997

This example of fine print in advertising is real. It is from one of the Commerce Commission cases being discussed today at a seminar about advertising regulation, being run by the Commission and the advertising industry.

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October 1997

What you see is what you get – and a refund offer Commission settlement with Revlon

31 October 1997

As part of a settlement with the Commerce Commission, Revlon New Zealand Limited is publishing corrective advertising to ensure that what its customers see is what they get, and is offering dissatisfied customers a refund.

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Commission investigating claims about food

30 October 1997

The Commerce Commission is continuing its investigation into food labelling and promotional material.

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Warning for telecommunications companies: delays in number portability may breach Commerce Act

28 October 1997

The Commerce Commission today warned telecommunications companies that unwarranted delays in introducing number portability may breach the Commerce Act.

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Commission warns over business acquisitions

23 October 1997

With business acquisitions appearing to continue at a high rate, the Commerce Commission is warning businesses involved to ensure they understand their obligations under the Commerce Act.

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Ben Rumble fined $8,000 for Fair Trading breach

9 October 1997

Commerce Commission action against misleading cellphone promotions continued today with the Christchurch District Court fining Ben Rumble Communications Limited and Bennie Arthur Rumble a total of $8,000 for breaching the Fair Trading Act.

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Cellphone company admits Fair Trading breach: Commission says industry must clean up its act

8 October 1997

Hart Candy Communications Ltd has admitted that its advertising of cellphones breached the Fair Trading Act.

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Commission clears Mentec acquisition of Annett & Darling

2 October 1997

The Commerce Commission today cleared a business acquisition that would permit Mentec Limited to acquire up to 100 percent of the shares in Annett & Darling Limited (Andar).

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Commission clears Rockgas acquisition

2 October 1997

The Commerce Commission today cleared the acquisition of Gas Again Supply Corporation Limited by Rockgas Limited.

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Council to change water contracts – Commission continues local government investigation

1 October 1997

As part of a settlement with the Commerce Commission, the Western Bay of Plenty District Council will change water services contracts to ensure that they are not anti-competitive.

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September 1997

Commission clears merger of Huttons and Best businesses

29 September 1997

The Commerce Commission today cleared a business acquisition that would merge the business of Huttons NZ Ltd and the New Zealand businesses of Best Corporation Ltd into a new company which is likely to be called Food Solutions Ltd.

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Commission pleased with progress on gas contracts

24 September 1997

Commission Chairman, Dr Bollard, stated that the Commission welcomes the news that NGC and gas utilities have renegotiated their 1980 supply contracts, or are on the verge of doing so.

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Commission warns doctors about price fixing

22 September 1997

The Commerce Commission has warned several Lower Hutt doctors that, in the Commission's opinion, their attempted collective agreement to pay midwives specified rates is a form of price fixing and risks breaching the Commerce Act.

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Possible dominance in NZ sugar markets investigated

19 September 1997

The Commerce Commission is investigating a business acquisition that will effectively result in there being only one sugar refiner and distributor in New Zealand.

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Commission report raises issues about court actions

18 September 1997

Several issues affecting Commerce Commission court actions are among those raised in the Commission's annual report tabled in Parliament today.

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Competition now possible in air traffic control markets

17 September 1997

Changes to pricing systems for air traffic control services have now opened up markets to potential competitors.

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Commission says get legal advice before forming alliances

15 September 1997

The Commerce Commission today strongly advised any companies considering alliances between telecommunications and utilities to get legal advice and, where appropriate, clearance or authorisation from the Commission.

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Tauranga businesses to meet Commerce Commission and Ministry of Consumer Affairs

10 September 1997

The Commerce Commission and Ministry of Consumer Affairs will be visiting Tauranga on Monday September 15 to Wednesday September 17 to visit shops and businesses to discuss the Fair Trading and Consumer Guarantees Acts and other consumer protection issues.

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Commerce Act breach costs Toyota $260,000

9 September 1997

The Commerce Commission and Toyota New Zealand Limited today reached a settlement of court proceedings issued by the Commission against Toyota in April 1995. Toyota has agreed to pay a penalty of $250,000 plus $10,000 costs.

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Weather forecast data made available – Commission frees up meteorological market

9 September 1997

As part of a settlement with the Commerce Commission, the Minister of Transport, Jenny Shipley, and MetService yesterday changed their meteorological services contract to ensure that it did not breach the Commerce Act.

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Commission clears Guinness/Grand Metropolitan merger

8 September 1997

The Commerce Commission today cleared the merger of Guinness plc and Grand Metropolitan plc and the creation of a new company, GMG Brands plc.

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Three oil companies charged with price fixing

4 September 1997

The Commerce Commission has started court action against Caltex (NZ) Ltd, Mobil Oil New Zealand Ltd, and Shell New Zealand Ltd, alleging that they breached the Commerce Act by agreeing to remove a discount off the price of fuel at more than 50 stations in Auckland.

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Korean officials visit NZ to study competition law

3 September 1997

A five-member Korean government delegation will meet the Commerce Commission tomorrow to study New Zealand's competition law, the Commerce and Fair Trading Acts.

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August 1997

Black Magic pyramid selling penalties total $29,000

29 August 1997

A further Commerce Commission prosecution has brought the total fines and costs imposed on people involved in the Black Magic pyramid selling scheme to $29,000.

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Accent Holidays misled public to promote time shares

29 August 1997

The Auckland District Court was today strongly critical of Accent Holidays Ltd when it fined it $25,000 for breaching the Fair Trading Act by making misleading claims to promote time shares.

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Commission clears Thorn Rentals to acquire

25 August 1997

The Commerce Commission today cleared Thorn Rentals Trading Incorporated, trading in New Zealand as Dominion Television Rentals (DTR), to acquire all of the rental contracts and appliances subject to those contracts of Group Rentals New Zealand Limited.

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Scam costing NZ business $millions

21 August 1997

"False invoices", "proforma invoicing", "rogue publishing", and telefraud - it goes by various names, but it is all a scam that is costing New Zealand businesses millions of dollars a year.

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False claims that seaweed soap causes weight loss

17 August 1997

The Commerce Commission said today that, in its view, the distributor of Soft Seaweed Soap, SCI Natural (NZ) Ltd, had made false claims that the soap would help people lose weight, and may have breached the Fair Trading Act.

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Commission closes file on Kiwi Airlines

15 August 1997

The Commerce Commission has decided to take no further action after investigating a complaint from Kiwi Airlines Director Ewan Wilson that Air New Zealand's actions against Kiwi Airlines breached the Commerce Act.

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High Court upholds Commission's rugby decision

14 August 1997

The Auckland High Court today upheld the Commerce Commission's decision to authorise the New Zealand Rugby Football Union's (NZRFU) player transfer system.

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Commission withdraws warnings

8 August 1997

The Commission has withdrawn the warnings given to Alpine Energy Limited, Dunedin Electricity Ltd, Electricity Invercargill Ltd and The Power Company Ltd concerning attempts to contract out of the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993.

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Significant Penalty applied in Job Advert Case

5 August 1997

In the first significant case involving employment advertising under the Fair Trading Act, a Christchurch District Court judge yesterday fined the Prudential Assurance Company of New Zealand Ltd a total of $23,000.

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Commission clears Telarc to acquire part of Standards NZ

1 August 1997

The Commerce Commission yesterday evening cleared Telarc Limited to acquire the Management System Certification Division of Standards New Zealand.

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July 1997

Commission settlement – Les Mills changes TV advertising

29 July 1997

As part of a settlement with the Commerce Commission, Les Mills World of Fitness has changed its television advertising to ensure that it does not mislead potential members about joining fees.

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Commerce Commission – compliance through enforcement, surveillance, education

28 July 1997

The Commerce Commission intends to further increase compliance with the Commerce and Fair Trading Acts through a mix of enforcement action, surveillance and education in the 1997-1998 financial year (1 July 1997 to 30 June 1998).

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Commission warns 29 power companies

25 July 1997

The Commerce Commission has warned 29 power companies that their contracts for domestic consumers are at risk of breaching the Fair Trading Act.

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Commission clears Bulmer to acquire Harvest Wine's cider business

23 July 1997

The Commerce Commission yesterday evening cleared Bulmer Trading (NZ) Limited to acquire the cider making assets of the Harvest Wine Company Limited.

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Precedent case – promoting pyramid scheme costs $12,000

23 July 1997

The Christchurch District Court today fined [Concealed under the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004] $10,000, plus $2,000 solicitor's costs, for breaching the Fair Trading Act by promoting a pyramid selling scheme known variously as "Black Magic", "Magic 95" and "Black Magic 95".

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Commission advises midwives about price fixing

22 July 1997

The Commerce Commission has advised Tauranga midwives that, in the Commission's opinion, their attempted collective agreement to pay general practitioners specified rates is a form of price fixing and risks breaching the Commerce Act.

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Commission authorises Powerco to acquire Egmont Electricity

21 July 1997

The Commerce Commission today authorised Powerco's proposed acquisition of Egmont Electricity.

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Commerce Commission did not approve tourism kickback guidelines

16 July 1997

The Commerce Commission has not approved guidelines relating to "illegal commissions and kickbacks", to be released at the New Zealand Tourism Conference tomorrow.

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Commission clears SIDF to acquire West Coast companies

4 July 1997

The Commerce Commission yesterday cleared Christchurch-based South Island Dairy Farmers Ltd (SIDF) to acquire the town milk businesses of two West Coast companies, Scenicland Milk & Cream Ltd and Westport United Dairies Ltd.

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June 1997

Commission settlement:

29 June 1997

After a Commerce Commission investigation into misleading claims about fat content, Woolworths (NZ) Limited has changed the way it labels and checks meat.

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Commission clears Mercury Energy/Utilicorp joint venture to acquire Power New Zealand

27 June 1997

The Commerce Commission today cleared a joint venture between Mercury Energy and Utilicorp NZ to acquire up to 100 percent of the shares in Power New Zealand.

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Court makes big change to recommended retail price promotions

26 June 1997

Analysis of comments made by Judge Green in sentencing Bond and Bond to a record $63,000 Fair Trading Act fine shows that his decision makes a significant change to when using recommended retail prices is misleading and a breach of the Fair Trading Act.

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Commission holds Powerco/Egmont conference

25 June 1997

The Commerce Commission conference to gather information about Powerco Limited's application for authorisation to buy up to 100 percent of Egmont Electricity Limited will be held on Monday June 30.

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Commission clears Goodman Fielder acquisition of Defiance, subject to divestment

17 June 1997

The Commerce Commission today cleared Goodman Fielder Ltd to acquire the New Zealand assets of the baking and milling operations of Defiance Mills Ltd, subject to Goodman Fielder divesting certain milling assets.

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Commission receives four submissions on Powerco/Egmont

17 June 1997

The Commerce Commission has received four submissions after it released a draft determination stating that, on information currently available to it, it would authorise Powerco Ltd to acquire up to 100 percent of Egmont Electricity Limited.

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Commission clears NZ Post to acquire some Freightways businesses, subject to divestment

16 June 1997

The Commerce Commission today cleared New Zealand Post Limited to acquire the Express Freight Services businesses of Freightways Limited, subject to NZ Post divesting assets.

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Commission closely watching port industry

11 June 1997

The Commerce Commission is closely watching the port industry and will aggressively investigate and act against anti-competitive conduct in the industry Commission Deputy Chairman Peter Allport said today.

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Warning: Endeavour retirement plan includes pyramid selling

11 June 1997

The Commerce Commission has warned Endeavour International Ltd that the company's retirement savings scheme, the Endeavour Plan, risks breaching the Fair Trading Act because it includes pyramid selling.

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May 1997

Commission draft determination does not oppose Powerco/Egmont electricity merger at this stage

30 May 1997

The Commerce Commission released a draft determination today stating that, on the information currently available to it at this stage, it would authorise a proposal for Powerco Ltd to buy up to 100 percent of Egmont Electricity Ltd.

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Commission finds no evidence that Xtra breaches

29 May 1997

The Commerce Commission has found no evidence that Telecom's Internet service provider (ISP), Xtra, is breaching the Commerce Act by offering below cost access to the Internet.

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Commission clears Procter & Gamble/Tambrands deal

28 May 1997

The Commerce Commission today cleared the proposed acquisition by The Procter & Gamble Company of all the shares in Tambrands Inc.

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Commission declines Radio Network clearance

26 May 1997

The Commerce Commission today declined to clear the Radio Network of New Zealand Limited to acquire C93FM (Christchurch) Limited.

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New Zealand promotes competition at APEC workshop

19 May 1997

As New Zealand has taken the lead in ensuring that Asian Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) includes competition on its agenda, Commerce Commission Chairman Dr Alan Bollard has been invited to present a paper to the APEC workshop on competition and deregulation in Quebec City today.

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Commission receives new clearance application from Radio Network

13 May 1997

The Commerce Commission registered, today, a new revised application from Radio Network of New Zealand Limited for clearance to acquire all the radio licences held by and all of the shares in C93FM (Christchurch) Limited.

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Commission clears acquisition of some Alliance Textiles and Coats Patons assets

9 May 1997

The Commerce Commission yesterday evening cleared a business acquisition that would, in effect, merge the New Zealand and Australian knitting yarns and crafts businesses of Alliance Textiles (NZ) Limited and Coats Patons (NZ) Limited.

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Record fine imposed on Bond and Bond $63,000

8 May 1997

The Christchurch District Court has imposed the highest fine yet under the Fair Trading Act, $63,000, on Bond and Bond Limited after the company admitted breaching the Act by running a series of misleading advertising campaigns.

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Ford admits Fair Trading breach pays refunds

5 May 1997

As part of a settlement with the Commerce Commission, Ford Motor Company of New Zealand Limited has admitted its Shoctober promotion breached the Fair Trading Act because extra costs were not explained, and is paying refunds to 121 customers.

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Commission clears Caroma to buy some James Hardie assets

1 May 1997

The Commerce Commission yesterday evening cleared Caroma Industries (NZ) Limited to acquire the assets of James Hardie Building Products Limited's bathroom products operation.

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The Fair Trading Act A Guide for Advertisers and Traders

1 May 1997

The Commerce Commission has published what is the only detailed plain English guide to the Fair Trading Act intended specifically for people running their own businesses, managers and anyone else responsible for day-to-day business decisions.

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April 1997

Bond and Bond increased prices for special promotion

29 April 1997

Bond and Bond Limited admitted in the Christchurch District Court that a series of advertising campaigns running for four months was misleading and breached the Fair Trading Act.

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Powerco applies for authorisation to acquire Egmont Electricity

28 April 1997

Powerco Limited has applied to the Commerce Commission for authorisation to acquire up to 100 percent of the shares in, or assets of, Egmont Electricity Limited.

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Commission clears Wilson to acquire council carparks subject to divestment of assets

16 April 1997

The Commerce Commission today cleared Wilson Parking Ltd to acquire four Wellington City Council carparking businesses, subject to Wilson divesting assets.

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Commission declines Goodman Fielder clearance

14 April 1997

The Commerce Commission today declined to clear Goodman Fielder Ltd to acquire the New Zealand assets of the baking and milling operations of Defiance Mills Ltd.

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Commission clears Tranzrich to acquire some Guthreys assets

10 April 1997

The Commerce Commission today cleared Tranzrich Travel Ltd to acquire the assets of the Intercity business of Guthreys Intercity Coach Services Ltd.

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Wilson Parking/Wellington City Council decision by April 16

10 April 1997

The Commerce Commission announced today that its decision on Wilson Parking Ltd's application to acquire four Wellington City Council carparking businesses will be made by 2pm, Wednesday, April 16.

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Goodman Fielder/Defiance decision by April 14

9 April 1997

The Commerce Commission announced today that its decision on Goodman Fielder Ltd's application for clearance to acquire the baking and milling assets of Defiance Mills Ltd will be made by 5pm, Monday, April 14.

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Commission stops rental car companies price fixing

7 April 1997

A Commerce Commission investigation has stopped a price fixing arrangement among six Picton rental car companies.

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Commission warns pharmacists about weight loss products

6 April 1997

As part of an investigation focusing on weight loss products, the Commerce Commission has warned pharmacists that they risk breaching the Fair Trading Act if they promote weight loss products that do not work.

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March 1997

Commission declines Radio Network clearance

27 March 1997

The Commerce Commission today declined to clear the Radio Network of New Zealand Limited to acquire C93FM (Christchurch) Limited.

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Commission investigations in food industry

25 March 1997

The Commerce Commission is continuing investigations and enforcement action in the food industry, Commission Fair Trading Manager Rachel Leamy told industry representatives today.

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Timetable for competition in air traffic control

25 March 1997

The Commerce Commission has received Airways Corporation of New Zealand's new timetable for introducing competition for air traffic control services by August 15.

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Commerce Act implications for water suppliers

24 March 1997

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Factual statements about food can be misleading

18 March 1997

The conviction of Pacific Dunlop Holdings (NZ) Limited for making misleading claims about Plumrose Light Deli Ham sets a significant precedent for the food industry - a factually correct statement can still be misleading and breach the Fair Trading Act.

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Commission declines Wilson Parking clearance

18 March 1997

The Commerce Commission today declined to clear Wilson Parking New Zealand (1992) Ltd to acquire four Wellington City Council parking businesses.

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Electronic commerce raises Fair Trading issues

17 March 1997

Electronic commerce is giving the Commerce Commission many new enforcement issues to solve, but the scams and misrepresentations appear to be much the same as those made via traditional media.

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Commission investigating Fletcher Challenge and ECNZ gas acquisitions

13 March 1997

The Commerce Commission said today that it is investigating Fletcher Challenge Energy increasing its shareholding in the Kupe natural gas field, and Electricity Corporation of New Zealand (ECNZ) also acquiring shares in Kupe from Fletcher Challenge Energy.

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Commission declines flight catering clearance

12 March 1997

The Commerce Commission today declined to clear PRI Flight Catering Ltd to acquire the flight catering business of Air New Zealand Ltd.

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Pyramid selling warning

12 March 1997

As the Commerce Commission begins court action against two New Zealand based pyramid selling schemes, it is warning people that pyramid selling is illegal.

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Rotorua businesses to meet Commerce Commission and Ministry of Consumer Affairs

12 March 1997

The Commerce Commission and Ministry of Consumer Affairs are inviting all Rotorua business people to a seminar about the Fair Trading Act and the Consumer Guarantees Act on Wednesday March 19.

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Clearance sought for bread and flour acquisition

11 March 1997

The Commerce Commission registered, this morning, an application from Goodman Fielder Ltd for clearance to acquire the baking and milling assets of Defiance Mills Ltd.

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Consumers benefit from telecommunications competition

5 March 1997

"Gains in the telecommunications industry to date have been remarkable, and to consumers' benefit," Commerce Commission Chairman Dr Alan Bollard said in a speech to the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand (TUANZ) annual general meeting in Wellington today.

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Commission to investigate ophthalmologists

5 March 1997

The Commerce Commission today confirmed that it has commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of arrangements between the Southern Health CHE and two Australian ophthalmologists to undertake cataract surgery in Invercargill on a short-term basis.

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Commission begins court action against Southpower

5 March 1997

The Commerce Commission has begun Court action against Southpower Ltd today.

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Court of Appeal upholds Commission decision

3 March 1997

The Court of Appeal today unanimously upheld the decision of the Commerce Commission to clear Mercury Energy Ltd to acquire up to 100 percent of the shares of Power New Zealand Ltd.

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Commission targets weight loss products

2 March 1997

Claims made about weight loss products are going to get close scrutiny from the Commerce Commission over the next few months.

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February 1997

Commission business acquisition activity increases

27 February 1997

The Commerce Commission has received significantly more applications for clearance of business acquisitions in the half year to December 31 than expected.

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Wanganui businesses to meet Commerce Commission and Occupational Safety and Health

26 February 1997

The Commerce Commission and the Department of Labour are inviting all Wanganui business people to a seminar about the Fair Trading Act and the Health and Safety in Employment Act on Wednesday March 5.

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Commerce Act action against 34 organisations

24 February 1997

In the half year to the end of December, the Commerce Commission took enforcement action under the Commerce Act against 34 organisations.

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Judge said Edge knew components were dummies

24 February 1997

The Commerce Commission said today that it is concerned that misleading statements have been reported about the Edge Computer Ltd prosecution.

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Commission warning about commissions

21 February 1997

The Commerce Commission has warned tour operators that trying to enforce recommended commission rates would, in the Commission's view, breach the Commerce Act.

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Airways withdraws its application for authorisation to delay competition in air traffic control

21 February 1997

Airways Corporation of New Zealand Limited has withdrawn its application for authorisation of arrangements which would delay the introduction of competition for air traffic control services.

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Record fine imposed on Edge – $50,000

20 February 1997

The Wellington District Court today imposed the highest single fine yet under the Fair Trading Act, when it fined Edge Computer Ltd $50,000 for selling computer components which did not have the memory claimed for them.

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13 submissions on delay to competition in air traffic control

19 February 1997

The Commerce Commission has received 13 submissions after it released a draft determination stating that, on the information currently available to it, it would not authorise arrangements which would allow Airways Corporation of New Zealand Limited to delay the introduction of competition for air traffic control services.

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Commission warns gas industry of possible court action

18 February 1997

The Commerce Commission sent a clear warning to the natural gas industry today, that if the 1980 wholesale contracts are not successfully renegotiated within a reasonable time, then the Commission will have to consider court action against gas companies.

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Edge sold dummy computer motherboards

17 February 1997

In what is believed to be the first successful prosecution of its type in the world, Edge Computer Ltd has admitted breaching the Fair Trading Act by selling computer motherboards which did not have the memory claimed for them.

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Boots Healthcare identifies problem with sunscreen label

14 February 1997

Sunscreen manufacturer, Boots Healthcare, voluntarily came to the Commerce Commission because it was concerned about the labelling of one of its own sunscreens, Tripleguard SPF 50+.

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No evidence of domestic air lines price fixing

5 February 1997

The Commerce Commission has found no evidence that Ansett New Zealand and Air New Zealand colluded over recent domestic fare increases.

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Commission draft determination opposes delay to competition in air traffic control

4 February 1997

The Commerce Commission today released a draft determination stating that, on the information currently available to it, it would not authorise arrangements which would allow Airways Corporation of New Zealand Limited to delay the introduction of competition for air traffic control services.

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Commission asked to authorise RHA tendering process

3 February 1997

The Central Regional Health Authority, on behalf of all four Regional Health Authorities (RHAs), has sought authorisation from the Commerce Commission for a tender process to decide which organisations would provide liver transplant services.

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January 1997

Merger of Rio Beverages and some Cerebos Gregg's assets cleared

30 January 1997

The Commerce Commission today cleared a business acquisition that would in effect merge all the assets of Rio Beverages Ltd and the assets of the fruit juice business of Cerebos Gregg's Ltd into a new company, New Juice Ltd.

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Port Nelson pays $325,000 costs to Commission - penalties and costs total $850,000

28 January 1997

Port Nelson Limited (PNL) has paid costs of $325,000 to the Commerce Commission after the Commission's High Court action against the company.

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Commission clears Alliance to acquire Feltex yarn business

21 January 1997

The Commerce Commission has cleared Alliance Textiles NZ Ltd to acquire the Feltex yarn business and assets owned by BTR Operations NZ Ltd.

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