This is happening too quickly for us to use our standard regulatory tools to vary any of the regimes that we enforce. As a result, we intend to be pragmatic in our approach to enforcement where companies can demonstrate that any compliance issues have arisen as a consequence of prioritising efforts to protect customers, security of supply and safety or as a consequence of factors entirely outside of the company’s control. We would appreciate all regulated industries keeping us informed of any decisions that they make that may lead them to breach their requirements.

COVID-19 is likely to have further impacts on our work programme and once we have greater clarity on what those impacts are and our response to them, we will post updates here.


Regulatory reporting processes

We have eased a range of regulatory reporting processes to relieve pressure on those working with these processes. For more information read our letter on 26 March 2020 relating to Part 4.


Energy networks and airports: industries regulated under Part 4 of the Commerce Act 1986

Industry updates

IndustryUpdatesMore information
Part 4 regulated industriesExtension of information disclosure deadlines for Part 4 regulated industries – 26 March 2020

Open letter of 26 March 2020, that outlined our intention to ease a range of regulatory reporting processes to relieve pressure on industries regulated under Part 4 of the Commerce Act 1986, while they focus on providing essential services. These have formally been given effect through a number of exemptions and amendments to information disclosure and price-quality regulation. These are set out below.

Information disclosure regulation

IndustryExemptionsMore information
Airports

Auckland International Airport – Quarterly passenger satisfaction surveys – 31 March 2020

Christchurch International Airport – Quarterly passenger satisfaction surveys – 31 March 2020

Wellington International Airport – Quarterly passenger satisfaction surveys – 31 March 2020

Wellington International Airport – Conditional exemptions from airport services information disclosures – 3 April 2020

Wellington International Airport – Amendment to exemption dated 14 August 2019 – 29 May 2020

Disclosure requirements for airports
Electricity distributionID Exemption – All EDBs – Notice of conditional exemptions from electricity distribution services information disclosures – 31 March 2020

ID Exemption – All EDBs – Notice of exemption from related party disclosures – 23 April 2020
Information disclosure requirements for electricity distributors

Price-quality regulation

IndustryAmendmentsMore information
Electricity distribution[2020] NZCC 7 Electricity distribution services default price-quality path (Compliance statement due date and auditor's report) amendments determination 2020 – 9 April 2020

[2020] NZCC 8 Powerco Limited electricity distribution customised price-quality path (Compliance statement due date and auditor's report) amendments determination 2020 – 9 April 2020

[2020] NZCC 9 Wellington Electricity Lines Limited electricity distribution customised price-quality path (Compliance statement due date and auditor's report) amendments determination 2020 – 9 April 2020
Electricity lines price-quality paths

Telecommunications: regulated under the Telecommunications Act 2001

Industry updates

IndustryUpdatesMore information
TelecommunicationsLetter to industry – Updates to fibre and telecommunications decision processes and timelines – 2 April 2020

Letter to industry – New timeline for consultation on draft equivalence and non-discrimination guidance in light of COVID-19 – 30 April 2020

Commission 111 contact code

Copper withdrawal code

Fibre input methodologies

Telecommunications development levy liability allocation determination

Unbundled layer 1 fibre service

Force Majeure

IndustryNoticesMore information
Telecommunications

Chorus – Notice of force majeure – 3 April 2020

Response to Chorus' notice of force majeure – 16 April 2020

https://www.mbie.govt.nz/
assets/9009ad3f84/chorus-fibre-deed.pdf

Information disclosure exemptions

IndustryNoticesMore information
TelecommunicationsResponse to  Chorus' application for exemption from 2019/20 Information disclosure- COVID-19

Response to Ultrafast Fibre's application for exemption from 2019/20 Information disclosure- COVID-19

Chorus Information Disclosure Determination 2018

LFC Information Disclosure Determination 2018