Fair Trading media releases

December 2015

Commission reaches agreement to repackage Nurofen specific pain range

23 December 2015

The Commerce Commission has reached an agreement with Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) Limited under which the pharmaceutical company will stop New Zealand sales of its Nurofen specific pain range products in their current packaging by March 2016

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Commerce Commission stops mobile trader and secures refunds for customers

22 December 2015

The Commission has accepted an enforceable undertaking from mobile trader Sales Concepts Limited (Sales Concepts).

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Commission releases investigation guidelines

17 December 2015

The Commerce Commission has released guidelines designed to help traders and consumers understand how it investigates competition and consumer matters.

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Commission urges Flexi Buy customers to come forward

14 December 2015

Customers of mobile trader Flexi Buy Limited, who purchased goods but never received them, are being asked to contact the Commerce Commission.

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Retailers reminded to avoid misleading consumers with exaggerated discounts

9 December 2015

The Commerce Commission is reminding retailers of their responsibilities as the holiday shopping season heats up.

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Canterbury construction company charged over building guarantee

3 December 2015

The Commerce Commission has filed charges against construction business Flaxmill Limited (Flaxmill) and its director, Gerard James Thomson, in the Christchurch District Court.

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Waste oil firm fined $425k for attempted anti-competitive behaviour

3 December 2015

Enviro Waste Services Limited has been fined $425,000 in the Auckland High Court following a Commerce Commission investigation into attempted anti-competitive conduct in relation to the collection of waste oil in the upper South Island.

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Commission concludes Christchurch auctioneer investigation

1 December 2015

McCormack and McKellar Auctioneers have been issued with a warning by the Commerce Commission after failing to disclose they owned a Tom Esplin painting they were auctioning.

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Yoghurt Story New Zealand and Frozen Yoghurt charged by Commission

1 December 2015

Yoghurt Story New Zealand Limited (Yoghurt Story) and Frozen Yoghurt Limited (Frozen Yoghurt) today appeared in Auckland District Court facing charges brought by the Commerce Commission.

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November 2015

Commission warns public about Blazing Whale and November Rain travel scratchie scams

20 November 2015

The Commerce Commission is warning the public to be wary of two travel scratchie scams being run from Malaysia and appearing in New Zealanders’ mail boxes.

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Commerce Commission supports Fraud Awareness Week

16 November 2015

The Commission is reminding New Zealand small businesses to remain vigilant about avoiding scams as it supports Fraud Awareness Week, which runs until Saturday.

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Small businesses targeted by costly Global Map Index directory service

13 November 2015

The Commerce Commission is warning New Zealand businesses to be wary of unsolicited mail which asks them to update their company details after receiving complaints about a trader called Global Map Index. 

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Baa Baa Beads warned over health claims

6 November 2015

Wholesaler and online retailer ‘Baa Baa Beads’ has received a warning from the Commerce Commission after it failed to substantiate its claims about the therapeutic benefits of its Baltic amber products.

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Commission files further court proceedings in livestock case

5 November 2015

The Commerce Commission has filed court proceedings against Rural Livestock Limited for alleged price fixing in connection with the introduction of the National Animal Identification Tracing Act 2012 (NAIT Act).

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September 2015

Commission releases consumer issues report

24 September 2015

The Commerce Commission have today released a report which identifies current issues and emerging risks that have the potential to affect markets or consumers.

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Commission files charges against mobile trader

1 September 2015

The Commerce Commission has filed charges against a mobile trader for breaches of the Crimes Act 1961 and Fair Trading Act 1986.

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August 2015

Commission releases report on mobile trader industry

27 August 2015

The Commerce Commission has today released a report detailing the findings of its year-long project looking at mobile traders, commonly known as truck shops.

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Small businesses targeted by Corporate Portal invoicing scam

4 August 2015

The Commerce Commission is warning New Zealand small business owners of an invoicing scam undertaken through the post by a German company which operates a website called Corporate Portal New Zealand.

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July 2015

More NZ businesses agree to end ‘opt out’ pricing

30 July 2015

The Commerce Commission has welcomed the decisions of House of Travel and Nakedbus to end the use of additional ‘opt out’ charges when selling tickets to customers online.

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June 2015

Beware of website offering government grants and funding to businesses

30 June 2015

The Commerce Commission is warning start-up and small businesses to beware of an organisation called New Zealand Small Business Assistance Centre (NZSBAC) that is offering access to government grants.

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May 2015

Music website trader guilty of fraud

29 May 2015

Online musical instrument store owner Andrew Marquet Taylor has been sentenced to 9 months home detention, ordered to pay more than $91,000 in compensation and fines in the Auckland District Court yesterday. Mr Taylor was also banned from using the internet for 3 months.

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Commission supports Consumer Fraud Week

18 May 2015

The Commerce Commission is urging New Zealanders to be vigilant in the face of increasing online scams and to always remember the old adage, if it’s too good to be true it probably is.

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April 2015

Commerce Commission prosecutes Twenty Fifty Club

24 April 2015

Twenty Fifty Club Ltd and its sole director Gavin John Marsich have today appeared in the Manukau District Court facing 17 charges in relation to its pay-day loans business.

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Commission encourages businesses to ensure customers are not misled by surcharges

2 April 2015

Many businesses apply surcharges to recover additional costs such as higher staff wages on public holidays. Businesses must ensure any surcharge is clearly disclosed and the reasons for the surcharge are accurately described or they may risk breaching the Fair Trading Act.

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March 2015

Court of Appeal rejects MTF Sportzone credit fees appeal

31 March 2015

The Court of Appeal has dismissed Motor Trade Finance Limited (MTF) and Sportzone Motorcycles Limited’s appeal in the long-running credit fees case brought by the Commerce Commission.

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Commission to begin enforcing unfair contract terms tomorrow

16 March 2015

The Commerce Commission will begin enforcing the new unfair contract terms provisions of the Fair Trading Act when they take effect tomorrow, with no grace period for businesses.

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Commission targets ‘opt out’ pricing as Air New Zealand agrees to change how it sells travel insurance

6 March 2015

The Commerce Commission is calling on New Zealand businesses to scrap the use of ‘opt out’ pricing after gaining agreement from Air New Zealand that it will end its practice of pre-selecting travel insurance for customers when selling tickets online.

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Commission uses new enforcement tools

6 March 2015

The Commerce Commission has used the new enforcement tools granted as part of the Consumer Law Reform last year to issue infringement notices for the first time to motor vehicle dealers in Auckland and Christchurch.

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February 2015

Commission settles with Westpac over interest rate swaps

17 February 2015

The Commerce Commission has reached a $2.97 million settlement with Westpac in relation to its marketing, promotion and sale of interest rate swaps to rural customers between 2005 and 2012.

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