Tags : Commerce

Govt agrees to establish a consumer data right

The Government has agreed to establish a consumer data right framework for New Zealand, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark announced today. “Consumers should be in the driver’s seat when it comes to how their personal information is used by third parties,” David Clark said.  A consumer data right (CDR) is a mechanism that […]readmore

Govt to deliver lower card fees to business

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark has today announced the Government’s next steps to reduce merchant service fees, that banks charge businesses when customers use a credit or debit card to pay, which is estimated to save New Zealand businesses approximately $74 million each year. “Pre COVID, EFTPOS has been the main way Kiwis […]readmore

New Bill to Counter Violent Extremism Online Heads to Select

“New Zealanders can now have their say on a new Bill to make livestreaming objectionable content a criminal offence and better protect all of us from inadvertently viewing harmful online content,” says Minister for Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti. The Films, Videos, and Publications Classification (Urgent Interim Classification of Publications and Prevention of Online Harm) Amendment […]readmore

Supermarkets announced as Government’s second market study

The Government has today launched a market study to ensure New Zealanders are paying a fair price for groceries. “Supermarkets are an integral part of our communities and economy, so it’s important to ensure that Kiwis are getting a fair deal at the checkout,” Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs David Clark said. “Groceries are […]readmore

A fair price for groceries and building supplies

Labour will initiate two new market studies: Supermarkets  Building supplies Labour will initiate two new market studies to ensure New Zealanders are paying a fair price for groceries and building supplies as the economy recovers from Covid-19. “In government we initiated a successful market study for fuel that led to swift action to address competition […]readmore

Help to get Kiwi travellers’ cash back

New Zealanders who have money locked up offshore due to cancelled travel plans as a result of COVID-19 will benefit from a new Government scheme to support the recovery of refunds and credits from overseas travels suppliers. “We know the travel sector and their customers have taken a massive hit due to the disruption caused […]readmore

Government repeals discriminatory law

A discriminatory law that has been a symbol of frustration for many people needing and providing care and support, has been scrapped by the Government.“Part 4A of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill (No 2) was introduced under urgency in 2013 by a National Government,” Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa says.“It allowed […]readmore

Government delivers on rental reforms promise

The Government has delivered on its promise to New Zealanders to modernise tenancy laws with the passing of the Residential Tenancies Amendment (RTA) Bill 2020 today, says Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing), Kris Faafoi. “The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 was out-dated and the reforms in the RTA modernise our rental laws and align them […]readmore

Government to subsidise arbitration and mediation to resolve commercial rent

The Government is allocating $40 million to assist with the cost of mediation and arbitration for New Zealand businesses and landlords to resolve issues about adjusting rent as they face the economic impacts of COVID-19, Justice Minister Andrew Little said. The Government had previously announced funding to improve access to arbitration in a timely and […]readmore

Combating debt in the wake of COVID-19

Additional funding is being made available to strengthen existing debt solution services with access to debt specialists, and develop a national approach to address problem debt Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for Commerce and Consumer Affairs Hon Kris Faafoi announced today.“Given the economic impact of COVID-19, we’re addressing problem debt by expanding […]readmore