Welcome from Brent Alderton – October 2017

Welcome to this edition of Bulletin.

We have had the first taste of spring in Wellington and I’m reliably informed there are only 47 working days until Christmas.

We continue to have a large number of cases before the courts including our first substantiation case which you can read more about in this edition. Recent case outcomes include a former director and owner being fined more than $150,000 for misrepresenting autoclaved aerated concrete cladding panels as Australian-made Hebel brand panels when in fact they were from a Chinese manufacturer, and another mobile trader (or truck shop) fined $126,000 for failing to adequately disclose key information in contracts.

We recently released annual performance summaries for electricity lines companies covering profitability, capital and operating expenditure, network reliability and asset conditions. This is the second time we have published these performance summaries which are designed to promote a better understanding of each company’s performance. Our aim is to make it easier for consumers and interested parties to understand how their own lines company is performing year on year.

Last month we held our annual stakeholder events in Wellington and Auckland. Both events were well attended and it was great to see so many people from different sectors attend. Mark Berry (Chairman), Nick Russ (GM, Regulation), Antonia Horrocks (GM, Competition) and I spoke about the Commission’s work over the past year, our upcoming priorities and what we are focusing on in the competition and regulation areas. The video and slides from the Wellington event are available on our website.

We are currently building a brand new Commission website focused on providing an improved experience for users including improved search functionality. It will also feature a central case register which will bring all our existing registers into one place where you can easily filter and search to find what you are looking for. We will be doing some user testing with stakeholders before we roll the site out. If you would like to be involved in this testing please get in touch with our communications team – communications@comcom.govt.nz.

Lastly, some of you may be aware that I have resigned as Chief Executive of the Commerce Commission. After almost 7 years in the role I have decided that now is the right time to move on and I will be finishing up in January. The Commission board are currently recruiting for my successor and I’m sure they will share the news of an appointment once one has been made.