New Zealand Commerce Commission (Wellington)

New Zealand Competition Authority

New Zealand Commerce Commission (Wellington)

The Commerce Commission is New Zealand’s primary competition regulatory agency. We enforce legislation that promotes competition in New Zealand markets and prohibits misleading and deceptive conduct by traders. The Commission also enforces a number of pieces of legislation that, through regulation, aim to provide the benefits of competition in markets where effective competition does not exist. This includes in the telecommunications, dairy, electricity, gas pipelines and airport sectors. The Commission is an independent Crown entity established under section 8 of the Commerce Act 1986.The Commission is not subject to direction from the government in carrying out its enforcement and regulatory control activities. The Commerce Commission’s purpose is to achieve the best possible outcomes in competitive and regulated markets for the long-term benefit of New Zealanders.

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New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority clears the acquisition of six building product shops and a manufacturing plant by a large supplier of building products (Fletcher Distribution / Tumu)

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Fletcher Distribution cleared to acquire Tumu stores and a frame and truss plant* The Commission has granted clearance for Fletcher Distribution Limited (FDL), (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fletcher Building Limited that operates the national network of Placemakers stores), to acquire six (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority issues a Statement of Preliminary Issues over the proposed acquisition of a video game publisher by a Big Tech company (Microsoft / Activision Blizzard)

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Statement of Preliminary Issues released for Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard* The Commerce Commission has published a Statement of Preliminary Issues relating to the clearance application for Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) to acquire 100% of the shares in Activision Blizzard (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority releases a statement of issues on the acquisition transaction between two manufacturing companies in the real estate construction sector (Sika / MBBC)

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Statement of Issues released for Sika/MBCC* The Commerce Commission has published a Statement of Issues relating to the clearance application for Sika AG to acquire the MBCC Group (the Proposed Acquisition) as part of a global transaction. As part of its application for clearance, Sika has now (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority receives application for merger clearance withdrawal in relation to a merger transaction between two consumer finance companies (Latitude / Humm)

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Latitude withdraws application to acquire Humm’s consumer finance business* Latitude Group Holdings Limited has formally withdrawn its application to the Commerce Commission for clearance to acquire Humm Group Limited’s consumer finance business. The Commission had been scheduled to make a (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority receives merger clearance application from a global technology company for the acquisition of a video games company (Microsoft / Activision Blizzard)

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Microsoft seeks clearance to acquire Activision Blizzard* The Commerce Commission has received a clearance application in relation to the proposed acquisition by Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft), via a wholly owned subsidiary, of Activision Blizzard Inc (Activision). Both parties are (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority declines clearance for agreements between a gym-owner and their franchisees which would have permitted the setting of price ceilings and floors (Anytime NZ)

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Commission declines clearance for Anytime NZ Limited’s collaborative activity clearance application* The Commerce Commission has declined to give clearance to Anytime NZ Limited (Anytime NZ) to enter into proposed agreements with its franchisees that would have contained or may have contained (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority files an appeal against a record-breaking fine for misleading consumers calling the fine "manifestly inadequate" (Vodafone)

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Commission appeals record $2.25m fine in Vodafone FibreX case* The Commerce Commission has filed an appeal in the High Court against a record $2.25 million fine imposed on Vodafone NZ Limited (Vodafone) for its offending under the Fair Trading Act during its FibreX advertising campaign. While (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority says new powers will be used to review fees charged by the two biggest credit and debit card networks with the goal of increasing competition (Mastercard / Visa)

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Mastercard and Visa networks will be initial focus for Commission under new Act* Under the new Retail Payment Systems Act 2022, the Mastercard and Visa credit and debit card networks will be the initial focus of the Commerce Commission’s work to promote competition and efficiency in the retail (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority clears an acquisition of a water dispenser company by a drinking water solutions company subject to divestments (Zenith Water / Waterlogic)

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Commission clears Zenith Water / Waterlogic merger subject to divestment* The Commerce Commission has given clearance to Osmosis Buyer Limited (Osmosis) to acquire Firewall Holdings S.À R.L (Firewall) as part of a global transaction, subject to an undertaking to divest Firewall’s Merquip (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority asks interested parties to offer submissions on a proposed takeover of a company which leases recreational vehicles by a large Australian tourism company (THL / Apollo)

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Statement of Unresolved Issues issued for proposed THL/Apollo merger* The Commerce Commission has published a statement of unresolved issues relating to an application from THL Group (Australia) Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Tourism Holdings Limited, seeking clearance to acquire 100% of the shares (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority allows collective bargaining between a poultry growers association and a chicken processing company (Tegel Growers Association / Tegel)

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Commerce Commission issues draft determination on New Zealand Tegel Growers Association’s application to engage in collective bargaining* The Commerce Commission (Commission) has reached a preliminary view that it should allow the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association Incorporated (TGA) to (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority receives merger clearance application from an international fuel production company for the 100% acquisition of ownership interest of another fuel company in assets for the supply of jet fuel (Mobil / Z Energy)

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Mobil seeks clearance to increase ownership interest in two jet fuel joint ventures* The Commerce Commission has received two clearance applications from Mobil Oil New Zealand Limited to acquire up to 100% of Z Energy Limited’s ownership interest in two assets used to supply jet fuel at (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority clears a merger between two distributors of medical equipment and consumables to hospitals and medical professionals (EBOS Medical Devices / LifeHealthcare)

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EBOS cleared to acquire the New Zealand LifeHealthcare business* The Commerce Commission has granted clearance to EBOS Medical Devices Australia Pty Limited (EBOS) in relation to its proposed acquisition of the New Zealand LifeHealthcare business. Both EBOS and LifeHealthcare are (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority issues a compliance advice letter to an electricity utility for failure to comply with industry standards for three successive years between 2018 and 2020 (Transpower)

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Transpower issued with compliance advice following Commission investigation* The Commerce Commission has issued Transpower New Zealand Limited (Transpower) with a compliance advice letter after an investigation into its contraventions of quality standards for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 years. (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority receives merger clearance notification for the merger between two cold storage service companies (Lineage Logistics / Cold Storage Nelson)

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Lineage Logistics seeks clearance to acquire Cold Storage Nelson* The Commerce Commission has received a clearance application from Lineage Logistics New Zealand (Lineage) in relation to its proposed acquisition of Cold Storage Nelson Limited (CSN). Lineage and CSN both supply cold storage (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority releases a statement of unresolved issues on a proposed acquisition of an animal health research company by the world’s biggest animal drug manufacturer (Zoetis / Jurox)

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Statement of Unresolved Issues released for proposed acquisition of Jurox by Zoetis* The Commerce Commission has published a Statement of Unresolved Issues relating to the application from Zoetis Inc. seeking clearance to acquire Betrola Pty Limited. Betrola owns the Jurox group of companies. (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority receives merger clearance notification for merger between two water filtration companies (Zenith Water / Waterlogic)

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Clearance sought for Zenith Water / Waterlogic merger* The Commerce Commission has received a clearance application from Osmosis Buyer Limited (Osmosis) to acquire Firewall Holdings S.À R.L (Firewall) as part of a global transaction. Osmosis’ New Zealand subsidiary, Zenith Heaters Limited (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority coordinates with counterpart international competition authorities to identify potential cartel conduct in global supply chains

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Competition agencies working together to identify potential cartel conduct in global supply chains* The Commerce Commission has joined with international counterparts in a working group focussing on identification of potential cartel conduct in global supply chains. The working group includes (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority issues a statement of preliminary issues for a proposed acquisition of a medical device distributor (EBOS Medical Devices / LifeHealthcare)

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Statement of Preliminary Issues released for EBOS / LifeHealthcare* The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues regarding the application from EBOS Medical Devices Australia Pty Limited to acquire the New Zealand LifeHealthcare business. The Statement outlines the (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority receives a clearance application in relation to the proposed acquisition of a medical device distributor (EBOS Medical Devices / LifeHealthcare)

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EBOS seeks clearance to acquire the New Zealand LifeHealthcare business* The Commerce Commission has received a clearance application in relation to the proposed acquisition by EBOS Medical Devices Australia Pty Limited (EBOS) of the New Zealand LifeHealthcare business. EBOS distributes human (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority files proceedings against software company for continuing with merger thought likely to substantially lessen competition (Objective Corporation / Master Business Systems)

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Commission files proceedings against software company for breach of Commerce Act* The Commerce Commission has filed proceedings in the High Court in Wellington against software company Objective Corporation Limited (Objective) for contravening section 47 of the Commerce Act, which prohibits (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority receives merger clearance notification for merger between two concrete additives manufacturing and supply companies (Sika / MBCC)

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Sika seeks clearance to acquire MBCC Group* The Commerce Commission has received a clearance application for Sika AG to acquire the MBCC Group. Sika and MBCC manufacture and supply additives (known as "chemical admixtures") that are used to modify the performance characteristics of concrete, (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority receives merger clearance notification for the acquisition of a tourism company by an international tourism company (Camplify / THL)

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Camplify seeks clearance to acquire THL’s Mighway and SHAREaCAMPER* The Commerce Commission has received a clearance application from Camplify Co (NZ) Limited, a subsidiary of ASX-listed Camplify Holdings Limited, to acquire the New Zealand assets and business of Tourism Holdings Limited’s (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority receives merger clearance notification for merger between two telecommunication service providers (Vocus / 2degrees)

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Clearance sought for Vocus / 2degrees merger* The Commerce Commission has received an application for clearance in relation to a transaction that would see the merger of the Vocus Group with 2degrees. Vocus and 2degrees are both telecommunications providers that primarily supply retail fixed (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority releases a statement of issues over a proposed acquisition of a national fuel company by an Australian rival (Ampol / Z Energy)

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Statement of Issues released for Ampol / Z clearance application* The Commerce Commission has published a statement of issues relating to an application from Ampol Limited (Ampol) seeking clearance to acquire 100% of the shares in Z Energy Limited (Z), subject to an undertaking from Ampol to (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority releases a statement of issues for a proposed acquisition of a national manufacturer of animal health products by an American pharmaceutical firm (Zoetis / Jurox)

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Statement of Issues released for proposed acquisition of Jurox by Zoetis* The Commerce Commission has published a Statement of Issues relating to the clearance application from Zoetis Inc. seeking clearance to acquire Betrola Pty Limited. Betrola owns the Jurox group of companies. The (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority releases a Statement of Issues to a franchisor regarding proposed price agreements with franchisees (Anytime NZ)

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Statement of Issues released for Anytime NZ Limited’s collaborative activity clearance application* The Commerce Commission has published a Statement of Issues relating to the application by Anytime NZ Limited (Anytime NZ) for clearance under section 65A of the Commerce Act 1986 for proposed (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority releases Statement of Preliminary Issues regarding News Publishers’ Association’s application for collective bargaining when members negotiate contracts with Big Tech firms (News Publishers’ Association’s)

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Statement of Preliminary Issues released for News Publishers’ Association’s application seeking authorisation for collective bargaining* The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application from the News Publishers’ Association of New Zealand (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority releases a draft determination proposing to continue the regulation of number portability services for both local and mobile telephone numbers for another five years as it is a key enabler of competition in telecommunications markets

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Commission proposes extending regulatory protections for phone number portability* The Commerce Commission has today released a draft determination proposing to continue the regulation of number portability services for both local and mobile telephone numbers for another five years. (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority receives an application from a chicken growers association seeking authorization on behalf of its members to collectively negotiate with a leading poultry company (Tegel Growers Association / Tegel Foods)

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New Zealand Tegel Growers Association seeks authorisation for its members to engage in collective bargaining with Tegel Foods* The Commerce Commission has received an application from the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association Incorporated (TGA) seeking authorisation on behalf of its members to (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand High Court fines a container company and its director for attempted collusion with a rival to charge consumers the same booking fee (SCS Christchurch)

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Penalties imposed in container depot price fixing case* The High Court has ordered Specialised Container Services (Christchurch) Limited (SCS Christchurch) and its director Grant Tregurtha to pay penalties in relation to an attempted price fix of “vehicle booking system” fees. The Commission (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority authorizes a company to engage in resale price maintenance to its proposed online stores and marketplaces (HP)

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Commerce Commission issues determination on HP New Zealand’s application to engage in resale price maintenance* The Commerce Commission has authorized HP New Zealand Limited (HP) to engage in resale price maintenance (RPM) in relation to its proposed HP online stores and HP online marketplace (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority unconditionally clears an acquisition of a retail management and distribution company by a media company (Ovato Retail Distribution / Are Media)

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Commission grants clearance for Are Media Limited to acquire Ovato Retail Distribution NZ Limited* The Commission has granted clearance for Are Media Limited to acquire 100% of the shares in Ovato Retail Distribution NZ Limited (ORD NZ). Are Media Limited is the New Zealand subsidiary of (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority publishes a statement of preliminary issues relating to the merger of two electricity retailing companies (Mercury / Trustpower)

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Statement of Preliminary Issues released on Mercury’s application to acquire Trustpower’s retail business* The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to the clearance application from Mercury NZ Limited seeking to acquire Trustpower Limited’s retail business. (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority reaches a preliminary view that it should allow a global information technology company to engage in resale price maintenance in relation to its proposed online stores and marketplaces (HP)

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Commerce Commission issues draft determination on HP New Zealand’s application to engage in resale price maintenance* The Commerce Commission has reached a preliminary view that it should allow HP New Zealand Limited (HP) to engage in resale price maintenance (RPM) in relation to its proposed (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority unconditionally clears a merger between two real estate online platforms after an in-depth investigation (Trade Me / PropertyNZ)

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Commission grants clearance for Trade Me’s acquisition of Homes.co.nz* The Commission has granted Trade Me Limited (Trade Me) clearance to acquire PropertyNZ Limited. Trade Me Property is the largest online residential listings platform in New Zealand. PropertyNZ Limited owns and operates (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority releases draft report on competition in the retail grocery sector, finding that competition is not working well, and proposing a number of policy options for improvement

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Commission releases draft report on competition in the retail grocery sector* The Commerce Commission’s draft report into competition in the retail grocery sector has found that competition is not working well for consumers. “If competition was more effective, retailers would face stronger (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority files proceedings seeking declarations that a consumer loan provider engaged in cartel conduct relating to online advertising (Moola / Google Ads)

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Commission seeking declarations that agreements not to bid on Google Ads breach Commerce Act* The Commerce Commission has filed proceedings at the High Court in Christchurch seeking declarations that consumer loan provider Moola engaged in cartel conduct relating to online advertising on (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority closes investigation into Swedish refrigeration company’s acquisitions of national refrigeration products provider (Beijer / Heatcraft)

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Commission closes investigation into Beijer acquisitions* The Commerce Commission has closed its investigation into Beijer Ref AB’s 2018 acquisition of Heatcraft New Zealand Limited, and its 2019 acquisition (via its subsidiary Kirby NZ Limited) of a right to import hydrofluorobcarbons (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority proposes that a regulated monopolist can spend $523 million to fix its electricity lines network in Dunedin, Central Otago, and Queenstown Lakes (Aurora Energy)

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Commission proposes Aurora can spend $523m to fix its network* The Commerce Commission has today released for consultation a package of measures in response to Aurora Energy’s plan to fix its electricity lines network in Dunedin, Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes. In June 2020, Aurora filed (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority releases its final decision on its approach to determining the value of the financial loss asset for fibre service providers under the fibre regulatory regime

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Commission completes input methodologies by finalising approach to valuing fibre providers’ financial loss* The Commerce Commission has released its final decision on its approach to determining the value of the financial loss asset for fibre service providers under the new fibre regulatory (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority publishes for consultations a statement of preliminary issues related to the application for merger of global professional services firms that specialise in risk management (Aon / Willis Towers)

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Statement of Preliminary Issues released for Aon/Willis Towers Watson* The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application from Aon plc seeking clearance to acquire Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company as part of a global transaction. The (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority publishes a statement of issues relating to an application from a global packaging solutions business to acquire a manufacturer of plastics sheets and packaging (Pact Group / Flight Plastics)

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Statement of Issues released for Pact/Flight clearance application* The Commerce Commission has published a Statement of Issues relating to an application from Pact Group Holdings Limited (Pact) to acquire the assets and business of Flight Plastics Limited in New Zealand and the (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority reaches divestment agreement with car parks operator in 4-years old merger in order to settle competition concerns (Wilson Parking)

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Wilson Parking agrees to divest car parks in settlement agreement with Commerce Commission* Wilson Parking New Zealand Limited (Wilson Parking) has agreed to divest the leases of three car parking facilities it currently operates in central Wellington, in a settlement agreement with the (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority receives application for merger of global professional services firms that specialise in risk management (Aon / Willis Towers)

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Aon seeks clearance to acquire Willis Towers* The Commerce Commission has received a clearance application from Aon plc to acquire all the shares of Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company as part of a global transaction. Aon and Willis Towers Watson are both publicly traded, global (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority issues statement of preliminary issues relating to broadcaster’s application to acquire a competitor’s outside broadcasting business (NEP Broadcast Services / Sky Network Television)

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Statement of Preliminary Issues released for NEP acquisition of Sky’s outside broadcasting assets* The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application from NEP Broadcast Services New Zealand Limited seeking clearance to acquire from Sky Network (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority confirms its approach to monitoring and enforcing non-discrimination and equivalence obligations for telecom network operators offering fibre and other wholesale services

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Commission confirms its approach to monitoring and enforcing non-discrimination and equivalence obligations* The Commerce Commission has today released guidance about how it will monitor and enforce obligations on telecommunication network operators to offer fibre and other wholesale services (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority receives a clearance application from a technical production company to acquire a broadcasting business (NEP / Sky)

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NEP seeks clearance to acquire Sky’s outside broadcasting assets* The Commerce Commission has received a clearance application from NEP Broadcast Services New Zealand Limited to acquire from Sky Network Television Limited the assets of its outside broadcasting business, Outside Broadcasting (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority warns mobile operators that they should improve consumer choice through easier comparisons (Spark / Vodafone / 2degrees)

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Mobile operators should improve consumer choice through easier comparisons* The Commerce Commission has told New Zealand’s three mobile network operators that they should provide more meaningful comparison information and guard against overspending by mobile phone consumers. Mobile operators (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority publishes a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application from a global packaging solutions business to acquire a manufacturer of plastics sheets and packaging (Pact Group / Flight Plastics)

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Statement of Preliminary Issues released for Pact/Flight clearance application* The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application from Pact Group Holdings Limited (Pact) to acquire the assets and business of Flight Plastics Limited in New (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority signs multilateral framework enhancing international cooperation on competition enforcement with Australia, Canada, UK, and the US

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Commerce Commission signs multilateral framework enhancing international cooperation on competition enforcement* The Commerce Commission has signed a multilateral assistance and co-operation framework to enhance international cooperation on competition enforcement with the Australian (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority receives clearance application from a packaging solutions business to acquire packaging assets of another plastics manufacturer (Pact Group / Flight Plastics)

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Pact Group seeks clearance to acquire packaging assets of Flight Plastics* The Commerce Commission has received a clearance application from Pact Group Holdings Limited (Pact) to acquire the assets and business of Flight Plastics Limited in New Zealand and the packaging-related assets of (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority opens investigation into the completed acquisition of North Island animal rendering assets (Wallace / Glenninburg)

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Investigation opened into acquisition of Wallace’s North Island rendering assets* The Commerce Commission has opened an investigation into the acquisition of the North Island animal rendering assets of Wallace Group GP Limited (Wallace) by interests associated with Glenninburg Holdings Limited (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority releases statement of preliminary issues for proposed merger of 3 egg producers (Heyden / Henergy / Rasmusens)

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Statement of Preliminary Issues released for proposed Heyden/Henergy/Rasmusens merger* The Commerce Commission has published a Statement of Preliminary Issues relating to an application from Heyden Farms Limited, Henergy Cage-Free Limited and Rasmusens Poultry Farms Limited, seeking clearance (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority receives a merger clearance application for egg production and wholesale supply operations (Heyden Farms / Henergy Cage-Free / Rasmusens Poultry Farms)

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Heyden Farms, Henergy Cage-Free, Rasmusens Poultry Farms seek clearance to merge egg production operations* The Commerce Commission has received a clearance application from Heyden Farms Limited, Henergy Cage-Free Limited and Rasmusens Poultry Farms Limited seeking clearance to merge their (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority opens investigation into the merger of two refrigeration equipments distributors (Beijer / Heatcraft New Zealand)

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Investigation opened into Beijer’s acquisition of Heatcraft NZ and acquisition of rights to apply for HFC import permits* The Commerce Commission has opened an investigation into Beijer Ref AB’s 2018 acquisition of Heatcraft New Zealand Limited, and its 2019 acquisition (via its subsidiary (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Government asks the Competition Authority to allow cooperation among businesses necessary to provide grocery products and other essential goods to consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Government statement on commercial cooperation during COVID-19 The Government has asked the Commerce Commission to take account of the exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19 when monitoring business behaviour in coming weeks. “The purpose of my request to the Commerce Commission is to (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority clears acquisition in the market for student management software for childcare providers (Juice Technologies / APT)

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Commission grants clearance for Juice Technologies to acquire APT* The Commerce Commission has granted clearance for Juice Technologies Pty Limited (operating in New Zealand as Infocare Systems Limited) to acquire APT Business Solutions Limited (trading as APT Childcare). In reaching its (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority releases draft guidance on its approach to unbundling fibre services from local fibre companies on acceptable terms and prices for broadband retailers

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Draft guidance released on Commission’s approach to unbundled fibre* The Commerce Commission has released draft guidance to help the telecommunications industry understand its approach to monitoring and enforcing obligations on Chorus and the other local fibre companies (LFCs) to allow (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority invites views on the revision of the cost of capital input methodologies that apply to electricity lines services, gas pipeline services and specified airport services

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Press releases published on New Zealand Commerce Commission Commission seeks views on cost of capital input methodologies* The Commerce Commission is now inviting views on whether it should consider reviewing or amending the input methodologies for the cost of capital that apply to (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Commerce Commission publishes a statement of preliminary issues following a merger notification on the market for pharmacy wholesaling (CDC Pharmaceuticals / Pharmacy Wholesalers)

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Statement of preliminary issues published for CDC Pharmaceutical and Pharmacy Wholesalers merger* CDC Pharmaceuticals and Pharmacy Wholesalers (Central) seek clearance to merge The Commerce Commission has received a joint application from CDC Pharmaceuticals Limited and Pharmacy Wholesalers (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Commerce Commission issues a statement of preliminary issues relating to the clearance of an acqusition of brand and product assets on the market for supply of consumer goods including personal lubricants (Reckitt Benckiser / Johnson & Johnson)

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Press releases published on New Zealand Commerce Commission Statement of preliminary issues for Reckitt Benckiser’s application to acquire K-Y* The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application from Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc (Reckitt (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Commerce Commission clears acquisition of management rights for the final block of 5MHz radio spectrum in the 700MHz range (Telecom / Crown)

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Press releases published on New Zealand Commerce Commission Telecom granted clearance to acquire previously unsold radio spectrum block* The Commerce Commission has today granted a clearance to Telecom New Zealand Limited (Telecom) that will enable it to acquire the management rights for the (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority confirms its investigation into possible manipulation of currency rates and possible influence of benchmarks in foreign exchange markets (FOREX)

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Commerce Commission confirms forex investigation* The Commerce Commission has confirmed that it has an investigation into possible manipulation of currency rates and possible influencing of benchmarks in foreign exchange (forex) markets. The investigation was commenced as a result of a (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Commerce Commission seeks submissions on its proposed approach to setting the rate of return on capital for the unbundled copper local loop network and the unbundled bitstream access service

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Press releases published on New Zealand Commerce Commission Commission consults on cost of capital for telecommunications price reviews* The Commerce Commission is seeking submissions on its proposed approach to setting the rate of return on capital for the unbundled copper local loop (UCLL) (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority issues information disclosure requirements for the owner and operator of the national electricity transmission grid (Transpower)

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New information disclosure requirements for Transpower* The Commerce Commission has today issued information disclosure requirements for Transpower, the owner and operator of the national electricity transmission grid. Under the new requirements, Transpower will publicly disclose information (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Commerce Commission approves joint-venture on the market for supply of plasterboard, ceiling tiles and ancillary building products (USG / Boral)

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Press releases published on New Zealand Commerce Commission USG Corporation and Boral Limited granted clearance to form a joint venture* The Commission has granted clearance to USG Corporation (USG) and Boral Limited (Boral) to enter into a joint venture. The proposed joint venture relates (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Commerce Commission issues a warning pursuant to the removal of a restrictive clause from the community pharmacy services agreement (DHB / Pharma Association)

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Press releases published on New Zealand Commerce Commission Commission issues warning over ‘no discounting’ clause* The Commerce Commission has warned all New Zealand District Health Boards (DHBs) and pharmacies nationwide that “no discounting” clauses in the 2012 Community Pharmacy Services (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Commerce Commission issues final report on the effectiveness of the information disclosure regulation in relation to international airport (Christchurch)

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Press releases published on New Zealand Commerce Commission Commission issues final report on Christchurch International Airport* The Commerce Commission has released its final report to the Ministers of Commerce and Transport on the effectiveness of the information disclosure regulation in (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Commerce Commission releases a paper on price determination according to the final pricing principle regarding the unbundled bitstream access (Chorus)

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Press releases published on New Zealand Commerce Commission Commerce Commission releases UBA process and issues paper* The Commerce Commission has today released a paper which outlines the proposed process for pricing Chorus’ wholesale broadband – the unbundled bitstream access (UBA) service - (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Commerce Commission approves conditionally an acquisition in the life sciences industry (Thermo Fisher Scientific / Life Technologies)

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Press releases published on New Zealand Commerce Commission Thermo Fisher cleared to acquire Life Technologies subject to a divestment undertaking’ The Commerce Commission has cleared Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (Thermo Fisher) to acquire Life Technologies Corporation (Life Technologies). (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Competition Authority issues a warning against previously used contractual clauses in relation to telecommunications retail service providers (Sky)

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Press releases published on New Zealand Commerce Commission Commerce Commission issues warning to Sky* The Commerce Commission has issued Sky Network Television Ltd (Sky) with a warning that it believes certain provisions in Sky’s contracts with telecommunications retail service providers (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Commerce Commission clears acqusition in the sector for kidney dialysis systems for the treatment of acute and chronic kidney disorders (Baxter / Gambro)

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Press releases published on New Zealand Commerce Commission Baxter International cleared to acquire Gambro AB subject to a divestment undertaking* The Commerce Commission has cleared Baxter International Inc (Baxter) to acquire 100% of the shares in Gambro AB (Gambro). The clearance is (...)

New Zealand Competition Authority The New Zealand Commerce Commission issues a formal warning against attempt to fix prices for sanding and polishing services in the Taranaki region (Ansell Flooring)

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Press releases published on New Zealand Commerce Commission Taranaki flooring company warned over attempts to fix prices* The Commerce Commission has issued a formal warning to flooring company Ansell Flooring Limited for attempting to fix prices for sanding and polishing services in the (...)

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