In 2016 NZME Limited and Fairfax New Zealand Limited sought clearance or authorisation to merge their respective New Zealand operations. The Commission declined to grant authorisation on 2 May 2017. The parties appealed the Commissions decision ( NZCC 8) to the High Court and subsequently the Court of Appeal. The High Court upheld the decision on 18 December 2017. The matter was heard by the Court of Appeal in June 2018.