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January 2009

Statement of preliminary issues available for New Zealand Woolscourers application

30 January 2009

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application received from Mr David Ferrier on 12 December 2008, seeking clearance for himself, or his company, New Zealand Woolscourers Limited, concerning the acquisition of certain assets of Godfrey Hirst New Zealand Limited and shares in Cavalier Wool Holdings Limited.

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Coca-Cola Amatil cleared to acquire Baker Halls Brands from Old Fashioned Foods

29 January 2009

The Commerce Commission has cleared Coca-Cola Amatil (NZ) Limited (CCA) to acquire the Baker Halls and Baker Halls Original brands, a hot-fill production line and other associated assets from Old Fashioned Foods Ltd (OFF).

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Statement of preliminary issues available for Fletcher Building clearance application

28 January 2009

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application received from Fletcher Building Limited. The application, received on 19 December 2008, sought clearance for Fletcher Building to acquire up to 100 per cent of the assets of Stevenson Group Limited's (Stevenson) Whangarei masonry business and up to 100 per cent of the assets of Stevenson's Auckland masonry business.

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Media Monitors apply for clearance to acquire Chong

23 January 2009

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Media Monitors Pty Limited seeking clearance to acquire all the business and assets of Chong Bureau Limited.

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Aerolineas Argentinas fined for non-compliance with Commerce Act

22 January 2009

An airline company has pleaded guilty to failing to supply information requested by the Commerce Commission under section 98 of the Commerce Act. It has been fined $11,000 in the Auckland District Court.

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Commerce Commission warns over hybrid comparative advertising

21 January 2009

A car company has been warned by the Commerce Commission about comparative claims made in advertising for one of its hybrid vehicles.

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Commerce Commission warns KLM over incorrect internet fares

16 January 2009

The Commerce Commission has concluded its investigation into complaints received from consumers when KLM Royal Dutch Airlines declined to honour very cheap airfares booked via KLM's website. In the Commission's view, KLM is at risk of having breached the Fair Trading Act.

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Bird flu remedy is quackery

15 January 2009

A Tauranga based couple specialising in homoeopathic remedies have pleaded guilty to 19 charges of breaching the Fair Trading Act for making misleading representations about their qualifications and their ability to provide cures or prevent diseases. They have been penalised a total of $23,400 by way of fines and costs awards in the Tauranga District Court.

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Commerce Commission commences review of backhaul

15 January 2009

The Commerce Commission today commenced a review of the links that provide access seekers using the unbundled copper local loop (UCLL) service with a backhaul link between the telephone exchange housing their equipment and their interconnect point.

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Company fined for 'energised' water claims

13 January 2009

Misleading customers by claiming its product was '100% Pure New Zealand Mineral Water' and making false scientific claims about the benefits of its supposedly 'energised mineral water', which was really just processed tap water, has cost an Auckland-based company after it was prosecuted by the Commerce Commission.

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Reasons published for decline of Tegel's application for clearance to acquire Brinks

9 January 2009

Tegel Foods Limited (Tegel) application to acquire the assets and undertaking of the poultry businesses of P H Van den Brink Limited, VDB Industries Limited, Brinks South Island Limited, Southland VDB Limited, and BAT Promotions Limited, collectively known as Brinks, is declined.

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December 2008

Commerce Commission releases discussion paper as part of Next Generation Networks study

24 December 2008

The Commerce Commission today released a discussion paper which provides an overview of the drivers and implications of Next Generation Networks (NGN) deployment internationally, and looks at the relevance of these in the New Zealand market.

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Commerce Commission - Fonterra did not breach Commerce Act

24 December 2008

The Commerce Commission considers that Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited (Fonterra) has not breached the Commerce Act by engaging in what it calls 'tactical pricing'.

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National Roaming Update

23 December 2008

On 5 September 2008, the Minister for Communications and Information Technology wrote asking the Commission to consider whether there were reasonable grounds to commence an investigation into whether regulation of national roaming should be extended to include price.

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Commerce Commission releases third report on broadband quality

23 December 2008

The third quarterly report on broadband quality has been released by the Commerce Commission. Commissioned from broadband measurement consultancy Epitiro and ICT analysts IDC, the report examines the quality of broadband service provided by New Zealand's internet service providers (ISPs).

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Schneider to pay $1.1 million for cartel activity targeting electricity sector

23 December 2008

Proceedings brought by the Commerce Commission have resulted in the Auckland High Court imposing a $1,050,000 penalty on Schneider Electric SA after the company admitted participating in a price-fixing and bid-rigging cartel in the gas insulated switchgear industry. Schneider must also pay $50,000 in costs to the Commission.

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Final TSO Determinations released by Commerce Commission for 2007/08 TRS

19 December 2008

The Commerce Commission has released its 2007/08 final determinations on the:

  • cost of the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) for the hearing impaired;
  • and the proportion of cost to be met by each party liable to contribute to the cost of the TRS and the local residential telephone service obligation.

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Commerce Commission publishes Regulatory Provisions of the Commerce Act 1986: Discussion Paper

19 December 2008

The Commerce Commission has today released a discussion paper on the Regulatory Provisions of the Commerce Act 1986. This discussion paper sets out the Commission's preliminary views on the new and significant changes to the regulatory provisions in the Act, which were introduced through the Commerce Amendment Act 2008.

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Fletchers applies for clearance to acquire Auckland and Whangarei masonry assets of Stevenson Group

19 December 2008

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Fletcher Building Limited seeking clearance to acquire up to 100 percent of the assets of Stevenson Group Limited's Whangarei masonry business, and Stevenson's Auckland masonry business.

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New Zealand Woolscourers applies for clearance

17 December 2008

The Commission has received an application from Auckland businessman Mr David Ferrier seeking clearance by him and his wholly owned company New Zealand Woolscourers Limited to acquire the wool scouring and wool dumping assets of Godfrey Hirst NZ Limited, as well as up to 100 percent of the shares in Cavalier Wool Holdings Limited and some of Godfrey Hirst's wool scouring assets at Napier. The application also contains an undertaking that Mr Ferrier will subsequently divest the wool dumping assets of Godfrey Hirst.

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Bogus pill business busted for breach of Fair Trading Act

16 December 2008

A Tauranga company has been found guilty of breaching the Fair Trading Act over claims a pill could make women's breasts larger and firmer.

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International air cargo cartel to be prosecuted

15 December 2008

The Commerce Commission is today initiating proceedings in the High Court in Auckland against 13 airlines and seven airline staff, including senior executives, for extensive and long-term cartel activity in the air cargo market.

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Commerce Commission announces input methodologies processes and timeframes

12 December 2008

In accordance with section 52V(1) of the Commerce Act 1986, the Commerce Commission has issued a notice of intention outlining the process that will be followed and setting out the proposed timeframes for the input methodologies project. The project aims to provide enhanced transparency and certainty within the regulatory regimes administered under the Commerce Act.

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Commerce Commission releases September quarterly report on telecommunications markets

12 December 2008

The Commerce Commission has released its September quarterly monitoring report containing key statistics about telecommunications markets in New Zealand.

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Commerce Commission issues standard terms determination for the mobile co-location service

11 December 2008

The Commerce Commission has today released its final standard terms determination (STD) on the non-price terms on which access providers must make co-location on cellular mobile transmission sites (the Mobile Co-location Service) available to other mobile network operators.

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Commerce Commission urges shoppers to be savvy this Christmas

10 December 2008

As the pre-Christmas shopping season gathers momentum the Commerce Commission is issuing a timely reminder to consumers of their rights under the Fair Trading Act and Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act (CCCF Act).

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Telecommunications Act: Commerce Commission releases draft Telecom TSO cost calculation for 2007/08

8 December 2008

The Commerce Commission today released a telecommunication service obligation (TSO) Cost Calculation Determination for the Local Residential Telephone Service covering the 2007/08 year. The draft cost is $70.7 million.

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Commerce Commission releases guidelines on school uniforms

8 December 2008

The Commerce Commission is issuing guidelines today to provide information and guidance to schools when they enter into arrangements for the supply of school uniforms. The Commerce Act prohibits conduct that restricts competition.

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Coca-Cola Amatil NZ applies for clearance to acquire Baker Hall

8 December 2008

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Coca-Cola Amatil (NZ) Limited (CCA) seeking clearance to acquire the hot-fill bottling production line, brands and associated business assets of cordial products, bearing the brands Baker Halls and Barker Halls Originals, from Old Fashioned Foods Limited (OFF).

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Commerce Commission releases report on numbering management

5 December 2008

The Commerce Commission today released its report on telecommunications numbering in New Zealand currently administered under the Number Administration Deed (NAD).

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It's not easy being green - Commerce Commission releases guidelines on green claims

4 December 2008

The Commerce Commission has today released guidelines to businesses that make environmental, or 'green', claims in their marketing.

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November 2008

Commerce Commission provides guidelines on the process for merger and acquisition clearance applications

26 November 2008

Following public consultation the Commerce Commission has published guidelines to assist businesses and their advisers when applying to the Commission for a clearance to merge with or acquire assets of a business or shares. The Commission has also revised the application form for merger and acquisition clearances.

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Telecommunications Act: Commerce Commission releases draft Telecom TSO cost calculation for 2006/07

24 November 2008

The Commerce Commission today released a telecommunication service obligation (TSO) determination for the Local Residential Telephone Service covering the 2006/07 year. The draft cost is $62.8 million.

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Commerce Commission investigation highlights variable results in sunscreen testing

19 November 2008

An investigation by the Commerce Commission, after allegations that some sunscreen failed SPF or Broad Spectrum testing, has highlighted a problem with the application of the current sunscreen standard that is mandatory in Australia and voluntary in New Zealand.

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Draft TSO Determinations released by Commerce Commission

14 November 2008

The Commerce Commission has released its 2007/08 draft determinations on:

  • the cost of the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) for the hearing impaired; and
  • the proportion of the cost to be met by each party liable to contribute to the cost of the TRS and the local residential telephone service obligation.

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Elevator company admits attempted price fixing

14 November 2008

The Commerce Commission has concluded an investigation into anti-competitive conduct in the elevator industry, reaching a settlement with one company.

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GE Money customers get refunds for interest charged on 'interest free' contracts

14 November 2008

Several thousand customers who bought items on 'interest free' terms but were incorrectly charged interest will get more than $3 million back, after an out of court settlement between the Commerce Commission and GE Finance and Insurance, trading as GE Money.

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Early registration opens for Next Generation Networks conference

11 November 2008

Registration for the Commerce Commission's Next Generation Networks conference is open from today.

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First Security parent company ISS cleared to acquire manned guarding business of Chubb

7 November 2008

The Commerce Commission has cleared ISS Holdings NZ Limited (ISS) to acquire a portion of the manned (static and mobile) guarding business of Chubb New Zealand Limited (Chubb).

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Commerce Commission decides to investigate mobile termination

6 November 2008

The Commerce Commission today announced it is commencing an investigation into whether mobile termination access services should be regulated.

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Commerce Commission consults on telecommunications market monitoring reports

4 November 2008

The Commerce Commission is seeking feedback on its quarterly and annual telecommunications market monitoring reports. These reports aim to give a broad indication of what progress has been made towards achieving competitive prices for telecommunications services.

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October 2008

Gas Authorisation will further reduce prices

31 October 2008

The Commerce Commission has today released the Authorisation for the Control of Supply of Natural Gas Distribution Services by Vector Ltd and Powerco Ltd, which will result in further reductions in prices for gas distribution services.

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Electricity Lines Businesses: Commerce Commission releases information disclosure requirements

31 October 2008

The Commerce Commission is today issuing revised information disclosure requirements for electricity distribution businesses.

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Salmon Smolt NZ cleared to acquire assets of Silverstream Hatchery from NIWA

30 October 2008

The Commerce Commission has granted clearance to Salmon Smolt New Zealand Limited to acquire the assets of Silverstream Hatchery from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited (NIWA).

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Real estate company fined for misleading 'buyer enquiry over' ads

29 October 2008

A Wellington real estate company, Celestine Realty Limited, has been fined $7,500 in the Wellington District Court for breaches of the Fair Trading Act in relation to the use of the term 'buyer enquiry over'.

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Commerce Commission update on Wings and Wheels refund process

24 October 2008

The Commerce Commission today announced an update to the process for people seeking refunds for tickets for the postponed airshow Wings and Wheels over Waikato.

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Commerce Commission declines to give Tegel Foods clearance to acquire Brinks

23 October 2008

The Commerce Commission has declined to give clearance for Tegel Foods Limited (Tegel) to acquire the assets and undertaking of the poultry businesses of P H Van den Brink Limited, VDB Industries Limited, Brinks South Island Limited, Southland VDB Limited, and BAT Promotions Limited, collectively known as Brinks.

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Commerce Commission releases draft requirements paper on regulatory financial reporting by Telecom

23 October 2008

The Commerce Commission today issued a draft paper on the regulatory reporting requirements for the accounting separation of Telecom. The draft paper outlines the financial information that Telecom must provide and the conditions it must follow when preparing this information.

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Commerce Commission releases second report on broadband quality

20 October 2008

The second quarterly report on broadband quality has been released by the Commerce Commission. Commissioned from broadband measurement consultancy Epitiro and ICT analysts IDC, the report examines the quality of broadband service provided by New Zealand's internet service providers (ISPs).

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Dairy Industry Restructuring Act: Commission releases Draft Determination report on Kaimai and Grate Kiwi disputes with Fonterra

16 October 2008

The Commerce Commission has released its Draft Determination regarding disputes between Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited (Fonterra) and both Kaimai Cheese Company Limited (Kaimai) and Grate Kiwi Cheese Company Limited (Grate Kiwi).

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Shell NZ cleared to acquire certain aviation fuel assets of Mobil Oil NZ

13 October 2008

The Commerce Commission has cleared Shell New Zealand Limited to acquire Mobil Oil New Zealand Limited's Aerostop network assets.

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Salmon Smolt NZ applies for clearance to acquire Silverstream Hatchery from NIWA

10 October 2008

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Salmon Smolt New Zealand Limited seeking clearance to acquire the assets of Silverstream Hatchery from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited.

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Consumers urged to approach cash back offers with caution

6 October 2008

The Commerce Commission is urging consumers looking to purchase personal computers and printers to be cautious of cash back offers.

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First Security parent company ISS applies for clearance to acquire part of Chubb

2 October 2008

The Commerce Commission has received an application from ISS Holdings NZ Limited (ISS) seeking clearance to acquire a portion of the manned (static and mobile) guarding business of Chubb New Zealand Limited (Chubb).

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Commerce Commission issues update on electricity investigation

1 October 2008

The Commerce Commission anticipates receiving by the end of the month an initial report as part of an investigation into whether any of the activities of participants in the electricity industry are likely to have breached Part 2 of the Commerce Act. The investigation has focused on whether any participants breached section 36 of the Act by taking advantage of a substantial degree of market power for an anti-competitive purpose.

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September 2008

Dairy Industry Restructuring Act: Commission reaches Draft Determination on Kaimai and Grate Kiwi Cheese's dispute with Fonterra

26 September 2008

The Commerce Commission has reached a preliminary view in a dispute between Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited (Fonterra) and both Kaimai Cheese Company Limited (Kaimai) and Grate Kiwi Cheese Company Limited (Grate Kiwi Cheese).

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Commerce Commission reports to Minister on Sprint's compliance with Telecommunications Service Obligations

25 September 2008

The Commerce Commission has reported to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology on Sprint International New Zealand Limited's performance in complying with the Telecommunications Service Obligations (TSO) Deed for Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) for the period from 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008. This Deed sets out the service quality requirements for the provision of the TSO relay services which enable hearing impaired telecommunications users to make relay calls.

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Consumers warned 'light' and 'mild' tobacco likely to be just as deadly as regular strength

24 September 2008

Cigarette smokers should not be misled into thinking that 'light' and 'mild' cigarettes are less harmful to their health, when compared to full strength tobacco products.

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Telecommunications Commissioner to stand down temporarily

19 September 2008

The Minister of Commerce and the Minister of Communications and Information Technology have today agreed that Dr Ross Patterson will be taking a leave of absence from the Commerce Commission for health reasons.

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Commerce Commission reports to Minister on Telecom's Telecommunications Service Obligations

18 September 2008

The Commerce Commission has advised the Minister of Communications that Telecom has complied with all its Telecommunications Service Obligations (TSO) quality measures for the 2007/08 financial year.

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Mobile Electronic Services fined for misleading consumers

18 September 2008

A Christchurch based electrical appliance repairer has pleaded guilty to breaching the Fair Trading Act.

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Commerce Commission issues final determination on Maui Gas Pipeline Open Access

18 September 2008

The Commerce Commission has today issued the final determination in relation to an application under section 58 of the Commerce Act by two Todd companies in relation to access to the Maui gas pipeline. This is consistent with the Commission's preliminary view stated in its April draft determination.

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Telecom remedies Separation Undertakings Breach

17 September 2008

Telecommunications Commissioner Dr Ross Patterson has received information from Telecom that satisfies him that the breach of Telecom's Separation Undertakings that occurred on 30 June 2008 has been remedied.

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Commerce Commission initiates disclosure of interests inquiry

12 September 2008

The Commerce Commission has today announced it will be conducting an inquiry into whether Donal Curtin, who was appointed Deputy Chair of the Commission in July, provided an appropriate level of disclosure to the Commission and the Minister of Commerce in relation to his involvement with finance and investment companies Vestar Ltd, Mint Asset Management Ltd and MFS Ltd.

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Telecommunications Act: Commerce Commission releases final Telecom TSO cost calculation for 2004/05

9 September 2008

The Commerce Commission has released its telecommunication service obligations (TSO) determination covering the 2004/05 year.

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Commerce Commission's preliminary view on Vector's and Powerco's offers of undertakings

5 September 2008

The Commerce Commission has formed a preliminary view to not accept offers of undertaking from Vector and Powerco in relation to the supply of their controlled natural gas distribution services.

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Ezibuy fined for 'pashmina' shawls that were poly/cotton

4 September 2008

A popular clothing and home goods company has pleaded guilty to breaching the Fair Trading Act and has been fined $8,500 in the Auckland District Court for marketing and selling shawls advertised as silk blend pashmina, when they were not.

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Commission declines to grant clearance to Southern Cross and Aorangi Hospital to form a joint venture

4 September 2008

The Commerce Commission has declined to grant clearance to Southern Cross Health Trust and Aorangi Hospital Limited to merge their respective private hospital operations in Palmerston North.

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August 2008

Commerce Commission releases June quarterly report on telecommunications markets

29 August 2008

The Commerce Commission has released its June quarterly monitoring report containing key statistics about telecommunications markets in New Zealand.

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Electricity Industry Reform Act: Commission grants exemption to Stephen Reindler

28 August 2008

The Commerce Commission has granted Stephen Reindler an exemption under the Electricity Industry Reform Act 1998 (the EIR Act) in relation to his proposed appointment to the board of Meridian Energy Limited. If Mr Reindler becomes a Director of Meridian, an electricity supply business, it would result in a cross involvement, as Mr Reindler is presently a senior manager of Auckland International Airport Limited (AIAL), an electricity lines business.

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Commerce Commission releases draft report on numbering management

28 August 2008

The Commerce Commission today released its draft report for the study into telecommunications numbering. Numbering refers to the use of telephone numbers in the supply of telecommunications services.

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Dairy Industry Restructuring Act: Commission decides to determine dispute between Grate Kiwi Cheese and Fonterra

27 August 2008

The Commerce Commission has decided to determine a dispute between The Grate Kiwi Cheese Company Limited (Grate Kiwi) and Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited (Fonterra) about the interpretation and application of regulation 4(1) of the Dairy Industry Restructuring (Raw Milk) Regulations 2001 (the Raw Milk Regulations).

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CSR Building Products cleared to acquire assets of Ross Roofing

27 August 2008

The Commerce Commission has granted clearance to CSR Building Products to acquire the Ross Roofing, Rosscrete Roofing Tiles and the Ross Brick & Pavers businesses of the Ross group of companies.

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Auckland International Airport drops single duty free concessionaire plans

14 August 2008

Auckland International Airport Limited (AIAL) has entered into an undertaking with the Commerce Commission to drop plans to reduce the number of duty free retailers from two to one.

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Court of Appeal confirms decision to control Powerco's and Vector's gas pipeline services

12 August 2008

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a challenge by Powerco Limited to the Commerce Commission's 2004 recommendation to control gas pipeline services supplied by Powerco Limited and Vector Limited. The Court also dismissed Powerco's challenge to the Minister of Energy's subsequent decision to impose control. The Court found that, in recommending price control, the Commission's interpretation of the relevant regulatory provisions in the Commerce Act was "the correct approach".

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Commerce Commission releases issues paper on mobile termination

8 August 2008

The Commerce Commission today released an issues paper on mobile termination. The Commission is currently considering whether there are reasonable grounds to launch a Schedule 3 investigation under the Telecommunications Act.

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July 2008

Warehouse decision a victory for consumers

31 July 2008

The Commerce Commission says a decision by the Court of Appeal overturning the High Court decision on ownership of The Warehouse Group Ltd is a victory for supermarket consumers and competition in markets.

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Dairy Industry Restructuring Act: Commission decides to determine dispute between Kaimai Cheese and Fonterra

31 July 2008

The Commerce Commission has decided to determine a dispute between Kaimai Cheese Company Limited and Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited (Fonterra) about the interpretation and application of regulation 4(1) of the Dairy Industry Restructuring (Raw Milk) Regulations 2001.

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Commission issues draft standard terms determination for the mobile co-location service

25 July 2008

The Commerce Commission has today released its draft standard terms determination on the non-price terms for co-location on cellular mobile transmission sites (the Mobile Co-location Service).

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Commerce Commission to investigate Hanover Finance

24 July 2008

The Commerce Commission has today opened an investigation into Hanover Finance.

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ANZ Investment Services fined for Bonus Bond promotion

21 July 2008

ANZ Investment Services (New Zealand) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of ANZ National Bank Limited, has been fined $80,000 plus costs for running a misleading television campaign.

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Parallel Imported pays the cost for misleading prices

18 July 2008

A store selling parallel imported goods has pleaded guilty to breaching the Fair Trading Act and was yesterday fined $15,000 in the Auckland District Court.

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Commerce Commission files proceedings against Waikato pathology service providers

17 July 2008

The Commerce Commission has filed proceedings in the High Court against pathology service providers New Zealand Diagnostic Group Limited, Hamilton Medical Laboratory Holdings Limited (collectively NZDG) and Pathology Associates Limited (PAL). From 2004 to 2007 Hamilton Medical was a wholly owned subsidiary of New Zealand Diagnostic.

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Chairs assembled in New Zealand not 'New Zealand made'

16 July 2008

A New Plymouth based office furniture company has been convicted of breaching the Fair Trading Act in an important legal precedent which helps to define what 'New Zealand made' means.

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Commerce Commission reminds industry: comply with statutory information requests or face prosecution

16 July 2008

The Commerce Commission is prosecuting three airlines for not providing information and documents during an investigation into allegations of price-fixing and other anti-competitive conduct in the air cargo industry.

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Commission notifies Telecom of breach of the Separation Undertakings

11 July 2008

Telecommunications Commissioner Dr Ross Patterson has written to Telecom advising that the first prima facie breach of the Separation Undertakings has occurred. It appears that the breach is unintentional.

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Equality Finance admits charging unreasonable credit fees

10 July 2008

In an out of court settlement with the Commerce Commission, Auckland based motor vehicle finance company Equality Finance Limited is to refund around 1,400 affected customers a total of approximately $720,000.

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Commission receives application for EIR Act exemption from Stephen Reindler

7 July 2008

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Stephen Reindler, seeking exemption from section 17 of the Electricity Industry Reform Act 1998 (EIR Act) to allow Mr Reindler to take up a position as a director on the board of Meridian Energy Limited.

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Commerce Commission seeks leave to appeal in NZ Bus/Mana Coach Services case

4 July 2008

The Commerce Commission is seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court against the Court of Appeal decision dismissing a claim for liability against Infratil Limited. The Court of Appeal said that Infratil was not liable for breaching the Commerce Act as an accessory in the attempted acquisition of Mana Coach Services by New Zealand Bus Limited (NZBL).

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Commerce Commission appeals Avanti Finance decision

3 July 2008

The Commerce Commission is appealing a recent Auckland District Court decision in which Avanti Finance was found not guilty of breaching the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act (CCCF Act).

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CSR Building Products applies for clearance to acquire assets of Ross Roofing

3 July 2008

The Commerce Commission has received an application from CSR Building Products seeking clearance to acquire the Ross Roofing, Rosscrete Roofing Tiles and the Ross Brick & Pavers businesses of the Ross group of companies.

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Commerce Commission consults on process guidelines for merger and acquisition clearance applications

2 July 2008

The business community is being asked for input on a set of process guidelines the Commerce Commission plans to publish, giving guidance to businesses seeking clearance for a merger or acquisition.

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June 2008

Final determinations for backhaul services

27 June 2008

The Commerce Commission has today released its final determinations on the price and non-price terms for the backhaul services that support the unbundled copper local loop (UCLL) and unbundled bitstream (UBA) broadband services.

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Shell NZ applies for clearance to acquire certain aviation fuel assets of Mobil Oil NZ

25 June 2008

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Shell New Zealand Limited seeking clearance to acquire Mobil Oil New Zealand Limited's Aerostop network assets.

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Commission publishes Methodology Paper: Update on resetting thresholds for electricity distribution businesses from 2009

25 June 2008

What: The Commerce Commission has today released its Methodology Paper: Update concerning the reset of thresholds for electricity distribution businesses (EDB). It is part of the process for the reset of the current price-path and quality thresholds applying to EDBs; to take effect from 1 April 2009.

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Telecommunications Commissioner consults on Next Generation Networks study

23 June 2008

Telecommunications Commissioner Dr Ross Patterson has today released a questionnaire which seeks feedback on a number of issues likely to be relevant to the Commerce Commission's study into Next Generation Networks (NGN). This follows the release of the NGN Study terms of reference in May 2008.

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Reasons published for decline of DFS Galleria's acquisition of Nuance

23 June 2008

The Commerce Commission has published its reasons for declining to grant clearance for DFS Group Limited (DFS Galleria) to acquire 100 % of the shares in The Nuance Group (Nuance).

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Commission releases draft paper on accounting separation of Telecom

20 June 2008

The Commerce Commission today issued a draft paper on the principles and regulatory reporting requirements for the accounting separation of Telecom. The draft paper outlines the financial information that Telecom must provide and the guidelines it must follow.

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Geneva Finance refunds customers after Commerce Commission investigation

19 June 2008

Customers of Geneva Finance Limited have received more than $500,000 in refunds, following an out-of-court settlement with the Commerce Commission.

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Commerce Commission releases first report on broadband quality

16 June 2008

The first quarterly report on New Zealand broadband performance has been released by the Commerce Commission. Commissioned from broadband measurement consultancy Epitiro and ICT analyst firm IDC, the report examines the relative performance of New Zealand's internet service providers (ISPs).

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Commission releases March quarterly report on telecommunications markets

12 June 2008

The Commerce Commission has released its March quarterly monitoring report containing key statistics about telecommunications markets in New Zealand and overseas.

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Redeal cleared to acquire Egley Electrical

12 June 2008

The Commerce Commission has cleared Redeal Limited to acquire the assets and business of Egley Electrical Co Limited and Egley Electrical Petone Limited.

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Commerce Commission urges caution over holiday vouchers

10 June 2008

Consumers should be wary of telemarketers selling vouchers for free or discounted holidays, hotels and flights, the Commerce Commission warned today.

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Commerce Commission to conduct Telecommunications Numbering Management Study

6 June 2008

The Commerce Commission today issued the terms of reference for a study into telecommunications numbering.

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Court of Appeal confirms NZ Bus acquisition of Mana Coach shares breached Commerce Act

6 June 2008

A judgment released by the Court of Appeal today confirms a High Court ruling that the attempted acquisition of Mana Coach Services by New Zealand Bus Limited (NZBL) was likely to substantially lessen competition in the Wellington regional market for rights to supply subsidised scheduled public and school bus services, in breach of section 47 of the Commerce Act.

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'Greenwashing' can be misleading - taxi company warned

6 June 2008

The Commerce Commission has warned a Wellington taxi company that it may be misleading consumers with its 'going green' campaign.

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Wings and Wheels over Waikato to refund ticket holders

5 June 2008

In a settlement reached with the organisers of the postponed airshow, Wings and Wheels over Waikato, the Commerce Commission has secured refunds for those ticket-holders who were misled by the airshow's marketing and advertising.

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May 2008

Commerce Commission accepts settlement proposal from Vector

30 May 2008

The Commerce Commission today announced its acceptance of the settlement proposal put forward by Vector as an alternative to regulatory control being imposed in respect of its electricity distribution business.

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Refunds for consumers who bought bogus "weight loss" pills

28 May 2008

Consumers who bought Celluslim, a product that claimed to "melt away fat and cellulite", are finally able to receive refunds.

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Commerce Commission releases Revised Draft TSO cost calculation for 2005/06

26 May 2008

The Commerce Commission today released a revised draft telecommunication service obligations (TSO) determination for 2005/06. The initial 2005/06 draft TSO, released in July 2007, had been assessed at $78.2 million. The revised draft TSO cost is $64.6 million.

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Greater certainty for regulated businesses

23 May 2008

The Commerce Commission has launched a significant new project to create a series of regulatory guidelines and principles that will apply to the regulated businesses in the electricity and gas sectors.

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Commission making enquiries into dairy pricing

22 May 2008

The Commerce Commission has received a number of complaints about pricing in the dairy retail sector.

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Tegel Foods Limited applies for clearance to acquire a group of companies collectively known as Brinks

22 May 2008

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Tegel Foods Limited (Tegel) to acquire the assets of the poultry businesses of P H Van den Brinks Limited, VDB Industries Limited, Brinks South Island Limited, Southland VDB Limited, and BAT Promotions Limited, known as Brinks.

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Commerce Commission appoints new CEO

21 May 2008

The Commerce Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive.

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Next Generation Network study terms of reference announced

20 May 2008

Telecommunications Commissioner Dr Ross Patterson has released the final terms of reference for the Commerce Commission's study into Next Generation Networks (NGN). The terms of reference outline the aims and scope of the study, as well as giving an indicative timeframe.

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Commerce Commission appeals 0867 High Court judgment

19 May 2008

The Commerce Commission will appeal a judgment by the High Court in Auckland in the long-running case against Telecom Corporation of New Zealand Limited (Telecom).

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Commerce Commission warns property company

16 May 2008

A Wellington property investment company and one of its directors have been warned by the Commerce Commission for making a misleading representation about a property they were selling.

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Redeal applies for clearance to acquire Egley Electrical

16 May 2008

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Redeal Limited seeking clearance to acquire the assets and business of Egley Electrical Co Limited and Egley Electrical Petone Limited.

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Placemakers admits breaching Fair Trading Act over incorrect timber labels

15 May 2008

The Commerce Commission has reached a settlement with Fletcher Distribution Limited, trading as Placemakers, regarding the incorrect in-store description, labelling and supply of a treated timber framing product, TimberSaver.

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Flint Group Holdings S.A.R.L. cleared to acquire Siegwerk New Zealand Limited

14 May 2008

The Commerce Commission has cleared Flint Group Holdings S.A.R.L. (Flint Holdings) to acquire, directly or indirectly, up to 100% of the assets of the business of Siegwerk New Zealand Limited (Siegwerk).

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Telecommunications Act: Commerce Commission releases Revised Draft Telecom TSO cost calculation for 2004/05

13 May 2008

The Commerce Commission today released a revised draft telecommunication service obligations (TSO) determination for 2004/05. The initial 2004/05 draft TSO, released in July 2007, had been assessed at $71.4 million. The revised draft TSO cost has been reduced to $57.3 million.

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Commerce Commission accepts Transpower's administrative settlement offer

13 May 2008

The Commerce Commission has announced today its decision to accept Transpower's administrative settlement offer instead of placing Transpower's transmission services under regulatory control.

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False information costs Christchurch car company

13 May 2008

A Christchurch motor vehicle dealer has pleaded guilty to providing a buyer with incorrect information, in falsely describing it as not damaged when it was imported.

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TradeMe community works with Commerce Commission to ensure cot safety

2 May 2008

The Commerce Commission is praising the actions of the TradeMe community after an investigation into children's cots being offered for sale via an online auction.

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Supermarket fined for offering prize after competition had closed

1 May 2008

One of New Zealand's largest supermarket companies has been found guilty of breaching the Fair Trading Act by offering the opportunity to enter into a prize draw to win a holiday, months after the competition had closed. The company has been fined $17,000 in the Manukau District Court yesterday.

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April 2008

Vita NZ cleared to acquire assets of Pacific Brands

29 April 2008

The Commerce Commission gave clearance on 24 April 2008 for Vita New Zealand to acquire all of the New Zealand foam, flooring and bedding businesses of Pacific Brands.

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Commerce Commission considers 0867 High Court judgment

18 April 2008

The Commerce Commission is reviewing the decision released today by the High Court in Auckland in its long-running case against Telecom Corporation of New Zealand Limited (Telecom).

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Commerce Commission issues Maui Pipeline Open Access draft determination

15 April 2008

The Commerce Commission has today issued a draft determination in relation to an application under section 58 of the Commerce Act by two Todd companies in relation to access to the Maui pipeline.

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Telecom cleared to renew radio spectrum management rights

11 April 2008

The Commerce Commission has cleared Telecom New Zealand Limited (Telecom) to acquire the management rights from the New Zealand Government for the radio frequency range between 825.015 and 840 MHz, together with the corresponding natural pair management rights in the 870.015 - 885 MHz range.

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Commission releases 2007 telecommunications market monitoring report

10 April 2008

The Commerce Commission has released its 2007 telecommunications monitoring report analysing the state of New Zealand telecommunications markets.

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Telecom applies for clearance to renew radio spectrum management rights

8 April 2008

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Telecom New Zealand Limited (Telecom) seeking clearance in relation to radio spectrum frequencies. Telecom is seeking clearance to acquire the management rights from the New Zealand Government for the radio frequency range between 825.015 and 840 MHz, together with the corresponding natural pair management rights in the 870.015 - 885 MHz range.

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Flint Group Holdings applies for clearance to acquire Siegwerk New Zealand Limited

4 April 2008

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Flint Group Holdings to acquire up to 100% of the assets of Siegwerk New Zealand Limited.

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New Zealand Investment Holdings Ltd cleared to acquire RX Plastics Ltd

3 April 2008

The Commerce Commission has cleared New Zealand Investment Holdings Limited (NZIH) or any of its interconnected bodies corporate to acquire 100% of the shares, or assets and business, of RX Plastics Limited.

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Southern Cross and Aorangi Hospital apply for clearance to form a joint venture

1 April 2008

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Southern Cross Health Trust and from Aorangi Hospital Limited seeking clearance to merge their respective private hospital operations in Palmerston North.

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March 2008

Commission declines to give DFS Group Limited clearance to acquire the New Zealand operations of The Nuance Group

31 March 2008

The Commerce Commission has today declined to give clearance for DFS Group Limited (DFS Galleria) to acquire 100 % of the shares in, or assets of, the New Zealand operations of The Nuance Group (Nuance).

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Commission declines to give Sumitomo Forestry clearance to acquire Carter Holt Harvey MDF assets in Rangiora

20 March 2008

The Commerce Commission has today declined to give clearance to Sumitomo Forestry Co Limited to acquire all of the medium density fibre board (MDF) assets and business operations of Carter Holt Harvey Limited (Building Supplies Division) situated in Rangiora.

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Finance firm fined over credit contracts

20 March 2008

A consumer finance company which lends almost exclusively to the Tongan community has been fined $37,480, in the Manukau District Court for breaches of the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act (CCCF Act) and Fair Trading Act.

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Review of electricity distribution businesses 2007/08 asset management plans

20 March 2008

The Commerce Commission has today released its review of the 2007/08 asset management plans of electricity distribution businesses, noting satisfactory progress by the majority of electricity distribution businesses towards best practice in asset management planning.

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Vita NZ applies for clearance to acquire assets of Pacific Brands

12 March 2008

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Vita New Zealand seeking clearance to acquire the New Zealand foams, flooring and bedding businesses of Pacific Brands.

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Final report issued on regulation of mobile roaming

11 March 2008

The Commerce Commission has issued its final recommendation to the Minister of Communications on the regulation of mobile roaming.

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Next step underway for sub-loop related services

10 March 2008

The Commission today issued notices requiring Telecom to submit a standard terms proposal for the following sub-loop related services:

  • unbundled copper local loop from Telecom's distribution cabinets;
  • backhaul from Telecom's distribution cabinet to the exchange;
  • co-location services at Telecom's distribution cabinets.

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Telecom cleared to acquire radio spectrum management rights

7 March 2008

The Commerce Commission has cleared Telecom Leasing Limited (Telecom) to acquire the management rights from the New Zealand Government for the radio frequency range between 2520 and 2540 GHz, together with the corresponding natural pair management rights in the 2640 - 2660 GHz range.

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Online car sales not exempt from obligation to display Supplier Information Notices

6 March 2008

A motor vehicle trader who sold hundreds of cars via the online auction website, Trade Me, has been convicted and fined for failing to provide mandatory information about the vehicles to purchasers.

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Telecommunications Commissioner launches study into Next Generation Networks issues

6 March 2008

Dr Ross Patterson, Telecommunications Commissioner, today announced that the Commerce Commission intends to use its sector monitoring powers under the Telecommunications Act 2001 to proactively initiate a study into Next Generation Networks.

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Commerce Commission freezes assets associated with Wings and Wheels over Waikato

6 March 2008

The Commerce Commission today confirmed that it has obtained a court order freezing the assets of Hawker Holdings, airshow.co.nz - Media Limited, airshow.co.nz Limited and Kenneth James Ross.

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Fight the scammers. Don't respond. Fraud Awareness Week 3-10 March 2008

3 March 2008

Fraud Awareness Week starts today and the Commerce Commission and the Ministry of Consumer Affairs are warning consumers that scammers are out to seduce and deceive them.

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February 2008

Septic tank cleaning company pleads guilty to misleading customers

29 February 2008

A Waikato septic tank cleaning company and its Director have been fined a total of $28,500 for misleading customers.

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Petrol station fined for misleading prices

26 February 2008

A NorthShore petrol station was fined $35,000 in the Auckland District Court today for breaching the Fair Trading Act by misleading their customers about the price of petrol.

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Crane Group applies for clearance to acquire RX Plastics

21 February 2008

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Crane Group Limited seeking clearance to acquire 100% of the shares in, or assets of, RX Plastics Limited.

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Commerce Commission to look into Blue Chip

19 February 2008

The Commerce Commission will examine documentation relating to Blue Chip New Zealand after complaints that people may have been induced to invest based on false or misleading representations.

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Next step underway for mobile co-location standard terms determination

15 February 2008

On 8 February 2008, the Commerce Commission issued a notice to Vodafone to prepare a standard terms proposal for mobile co-location. This proposal will specify the non-price terms and conditions on which the co-location should be available to mobile network operators.

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Finance company to refund 1200 customers

15 February 2008

Allied Nationwide Finance Limited has agreed to refund more than 1200 customers after they were charged an unreasonable fee for repaying their loans early.

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Sunscreen companies settle with Commission

15 February 2008

The Commerce Commission has reached settlements with four sunscreen companies that have admitted to misleading consumers about the protection from the sun offered by their products.

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Vodafone cleared to acquire radio spectrum management rights

15 February 2008

The Commerce Commission has cleared Vodafone Mobile NZ Limited (Vodafone) to acquire the management rights from the New Zealand Government for the radio frequency range between 899.8 and 915 MHz, together with the corresponding natural pair management rights in the 944.8 - 960 MHz range.

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Real estate agent, and his company, admits misleading advertising

14 February 2008

A Wellington real estate agent, and the company he worked for, has admitted advertising a property in a way that was likely to mislead potential buyers, in breach of the Fair Trading Act.

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New Zealand Investment Holdings applies for clearance to acquire RX Plastics

13 February 2008

The Commerce Commission has received an application from New Zealand Investment Holdings Limited (NZIH) seeking clearance to acquire 100% of the shares, or assets and business, of RX Plastics Limited.

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Air Liquide cleared to acquire ASCOGAS

13 February 2008

The Commerce Commission has cleared Air Liquide to acquire all the shares of ASCOGAS.

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Nufarm's prosecution brings fines in NZ's biggest cartel case over $7.5m

12 February 2008

New Zealand's largest cartel case to date has resulted in further heavy penalties for companies and individuals involved in the cartel in the timber preservatives industry.

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Cancer society asked to provide sunscreen results

11 February 2008

The Commerce Commission has asked the Cancer Society for information about the alleged failure of one its sunscreen products, and what the society is doing about the problem.

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Draft standard terms released for local loop and bitstream backhaul services

8 February 2008

The Commerce Commission has today released draft determinations on the price and non-price terms for the backhaul services that support the unbundled copper local loop (UCLL) and unbundled bitstream (UBA) broadband services.

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Cadmus and Provenco cleared to merge

5 February 2008

The Commerce Commission has cleared the proposed merger between Cadmus Technology Limited (Cadmus) and Provenco Group Limited (Provenco).

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Court dates set for Warehouse appeal

5 February 2008

The Court of Appeal has set 29 April -1 May 2008 as the dates for the Commerce Commission's appeal against the High Court's decision to be heard. The High Court's decision in November 2007 cleared the way for the three Foodstuffs co-operatives or Woolworths Ltd to acquire up to 100% shares in, or assets of, The Warehouse Group Ltd.

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Telecom to be prosecuted over Go Large promotion

1 February 2008

The Commerce Commission has decided to prosecute Telecom and its subsidiary Xtra for alleged breaches of the Fair Trading Act, in relation to the Go Large broadband promotion.

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January 2008

Guidelines to interrelationship between Commerce and Telecommunications Act issued

31 January 2008

The Commerce Commission has today issued guidelines on how the Commission addresses issues or complaints that relate to competition concerns in the telecommunications market.

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Commission welcomes leave to appeal Warehouse judgment

31 January 2008

The Commerce Commission has welcomed today's decision by Justice Mallon at the High Court in Wellington to grant leave to appeal her earlier Warehouse decision to the Court of Appeal.

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Telecom applies for clearance to acquire radio spectrum management rights

31 January 2008

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Telecom Leasing Limited (Telecom) seeking clearance in relation to radio spectrum frequencies. Telecom is seeking clearance to acquire the management rights from the New Zealand Government for the radio frequency range between 2520 and 2540 GHz, together with the corresponding natural pair management rights in the 2640 - 2660 GHz range.

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When a sale is not a sale

22 January 2008

Retailers are reminded that advertising sale prices that are no cheaper than every day prices can put them in breach of the Fair Trading Act.

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Vodafone applies for clearance to acquire radio spectrum management rights

18 January 2008

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Vodafone Mobile NZ Limited (Vodafone) seeking clearance in relation to radio spectrum frequencies. Vodafone are seeking clearance to acquire the management rights from the New Zealand Government for the radio frequency range between 899.8 and 915 MHz, together with the corresponding natural pair management rights in the 944.8 - 960 MHz range.

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