The Commerce Commission says it has filed proceedings in the Wellington High Court against gas network operator First Gas Ltd for anti-competitive conduct in acquiring the Bay of Plenty assets of GasNet Ltd. The Commission alleges that First Gas, a significantly larger gas distribution business, engaged in anti-competitive conduct by:
The Commerce Commission is taking legal action against a major gas network operator for anti-competitive behaviour. Photo: 123RF First Gas owns and controls the only plumbed natural gas transmission network in the North Island, providing gas to more than 65,000 customers.
Pipeline operator First Gas is being prosecuted for anti-competitive behaviour in its purchase of new pipelines in the Bay of Plenty. The Commerce Commission has begun proceedings in the High Court related to the firm’s 2016 purchase of 9.5 kilometres of steel and plastic pipelines that Wanganui-based GasNet laid in a new subdivision in Papamoa, near Tauranga.
Residential fibre broadband services appear to be delivering less than 75 per cent of their maximum available speeds, based on the first findings from the Commerce Commission's monitoring programme. The results, from an October test of 758 households, showed average peak-time speeds for fibre were 71 per cent of the maximum available, rising to 83 per cent for VDSL.
Deer velvet company Silberhorn has lost an appeal during its long-running fight against allegations it overstated the amount of deer velvet in some of its products. The Commerce Commission charged the company and its sole director, Ian Carline, of Invercargill, over allegations of product mislabelling, namely overstating the amount of deer velvet it used in its capsules.
Health supplements seller GO Healthy New Zealand Ltd has been charged with allegedly misleading consumers by claiming its products were "made in New Zealand". A Commerce Commission investigation allegedly found key ingredients in the majority of its products were imported.
Kiwi health supplement company GO Healthy charged over 'misleading New Zealand made' claims A Commerce Commission investigation has led to charges being laid against health supplements seller GO Healthy New Zealand Ltd over allegedly misleading customers with claims its products were "made in New Zealand".
Asking someone for their home number is becoming a thing of the past. Some 40 per cent of households have gone mobile-only no longer have a landline - at least one used for voice calls. That's one of the findings of the Commerce Commission's latest annual report into the state of the telecommunications market.
The Commerce Commission has today released its 12th Annual Telecommunications Monitoring Report, which reveals that fibre is poised to overtake copper as the main way kiwi households access the internet. The report shows that as of 30 September 2018 there were 668,850 households and businesses connected to fibre, an increase of 45% from 2017.
Retailer Noel Leeming has been fined $200,000 for misleading customers. Photo: Noel Leeming The company was convicted on eight charges under the Fair Trading Act for making false or misleading representations about consumers' rights. Between 2015 and January 2017 the complainants bought products such as mobile phones, laptops and household appliances at seven Noel Leeming stores around the country.