Cartel conduct is hard to detect because it is often conducted in secret. Therefore, we rely on information from those involved in a cartel, or who are aware of one, to be able to detect cartels.
There are three ways you can report information about cartels to the Commission.
Immunity and cooperation
Leniency is a key tool in detecting and deterring cartels in New Zealand. To encourage reporting of cartels, the Commission’s leniency programme offers the first party to apply for leniency the opportunity to obtain full immunity from any enforcement action taken by the Commission against the cartel. This includes avoiding any financial penalties. Only one party in a cartel can be granted immunity. However, if immunity is not available you may be able to apply for cooperation.
To be granted immunity or cooperation, companies and individuals need to cooperate fully with the Commission in its investigation and proceedings against other parties.
in person (Level 9, 44 The Terrace, Wellington 6011).
Anonymous whistleblowing tool
We recognise there are situations where someone who has knowledge or specific information about a cartel might be reluctant to report it for fear of negative consequences or reprisals. However, this knowledge may be key to detecting and breaking up cartels.
For such cases, the Commission has a secure anonymous whistleblowing tool which uses encryption methods to allow you to submit a report anonymously. The information provided through this online tool cannot be traced back to you, as long as you do not enter any information that identifies you.
How secure is the tool?
WhistleB is a global whistleblowing service provider. The tool is designed to ensure the highest possible data security and privacy settings and it encrypts any data and information provided. It is also regularly tested by external security experts.
If you want to report cartel conduct and do not require anonymity, you can do so by completing a complaint form, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling us on 0800 943 600. Information provided to us, no matter how small, can be valuable when added to other information we may hold.