The lead up to Christmas is always a busy time and this year has been no exception.
Amendments to several pieces of legislation we enforce have recently been passed by Parliament. Our staff and Commissioners have been busy planning for, and implementing, the changes alongside our usual work. The amendments include launching our first market study into retail fuel markets, and starting to design the regulatory framework for ultra-fast fibre broadband networks under amendments to the Telecommunications Act. More details about the recent legislative reform is included in this edition of Bulletin.
We have also recently appeared before the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Select Committee for our Annual Review. The hearing covered a range of topics including market studies, our work in the electricity and gas sectors, consumer credit reforms, what is behind the rise in consumer complaint numbers, and our performance measures. On the latter, we have recently published our Annual Report for the 2018 financial year. The report is a useful snapshot of our performance, including our key achievements, reporting against our strategic objectives, and how our work has contributed to making New Zealanders better off. You can read the report here.
In November, we held our annual stakeholder functions in Auckland and Wellington. It was very good to see almost 200 stakeholders attend across the two events. The events presented an opportunity for us to provide an update of our work and to hear from you on how we can have more impact. Thank you to all who attended.
Looking ahead to the summer break, we are very pleased to be hosting six summer interns. Five are part of economics and legal intern programmes, while the sixth is an intern from the inter-agency Tupu Tai Pasifika internship programme. We are very pleased to support talented students to explore career pathways within the Commission and the wider state sector.
2019 is shaping up to be another busy year for us. I’m looking forward to taking some time over the Christmas break to reflect on my first 7 months at the Commission and recharge my batteries ready for the year ahead.
I hope you have a safe and enjoyable Christmas with whanau and friends – Meri Kirihimete.