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December 2006

Commission to reconsider bitstream decision

22 December 2006

The Commission will reconsider pricing aspects of Decision 582. That Decision deals with the supply by Telecom of bitstream to ihug and CallPlus. Following the reconsideration, the Commission may amend the pricing terms. In the meantime the Decision remains in full force.

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Foodstuffs applies for clearance to acquire The Warehouse

22 December 2006

The Commerce Commission has received an application from the three Foodstuffs co-operatives seeking clearance to acquire up to 100% of the ordinary shares in The Warehouse Group Limited.

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Commission considers variation of Rugby Union decision

22 December 2006

The Commerce Commission has given public notice that it is considering varying its decision number 580, at the request of the New Zealand Rugby Union.

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Car finance provider to refund $12,000

21 December 2006

An Auckland company that provides finance to car buyers, Falcon Advances Limited, will refund over $12,000 to 143 customers who bought vehicles from Auckland car yards between April 2005 and February 2006.

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Commission receives application for EIR Act exemption from Top Energy Limited

21 December 2006

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Top Energy Limited, seeking exemption from section 17 of the Electricity Industry Reform Act 1998 (EIR Act) in relation to its proposal to expand its geothermal power plant Ngawha, near Kaikohe.

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TradeMe car dealer fined for lack of SINs

20 December 2006

An Auckland motor vehicle trader has been fined $6400 in the Auckland District Court for failing to supply Supplier Information Notices (SINs) on cars offered for sale on TradeMe.

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Owens Corning cleared to acquire Saint-Gobain Vetrotex

20 December 2006

The Commerce Commission has cleared Owens Corning to acquire from Compagnie de Saint-Gobain the glass fibre reinforcement assets of its Saint-Gobain Vetrotex division, insofar as the acquisition would affect any market in New Zealand.

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Trader fined for clothes without proper labelling

19 December 2006

An Auckland children's wear retailer was fined $7000 in the Manukau District Court on Friday for selling clothing without the correct labelling.

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Draft Determination on cost of relay service for the hearing impaired

19 December 2006

The Commerce Commission has released its draft determination on the cost of the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) for the hearing impaired.

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Fulton Hogan cleared to acquire G J Beynon

19 December 2006

The Commerce Commission has cleared Fulton Hogan Limited to acquire the contracting assets, quarry and land of G J Beynon Contracting Limited. Associated with the purchase is the acquisition by Fulton Hogan of the 50% of shares in Westland Asphalt Limited (WAL) not currently owned by Fulton Hogan.

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Commission receives application for bitstream reconsideration from CallPlus

18 December 2006

The Commerce Commission has received an application from CallPlus for reconsideration of Decision 582 so far as it relates to the price of the regulated bitstream service supplied to CallPlus by Telecom. This follows a similar application by ihug Limited.

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Commission releases issues paper for mobile market investigation

15 December 2006

The Commerce Commission today released an issues paper to begin public consultation on whether or not to amend the roaming and co-location services.

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Replacement member appointed to Cost of Capital panel

13 December 2006

The Commerce Commission is replacing one of the members of the panel appointed to review its Draft Guidelines on Estimating the Cost of Capital.

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The Mill Liquorsave fined $10,000 for misleading flyer

12 December 2006

The Mill Liquorsave was fined $10,000 in the New Plymouth District Court on Friday 8 December for breaching the Fair Trading Act with a promotional flyer offering a free Tui footy windbreaker with selected packs of Tui beer.

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Commission receives application for bitstream reconsideration from ihug

12 December 2006

The Commerce Commission has received an application from ihug for reconsideration of Decision 582 on the price of the regulated bitstream service supplied by Telecom to ihug and CallPlus.

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Johnson & Johnson cleared to acquire Pfizer Consumer Healthcare

8 December 2006

The Commerce Commission has cleared Johnson & Johnson to acquire the stock, assets and business of the Consumer Healthcare division of Pfizer Inc.

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Commission approves Industry Co-location Code

7 December 2006

The Commerce Commission has completed its consideration of the Telecommunications Carriers' Forum (TCF) code for co-location of radiocommunications services, known as the Co-location Code.

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Elite Truck Rentals applies for clearance to acquire ORIX Truck Rental

6 December 2006

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Elite Truck Rentals Limited (Elite) seeking clearance to acquire the assets of ORIX Truck Rental, a division of ORIX New Zealand Limited.

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Transpower proposes new prices

4 December 2006

Transpower has told the Commerce Commission that it is advising customers today of its proposed prices for 2006/07 and 2007/08.

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November 2006

Owens Corning applies for clearance to acquire Compagnie de Saint-Gobain

21 November 2006

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Owens Corning seeking clearance to acquire the building reinforcement business of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain.

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Schedule 3 Investigations into amending the Roaming and Co-location Services

16 November 2006

The Commerce Commission's investigations into whether or not to amend the terms of the current roaming and co-location services have now formally commenced, with the Commission's decision to investigate under Schedule 3 of the Telecommunications Act 2001 published in today's New Zealand Gazette.

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Successful first prosecution under CCCF Act

15 November 2006

In the first prosecution under the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act, Senate Finance Limited, which provides finance to the customers of car dealers, has been fined $59,000 for giving customers terms and conditions they could not read. Seventeen affected customers were also awarded a total of $13,700 in statutory damages.

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Commission alleges price-fixing in credit card interchange fees

10 November 2006

The Commission has issued civil proceedings against Visa, MasterCard and 11 financial institutions for alleged price-fixing in relation to interchange fees.

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Solid Energy cleared to acquire Newvale Coal

10 November 2006

The Commission has cleared Solid Energy New Zealand Limited to acquire the entire share capital in Newvale Coal Co Limited.

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Consultation begins on Unison administrative settlement

9 November 2006

The Commission today released its consultation package on an administrative settlement offer proposed by Unison Networks as an alternative to the imposition of regulatory control.

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Telecommunications Act: Commerce Commission releases revised draft TSO cost calculation

8 November 2006

The Commerce Commission has revised its draft assessment of Telecom New Zealand Limited's net cost of complying with its telecommunication service obligations (TSO) for the period 1 July 2003 to 30 June 2004.

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October 2006

Home insulation must meet claim on label, warns Commission

27 October 2006

The manufacturers of Pink Batts and GreenStuf insulation products have been warned that they may have breached the Fair Trading Act because their insulation failed to meet the quality level claimed on packaging.

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Fulton Hogan Limited applies for clearance to acquire G J Beynon Contracting Limited

24 October 2006

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Fulton Hogan Limited (Fulton Hogan) seeking clearance to acquire the contracting assets, quarry and land of G J Beynon Contracting Limited (G J Beynon). Associated with this purchase is the acquisition by Fulton Hogan of the 50% of shares in Westland Asphalt Limited (WAL) not currently owned by Fulton Hogan.

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Commission approves updated price for wholesale bitstream access service

20 October 2006

The Commerce Commission today approved an updated wholesale price of $27.76 per month (excl GST) for the regulated unbundled bitstream access service supplied by Telecom to ihug and CallPlus. This price update is the first of the regular three-monthly adjustments since the determination was released in June and applies from 22 September 2006.

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Energy Online pays $1 million for misleading price freeze

16 October 2006

Electricity retailer Energy Online broke the law when it claimed Hawke's Bay and Waitemata customers were on a "price freeze," but still increased prices, the District Court has found.

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Vector proposes settlement and agrees to rebalance prices

13 October 2006

Vector has proposed to rebalance its power prices from 1 April next year and comply with the Commerce Commission's price path threshold for the remainder of the current five-year regulatory period.

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Record settlement returns $3.3 million to Telecom customers

12 October 2006

An out-of-court settlement reached by the Commerce Commission and Telecom will return around $3.3 million to customers after a billing fault saw them charged twice.

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Commission approves TCF Draft Code

12 October 2006

The Commerce Commission has completed its consideration of the Telecommunications Carriers' Forum (TCF) code for the transfer of telecommunications services, known as the Customer Transfer Code.

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Carter Holt Harvey fined $900,000 for falsely labelling timber

12 October 2006

In a case the Commission considers one of its most serious prosecutions to date, Carter Holt Harvey has pleaded guilty to breaching the Fair Trading Act by selling timber that did not meet the grade claimed on packaging.

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Toll Owens cleared to acquire John Ray's log marshalling assets

11 October 2006

The Commerce Commission has cleared Toll Owens Limited (Toll Owens) to acquire the log marshalling assets of John Ray Limited (John Ray).

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Commerce Commission to investigate mobile market

10 October 2006

The Commission announced today that it has considered barriers to entry to the cellular mobile services market and will be investigating possible changes to the regulatory framework.

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Qantas fined $380,000 over misleading adverts

10 October 2006

Qantas has pleaded guilty to 122 charges of breaching the Fair Trading Act and been ordered to pay $380,000 in fines and $15,860 in costs in the Auckland District Court.

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Osmose fined $1.8 million in NZ's biggest cartel case

6 October 2006

Osmose New Zealand, Osmose Australia and two Australian-based executives have been fined for participating in a cartel in New Zealand's wood preservative chemicals industry.

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Johnson & Johnson applies for clearance to acquire Pfizer Inc.

5 October 2006

The Commission has received an application from Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to acquire the stock, assets and business of the Consumer Healthcare division of Pfizer Inc.

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CRBF Limited cleared to acquire the forestry assets of Carter Holt Harvey Ltd

5 October 2006

The Commission has cleared CRBF Limited to acquire the shares and/or assets of a number of Carter Holt Harvey Limited (CHH) subsidiaries that hold forestry assets. The clearance is subject to a divestment undertaking.

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Westpac to pay $5.1 million over credit card fees, Kiwibank joins list of companies facing charges

2 October 2006

Westpac has become the fourth major bank to plead guilty to breaching the Fair Trading Act by failing to properly disclose fees charged for overseas currency transactions on its credit and debit cards. The company pleaded guilty to 19 charges of breaching the Fair Trading Act.

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Search warrant executed at offices of Air New Zealand

2 October 2006

The Commerce Commission confirmed today that it executed a search warrant at the Auckland offices of Air New Zealand on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 September.

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NZBL to pay $1.1 million for Mana Coach share acquisition

2 October 2006

New Zealand Bus Limited has been fined $500,000 and been 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.

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September 2006

Telecommunications Act: Commission issues Final Determination for proposed Vodafone service

28 September 2006

The Commerce Commission has issued a Final Determination for Vodafone's application for an access determination under the Telecommunications Act 2001. This service will provide interconnection of local calls between Telecom's fixed network and Vodafone's cellular network for those Vodafone customers with a local number.

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Unison to rebalance power prices in Hawke's Bay, Rotorua, Taupo

27 September 2006

Unison Networks will voluntarily reduce its average prices from 1 December this year and will comply with the Commerce Commission's price path threshold for the remainder of the current five-year regulatory period.

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Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc. cleared to acquire the forestry assets of Carter Holt Harvey Ltd

27 September 2006

The Commission has cleared Hancock or a nominee to acquire the shares and/or assets of a number of Carter Holt Harvey Limited subsidiaries that hold forestry assets.

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Commission reports to Minister on Sprint's compliance with Service Quality Measures for Relay Service

26 September 2006

The Commerce Commission has reported to the Minister of Communications on Sprint International New Zealand Limited's performance in complying with the TSO Deed for Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) for meeting the telephone communication needs of deaf, hearing impaired and speech impaired people. The Commission's report is for the period from 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2006.

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Commission reports to Minister on Telecom's service obligations

26 September 2006

The Commission has advised the Minister of Communications that Telecom has complied with all of the service quality measures in the TSO instrument for the 2005/06 financial year.

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Solid Energy applies for clearance to acquire Newvale Coal

22 September 2006

The Commission has received an application from Solid Energy New Zealand Limited seeking clearance to acquire the entire share capital in Newvale Coal Co Limited.

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Expert panel appointed on estimating cost of capital

18 September 2006

The Commerce Commission has named a panel of experts who will advise the Commission on its draft guidelines on estimating the cost of capital.

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Toll Owens applies for clearance to acquire the log marshalling assets of John Ray

11 September 2006

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Toll Owens Limited seeking clearance to acquire the log marshalling assets of John Ray Limited.

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Distributor warned about anti-competitive conduct

11 September 2006

The Commerce Commission has warned Digitalblue Ltd that it risked breaching the Commerce Act when it told Dick Smith Electronics not to advertise an iPod accessory below a certain price.

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Councils need to consider credit legislation

11 September 2006

The Commerce Commission is advising local government organisations to be aware of inadvertently breaching the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003 when asking ratepayers to pay for infrastructure improvements.

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Global Forest Partners LP applies for clearance to acquire the forestry assets of Carter Holt Harvey

4 September 2006

The Commerce Commission has received an application from CRBF, a timber investment fund, and its advisers GFP, seeking clearance to acquire the shares and/or assets of a number of Carter Holt Harvey Limited subsidiaries that hold forestry assets.

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Timaru car dealer fined $8,000 over damaged BMW

4 September 2006

Timaru car dealer Lincoln Darren, of Mike Darren Motors, has pleaded guilty to breaching the Fair Trading Act and been fined $8,000 in the Timaru District Court.

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Interference to Broadband Services on Telecom's Copper Cable Network - Commission's feedback

1 September 2006

In June 2006, the Commission released a final determination under the Telecommunications Act, providing ihug and CallPlus with regulated access to an unconstrained wholesale bitstream service to be supplied by Telecom.

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August 2006

Godfrey Hirst cleared to acquire Feltex

31 August 2006

The Commerce Commission has cleared Godfrey Hirst NZ Limited (Godfrey Hirst) to acquire some or all of the assets of Feltex Carpets Limited (Feltex).

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IAG fined $127,000 over State Insurance windscreen repairs

31 August 2006

IAG, the largest motor vehicle insurer in New Zealand and the parent company of State Insurance and NZI, has pleaded guilty to 30 breaches of the Fair Trading Act and has been fined $127,000 in the District Court in Auckland.

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Commission recommends extension of regulated telecommunications services

29 August 2006

The Commission today released its final report on whether regulation of ten telecommunications services should be extended for two years.

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Car dealer fined for 'free' flight to Gold Coast promotion

29 August 2006

An Auckland car dealer who offered customers a "free" flight to the Gold Coast if they bought a car has pleaded guilty of breaching the Fair Trading Act.

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Verticon applies for clearance to acquire Boyd Cranes

25 August 2006

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Verticon Group Limited (Verticon) seeking clearance to acquire the assets and business of Boyd Crane Hire Limited.

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Lion Nathan cleared to acquire Independent Liquor

24 August 2006

The Commerce Commission has cleared Lion Nathan Limited to acquire up to 100% of the shares and/or assets of Independent Liquor (NZ) Limited.

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Australian pie maker warned about meat content

24 August 2006

Australian pie maker Mrs Mac's has been warned by the Commerce Commission after testing found its meat pies did not have as much meat in them as their packaging claimed.

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Mobile Market: Competition Issues

23 August 2006

On 10 May 2006, the Commerce Commission announced that it intended to examine the reasons for the lack of new entry into the mobile services market as a prelude to deciding whether or not to commence an investigation into possible changes to the regulatory framework. The Commission had expected to complete the initial phase within a few months and make an announcement by the end of August.

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Cartel company, executive fined for obstructing investigation

23 August 2006

Wood preservative chemicals company Osmose New Zealand and former Osmose Group General Manager Mark Greenacre have been fined for obstructing a Commerce Commission investigation.

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Review of 2005/06 electricity asset management plans

16 August 2006

The Commerce Commission has today released a summary report of its review of the 2005/06 asset management plans of electricity lines businesses.

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Hancock Natural Resource Group applies for clearance to acquire the forestry assets of Carter Holt Harvey

16 August 2006

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc. seeking clearance to acquire the shares and/or assets of a number of Carter Holt Harvey Limited subsidiaries that hold forestry assets.

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Commission process takes account of investment incentives

15 August 2006

"The public can be assured that providing for appropriate investment is a key part of the regulatory regime enforced by the Commerce Commission," Commerce Commission Chair Paula Rebstock said today.

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First ever Cease and Desist Order issued against Northport

14 August 2006

Cease and Desist Commissioner Terence Stapleton has issued the first Cease and Desist Order to be made under the Commerce Act. The Commerce Commission sought the order against port owner Northport Limited for activities at Marsden Point port in Whangarei. Northport has consented to the order.

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Real estate agent should have told buyers about apartment building planned for next door: Commission

11 August 2006

A Hamilton real estate agent who sold a property described as "out of the hustle and bustle" should have told buyers that an apartment complex was going to be built next door, the Commerce Commission said in a formal warning today.

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Intention to declare control of Vector Limited published

9 August 2006

The Commerce Commission has published its intention to declare control of the electricity distribution services supplied by Vector Limited.

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Commission warns public about domain registration invoices

8 August 2006

The Commerce Commission is warning New Zealand businesses about a mass mail-out by an Australian-based business trading as NZ Domain Registration Ltd.

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Trans-Tasman merger protocol agreed

7 August 2006

The New Zealand Commerce Commission and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission have agreed to a Cooperation Protocol for Merger Review.

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Godfrey Hirst applies for clearance to acquire Feltex

4 August 2006

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Godfrey Hirst NZ Limited seeking clearance to acquire some or all of the assets of Feltex Carpets Limited.

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Publishing schedule agreed by Commission

3 August 2006

The Commerce Commission and an Auckland publisher have agreed to a publishing and delivery schedule that will see customers receive the books they have paid for.

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Commission releases copper loop spectrum management report

2 August 2006

The Commerce Commission has released a report from an independent consultant on the management of interference on the copper loop. The report, Local Loop Spectrum Management/regulated-industries/telecommunications/archive/determinations-archive/interconnection-archive/wholesale-determinations/local-loop-spectrum-management/, focuses on copper loop broadband internet services.

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July 2006

Commerce Commission/ACCC in-principle agreement to co-operative trans-Tasman mergers review protocol

24 July 2006

The New Zealand Commerce Commission and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission have agreed, in principle, to a protocol to enhance their co-operation in dealing with the review of trans-Tasman mergers.

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Telecom Mobile fails to give credit where credit due

21 July 2006

Telecom Mobile Limited has been fined $45,000 and ordered to pay over $3,000 in costs in the Wellington District Court today for breaching sections 11 and 13(g) of the Fair Trading Act, after misleading customers about a new mobile phone deal.

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Commission clears application by ORIX New Zealand Limited to acquire Truck Leasing Limited

21 July 2006

The Commerce Commission has granted clearance for the acquisition of the business of Truck Leasing Limited (trading as Esanda FleetPartners) by ORIX New Zealand Limited.

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As is where is car sales not exempt from consumer law: car dealer pays $52,160 for misleading customers

19 July 2006

An Auckland car dealer who told customers they weren't protected by the law because they had bought their car on a "tender" basis has been fined $48,000 for misleading buyers about their rights. He has also been ordered to pay $4,160 in costs.

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Commission and Vector in administrative settlement talks

19 July 2006

The Commerce Commission is discussing with Vector Ltd an administrative settlement after the company breached price thresholds set under Part 4A of the Commerce Act.

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BNZ pleads guilty over card fees: $5 million in compensation, $550,000 fine

18 July 2006

The BNZ has become the third major bank to plead guilty to breaching the Fair Trading Act by failing to properly disclose fees charged for overseas currency transactions on its credit and debit cards. The company pleaded guilty to 21 representative charges of breaching the Fair Trading Act.

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$792,000 payout for false claims about Body Enhancer potion

13 July 2006

Zenith Corporation, which sold and promoted the discredited "weight loss" product Body Enhancer will pay $792,000 in fines, costs and corrective advertising. The company was sentenced in the Auckland District Court today for offences under the Fair Trading Act.

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ORIX New Zealand applies for clearance to acquire Truck Leasing

12 July 2006

The Commerce Commission has received an application from ORIX New Zealand Limited seeking clearance to acquire 100% of the shares in Truck Leasing Limited (TLL), trading as Esanda FleetPartners, from UDC Finance Limited, a subsidiary of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ).

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Telecommunications Commissioner not to seek reappointment

11 July 2006

Telecommunications Commissioner Douglas Webb has advised the Minster of Communications that he will not seek reappointment to the role when his current term expires in March 2007.

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Safety supplier warned about anti-competitive conduct

10 July 2006

The Commerce Commission has warned Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety New Zealand Limited that its alleged attempt to stop other businesses from supplying safety products to its competitor risked breaching section 27 of the Commerce Act.

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Gas form of control discussion document released: submissions due 7 August, conference 5 and 6 September

7 July 2006

The Commerce Commission has released its proposals for the form of control to be imposed on the gas distribution services of Powerco and Vector.

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Gas Provisional Authorisation not to be amended

7 July 2006

The Commerce Commission will not amend the Provisional Authorisation for supply of the controlled gas distribution services of Powerco and Vector.

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Commission clears application by GE Fleet New Zealand and Custom Fleet (NZ) Limited

5 July 2006

The Commerce Commission has granted clearance for the acquisition of the business of Custom Fleet (NZ) Limited by GE Fleet New Zealand.

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Lion Nathan applies for clearance to acquire Independent Liquor

3 July 2006

The Commission has received an application from Lion Nathan Limited seeking clearance to acquire up to 100% of the shares and/or assets of Independent Liquor (NZ) Limited.

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June 2006

Commission closes investigation into Pernod Ricard's acquisition of Allied Domecq

30 June 2006

The Commission has closed its investigation into the acquisition of Allied Domecq plc by Pernod Ricard S.A. and does not intend to take any further action. The Commission is of the view that the acquisition is unlikely to have resulted in a substantial lessening of competition in any market.

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NZ Bus acquisition of Mana Coach shares breached Commerce Act: High Court

29 June 2006

In a landmark decision, New Zealand Bus Limited has been found guilty of breaching section 47 of the Commerce Act, which prohibits acquisitions that are likely to substantially lessen competition.

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Visy Industrial Plastics cleared to acquire Alto Holdings

28 June 2006

The Commerce Commission has cleared Visy Industrial Plastic (NZ) Limited (Visy Industrial), or an interconnected body corporate, to acquire either all of the issued shares in Alto Holdings Limited (Alto) or the entire plastic packaging business and assets of Alto and any of its subsidiaries.

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ihug and CallPlus will have bitstream access

22 June 2006

The Commerce Commission has released a final determination under the Telecommunications Act providing ihug and CallPlus with regulated access to a wholesale bitstream service to be supplied by Telecom.

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Telecommunications Act: Commission issues Draft Determination for local service interconnection

19 June 2006

The Commerce Commission has issued a Draft Determination for Vodafone's application for an access determination under the Telecommunications Act 2001. This service will provide interconnection of local voice calls between Telecom's fixed network and Vodafone's cellular network for those Vodafone customers with a local number.

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Parallel importer snapped over price discrepancies

19 June 2006

An Auckland parallel importer was fined $3,000 in the Auckland District Court on Thursday for advertising digital cameras at cheaper prices than they were available in store.

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Kathmandu finds out the true cost of sale items

19 June 2006

Kathmandu was fined $28,000 plus costs in the Auckland District Court today for breaching the Fair Trading Act by advertising goods as being "on sale" when they had been available at the discounted price for months prior to the sale and, in some cases, when they were also available at the same "sale" price afterwards.

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Air New Zealand fined $600,000 for misleading customers, agrees move to all-inclusive advertising

16 June 2006

Air New Zealand has been ordered to pay $600,000 in fines and nearly $65,000 in costs after the Commerce Commission prosecuted the airline for misleading customers about the real price of its airfares.

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Commissioner welcomes move on telecommunication changes

16 June 2006

Telecommunications Commissioner Douglas Webb is welcoming a call by Telecom for a voluntary industry initiative that could help the transition to a new regulatory regime.

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Organic means 100% organic, and fresh means 100% fresh

15 June 2006

In the second case of its kind, an Auckland butcher has been fined for falsely labelling products as certified organic when they were not.

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GE Fleet NZ applies for clearance to acquire Custom Fleet NZ

9 June 2006

The Commerce Commission has received an application from GE Fleet New Zealand seeking clearance to acquire the business of Custom Fleet (NZ) Limited. The acquisition of Custom Fleet in New Zealand forms part of a wider transaction involving the acquisition by related entities of GE Fleet of the Custom Fleet business in Australia and the United Kingdom.

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Telecommunications Act: Commerce Commission releases TRS TSO determination

9 June 2006

The Commerce Commission has released its determination on the cost of running the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) for meeting the telephone communication needs of deaf, hearing impaired and speech impaired people.

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Commission revokes Pohokura gas authorisation

2 June 2006

The Commerce Commission has revoked the 2003 authorisation it granted to Shell, Todd and OMV to jointly sell gas from the Pohokura field.

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Rugby Union salary cap authorised for six years

2 June 2006

The Commerce Commission has told the New Zealand Rugby Union that it can impose a salary cap to limit the amount each union can spend on players. The cap will apply for six years from today, and will be reviewed after five years.

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May 2006

Extension of regulated telecommunication services: draft report

30 May 2006

The Commission today released its draft report on whether regulation of ten telecommunications services should be extended for two years.

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Fake organics land butcher with meaty $10,000 fine

30 May 2006

In a first for the Commerce Commission, a butcher has been fined for falsely labelling products as certified organic when they were not. Jason Arthars and Clark's Organic Butchery Ltd were fined a total of $10,000 ($5,000 for Arthars and $5,000 for the company) in the Waitakere District Court today for falsely suggesting the company was certified by New Zealand's principal certification agencies.

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Commission warns Baycorp after fee investigation

19 May 2006

The Commerce Commission has completed its investigation into allegations of anti-competitive behaviour by Baycorp Advantage Holdings (NZ) Ltd (Baycorp), issuing Baycorp with a formal warning for a potential breach of the Commerce Act 1986.

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Roadside car dealer finds non-compliance stalls trading

15 May 2006

A motor dealer has been fined over $8,500 in the Christchurch District Court today for lying about the age of cars he was selling and failing to provide purchasers with Supplier Information Notice (SIN) cards. He also agreed to pay over $1,400 in reparations to people who had bought cars from him and had to repair faults.

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Mobile Market: Competition Issues

10 May 2006

The Commerce Commission announced today that it will examine the reasons for the lack of new entry into the mobile services market as a prelude to deciding whether or not to commence an investigation into possible changes to the regulatory framework.

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If it ain't broke, fix it anyway policy costs appliance shop $20,000

3 May 2006

A home appliance business and its owner have been fined more than $20,000 after employees were instructed to tell lie about the age of second hand appliances and recommend unnecessary repairs.

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Commission investigating Pernod Ricard's acquisition of Allied Domecq

1 May 2006

The Commission has opened an investigation under section 47 of the Commerce Act into the acquisition by Pernod Ricard S.A. of Allied Domecq plc. This acquisition was completed on 26 July 2005. The investigation will consider the competitive implications of Pernod Ricard retaining assets that are subject to divestment undertakings.

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April 2006

Commerce Commission considers Fonterra not in breach in including profits from investments in calculation of the wholesale milk price

21 April 2006

The Commerce Commission has published its final determination in a dispute over the components of the Wholesale Milk Price payable by independent processors when purchasing raw milk from Fonterra. The Commission has concluded that Fonterra has not breached the Dairy Industry Restructuring (Raw Milk) Regulations 2001 by including the profits realised from the sale of shares in retention when calculating the wholesale milk price.

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Ross Investments fined for misleading offer to investors

20 April 2006

An Australian investment company and its Director have been fined a total of $24,000 for misleading claims made when trying to buy capital bonds and units from New Zealand investors.

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Commission not to investigate Fairfax/TradeMe acquisition

20 April 2006

The Commerce Commission has decided not to open an investigation into the acquisition of TradeMe Limited by Fairfax New Zealand Holdings Limited. The Commission considers that, based on the information before it, the acquisition is unlikely to raise competition issues.

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Mobile Termination Report Provided to the Minister of Communications

20 April 2006

The Commerce Commission has provided to the Minister of Communications its final report into regulation of mobile termination.

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Visy Plastics NZ applies for clearance to acquire Vertex Group & Alto Plastics

10 April 2006

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Visy Industrial Plastics NZ Limited seeking clearance to acquire either the issued shares in each of Vertex Group Holdings Limited and Alto Plastics Limited or the plastic packaging business and assets of Vertex and Alto.

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Koppers Arch to pay a record $3.6 million in cartel penalties

7 April 2006

The High Court has imposed record penalties on Koppers Arch Wood Protection (NZ) Limited and its Australian parent company, Koppers Arch Investments Pty Limited, after the companies admitted participating in a cartel in the wood preservative chemicals industry between 1998 and 2002. The affected part of the industry was worth an estimated $35 million in 2002.

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Portacom cleared to acquire Rhino

5 April 2006

The Commerce Commission has cleared Portacom New Zealand Limited to acquire the operations, assets, and business owned by Rhino Group Limited. Portacom applied for clearance for the acquisition to the extent that it would affect the operations conducted by Rhino Portable Buildings Limited, a subsidiary of Rhino Group Limited.

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New Zealand Bus not to acquire Mana Coach shares pending High Court injunction proceedings

3 April 2006

New Zealand Bus Limited (NZBL) has undertaken today to the High Court that it will not proceed with the acquisition of 74% of the shares in Mana Coach Services Ltd pending the outcome of a trial set down for two weeks from 22 May to 2 June 2006.

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NZ Rugby Union withdraws part of authorisation application

3 April 2006

On 30 March 2006 the New Zealand Rugby Union withdrew its request for authorisation of the proposed arrangements applying to the Modified Division One inter-provincial rugby competition, as set out in paragraphs 2.8 and 2.9 of its application to the Commission.

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March 2006

Transpower seeks settlement with Commission, customers won't face 19% price rise on 1 April

31 March 2006

Electricity transmission business Transpower has told the Commerce Commission its customers will not pay the planned 19% price rise on 1 April, while Transpower seeks to negotiate an administrative settlement with the Commission.

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Commission closes investigation

31 March 2006

The Commerce Commission has today closed its investigation into claims by Origin Pacific Airways Limited that Air New Zealand took advantage of its market power to restrict, prevent or deter competition on selected provincial air services markets.

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ANZ National Bank pleads guilty over credit card fees: $10 million in refunds, record $1.325 million fine

30 March 2006

The ANZ National Bank Limited has pleaded guilty in the Auckland District Court to 45 charges of breaching the Fair Trading Act by failing to properly disclose fees charged for overseas currency transactions on its credit cards.

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Commerce Commission to investigate Ihug and Callplus applications for regulated bitstream service

29 March 2006

The Commission has decided to investigate two separate applications from Ihug and Callplus for access determinations in relation to the regulated bitstream service.

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Gas retailers respond to distribution price reductions

23 March 2006

In August 2005 the Commission issued a Provisional Authorisation requiring the average price for the distribution component of gas prices to be reduced by at least 9% and 9.5% for Powerco and Vector respectively. The Commission sought a response from gas retailers as to how they proposed to pass on these savings to their customers.

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Commission grants Electricity Industry Reform Act exemption to Unison Networks

21 March 2006

The Commerce Commission has granted Unison Networks a limited exemption under the Electricity Industry Reform Act in relation its proposed investment in a wind farm. The proposed wind farm is to be built in the Maungaruru and Te Waka Ranges by way of a joint venture with Hydro Tasmania. Unison will not supply electricity from the wind farm to customers connected to its own network.

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Commission declines to grant Electricity Industry Reform Act exemption to Eastland Networks

21 March 2006

The Commerce Commission has declined to grant Eastland Networks Limited an exemption under the Electricity Industry Reform Act. The exemption related to Eastland's proposed investment in a wind farm to be built in Mokairau near Gisborne. Eastland intended to retail the electricity generated by the wind farm directly to customers on its own network.

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Telecommunications Act: Commerce Commission releases draft TRS TSO

20 March 2006

The Commerce Commission has released its draft determination on the cost of running the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) for the hearing impaired.

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New Zealand Bus Limited withdraws application to acquire Mana Coach Services

20 March 2006

New Zealand Bus Limited has withdrawn its section 66 clearance application to acquire the remaining 74% shares in Mana Coach Services.

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Unison to reverse electricity price rises for Rotorua, Taupo

17 March 2006

Electricity distribution business Unison Networks has told the Commerce Commission it will reverse its most recent distribution price rises in Taupo and Rotorua from the first of April.

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Fraud Awareness Month - Phishing for your funds

17 March 2006

"May I steal your bank account details and money, please?" We all know exactly how to respond to a question like this, no matter how genuine or polite the caller sounded.

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Morning Star ordered to pay $50,000 for Commerce Act breach

16 March 2006

Computer parts and systems wholesaler Morning Star Computer Limited has been ordered to pay $50,000 plus $3,624 costs in the Auckland High Court, following an admission that it contravened the Commerce Act by preventing computer parts resellers from advertising its products below certain fixed prices.

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Telecommunications Act: Commission receives two applications for access to regulated bitstream service

14 March 2006

The Commerce Commission has received applications from ihug Limited and Callplus Limited requesting access determinations under the Telecommunications Act 2001 in relation to the provision of bitstream by Telecom New Zealand Limited.

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Commerce Commission to investigate Vodafone Application for Interconnection with Telecom's fixed network

14 March 2006

The Commission has decided to investigate Vodafone's request for an access determination in relation to interconnection with Telecom's fixed network. Vodafone is planning to introduce a local service using cellular phones that also act as home phones, and is seeking a service that allows for calls to be passed between Vodafone local customers and Telecom local customers.

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Portacom New Zealand applies for clearance to acquire Rhino Portable Buildings

10 March 2006

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Portacom New Zealand Limited seeking clearance to acquire the business and assets of Rhino Portable Buildings Limited.

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Draft Determination on NZRU authorisation

9 March 2006

The Commerce Commission has issued its Draft Determination on an application for authorisation from the New Zealand Rugby Union.

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Commission reports to Minister on Sprint's compliance with Service Quality Measures for Relay Service

3 March 2006

The Commerce Commission has presented its report to the Minister of Communications on Sprint International New Zealand Limited's performance in complying with the TSO Deed for Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) for the hearing impaired.

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Fraud Awareness Month - Won a prize in a lottery you didn't enter? It's a scam

3 March 2006

As part of Fraud Awareness Month, the Commerce Commission and the Ministry of Consumer Affairs are warning New Zealand consumers to be on the lookout for lottery and prize scams.

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February 2006

Fonterra cleared to acquire the shares in Kapiti Fine Foods and United Milk

23 February 2006

The Commerce Commission has cleared Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited to acquire the shares in Kapiti Fine Foods Limited and United Milk Limited from Foodstuffs (Wellington) Co-operative Society Limited.

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Commission publishes expanded Transpower reasons

17 February 2006

The Commerce Commission has published an expanded version of its reasons for its intention to declare control of the electricity transmission services supplied by Transpower New Zealand Limited.

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Commission reports to Minister on Telecom's service obligations

9 February 2006

The Commerce Commission completed its annual assessment of Telecom New Zealand Limited's performance in complying with the telecommunications service obligations (TSO) instrument for the 2004/2005 financial year.

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Commission settles with Stoke Radio and Television

9 February 2006

The Commerce Commission has reached a settlement with Stoke Radio and Television Limited in regards to the promotion of gifts and prizes during 2004.

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Sky cleared to acquire Prime Television

8 February 2006

The Commerce Commission has cleared Sky Network Television Limited to acquire the television broadcasting business of Prime Television New Zealand Limited.

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Commission and Road Transport Forum agree stance on fuel surcharges

3 February 2006

Following a recent meeting with the Road Transport Forum on the use of fuel surcharges, the Commerce Commission and the Road Transport Forum have achieved a common understanding on how prices should be represented.

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Telecommunications Act: Completion of broadband monitoring programme

2 February 2006

The Commerce Commission has completed its monitoring programme of uptake of residential broadband services provided or supported by Telecom New Zealand Limited.

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January 2006

Commerce Commission's reasons for intention to declare control of Transpower's transmission services

31 January 2006

The Commerce Commission today published its reasons for its intention to declare control of the electricity transmission services supplied by Transpower New Zealand Limited, the owner and operator of the national grid. Transpower is a monopoly and is subject to Government regulation administered by the Commerce Commission and Electricity Commission.

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Commission clears application by Wellington Pathology and Valley Diagnostics

31 January 2006

The Commerce Commission has granted clearance for the merger of the diagnostic laboratory services businesses of Wellington Pathology Limited and Valley Diagnostic Laboratories Limited in the Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast District Health Board districts.

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Fuel costs must be included in prices: Commission

25 January 2006

The Commerce Commission is warning businesses that they must include the cost of fuel in their prices and not add it as a "surcharge" or fuel charge.

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Telecommunications Act: Commission receives application for local service interconnection

19 January 2006

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Vodafone for an access determination under the Telecommunications Act 2001.

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GE Finance cleared to acquire Pacific Retail Finance Group

18 January 2006

The Commerce Commission has cleared GE Finance and Insurance Limited to acquire the business and assets of the Pacific Retail Finance Group, namely: Pacific Retail Services Limited, Pacific Retail Finance Limited, Montreal Financial Services Limited and a 100% shareholding in Simply Insurance New Zealand Limited.

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New Zealand Bus applies for clearance to acquire Mana Coach Services

17 January 2006

The Commerce Commission has received an application from New Zealand Bus Limited seeking clearance to acquire the balance of 74% shares in Mana Coach Services Limited. New Zealand Bus already holds 26% of the shares in Mana Coach Services.

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TelstraClear and Telecom pricing reviews withdrawn

17 January 2006

After announcing on Friday 13 January that they had reached a commercial agreement relating to a range of services, TelstraClear and Telecom have withdrawn all the pricing reviews they had previously lodged with the Commerce Commission.

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Telecom applies to Commission for pricing review of Private Office Networking resale decision

10 January 2006

Telecom New Zealand Limited has applied to the Commerce Commission for a review of the wholesale prices set by the Commission for Private Office Networking services under the Telecommunications Act 2001. This follows a similar application for a review received from TelstraClear Limited in December 2005.

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Commission appeals Air New Zealand fare advertising ruling

9 January 2006

The Commerce Commission has filed an appeal in the Auckland High Court in relation to Air New Zealand's advertising of fares.

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TelstraClear applies to Commission for pricing review of Private Office resale decision

4 January 2006

TelstraClear Limited has applied to the Commerce Commission for a review of the wholesale prices set by the Commission for Private Office Networking services under the Telecommunications Act 2001.

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